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21-10-2022

Face-off (October 21, 2022)

As Putin and Zelensky continue baring their fangs, the Russia-Ukraine conflict enters month eight. With the radius of its impact growing, are we now staring at Cold War II?

Briefing

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Could the Ukraine conflict be an opportunity for the global south?

World Affairs
Interview with Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Emeritus Professor, University of Malaya.
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Russia-Ukraine conflict: Is this Cold War II?

World Affairs
As the war grinds on in Ukraine, there are no victors in sight.
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Are Uddhav Thackeray and his Shiv Sena fighting a losing battle?

Politics
The Shinde-Fadnavis government in Maharashtra is determined to see the end of the Maha Vikas Aghadi.
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The rise and fall of the Popular Front of India

Politics
While a large majority supports the ban on PFI, some question the vague justifications given for it.
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Congress president elections: A case of fragile unity

Politics
Nobody knows where Shashi Tharoor’s caravan will lead in the contest against Mallikarjun Kharge.
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‘Bharat Jodo Yatra is not an outreach programme’: Pawan Khera

Politics
The Congress spokesperson says the Bharat Jodo Yatra is a movement of Indians to reclaim India.
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BJP rule in Karnataka: Corruption Inc.

Politics
Ahead of elections in 2023, a look at how Yediyurappa and Bommai have played their respective hands.
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‘There is collective participation’: Sachin Kumar

India
Interview with the District Commissioner, Shopian, on the reopening of cinemas in Kashmir.
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Victory of Giorgia Meloni in Italy marks the return of fascists to power

World Affairs
The win for Brothers of Italy is a shot in the arm for nationalist right-wing parties in Europe.
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Reopening of cinema halls in Kashmir evokes mixed reactions

India
Some feel it is part of the government’s attempt to project a sense of normalcy in the Valley.
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Statins can be used to prevent cardiovascular disease in adults

Science & Technology
In India, early age of onset, rapid progression, and high mortality rates are causes of concern.
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Marathon bird survey around Kaiga nuclear plant spots 213 bird species

Science & Technology
The North Karnataka Birders’ Network and the Bangalore Birds ornithology group took part in it.
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Termites likely to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions

Science & Technology
The role of termites had been overlooked until this latest research.
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Turbulence now bad wind farms as it decreases the energy they capture

Science & Technology
Supercomputer simulations revealed the negative effects this atmospheric condition has on wind farms.
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Schooling crisis in Haryana due to teacher shortage triggers protests

Education
The Khattar government’s new transfer and merger policy is worsening the shortage.
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YouTube: India's go-to place for news and entertainment

Data Stories
The video-sharing platform has an estimated 567 million users and is set to grow in the years ahead.
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‘Cinema is in the heart of every Kashmiri’: Vikas Dhar

India
Interview with Vikas Dhar, whose family started the INOX multiplex in Srinagar.
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Dolo controversy revives demand for regulating pharma marketing practices

Health
Recent raids revealed the extent of gifts given by a company to doctors.
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Gregor Johann Mendel: A man far ahead of his times

Science & Technology
The evidence-based model of inheritance in genetics that he presented was revolutionary.
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Books on the shelves

Books
A range of new writing from post-War Japan to the Mahabharata to the second COVID wave.
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The invisible boy

Books
The latest novel by Anees Salim devastates with its pithiness, suggesting much more than it says.
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Complex designs 

Books
The building styles of mosques and shrines in Kashmir trace historical influences over centuries.
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Pandemic in perspective

Books
It presents an evaluation of the pandemic’s economic fallout and the efficacy of the government’s policies.
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A Sanskrit classic in English

Books
This translation of the Hitopadesha attests to its vibrant practicality and realism.
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Ramayana a living and contemporary narrative for the Kunkanas of Gujarat

Columns
The Kunkana Adivasi community lives on the border between Maharashtra and Gujarat.
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‘Book covers not only about great image-editing skills’

Books
An interview with Sunandini Banerjee, graphic artist at Seagull Books.
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Federal Reserve move to check inflation could impact less-developed countries

Columns
The move entails increasing its benchmark interest rate to a projected 4.4 per cent by the year end.
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Brahmastra: The missing awe

Columns
Many critics found the visual effects of Brahmastra excellent, but what does that mean?
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FLQ - The Frontline Quiz

Other
All things art.
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Letters

Letters
Letters to the Editor.
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The hills of Himachal Pradesh are alive with enterprise

Travel
Tapovan can be described as the quieter extension of Dharamshala.
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Where the wild things are...

Wildlife
There are innumerable parallel universes in each plant, bush, and tree.
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Dance as a means of negotiating identity

Arts & Culture
A look at how dance became enmeshed in the politics of belonging and citizenship.
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Listing of Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary as Ramsar site means little

Environment
The conservation exercise will be in vain if the place’s dynamic ecology is sought to be controlled.
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‘Photo Studio’ tells a story about photography in the age of selfies

Art
The collection by Ketaki Sheth is an absorbing album of contemporary life and its attachments.
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Hrishikesh Mukherjee: Stories, songs, and socialism

Cinema
His films, often loosely labelled as middle-of-the-road cinema, deserve a more engaged appraisal.
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Anti-hijab protests rage across Iran after death of Mahsa Amini

World Affairs
These are seemingly different from earlier agitations in the way they foreground women’s issues.
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‘A tired hero questioning his own relevance’: Vinay Shukla on Ravish Kumar

Cinema
The documentary While We Watched chronicles a period of dejection in the Indian media.