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18-11-2022

Reimagining India (November 18, 2022)

That is what Rahul Gandhi says his Bharat Jodo Yatra is all about. It has so far seen extraordinary responses. Can the yatra and the new party president together renew the Congress?

Briefing

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Will new Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge be an agent of change?

Politics
The Congress needs to reclaim its political relevance and mount a credible challenge to the BJP.
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One step at a time: Bharat Jodo Yatra completes over 50 days on the road

Politics
The Congress-led yatra has yielded images of a sea of humanity marching with Rahul Gandhi.
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Indian National Conundrum: Understanding the Congress party trajectory

Politics
India’s oldest party, which led the mass movement for Independence, is in a shambles.
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Bharat Jodo Yatra: On the walk

Politics
A first-person account of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
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AAP doublespeak belies claim to legacy of Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh

Politics
It does not seem to be producing the desired optics for the party’s political communication.
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Civilian killings in Kashmir contradict narrative of normalcy

Politics
Residents blame it on the BJP’s “militaristic policy” and perception of a demographic realignment.
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BJP faces anti-incumbency in Himachal Pradesh, Congress battles enemies within

Politics
The hill State is set for a tight contest even as the AAP threatens to cut into the votes of both.
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Stray dog menace in Kerala comes to centre stage after rise in attacks

Social Issues
The death of a 12-year-old girl brought the issue of dealing humanely with strays to the fore.
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SSC recruitment scam in West Bengal strikes at the core of Bengali society

India
Public outrage is growing in the State as more details of corruption come to light.
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Pakistan on the boil as former PM Imran Khan takes on the ‘deep state’

World Affairs
Pakistan, reeling from unprecedented floods, is now beset with another serious political crisis.
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Israeli killing spree in Palestine evokes zero response from the West

World Affairs
In 2022 alone, more than 180 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli military forces.
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In Erewhon’s court: The case of the hijab

India
A fictional court delivers a fictional judgment on an issue that is all too real.
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New Telecom Bill fails to address internet shutdown, surveillance issues

India
The Bill also tilts heavily towards telecom providers, leaving behind Internet service providers.
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Justice proves elusive for those living on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

Human rights
Surviving victims of Army excesses in villages on the Line of Control struggle with their lives.
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India slips in Global Hunger Index ranking, Modi government cries foul

Health
This year’s report shows India falling from last year’s ranking of 101 to 107 among 121 countries.
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Karnataka mine workers demand compensation, jobs in reopened iron ore mines

Social Issues
The Supreme Court ordered the closure of iron ore mines in 2011.
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‘Same four indicators for all countries’: Laura Reiner

Health
Interview with the Project Head, Global Hunger Index.
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Changes in conservation rules ease development projects on forest land

Environment
By tweaking Forest (Conservation) Rules, the Centre has compromised on compensatory afforestation.
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Living the Gond life

India
The experience of staying amid the tribals in a remote village near the Satpuras in central India.
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IMF endorses increase in US interest rates even as global crisis unfolds

Columns
Doing so can precipitate a recession that would be far more damaging in the South than in the North.
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Reading Annie Ernaux theorises the personal essay while indulging in it

Columns
The Nobel Prize-winning French writer makes literary chic out of a worn-out and overused genre.
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Birth of a movement: When Dakshinayana began from Dandi

Columns
It makes sense of the unease among writers when eliminating “thought adversaries” is on the rise. 
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Letters

Letters
Letters to the Editor.
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They all fall down

Books
Set in the future, this defies genres to ask chilling questions about the meaning of humanity.
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Abbas unplugged

Books
A book that believes in the value of cinema as an art form and a medium of social criticism.
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The elsewhere people

Books
The stories of eight Indian migrant workers employed in the Persian Gulf region.
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New books on the shelves

Books
Portrait of a marriage, spies, South Asian art, moving images, and more.
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Forging freedom

Books
In this experimental novel, women fight their way out of silence and get their voices heard.
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FLQ - The Frontline Quiz!

Other
Inspired by objects that appear in the Harry Potter franchise.
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Tracing the history of Tiger Balm, India’s favourite painkiller

Travel
The Haw Par Villa in Singapore offers insights about traditional Chinese values.
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Subversive print cultures of post-Independence India on display in London

Art
It also presented the rapid advances in reproduction that enabled their wide dissemination. 
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Mushaira in Mumbai showcases songs of a composite culture

Arts & Culture
It attempted to counter religious hatred epitomised by the Nupur Sharma incident and its fallout.
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Dog day afternoons in Irani cafes of Mumbai

Society
These cafés are a dying breed, clinging fiercely to a fading past.
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Knowledge-keeper of Nagaland

Books
Remembering the poet, fiction-writer, and ethnographer Temsula Ao (1945-2022).
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Communist Party congress in China leaves Xi Jinping in complete command

World Affairs
There is only one faction in the party now. And that is Xi’s.