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07-10-2022

Target Bollywood (October 7, 2022)

The concerted attacks on Hindi cinema show how vital it is for totalitarian forces to control the narrative of popular culture.

Briefing

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Something is rotten: Understanding the Bollywood boycott phenomenon

Cinema
Despite limited impact on the box office so far, the danger to livelihoods cannot be downplayed.
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Bollywood legacy of utopian equality under siege

Cinema
This legacy poses a threat to socially divisive projects, making it the new cultural battleground.
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Jean-Luc Godard crested the French New Wave

Obituary
Even in his final years, Godard (1931-2022) never ceased to interrogate the world through images.
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Editor’s Note

Cinema
It is the offer of the possibility of a pan-religion Indianness that makes Bollywood such a threat.
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A yatra to the silent Valley

Politics
Kashmiris now do not express political opinions, not even in private gatherings.
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Are tribal panchayats in protected areas being illegally converted to municipalities?

India
The story of Manuguru in eastern Telangana tells us how this sleight of hand is worked.
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BJP-ruled Assam orders private madrassas to register on government portal

India
This comes days after three of them were demolished for various reasons.
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Emerging cracks in Gupkar alliance point towards uncertainty in Kashmir

Politics
Furthermore, many believe Ghulam Nabi Azad’s energetic political activity can only benefit the BJP.
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‘BJP is addressing livelihood issues’: Kavinder Gupta

Politics
In conversation with the BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
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Supreme Court judge remarks on bonded labour unsavoury and out of place

India
Article 23 is not just an expression of faith, but a potential weapon to be used against violators.
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Liz Truss faces uphill task as new UK Prime Minister and Tory leader

World Affairs
The question is how long she will be able to keep her job given the serious problems the UK faces.
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Mikhail Gorbachev: An appraisal

World Affairs
Gorbachev was an innovative statesman who accepted compromise in order to end the Cold War.
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Ukrainian forces recapture the strategic city of Izium in Kharkiv province

World Affairs
Their lightning advance showed up the tactical failure of Russian intelligence.
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Monsoon flooding pushes floundering Pakistan economy to the brink

World Affairs
Meanwhile, the political slugfest between the government and the opposition continues unabated.
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NCRB 2021 report: Dying young and jobless in India

Social Issues
Daily wagers, the unemployed, and the self-employed accounted for the most deaths by suicide.
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Noshir H. Dadrawala: ‘NGOs are easy targets’

Social Issues
The CEO of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, Mumbai, spoke about the recent “surveys”.
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Madhya Pradesh: Large-scale swindle uncovered in Take Home Ration scheme

Social Issues
Irregularities have been pointed out in the scheme meant for midday meals for adolescent girls.
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Loktak Lake in Manipur: A Ramsar Site in danger of decline

Environment
There are several reasons for this, many of them unconnected to the people who inhabit it.
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The fragment in history 

Books
It seeks to foreground the unextraordinary, neglected pieces of evidence in the history writing of early India.
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A rereading of Kerala modernity

Books
The mongraph revisits the all-encompassing influence of the Left but also lays bare its weaknesses.
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‘Woman is as Woman Does’: An ode to womanpower

Art
An exhibition at the CSMVS in Mumbai goes beyond art to become a celebration of femininity.
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Changpas in Ladakh see life disrupted by climate change

Environment
The Changpas of Ladakh have been living in the inhospitable cold desert for generations.
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‘Forging solidarities across differences’: Nancy Adajania

Art
The art critic says kinetic impulses guide the works assembled in ‘Woman is as Woman does’ at CSMVS.
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An institute of Bodology to investigate the past

Columns
The Bodos are constructing a comprehensive picture of the Brahmaputra civilisation.
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FLQ - The Frontline Quiz

Other
Byzantine structures, anxiety marketing, and investigative tools.
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Books on the shelves

Books
Joyce, Noyontara flowers, and the new normal.
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A passage to Japan

Books
The author’s gift is to walk through the doors of other people’s homes and discover their inner lives.
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Sushil Majumdar: Forgotten legend

Cinema
A new book and a documentary hope to reacquaint filmgoers with this doyen of Bengali cinema.
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Old plot, new yarn

Books
The author has chosen to revive the century-old Bhawal case, interweaving facts with fiction.
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Bengaluru floods: When lakes overflowed

Environment
Unplanned urban development is behind the recent floods in Bengaluru.
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Ice on planet Mercury? MESSENGER spacecraft finds evidence

Science & Technology
The ice was found in the permanently shadowed north polar crater of Mercury named Prokofiev.
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Letters

Letters
Readers give their feedback.
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Supernova confirmed as source of high-energy protons in the Milky Way

Science & Technology
The discovery by the Fermi telescope solves a decade-long cosmic mystery.
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Researchers convert 100 per cent of CO2 industrial exhaust into ethylene

Science & Technology
As the UIC system runs on electricity, using renewable energy can make the process carbon negative.
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Natchathiram Nagargiradhu: A cinematic experiment gone sour

Columns
Pa. Ranjith’s latest film is as dull, as self-congratulating and as long as a manifesto.
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‘Surly face’: A Tamil story in translation

Literature
‘Sudumoonji’ by C.N. Annadurai, translated from Tamil by V. Ramakrishnan.
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‘The corrupt gnawed into every open space ... and somehow managed to get building permits’

India
Environment activist Leo F. Saldanha on why many parts of Bengaluru are experiencing floods.
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Shehan Karunatilaka: ‘The state will come after the defenceless’

Books
‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ is on the Booker Prize 2022 shortlist.