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Crossroads
ON 16 MAY 1951 , Jawaharlal Nehru stood in parliament and moved for a bill to be referred to a select committee. The Constitution (First Amendment) Bill sought to change the new Constitution that had come into effect less than sixteen months before.
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True Media Needs True Allies.
I think that there will come a time when people will ask of the Indian media: What were you doing in those five years when a government came to power that spread hate and poison, that controlled the media, what were you doing then? And very few in th
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The Bookshelf
This book examines debates around Konkani and its development, looking at translations, popular literature, newspaper articles and scholarly essays on the language. It also traces how Konkani acquired cultural dominance and the ways in which it stray
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True Media Needs True Allies.
Democracy just cannot survive without a free press. And certainly, a country like India, which is so diverse, can absolutely not survive without a free expression of facts and views. And because the mainstream media is now shutting its mouth, out of
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The Belly Of The Beast
POLICE OFFICERS are usually happy to be interviewed about successful operations. They might narrate the details with great flair, while juniors who are around may chip in now and then with additional bits of information. But Bhanu Pratap Singh, the s
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Curtain Call
“And what colour bra were you wearing?” her friend asks. That’s not relevant, she argues, and besides, she doesn’t remember. When she finally answers, if only to dispel the mounting tension, the atmosphere shifts. The motley chorus that was, until a
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Bull Run
“OI DEKH, TAKA PORCHHE, TAKA PORCHHE!”—See, money is falling! Money is falling! It was 6 November 2019, and a stunned crowd gathered under the MK Point building on Kolkata’s Bentinck Street as a shower of ₹ 500 and ₹ 2,000 notes rained down on them f
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Heads Of The Family
On 20 March, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh appointed Dattatreya Hosabale as its new sarkaryavah—the executive head of the organisation. Though RSS leaders argue in public that his elevation is nothing but a generational change, many of them admit i
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The Caravan
EDITOR Anant Nath EXECUTIVE EDITOR Vinod K Jose POLITICAL EDITOR Hartosh Singh Bal SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Roman Gautam DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR Praveen Donthi BOOKS EDITOR Maya Palit CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tanvi Mishra SENIOR ASSISTANT EDITORS Martand Kau
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Mental Pictures
In the 1972 movie Koshish, written and directed by Gulzar, a mimed conversation takes place between the deaf and mute protagonist and the mother of the deaf and mute heroine. This is when the two characters meet for the second time. The former commun
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Twists of Faith
The Lyab-i Hauz—Tajik for “by the pool”—complex is the tourist hub of the storied city of Bukhara in Uzbekistan, surrounded by the ubiquitous accoutrements of such centres: bed-and-breakfasts, money-changers, souvenir shops and bistros. The rectangul
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Rescue Effort
ON 27 FEBRUARY 2002 , as 59 karsevaks burnt to death in the Sabarmati Express’s S6 coach in the central Gujarat town of Godhra, Narendra Modi, then the chief minister of the state, rushed to the spot. Later that day, the Gujarat government released a
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Editor’s Pick
ON 8 MAY 1945 , the commanders of the three branches of the German armed forces prepare to sign an instrument of surrender at the headquarters of the Soviet military administration in Berlin, ending hostilities in the European theatre during the Seco
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One For The History Books
ON 26 MARCH THIS YEAR, at a feminist webinar to mark fifty years since Bangladesh gained independence, the Pakistani author and oral historian Anam Zakaria spoke about the “political and cultural silencing around the birth of Bangladesh” that she wit
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Plague Tales
In March 2020, as COVID-19 lock-downs started to engulf the world, Sunila Galappatti—a dramaturg, editor, and writer—mulled over an experiment in Colombo. The news of the lockdown made her wonder if people were at risk of shrinking into enclosed real
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Flight Response
These are tough times for the Indian Air Force. Over the past year, the IAF has been stretched thin due to a border crisis in Ladakh. In order “to conserve flying hours and equipment,” it recently cancelled its showpiece training exercise Iron Fist,
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The Price of Meat
ON 2 APRIL 2014 , Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat at the time and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime-ministerial candidate, addressed an election rally in Bihar’s Newada district. “The same Yaduvanshi which worships Krishna, which rears
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Cash Cows
One of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s most prominent ideological planks has been the issue of cow protection. Its leaders have used the issue to pit Hindus against Muslims, who dominate the meat and allied trades in many parts of the country. But this
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Editor’s Pick
EMS NAMBOODIRIPAD (LEFT) and members of his cabinet head to lunch from their offices in Trivandrum in April 1957, shortly after he was sworn in as the chief minister of Kerala. The Communist Party of India won the largest share of seats in the inaugu
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Origin Stories
IN 1957 , a special-forces inspector in Tiruchirappalli filed a case against EV Ramasamy—the founder of the Dravidar Kazhagam, popularly known as Periyar—under Section 117 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 117 forbids the abetment of an offence by te
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On Repeat
The Bharatiya Janata Party looks set for more electoral success in the four states and one union territory going to the polls this summer. The Congress is struggling in all of them, and obituaries have been written in advance for regional parties suc
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Act of Faith
On 15 March, at the sixth protest gathering of the National Adivasi Indigenous Religion Coordination Committee, Adivasis from across the country came together at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to demand a separate column for “tribal religion” in the census. T
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Learning Experience
Every few decades, India gets a new National Education Policy—a framework to guide the development of education in the country. The first education policy was passed in 1968, the second in 1986 and the third was approved by the cabinet on 29 July las
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Works in Progress
IN A RARE MOMENT OF LEISURE, on the night of 5 December 1956, at his rented bungalow on Delhi’s Alipur Road, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar chanted the Buddhist liturgy as it played on the radiogram: “Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami, Dhamman Sharanam Gachchhami,
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Where’s the Beef?
Nascimento Fernandes is a third-generation beef trader in Goa. Ubaldo’s Beef Shop, set up by his grandfather in the 1920s, overlooks Calangute’s bustling fish market. Fresh beef from Belgaum, in neighbouring Karnataka, is brought in daily. Five miniv
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The Bookshelf
Between 2013 and 2016, Project 39A, a criminal-justice research-and-litigation centre, interviewed death-row prisoners and their family members. This book is a counterpart to the Death Penalty India Report based on these interviews, with 19 snippets
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The Biased Referee
On 12 March, the Election Commission announced an unprecedented eight-phase polling schedule for West Bengal’s 294 assembly seats and a three-phase one for 126 seats in Assam. The way the phases have been marked out has drawn attention, especially si
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Battle Royal
SINCE NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, protests have erupted throughout Nepal, including in the cities of Butwal, Biratnagar, Dhangadhi, Pokhara, Janakpur and Kathmandu. While civil and political protests are a strong and regular feature of Nepali politics, these
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The Caravan
EDITOR Anant Nath EXECUTIVE EDITOR Vinod K Jose POLITICAL EDITOR Hartosh Singh Bal SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Roman Gautam DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR Praveen Donthi BOOKS EDITOR Maya Palit CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tanvi Mishra SENIOR ASSISTANT EDITORS Martand Kau
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True Media Needs True Allies.
I think that there will come a time when people will ask of the Indian media: What were you doing in those five years when a government came to power that spread hate and poison, that controlled the media, what were you doing then? And very few in th
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