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02-12-2022

The Kantara phenomenon (December 2, 2022)

Understanding the extraordinary success of an ordinary film.

Briefing

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Vocally local: ‘Kantara’ is new cinema with moorings in local culture

Cinema
Among the recent blockbuster southern films, it is unique for not being “regional cinema”.
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Karthik Gowda: ‘The script is everything’

Cinema
Interview with the creative producer, Hombale Films.
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Rishab Shetty: ‘I believe in the practice and I have portrayed it’

Cinema
Interview with the actor and writer-director of ‘Kantara’.
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West Bengal left high and dry after Centre freezes MGNREGS funds for State

Politics
The Mamata government is at its wits’ end trying to handle growing discontent among the people.
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Rural Development Ministry report highlights gaps in poverty alleviation

India
The Ministry’s sixth Common Review Mission Report delves into States’ implementation of schemes.
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BJP hopes to overcome anti-incumbency in Gujarat Assembly election

Politics
The saffron party locks horns with newcomer AAP in a high-stakes electoral contest.
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Tamil Nadu cops walk extra mile to help child sexual abuse survivors

India
Ensuring legal help, counselling, protection, and compensation is part of a new police initiative.
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RTI Act losing its sheen with weakened machinery for its implementation

India
In the 17 years since it came into existence, its users have been attacked, harassed, even murdered.
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Benjamin Netanyahu set to become Prime Minister of Israel once again

World Affairs
The new government is going to be the most extreme and xenophobic one Israel has had. 
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Victory for Lula in Brazil elections bodes well for Amazon rainforests

World Affairs
Corruption, discrimination, and rising inequality in a deeply polarised Brazil are major challenges.
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Fears in Sri Lanka over Tamil Nadu decision to scrap Tantea plantations

World Affairs
The tea gardens employ lakhs of plantation Tamils rehabilitated from the 1960s on.
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Poor, low-emitting regions bear brunt of economic burden of extreme heat

Environment
High-income countries that emit more greenhouse gases have lost relatively little, say scientists.
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Superconductivity of mercury explained 111 years after its discovery

Science & Technology
The work has provided insights relevant to searches for room-temperature superconductors.
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Predicting how soap molecules spread over water

Science & Technology
A time-dependent solution to predict this spread revealed how complex this everyday phenomenon is.
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Personal care products advertised as ‘natural’ may contain allergens: study

Science & Technology
Of the 1,651 products studied, 94 per cent had at least one contact allergen.
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Recent study assesses carbon footprint of particle colliders

Science & Technology
It found the Future Circular Collider of CERN to be the least polluting.
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Season of smog: Not just Delhi, many north Indian cities are suffering

Environment
Air pollution respects no geographical boundaries. An inter-State solution should be worked out.
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Lesser gods: Theyyam performers among ST communities face discrimination

Arts & Culture
The ritual dance form is performed in northern Kerala and parts of southern Karnataka.
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Does the EWS verdict represent the revenge of the ruling classes?

Columns
Poverty can be tackled by simpler policy instruments such as MGNREGA, which the verdict misses.
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Judiciary needs a proper orientation to overcome technological illiteracy

Columns
Technology has presented new challenges even as laws are constantly being expanded.
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The Asian village: Fragile but resilient, holding on to its place

Columns
It has an instinct for survival that surpasses the existential desire of other social organisations.
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Beyond the story of India’s Oscar entry ‘Chhello Show’

Columns
It reminds one how digital technology has cut cinema from the physical labour once intrinsic to it.
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Dalhousie Square in a shambles as its grand old buildings fall apart

Heritage
Nothing has been done to preserve the legacy of Kolkata’s one-time hub of commerce and industry.
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New books on the shelves

Books
Retellings, the Kisan Long March, verdicts that shaped India’s financial landscape, and more.
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Letters

Letters
Feedback from readers.
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‘Congratulations’: A Gujarati story in translation

Literature
Translated by Rita Kothari.
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FLQ - The Frontline Quiz

Other
Games, comic book heroes, gold dinars, and Quadball.
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Of cricket, cliches, and lost souls in Australia

Travel
Looking beyond the recent ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup while on a visit Down Under.
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A walk by the sea

Books
Orhan Pamuk’s new book is something of a crime mystery as well as a historical novel.
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Amit Chaudhuri: ‘I want to blur the distinction between writing and living’

Books
The writer and Hindustani classical singer’s memoir won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography.
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A life in many cells  

Books
This book takes the reader on a guided tour of the most basic unit of life—the cell.
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The other half

Books
The novel portrays how patriarchal social norms wield an inordinate amount of power over women.
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Questions loom large over Morbi bridge collapse in Gujarat

India
Why was the clock-manufacturing company Oreva put in charge of maintaining the heritage bridge?
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Coimbatore blast unleashes fierce political slugfest in Tamil Nadu

India
The incident on October 23 has left in its wake a demoralised police force.
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A new low for media freedom in India

Columns
Criminalising journalism for investigative missteps is the thin end of the wedge for the profession.
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Ela Bhatt (1933-2022): A gentle revolutionary for women workers’ rights

Obituary
‘Elaben’ will be remembered not just for SEWA but also for the quality of her leadership.
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Do you hear the people sing?

Music
People seek solace in revolutionary songs time and again when they fight oppressive regimes.