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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
The Containment Zone
THE BIG GUIDELINES
THE DEFAULT TEMPLE RUN
A SAFE BET?
Disentangling the Nuclear Triangle • One of the world’s nuclear flashpoints saw a sudden détente when India and China agreed to a disengagement at the LAC (Line of Actual Control) on February 17 and India and Pakistan announced a ceasefire on the LoC (Line of Control) eight days later, on February 25. A look at the compulsions that drive these three countries, locked in a two-against-one confrontation in South Asia, and their own national issues they must deal with
A SHOT AT PEACE • CAN THE STATE BE PERSUADED TO HOLD TALKS WITH MAOISTS WHEN IT FINALLY HAS THE UPPER HAND?
THE DRIVE THAT NEEDS A PUSH
SETTING AN EXAMPLE • Israel’s experience has demostrated the efficacy of the rapid, mass vaccination strategy
“THE DAYS OF CASTE POLITICS ARE OVER” • Haryana chief minister MANOHAR LAL KHATTAR is once again at the receiving end of Jat anger, this time over the Centre’s new farm laws. But in this interview with ANILESH S. MAHAJAN, he sounds resolutely focused on governance issues rather than electoral imperatives. Excerpts:
THE ROAD TO VALIDATION
MILESTONES • Maharashtra’s largest expressway will connect 10 districts, pass through 120 km of forests, and will give rise to 19 new townships on its peripheries
THE LONELINESS OF THE GANDHIS • Staring at political oblivion and rebellion within, the Gandhis seem to be losing their grip on the party. Their future now rests on the results of the upcoming state polls
THE SHRINKING MAP • Since 2014, the Congress has been steadily losing power in the states
RAHUL’S BRIGADE • The proximity of some leaders to the Gandhi family has left many in the party disgruntled
THE DISSENTERS • Some of the ‘G23’ rebels have refused to cave in
INDEPENDENT OBSERVERS • Veterans and regional satraps who have become indispensable to the party
REHABILITATED REBELS • After a short show of defiance, they are back in the party fold and rewarded for it
MAY MANDATE • The outcome of the assembly polls in five states on May 2 will further define the internal dynamics in the Congress
THE GHOST OF KHALISTAN • Recent arrests point to Pakistan’s game plan of reviving the Khalistan movement by using the local criminal network in India. The farmers’ protests could be another rallying point for secessionists based abroad
A SCARRED PAST
ENEMIES OF THE STATE
WELFARE STREET • Chief Minister EPS goes for a saturation strategy of sops to win another term
“WE ARE A NATURAL ALLIANCE OF PARTIES...”
Poll Storm Ahead • FOUR KEY STATES GO TO POLLS IN LESS THAN A MONTH. A READY RECKONER ON THE MAIN PLAYERS, ISSUES AND TRENDS
NOTHING BUT HER TRUTH • RETURNING TO THE SCREEN AFTER 21 YEARS, POOJA BHATT SAYS SHE WON’T HIDE HER AGE OR HER WOUNDS
MANY BLANKS TO FILL • PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS’S MEMOIR BUILDS HER BRAND WHILE IGNORING HER CRAFT
A SECOND COMING • Starring Soumitra Chatterjee as himself, this...