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01-07-2022

Struggling samurai (July 1, 2022)

Briefing

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Will these usual suspects stitch up an opposition alliance come 2024?

Lead Story
A look at the political record of some of the other leaders who believe they can play a significant role in an opposition alliance in 2024.
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Where does China stand on the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

World Affairs
Despite China’s ostensibly neutral position on the Ukraine conflict, the slant towards Russia is evident even as it avoids an anti-Ukraine position.
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Hooked on tradition: This festival in rural Bengal is both dramatic and bizarre

India
A festival in rural Bengal, considered essential to usher in a bountiful harvest, is marked by plenty of rituals, some of them dramatic but bizarre.
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Will a revived Quad balance the scales of power in the Indo-Pacific?

World Affairs
A resurgent Quad, bolstered by Australian support, targets China at the Tokyo summit and outlines plans to boost maritime surveillance in the Indo-Pac
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Why do militants in J&K only seem to target Pandits and non-locals?

Politics
Militants target Pandits and non-locals in a bid to create chaos in Kashmir, and the security administration struggles to deal with the situation amid
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Art - or dull propaganda?

Columns
Art can be respite, it can be raging, it can be reckless. But when it is reduced to elegant pamphleteering with moral certitude, it becomes dull propa
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Can the challengers rise to the occasion to halt the BJP juggernaut in 2024?

Lead Story
Several powerful regional leaders have started talking in the same tongue about the Centre’s attacks on federalism and the strident communal agenda.
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M.K. Stalin: Reluctant leader

Lead Story
In the past year, Stalin has deliberately underplayed his role at the national level, while trying to create an ideological base for the larger strugg
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Are hornbills in danger due to extreme weather conditions? 

Environment
Researchers monitoring the breeding habits of three hornbill species in the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh for 22 years observed that extre
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Who is the real cheerleader for the war in Ukraine?

World Affairs
The continued supply of sophisticated weaponry by the US to Ukraine reduces the chances of a quick peace negotiation and threatens to widen the scope
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Terra Luna crash: When the crypto casino crumbled

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The Terra-Luna crash in May made it clear that cryptocurrency is inherently volatile and prone to systemic crises. Yet, as long as there is excess li
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How are you veg?:  A Telugu short story in translation

Literature
By Joopaka Subhadra. Translated from Telugu by Alladi Uma and M. Sridhar
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‘Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon’ deals in bringing dreams alive

Cinema
Interview with Anamika Haksar, theatre doyenne and director of Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon.
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Is India’s ‘economic recovery’ a mere illusion?

Economy
The same hubris that characterised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s premature declaration of victory over the pandemic last year is at play now in the
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Mamata Banerjee: Can ‘Didi’ aim higher?

Lead Story
Mamata Banerjee sees herself as the natural leader of any coalition that can oppose the BJP in 2024, but alienating the Congress could hurt her effort
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Uddhav Thackeray: Has the Sainik gained enough acceptance?

Lead Story
Uddhav Thackeray was a reluctant politician who came into his own during the pandemic and taught the BJP a lesson.
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Movie Review: ‘Puzhu’ dissects the insidious worm of caste

Cinema
Puzhu is the most recent in a series of Malayalam films that have explored and elaborated on the ways in which caste hatred and violence works in Kera
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Letters

Letters
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Is India falling short of its deadline of eradicating malaria by 2030?

Health
A recent paper in The Lancet comprehensively addresses the multiple issues India faces as it works towards meeting the deadline of eradicating malaria
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How do we frame the battle for the ‘idea of India’?

Lead Story
The political battle is not so much between secular and communal ideas of India as between a federal and a unitarian idea of India.
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Will the International Booker Prize win for ‘Tomb of Sand’ change much for Indian language writers?

Literature
The International Booker Prize for Tomb of Sand, Daisy Rockwell’s English translation of Hindi writer Geetanjali Shree’s Ret-Samadhi, is likely to
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‘Pakistan is targeting Hindus in Kashmir’

Politics
Interview with Nirmal Singh, former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
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K. Chandrashekar Rao: One-man show

Lead Story
As K. Chandrashekar Rao harps on the BJP’s discrimination against Telangana and breaks bread with the opposition, his sights seem set on the prime m
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Will the Aadhaar fiasco pave the way for a stronger Data Protection Bill?

India
The UIDAI’s failed advisory on use of photocopies of Aadhaar cards highlights the need for a tough data protection law, which the new Data Protectio
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Winning moves: Why are Indians getting so good at chess?

Data Stories
With India’s brightest chess star R. Praggnanandhaa defeating world champion Magnus Carlsen twice within a span of three months this year, the prosp