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04-11-2022

In the face of change (November 4, 2022)

A music festival in remote Ziro valley, home to the ancient Apatani people, puts the spotlight on Arunachal Pradesh in more ways than one.

Briefing

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Ziro Festival of Music brings Arunachal Pradesh into mainstream focus

India
It has done far more than just putting the remote Ziro valley on the music map.
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Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh feel push to resist conversions to Christianity

India
The RSS is simultaneously proclaiming that tribal faiths come under the Sanatana Dharma.
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Meats dominate cuisine in Arunachal Pradesh

India
Indigenous groups have traditionally relied on cattle, farm, and game for nutrition.
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Mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh a threat to its environment and people

India
It is at odds with the State government’s commitment to ‘climate resilient development’.
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Proposal on electoral promises a case of Election Commission overreach

Politics
It contradicts the EC’s own stance in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.
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DMK party elections see most office-bearers re-elected

Politics
The party’s recent organisational elections was held with an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
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Ankita Bhandari murder case points to rising crime in Uttarakhand

India
A rapid spate of urbanisation is seeing young women from rural areas often becoming soft targets.
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With Bharat Rashtra Samithi, KCR sets his sights on national ambitions

Politics
The decision to take his party national is premised on the support for his pro-farmer initiatives.
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Tamil Nadu attempts to tackle scams in land registration

India
The State government hopes that a new amendment to the Registration Act will curb corruption.
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Caste violence in Karnataka rears its ugly head in two separate incidents

Social Issues
Schoolboys were ruthlessly beaten up and their families ostracised by dominant caste members.
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Cell and gene therapy for Lou Gehrig’s disease

Science & Technology
Clinical trial using this therapy shows promising protective outcome in ALS patients.
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Max Auwarter Prize for Indian scientist

Science & Technology
Manish Garg has won this prestigious award for his breakthrough in microscopy.
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The moon was formed in a matter of hours

Science & Technology
A supercomputer simulation at NASA’s Ames Research Centre points to this theory.
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Bacteria can count even in deep sleep

Science & Technology
Dormant bacteria spring back to life in favourable conditions after evaluating their surroundings.
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Svante Pääbo wins Medicine Nobel for his work in analysing ancient DNA

Science & Technology
His research led to discoveries that laid to rest many incorrect theories about human evolution. 
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Coming of age in 1950s Kerala

Books
An intimate look at how the observed world and the imagined world meet in a writer’s head.
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Forged in fire

Books
Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie is an intense, almost forensic, look at the anatomy of friendship.
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Strikingly slow

Books
J.K. Rowling’s latest novel starring Cormoran Strike is high on pyrotechnics and low on suspense.
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Donald Trump in firm control of Republican Party, remains frontrunner for 2024

World Affairs
The few Republican politicians who dared to oppose him are now in the political wilderness.
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Brazil elections: Lula falls short of a majority against Jair Bolsonaro

World Affairs
Now, the leader of the Workers’ Party must now wait for the second round run-off on October 30.
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‘While nationalism simplifies, literature complicates’: Vivek Narayanan

Books
The collection ‘After’ offers a hip, hyper-literate, often ironic commentary on Valmiki’s Ramayana.
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Painting the world

Books
It also gives readers a comprehensive historical-aesthetic perspective on his life and works.
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New books on the shelves

Books
A family as a microcosm of modern-day India, chronicle of a Tamil encyclopaedia, and more.
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‘The Santal rebellion was indeed a war’: Peter Stanley

India
In conversation with the author of Hul! Hul!, a new book on the Santal rebellion of 1855.
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Massive infrastructure project threatens Great Nicobar Island

Environment
It will result in devastating ecological changes and endanger the island’s unique flora and fauna.
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Idea of the spectacle

Columns
In the age of social media, what we consider “appearance” might become “essence”.
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Can austerity end the Sri Lanka crisis?

Columns
IMF’s solution for Lankan debt crisis could be a case of the cure being worse than the disease.
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Concerns around abortion in India differ from those in the West

Columns
The Supreme Court order reaffirming safe and legal termination of pregnancy is welcome.
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Remembering the Mysore Lancers and their heroic charge in the ‘Great War’

Heritage
A tribute to the men who liberated Haifa from the Ottoman Turks in the First World War.
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FLQ - The Frontline Quiz

Other
An assortment.
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Letters

Letters
Letters to the Editor.
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Another Beginning

Literature
The story is set in the turbulence of an anti-Tamil pogrom in Sri Lanka 45 years ago.
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In Oxford, the university is all around

Travel
Oxford at the beginning of Michaelmas term is lovely. The trees are red, gold, and green.
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Langur Mela in Amritsar sees hundreds of children visit Bada Hanuman temple

Arts & Culture
The mela is held during Navratri and, according to historical chronicles, started centuries ago.
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How is the Sangh Parivar stamping its mark on Indian philately?

India
The postage stamps issued by BJS and BJP governments lay open the Parivar’s internal conflicts.
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Hinterland hero: The life and politics of Mulayam Singh Yadav (1939-2022)

Obituary
He left an indelible mark by spearheading the arrival of OBCs on the political centre stage.
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Communal clash in Kolkata sparks BJP protests against State government

News
Mounting tension during Milad–un–Nabi celebrations in Ekbalpore area escalated into violence.
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A scholar’s midlife sojourn

Books
A philosophical novel about the experiences of a visiting Indian scholar in a foreign country.
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The South writes back

Books
A highly readable book that serves to redress erasure of the Deccan from popular Indian history.