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Disturbing division

The manner in which events have shaped the discourse around the Kathua rape and murder serves as a grim reminder of the dangers of using religion for politics. By SHUJAAT BUKHARI

25 Apr 2018 12:34 pm
Murder of innocence

The latest NCRB report reveals a shocking rise in the number of rapes and other crimes against children. By RAMESH CHAKRAPANI

25 Apr 2018 12:24 pm
‘There is a structural crisis of capitalism’

Interview with Prof. Samir Amin. By JIPSON JOHN and JITHEESH P.M.

25 Apr 2018 12:20 pm
'All parties except the PDP played politics'

Interview with Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir. By SHUJAAT BUKHARI

25 Apr 2018 12:20 pm
Stillborn scheme

An audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India comes down heavily on the Haryana government for its lax implementation of the Beti Bachao scheme. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

25 Apr 2018 12:20 pm
'Kathua' gets law student a suspension

THE Government Law College, Coimbatore, suspended a female first-year student, R. Priya, for allegedly raising issues relating to Hindutva and patriarchy while delivering a speech on the Kathua ra...

25 Apr 2018 12:19 pm
Shock and despair

As outrageous as the sexual violence against minor girls in Kathua and Unnao are Bharatiya Janata Party leaders’ involvement in the crimes and defence of the culprits. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

25 Apr 2018 12:19 pm
Refugees in limbo

Repatriation of the over one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is yet to begin despite the country having an agreement with Myanmar. By HAROON HABIB

25 Apr 2018 12:16 pm
Trump and a scam

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election of 2016 could lead to the exposure of a massive money-laundering fraud involving collusion between governments and corporations. By VIJAY PRASHAD

25 Apr 2018 12:15 pm
Lula in prison

The sentencing of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, considered Brazil’s most popular leader, marks the end of a virtual coup by the right-wing elite and the concurrent rise of the military. By JOHN CHERIAN

25 Apr 2018 12:15 pm
Crisis in judiciary

The existence of the power to select colleagues on the bench over which the Chief Justice of India presides or to allocate cases to his colleagues is not in question. It is the manner of the exercise of the power that has led to the immediate crisis. By A.G. NOORANI

25 Apr 2018 12:14 pm
The Habeas Corpus case, 1870

ON July 10, 1869, 75-year-old Ameer Khan was arrested at his home in Calcutta. So was Hashmadad Khan. Both were suspected to be Wahabis, who were in the forefront of the Mutiny in 1857. They applie...

25 Apr 2018 12:11 pm
The Loya verdict

The Supreme Court’s judgment dismissing the petitions seeking an independent probe into Judge B.H. Loya’s death in 2014 leaves crucial questions unanswered. By V. VENKATESAN

25 Apr 2018 12:05 pm
Unassuming genius

The illustrious painter Ram Kumar (1924-2018) brought the angst of the displaced common man to the canvas, and his minimalist work later lent itself to myriad interpretations. By ZIYA US SALAM

25 Apr 2018 11:52 am
Cosmetic measures

The National Nutrition Mission, with all its hype, is confined very much to fixing targets, and its focus does not seem to consist in addressing the causes for the high prevalence of malnutrition, stunting or wasting among children. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

25 Apr 2018 11:50 am
The triumph of labour

From time to time, artists have celebrated the triumph of labour. With their collection of works, a group of art students from Tamil Nadu now turns the focus on the lives and concerns of labourers. By A.S. PANNEERSELVAN

25 Apr 2018 11:49 am
Love and loss

Twenty-one stories that hold a mirror up to the lives of ordinary Tibetans. By ABHIRAMI GIRIJA SRIRAM

25 Apr 2018 11:30 am
In the tiger’s realm

A collective memoir of the tigers and tigresses of Ranthambhore National Park. By ZIYA US SALAM

25 Apr 2018 11:22 am
Violence before vote

The Trinamool Congress prevents opposition candidates from filing nominations in a record number of local body seats in West Bengal, drawing widespread condemnation. By SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

24 Apr 2018 6:51 pm
Towards a regime of unfreedom

New government measures seek to curb freethinking and expression of dissent in universities, and some of them are apparently aimed at keeping marginalised communities out of institutions of higher learning. By DIVYA TRIVEDI

24 Apr 2018 6:45 pm
Legal complications

The Karnataka government’s decision to grant minority status to Lingayats has to be considered carefully in the light of legal precedents. By V. VENKATESAN

24 Apr 2018 6:40 pm
Siege within

A serious crisis of credibility mars the tenure of the current Chief Justice of India as he seeks to overcome one challenge after another to his moral authority. By V. VENKATESAN

24 Apr 2018 6:39 pm
Services for growth?

The argument that services reflect a new dynamism in India and the IMF’s prescription that the sector can be a driver of growth and development are far-fetched.

24 Apr 2018 6:33 pm
Religious fault lines

The logical beneficiary of the Siddaramaiah government’s move to recognise Lingayats as a separate religious group should be the Congress. The BJP knows that its ideological aim of uniting all castes under the monolith of Hinduism will be undermined if this happens. By VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED

24 Apr 2018 6:26 pm
Battle royal

In the Karnataka Assembly elections, the national narrative of the BJP as espoused by its star campaigners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, is pitted against the narrative of regionalism and subnationalism put forth by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. By RAVI SHARMA in Bengaluru

24 Apr 2018 6:18 pm
Death as deterrent?

Maneka Gandhi’s proposal to amend the POCSO Act to include the death penalty is deeply problematic in a system that could potentially enable offenders to evade the rigours of law. By V. VENKATESAN

24 Apr 2018 6:05 pm
Sinister pattern

The recent rape incidents and right-wingers’ reactions to them are expressions of the dual-faced politics of Hindutva while dealing with gender issues. By ZIYA US SALAM

24 Apr 2018 6:03 pm
Breathing new life into labour

From time to time, artists have celebrated the triumph of labour. With their collection of works, a group of art students from Tamil Nadu now turns the focus on the lives and concerns of labourers. By A.S. PANNEERSELVAN

24 Apr 2018 5:38 pm
Ekta manch that aims to divide

THE making of the Hindu Ekta Manch (HEM), the forum spearheading the campaign to defend the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, is a classic example of how competitive votebank politics ma...

24 Apr 2018 5:35 pm
Licence to rape?

Many prominent BJP leaders, including legislators, have cases of sexual assault against them, particularly in States ruled by the party. By PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI

24 Apr 2018 5:29 pm
Hall of shame

The way the Yogi Adityanath government has dealt with the Unnao rape case has caused a setback for itself and the BJP, which came to power in Uttar Pradesh promising, among others, improved law and order. By VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN and DIVYA TRIVEDI

24 Apr 2018 5:08 pm
A crusader’s plight

A YOUNG woman lawyer, Deepika (Thusoo) Singh Rajawat, has emerged as a prominent voice in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from the Gujjar-Bakarwal community. Deepika Rajawat,...

24 Apr 2018 5:03 pm
Massacre at Gaza

Israeli security forces shoot at unarmed, peaceful Palestinian protesters on the Gaza-Israel border, killing nearly 40 of them. Israel’s leaders try to legitimise the killings by calling the victims “terrorists”. By JOHN CHERIAN

24 Apr 2018 5:03 pm
Missiles of aggression

Without waiting for independent confirmation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the town of Douma, the U.S. with its two staunch NATO allies carries out air strikes against Syria. By JOHN CHERIAN

24 Apr 2018 4:46 pm
Looming Cold War

A new Cold War is in the offing. But more than a battle of ideologies, it will be a fight between a declining superpower and resurgent countries such as Russia and China that want a return to a more democratic, multipolar world and respect from the West for their sovereignty and national interests. By JOHN CHERIAN

11 Apr 2018 12:38 pm
New light on Tagore

Two hymns in English composed by Rabindranath Tagore discovered in a Unitarian Church hymn book in the United States open up a fresh avenue for Tagore scholars to explore. By SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

11 Apr 2018 12:22 pm
‘JNU’s questioning minds a problem for indoctrinators’

Interview with Prof Romila Thapar. By ZIYA US SALAM

11 Apr 2018 12:20 pm
Tussle between giants

The ongoing trade war between the world’s biggest economies comes on the heels of a record-high U.S. trade deficit with China. By RAMESH CHAKRAPANI

11 Apr 2018 12:20 pm
Sea of troubles

The violent protests by Dalits across north India add to the discomfiture of the Narendra Modi government, which is already rocked by failures on several fronts. By VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN

11 Apr 2018 12:18 pm
Mosul’s echo in punjab

The families of the men kidnapped in Mosul are sore at the government’s handling of the tragedy and the way they had been fed false hopes for close to four years. By DIVYA TRIVEDI

11 Apr 2018 12:08 pm
Media and the judiciary

The press has a right and a duty to keep a vigil on the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.The courts and the media cannot afford to cling to the past. It is time for both to be honest and fearless.

11 Apr 2018 12:07 pm
Activist and journalist

The book contains valuable material on the life and legacy of the fiery journalist Gauri Lankesh. By VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED

11 Apr 2018 12:04 pm
The past in prints

Gandhi dominated in the visual imaginary of nationalism among printmakers of pre-Independence India and the artists they commissioned to make “nationalist prints”, and the portrayals reflected popular culture, resulting in some interesting images of the Mahatma, for instance, with Bhagat Singh and even as Krishna. By VINAY LAL

11 Apr 2018 12:03 pm
Gandhi in Nationalist Prints

Gandhi dominated in the visual imaginary of nationalism among printmakers of pre-Independence India and the artists they commissioned to make “nationalist prints”, and the portrayals reflected popular culture, resulting in some interesting images of the Mahatma, for instance, with Bhagat Singh and even as Krishna. By VINAY LAL

11 Apr 2018 12:00 pm
Negative twist

The North East Industrial Development Scheme downgrades the industrial policy for the region to a mere Central sector scheme by limiting the scope for incentivising industrialisation. By SUSHANTA TALUKDAR in Guwahati

11 Apr 2018 11:57 am
Wounds of the world

Excerpts from the Nadim Makdisi Memorial Lecture at the American University of Beirut on March 14, 2018. By VIJAY PRASHAD

10 Apr 2018 4:43 pm
Toxic legacy

The U.S. invasion of Iraq, which started 15 years ago in March 2003, has resulted in untold damage, death and displacement and triggered a global refugee crisis, but Washington seems determined not to learn its lesson. By JOHN CHERIAN

10 Apr 2018 4:35 pm
New equations

A European power joins the efforts of countries such as the United States and Japan to convert India into a regional military counterweight to China. By JOHN CHERIAN

10 Apr 2018 4:30 pm
Unsettling reform

The Centre’s decision to introduce fixed-term employment in all sectors sparks a controversy as trade unions fear this will affect the nature of future employment contracts and legitimise hire and fire. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

10 Apr 2018 4:18 pm
Kausalya Shankar: Standing tall

IT has been two years since the 22-year-old Dalit man V. Shankar was murdered for marrying Kausalya, a 19-year-old girl belonging to the most backward caste of Agamudaiyar, by paid killers in broa...

10 Apr 2018 4:15 pm