NDA's budgets

In true colours

The Centre aims to provide 'water to every field

Land acquisition ordinance

The Ides of March

Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union protest against the NDA's anti-farmer policies at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on March 18.

Political impact

Building resistance

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other opposition leaders after a meeting with the President over the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, on March 17.

From the field: Marathwada

Big risks, big gains

From the field: Punjab

From prosperity to penury

A farmer ploughing his field in in Mansa district.

From the field: Karnataka

MSP and ownership rights

From the field: Tamil Nadu

Challenges galore

Farmers drying red gram crop near Thirumalai Samudram village in Thanjavur district.

Controversy

A dubious alliance

The main entrance of the Coca-Cola factory at Plachimada in Palakkad district, Kerala. This plant came under scrutiny in 2004 and was later ordered to be shut down for violating various laws.

Archaeology

Harappan surprise

A seal made of steatite stone found in one of the trenches in 4MSR. It is a sure sign that the site belongs to the Mature Harappan phase. The seal has the carving of a unicorn standing in front of an incense burner and five Harappan characters on the top part.

Reservation

Flawed reading

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with a delegation of Jats and party workers from Haryana at her residence in New Delhi on December 22, 2013.

Communalism

Callous complicity

Hashimpura massacre survivors (from left), Babudin Ansari, Zulfiqar Nasir and Muzibur Rahman in New Delhi on March 24.

Crime

Bengal’s shame

At the Convent of Jesus and Mary High School, Ranaghat, March 18.

United States

Party of paranoia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on March 3.

IAS officer's death

Tied up in knots

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announcing a CBI probe into the death of D.K. Ravi, in the State Assembly on March 23.

Venezuela

Back to the old game

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro with state oil and electric workers during an anti-imperialist rally in Caracas on March 18.

Data Card

Death on roads

A passenger bus that overturned after it plunged into a gorge in Garhwa district of Jharkhand on March 30.

Reforms

Failing the farmer

At a dharna by farmers' unions against the NDA governments's anti-farmer policies on March 18 in New Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav with Naresh Singh Tikait (left) and Rakesh Tikait, leaders of the Bhartiya Kisan Union.

Interview: Jairam Ramesh

‘Go back to the 2013 law’

CHENNAI, 16/10/2013: Union Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh, interacts with partymen at Satyamurthi Bhavan, before addressing the media in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: S_S_Kumar

From the field: Bundelkhand

At nature’s mercy

A farmland affected by a hailstorm at Bhojla village in Jhansi district on March 24, 2014.

From the field: Western Uttar Pradesh

In debt trap

Mawana Sugar Works in Mawana.

From the field: Vidarbha

Cotton farmers in distress

A trader checking the harvested cotton crop at an auction centre in Yavatmal, Maharashtra, on February 4.

From the field: Andhra Pradesh

Defacing a rural economy

Women packing dried chillies into bags at Pedaparimi village in Thullur mandal in Guntur district.

Cow slaughter

Burden of a ban

A herder with his cattle in Gurgaon on October 10, 2014.

Haryana

Church under attack

A flag with Hindu religious symblos that some miscreants placed on a building after removing the cross, in Kaimri village on March 15.

Essay

AFSPA: Licence to kill

During the Quit India Movement in 1942. Exactly a week after the AICC passed the “Quit India” resolution on August 8, 1942, in Bombay (now Mumbai), the Viceroy, Lord Linlithgow, promulgated the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Ordinance, 1942, under Section 72 of the Government of India Act, 1935. Among the powers it conferred on certain officers of the armed forces was the licence to kill.

Industry

Small and ignored

At an SME Loan Expo organised by Corporation Bank in Coimbatore. The government has announced that loans to SMEs from public sector banks will be brought under priority sector lending.

Cyberlaw

In defence of free speech

A hunger strike against Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in December 2012.

Interview: Carl Haber

Seeing voices

Carl Haber in his recording research lab with the IRENE machine at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.

Abanindranath Tagore

Evolution of a master

The Passing of Shah Jahan (1902).

Israel

A vote for apartheid

Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters from the Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 18.

TIFR

Disappointing a director

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai.
Volume: 32
Issue: 07
Issue Date: 17-04-2015

Columns

PREOCCUPATIONS

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K.Satchidanandan

Finding her voice

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Constructing Heritage

The Second Rukmini Devi Memorial Lecture delivered by Romila Thapar from Jawaharlal Nehru University, on Dec. 20, 2014, at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. Updated with video. Read more »

Rights in Review - The Supreme Court in 2014

The Supreme Court of India is the foremost guardian of fundamental rights and the spirit of the Constitution. While a lot of attention is paid to the pendency of cases and media coverage of high-profile litigation, less attention has been paid to the Supreme Court’s protection of fundamental rights. This Rights Review aims to do this with a careful analysis of key Supreme Court cases on fundamental rights. This Review is the first of an annual series to be released each December. Read more »


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