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India’s Avant-garde
There are two avant-garde Indian films that are helping the country save face at the 71st Berlin Film Festival this year. They are Delhi photographer-filmmaker Sohrab Hura’s The Coast, a 17-minute short, and Naeem Mohaiemen’s feature Jole Dobe Na (Th
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United In Intolerance
VHP leader Pravin Togadia charged with sedition for defying a government ban on carrying sharp-edged weapons (a trident) Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), arrested in connection with four different cases of sedit
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Pilgrim’s Progress
The600gmTirumala laddu distributed by the Tirupati temple tops the list of freebies handed out by poll candidates in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district. Voters can’t get enoughofthistemple prasadam.Panchayat polls are fought on a non-party basis but
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Who Is An Enemy Of The State?
ON February 14, when Delhi Police arrested 21-year-old Bengaluru-based climate activist Disha Ravi and slapped charges of sedition on her, two distinct narratives emerged in the media. One group of people branded Ravi, who has been accused of making
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The Cost Of High Fuel Prices
Possibly higher inflation. Petrol and diesel have a combined weight of 4.69 per cent in the Wholesale Price Index and 2.34 per cent in the Consumer Price Index Higher transportation costs, which in turn will push up prices of essential commodities li
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The Temple Run
Temple- and ashram-hopping are, of course, de rigueur for BJP leaders anywhere, but the fervour and commitment are hitting new levels in the Bengal poll campaign. And it’s not just Ram and Hanuman (or Bajrangbali, the preferred appellation for the mo
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God Save This Queen
Even the phrase ‘mixed feelings’ cannot describe your emotions when you read the last page of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Last Queen. On the one hand, you’re grateful to have read a novel about Rani Jindan, the last wife of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
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The Dolomite Minefield
On January 22, the Madhya Pradesh government notified an amendment to the Madhya Pradesh Minor Mineral Rules, 1996. The amendment tweaks the procedure for issuing permits to quarry ‘minor minerals’ like dolomite, used in the state’s steel and other i
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Goa’s Green Wars
Since November 2020, hundreds of villagers and flash mobs in Goa have been protesting against three major infrastructure projects in the picturesque Mollem town close to the state’s border with Karnataka. They say the projects—to double a railway tra
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SONG: Pishi jao (Aunty, leave) INSPIRED BY: Bella Ciao, an anthem of anti-fascist Italian resistance during World War II SONG: Tumpa shona/ duto hampi dena (Darling Tumpa, give me two kisses) INSPIRED BY: Video song of a Bangla web series, Rest in P
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Donations Welcome
On February 9, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Andolanjeevi” comment in the Lok Sabha, saying leaders who are going house to house asking for donations are members of the “Chandajeevi” organis
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The Need For Speed
When Dr Dinesh Kapadia decided to register for Covid vaccination in New Delhi, he met with fierce resistance from his wife and two children. The reason: at 72 years of age, they felt, Dr Kapadia was too old to risk the potential side-effects of the v
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The Czar Of Scars
Q. US-based Poisoned Pen Press calls you “one of India’s best-known comic-book writers”. You’ve published science fiction-horror comics such as The Kalki Project and The Reincarnation Man, as well as your Raj-era murder mysteries, A Very Pukka Murder
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Mixing It Up
Last April, Ajesh Joseph, head mixologist at Jet-lag, Bengaluru, posted a video of himself zooming, literally, up and down a hallway, draped over a wheelie bin. It was captioned ‘Quarantine day 10’. He subsequently shared a slapstick routine, set to
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The Ott Generation
P RATIK GANDHI HAS DONE GUJARATI THEATRE, blink-and-miss parts in Hindi TV shows, starred in hit Gujarati films including Bey Yaar and Wrong Side Raju and played the “hero ka friend” in Hindi films Loveyatri and Mitron. But the career-making role the
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Tools Of Repression
Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code defines sedition as any words, either spoken or written, or signs, visible representations or other communication that can cause ‘hatred or contempt’, or that ‘excites or attempts to excite disaffection’ towards
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Revenues Versus Rights
15 days The time allowed to gram sabhas/ panchayats in the amended law to file objections to quarrying proposals 27% of India’s dolomite reserves are in Madhya Pradesh, according to a 2016 report by the Indian Bureau of Mines Rs 6.4 crore State rev
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Will Bmc Get The Control Key?
While presenting the Rs 39,039 crore budget of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for 2021-22—the largest ever in the corporation’s history and 17 per cent higher than the previous year—on February 3, commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal brought
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Social Distancing
The cold war between Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is an open secret. The chief minister has not made the customary courtesy call for almost a year. And the governor was recently forced to fly commerci
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Assam In Numbers
As of March 2019, Assam had 3,908.5 km of national highways, accounting for nearly three per cent of India’s total highway network. Between 2016-17 and January 2020, 14,006 km of roads were constructed In December 2018, the 4.94 km Bogibeel bridge,
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Track The Record
Last year, one of my long-held musical beliefs was shattered. I learned that alternative rock band REM’s 1991 single ‘Losing My Religion’, despite all the symbolism in its iconic music video, is not about lead singer Michael Stipe’s struggles with hi
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Q + A Designated Survivor
Q. We have seen multiple war dramas, but the 1962 Indo-China war had remained largely untouched... We don’t delve into the China war because we lost. We tend to highlight battles we won. I don’t think there are any winners in war, but in the name of
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KCR’s Backward Classes Challenge
In a last-minute rejig, Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) chose Gadwal Vijayalakshmi as the mayor of Hyderabad on February 11, and named frontrunner Mothe Srilatha Reddy as her deputy. Though the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TR
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To Mine Or Not?
123 Number of mining leases, of which the Supreme Court cancelled 88 in 2018 ₹1,000 CRORE Revenue loss per year to government due to the mining ban 20% Estimated decline in state GDP attributed to the ban on mining 25 MN TONNES Average iron ore ex
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A Burning Issue
At a time when Covid-19 has already taken a toll on thousands of lives and millions of livelihoods, there comes a new burden for consumers—soaring fuel prices. Over the past year, petrol prices in Delhi have risen nearly 24 per cent, with diesel pric
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The Sedition Count
10,938 PEOPLE WERE BOOKED IN 816 CASES OF SEDITION BETWEEN 2010 AND 2020 Cases include six filed during the ongoing FARMERS’ PROTEST in Delhi, 25 during the ANTI-CAA protests from December 2019 to February 2020, and 22 after the HATHRAS GANGRAPE in
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Raising the Bar
The only Indian bar on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, Sidecar is run by Yangdup Lama and Minakshi Singh, also behind Gurgaon’s OG bartenders’ bar—Cocktail and Dreams Speakeasy Previously a secret bar, Hoots is within Perch Wine & Coffee Bar and features
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Mumbai’s Managers
₹ 39,039 crore Responsible for water supply, cleanliness, health facilities ₹ 12,969 crore Executes big infrastructure projects ₹ 2,221 crore Redevelops slums and dilapidated buildings ₹ 54,000 crore* (*For entire Maharashtra) Has the authority to cl
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Goa’s Mining Pitch
At a NITI Aayog meeting on February 20, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Union government implement the amendment to MMDRA or the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 to pave the way fo
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