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COVID’S LONG SHADOW
IS THE THIRD WAVE OVER?
MAN OF FEW WORDS
Sharks and Elephants
Charity Begins at Home
BATTLE LINES DRAWN IN TMC
Divide and Rule
PUNJAB POTBOILER • FOUR STRONG CONTENDERS ARE PITCHED IN A MULTI-POLAR ELECTORAL BATTLE. WHO WILL WIN THE DAY—AND PUNJAB?
THE ELECTION STAKES • IN 2017, THE CONGRESS SWEPT PUNJAB. WHAT WILL 2022 BRING?
It’s • SPRING AND PUNJAB’S LANDSCAPE is a radiant tapestry of shimmering green wheat fields and blazing yellow mustard patches. For its people, though, the winter of discontent lingers on. The flourishing frontier state has slid in recent years into a debilitating indebtedness, leaving much of its youth jobless and frustrated and its polity divided. The granary of India—Punjab produces one-fifth of India’s wheat and 12 per cent of the country’s rice—is grieving. Agriculture, the very thing that brought it so much prosperity, could be the kiss of death unless there is a radical shift in the existing pattern of high-intensity crop rotation between wheat and rice. Water tables have depleted to precipitous levels, as have crop productivity and income levels. The state is in the throes of a serious existential crisis and is struggling to rediscover its mojo.
AAM AADMI PARTY
SHIROMANI AKALI DAL
PUNJAB LOK CONGRESS
FOUR CORNERED VISION • Busy on their respective campaign trails, the Big Four of this Punjab election take time out to answer a few key questions, in exclusive interviews to Group Editorial Director Raj Chengappa and Senior Editor Anilesh S. Mahajan. Excerpts
THE Y-AXIS: Eight Squares on the Chessboard • The ‘Yadav belt’ in western UP is a traditional Samajwadi fortress. Can the party regain the ground it lost in 2017 or will the BJP spring another surprise?
THE YOUNG TURKS
NO EXES BAGGAGE
Dua, Salaam or Post-pollpourri?
BY GOD OR BY LAW
GONE WITH THE WIND • ‘Team Rahul Gandhi’, the band of young leaders touted as the Congress scion’s able lieutenants, lies in disarray. Several of them have quit the party, others sulk openly
THE DISINTEGRATION OF TEAM RAHUL • These leaders were often projected in the media as members of the young team the Gandhi scion was building
ROLL CALL OF COUNSELLORS • Rahul Gandhi has sought the advice of these leaders at different phases of his political career
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NEGLECTED BASTIONS • CAN THE ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS BECOME THE FOCUS OF INDIA’S MILITARY STRATEGY AGAINST A BELLIGERENT CHINA? THERE IS PLENTY OF INTENT, BUT INSUFFICIENT MILITARY CAPACITY ON THE GROUND
TORONTO CALLING • A THIRD CHEAPER THAN THEIR US COUNTERPARTS AND WITH A MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE WORK PERMIT PROGRAMME, CANADIAN COLLEGES ARE BECOMING THE NEW DESTINATION FOR INDIAN STUDENTS
An Auto Driver's Lessons in Customer Care • His pride in his job has brought Annadurai to the notice of business titans
COLOUR ME Happy • The right shade...