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Language imperialism (June 3, 2022)


Cover Story: Language Imperialism/ Tripura

Tripura: Concerns over Centre's proposal to impose Devanagari script for Kokborok

Cover Story
Tribal protests against the Central government’s proposal to impose the Devanagari script for Kokborok, the language most of the tribal people speak
The Economy

Reviving India’s beleaguered creative economy

The creative sector, which holds immense potential for employment generation and a healthier, happier population, suffered a body blow during the pand
COVID-19 Update

Central government rejects WHO’s estimate of India's COVID deaths

The Indian government has rejected outright the WHO estimate that COVID-19 caused 4.7 million additional deaths in the country in 2020-21 and question
Vaccine mandates

A shot in the arm: Supreme Court calls for review of COVID vaccine mandates

T.K. RajalakshmiPublic Health
The Supreme Court calls for greater transparency and accountability in public health measures and directs all governments and organisations to review
Frontline Quiz

Frontline Quiz

Bihar political churn

Twists and turns: BJP and Nitish Kumar joust in Bihar

With the BJP trying to assert its supremacy in Bihar and Nitish Kumar neutralising its attempts with clear anti-Hindutva messaging and overt gestures
Book Review

Book Review: Robert Buderi's 'Where Futures Converge' chronicles the transformative Kendall Square

Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is to life sciences what Hollywood is to movies. A new book traces the story of its transformation from a
Economic Perspectives

Freebie phobia: The BJP’s concerted attack on redistributive transfers

C.P. ChandrasekharC.P. Chandrasekhar
Although the BJP is against ‘freebies’ in principle, in practice it has been forced to use a version of concessions and transfers to counter the o
Custodial death in Chennai

Spectre of brutality: Custodial death in Chennai shocks Tamil Nadu

Human rights
The custodial death of a Dalit youth in Chennai again sparks outrage and highlights the urgent need to humanise the police force.

Delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir: Divide to rule?

The Nation
The mainstream parties in the Valley cry foul as the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission comes up with its recommendations, including six more A
Jammu and Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti on J&K delimitation: ‘Disempowering Muslims’

The Nation
Interview with Mehbooba Mufti, Peoples Democratic Party leader.
Gaming addiction

Hunger games: Addiction to mobile games on the rise

Gaming apps on mobile phones seem to be the latest craze in India, but on the flip side an increasing number of ‘addicts’, finding themselves sadd
Book Review

Book Review: Laura T. Murphy's ‘Azad Nagar: The Story of a 21st Century Slave Revolt’ asks questions on the price of freedom

An interesting case study on the Kol people of Azad Nagar who bought their way out of slavery, this book talks of how revolutions can become fractured

Raj Thackeray's 'loudspeaker' campaign targeting Muslims in Maharashtra backfires

Lyla BavadamCommunalism
Raj Thackeray’s attempt to regain political relevance by targeting Muslims through his loudspeaker campaign does not find any takers in Maharashtra.
'The Waste Land' turns 100

'The Waste Land' by T.S. Eliot: A poem of its moment

Tabish KhairLiterature
The significance of ‘The Waste Land’, which turns 100 this year, and the continuing appeal of T.S. Eliot’s oeuvre.
Cover Story: Language diversity

Lingua franca?: Controversy over Hindi puts focus on linguistic plurality

A controversy surrounding the promotion of Hindi as a link language brings the issue of linguistic plurality back into the limelight.

'Mi Vasantrao' captures the making of maverick classical vocalist Vasantrao Deshpande

The Marathi film Mi Vasantrao on famed classical singer Vasantrao Deshpande takes us into the very essence of his life.
Photo Essay

Living on the edge: Assam's Mising tribe

They are river people, whose lives ebb and flow with the waters of the Brahmaputra in a timeless rhythm. But now, hydroelectric projects and homogenis
Interview: Jignesh Mevani

Jignesh Mevani: ‘The BJP sees me as a threat’

Interview with Jignesh Mevani, independent MLA in Gujarat.
World Affairs: The Phillippines

Philippines: Ferdinand Marcos Jr wins landslide victory in presidential election

World Affairs
With Ferdinand Marcos Junior and Sara Duterte Carpio, both children of leaders who had scant regard for human rights and the rule of law, recording la
Sri Lanka Crisis

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: The making and unmaking of a President

R.K. RadhakrishnanWorld Affairs
Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned after the May 9 violence in Colombo, but his replacement, Ranil Wickremesinghe, looks more like part of the problem than a
World Affairs: Ukraine

The U.S.’ actions prolonging the conflict in Ukraine

World Affairs
Despite growing international calls for peace in Ukraine, the brutal conflict drags on, with the U.S. doing more to sustain the hostilities than bring
Guest Column

The Sedition Law: Landmark order

The Nation
The recent Supreme Court directive that puts on hold Section 124 A of the IPC offers a ray of hope despite its weak wording. It acknowledges that the
St. Petersburg Diary

On an emotional roller coaster


Understanding the new ‘pan-Indian’ film

Besides slick marketing, there is clearly a certain narrative that explains the stupendous success of films such as ‘Baahubali’, ‘KGF’, ‘Pus

The idea of Manto

On the 110th birth anniversary of Saadat Hasan Manto, a celebration of his writing, his ambiguous identity, and what he represents in a world torn apa