By setting up high-profile EAC, Stalin’s message is clear: TN means busine...

The DMK government, led by Chief Minister M K Stalin in Tamil Nadu, stunned the business world on June 21 with the announcement of an Econom...

Death of an ‘Adikavi’ and his influence on Tamil Dalit lit...

Before talking about the impact of Siddalingaiah's works in Tamil Nadu, one must know the journey of how this poet emerged as a fiery Dalit Kannada voice in Karnataka during the turbulent times of the state’s history.

MSP on agri produce has gone up, but does the farmer care?

The Union government recently hiked Minimum Support Price (MSP) for major agricultural commodities. It is a ritual followed every year, just ahead of the kharif season. Ironically, the government hikes MSP, but shies away from making it a legal guarantee, which is one of the primary demands of the agitating farmers in Punjab and Haryana right now.

Between a rock and a hard place: COVID and women’s work in rural TN

Young girls’ participation in paid work must be understood in the context of poverty, caste and class-based inequality, and informality in the globalised industrial cluster of Tirupur in Tamil Nadu
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Suvendu’s clout in Bengal mirrors BJP’s N-E model of grafted growth

The growing clout of turncoats in the Bengal BJP at the expense of the old guard replicates the strategy the party’s central leadership has been adopting in the North-East. Suvendu Adhikari, who had switched to the BJP from the Trinamool Congress in December last year, was called to Delhi earlier this week to brief the Bengal situation to the pa...

Jitin Prasada’s BJP entry signals party’s plan to play Brahmin card in UP polls

The in-and-out malady that often marks today’s politicos’ choice of parties or the parties’ choice of poll-savvy faces has once again found a replay in Delhi. This time it is courtesy Jitin Prasada who joined the BJP on Wednesday, with an eye on the upcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. He has formerly been a central minister in the erstwhile C...

Dua’s SC reprieve hardly good news for ‘sedition hotspot’ North-East

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua might have got reprieve from the Supreme Court in a sedition case, but lawyers fighting similar legal battles in the North-East are not much hopeful that the case will act as a deterrent against misuse of the colonial-era law. As many as 229 cases have been filed in five years from 2015 to 2019 across the country und...

Kerala: Left changes narratives; Congress in a quandary

To sum up, the Congress in Kerala displays shallow enthusiasm for new political changes. Whether it is politics of caste, gender, sexuality, or environment, the Congress party declares solidarity which is largely superficial.

Feeble enforcement of laws keeps doctors at risk of irate mobs

Following an attack on healthcare professionals at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal last week, Manipur police arrested two people for assault and vandalism on June 5. Relatives of a 33-year-old patient who succumbed to COVID allegedly manhandled doctors on duty, vandalised the COVID-19 ICU ward and damage...

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Why Paresh Barua joining peace talks may not bring the end of insurgency in Northeast...

Paresh Barua, the militant leader, who was a first-class soccer goalkeeper before taking up arms forming the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in 1979, is known for being acrobatic with his words.  

As Taliban advances in Afghanistan, Ghani travels to meet Biden

In fact the Biden administration is under a lot of pressure not to give up its biggest asset a day too soon — the Bagram Air Base — for fear of it coming under pressure from anti-government forces.

Vaccination ‘record’: Report pokes holes at Centre’s claims

India’s previous record of 45 lakh doses was on April 5. Since then average daily inoculation had fell below 3 million

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Republicans need a policy agenda, not worn out rhetorics

If the Republican Convention at Greenville in North Carolina was anything to go by, former US President Donald Trump had for sure fired up the right wing and the extremist crowd. Not many in the Grand Old Party (GOP) though are convinced that he provided the necessary fodder for the 2022 Congressional elections.

How monsoon decides how much you pay for food and other basics

The south-west monsoon makes a significant impact on inflation, as it affects food production and food makes up nearly 50% of the CPI

Lakshadweep admin a gulf away from SC-appointed panel recommendations

The Lakshadweep Administration’s draft proposal for the formation of a development authority and the executive order transferring powers from panchayat, the proposed water villa projects and the marine park go in direct contradiction with the recommendations of the Justice Ravindran Committee appointed by the Supreme Court in 2012. Any developme...

Sasikala must prove she is crowd-puller as AIADMK leadership keeps her out

A carefully nurtured image of a pacifier and unifier alright, but Sasikala, once the de facto chief minister and AIADMK supremo, has to do much more than that if she should be accepted again in the AIADMK. At the moment, the AIADMK’s top leadership thinks she will be of no use to the party, and it is better off without her. Therefore, Sasikala, ...

COVID’s chills and fevers are hitting small businesses in waves

As COVID hits ordinary people and small businesses, it is imperative for the government to take quick action to arrest the fall; major policy support is the need of the hour

Know how CJI Ramana leveraged law to rescue CBI from a ‘loyal’ Director

CJI Ramana leveraged the weight of law to ensure the CBI Director post was filled in the correct manner; but why wasn’t the Centre aware of the technicalities in preparing the shortlist?

Administrator’s laws put Lakshadweep in the middle of nowhere

Lakshadweep’s new Administrator Praful Khoda Patel’s draft proposals have drawn huge public outcry with many criticizing them as a product of a communal agenda against the majority Muslim population in the island with an intention to tarnish their culture and tradition. A reading of the proposed laws brings out a larger picture that has multiple ob...

Huge disparity in vaccination coverage among nations to stump global growth

The extent of people vaccinated worldwide has shown up the enormous disparity that dogs the much sought-after preventive from reaching each and everyone on earth. While some are close to achieving complete vaccination, others have just about started receiving vaccines in dribbles.

No light at the end of India’s COVID vaccine tunnel

The grim shortage of vaccines is just one aspect of the problem; from pricing by private bodies to floating of tenders by states, poor planning has made India’s much-needed COVID vaccination drive a non-starter

AIMIM comes a cropper in TN as minorities see through his game

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Asaduddin Owaisi has come a cropper in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by-elections. The people by large rejected the Nellai Mubarak-led Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the AIMIM as part of the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK). Owaisi’s party contested three seats, and the SDPI six i...

Justice is hostage as Andhra wields sedition law against rebel MP

After being elected to the Lok Sabha from Narasapuram Constituency, he rebelled against the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and frequently made statements embarrassing the party leadership

Legal, political questions abound over arrest of 3 top Trinamool leaders

The manner in which the CBI arrested three top TMC leaders and a series of suggestive tweets from Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar that followed after the state’s ruling party supporters erupted in protests against the arrests raised several political and legal questions. Legal experts pointed out that the CBI violated due process of the law in carryin...

Food for thought: Zomato’s promise of an IPO, bigger market

Making hay while the sun is bright has made agrarian sense for ages, before the arrival of the greenhouse for growing plants and of the animal feed industry for industrial farms. Modern food-tech and the hyperkinetic media world are as far removed from the farm and the field as potato chips are from silicon chips. But making hay while the sun shine...

Patent monopoly over COVID vaccines is a cruel business

Right now states do not know when they will get stocks. The Centre has a constitutional obligation to provide access to states and the people in general to vaccines and medicines to prevent the spread of contagious diseases like COVID-19

Delhi’s feted Mohalla Clinics fail the COVID test, dismaying the HC

Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics, which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) flaunted as an innovation in primary healthcare, have failed the Covid-19 stress test, drawing dismay from the Delhi High Court. They have slipped as the first line of defence against the epidemic. Poorly located in congested neighbourhoods, staffed inadequately with just a doctor and an assi...

What India needs for its people, economy: COVID vaccines, in quick time

As the COVID caselood spikes and the economy takes a battering, only a well thought out and implemented vaccination strategy can mitigate the situation; India needs its vaccines quickly, in huge numbers, without policy flipflops

Unapologetic, unbridled, unruly: That’s Tejasvi Surya for you

India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi barely gives an interview to news organisations. But in the first interview with a news organisation after assuming office in 2014, to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Modi had said, “Indian Muslims will live for India. They will die for India. They will not want anything bad for India.” In the same interview, h...

The Left stares at bleak future, where do they go from here?

The beleaguered Left Front found Kerala as its electoral lifeline, even as it has faced a rout in West Bengal and gained four seats in Tamil Nadu. With this, analysts say the CPI(M)’s Bengal unit leaders henceforth will have a much lesser say at the national level as the power dynamic could shift to the southern state of Kerala.

Relentless march of saffron brigade: How BJP captured Assam, again

The Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has returned to power in Assam with the party riding high on its all-time best performance in the north-eastern state.

Dream may come true for Stalin, Pinarayi’s work earns him second term

The TN election result should come as a shot in the arm for Stalin, who has led the DMK's performance across the state; the credit for winning Kerala would go to Pinarayi Vijayan for his strong leadership displayed during successive cyclones and the COVID crisis
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