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16-12-2022

Tugs of Hindostan (December 16, 2022)

As Governors become increasingly shrill in opposition-ruled States, the Constitution is being flouted in the service of the Modi-led Central government.

Briefing

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Governors in India: The power and the privilege

Politics
Right from the start, the governor’s presence has been a thorn in Centre-State relations.
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No, Nehru did not mishandle Kashmir

Politics
Contrary to Law Minister Kiren Rijiju’s claims, history attests to Nehru’s clear political vision.
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Uttar Pradesh byelections a litmus test for opposition parties

Politics
The December 5 byelections are significant because of what the results portend for the opposition.
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MCD elections in Delhi brings garbage and a polluted Yamuna into focus

Politics
Air pollution and civic amenities are other major issues in the elections slated for December 4.
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Victoria Schofield: ‘Criticising in hindsight distorts the truth’

Politics
In conversation with the British historian and author of Kashmir in Conflict.
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Salaam olden days: Walking down food memory lane

Society
Food memories are flavoured nostalgia for some while plain dal-roti fare for others.
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R. Sampanthan: ‘We cannot go on like this’

World Affairs
Interview with the Sri Lankan MP of the Tamil National Alliance.
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Sri Lanka is far from an economic recovery

World Affairs
Even as numbers of the poor rise, politicians continue to pin their hope on the IMF for a revival.
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Remembering to forget

Social Justice
The grand narrative of Partition has left out many social classes, such as the untouchable groups.
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Trouble in the brew? Darjeeling tea faces existential threats

India
Falling yields, high costs of production, labour issues have left tea gardens gasping for survival.
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‘Ambedkar’s views on gender ignored’: Ashwini K.P.

Social Justice
In conversation with the first Asian UNHRC Special Rapporteur on racism.
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Plans to overhaul higher education afoot despite Bill awaiting Parliament go-ahead

Education
The Higher Education Commission of India Bill is to replace the UGC Act.
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Peace deal between government of Ethiopia and TPLF a welcome first step

World Affairs
This is a move towards ending one of the most brutal conflicts the region has witnessed of late.
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Artisanal fishers reduced to working as labourers on trawlers in faraway places

Environment
Dwindling catch, rampant erosion, and an indifferent administration have rendered them invisible.
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Colours of desire

Society
A mother’s sari collection feels like an act of vengeance against a life deprived of small joys.
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Zubair Ahmed: A guiding light for the Andaman Islands and its people

Obituary
Zubair worked with his mentor Govind Raju and published the news magazine “The Light of Andamans”.
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Nasreen Mohamedi and her remarkable abstractionist art

Art
Mohamedi is regarded as one of the important modern women artists of the subcontinent.
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‘The sea was Nasreen Mohamedi’s enduring source of inspiration’: Masanori Fukuoka

Art
Interview with the art collector and founder of Glenbarra Art Museum, Japan.
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The advocate vanishes

Books
This unputdownable true crime story reconstructs a 1980s’ political murder in Karnataka.
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Saving Angelo da Fonseca

Books
It validates his attempts to forge a hybrid art that was neither completely Western nor Indian.
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Manil Suri: ‘Mathematics can trigger an emotional response’

Books
In conversation with the mathematician and author of ‘The Big Bang of Numbers’.
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Tree story

Books
This expansive novel’s gifts are not easy to explain but will stay with you for a long time.
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To Sri Lanka, with love

Books
Shehan Karunatilaka’s complex relationship with home infuses the stories in this book with heart.
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New books on the shelves

Books
A range of refreshing reads, from South Africa’s slave ship history to Ambedkar up close and personal.
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The Art vs Artist conundrum and the audience that is between them

Columns
An effective way of taking revenge against artists is to consign them to oblivion. 
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Why I have great expectations from the Bharat Jodo Yatra

Columns
It could help one understand the rise of authoritarian forces and the need to connect with people.
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Real COP27 failure is absence of commitments on long-term climate finance

Columns
The decision to set up a loss and damage fund to help developing countries is its only achievement.
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Readers write

Letters
Letters to the Editor.
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Amidst the magic mountains of Sikkim

Travel
Seeing Mt Kanchenjunga and river Teesta, after 12 long years, on a trip to north Sikkim.
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FLQ - The Frontline Quiz

Other
Time to put on your thinking caps.
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COP27 fails to improve on COP26 but loss and damage fund the saving grace

Environment
The quantum of contributions, assessment of economic losses, and disbursement are still unclear.
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Vizhinjam port in deep water as protests against Adani project intensify

Environment
Amid protests against the Rs.7,525 crore port, opposing political forces come together in Kerala.
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All eyes on AAP in many-pronged Gujarat Assembly election battle

Politics
Although a rattled BJP is likely to win another term, the AAP’s challenge is the talk of the town.
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T.P. Rajeevan (1959-2022): Bilingual soul

Obituary
He was one of the key figures in the transition of Malayalam poetry to post-modern sensibilities.