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Haryana on alert as Dera chief is set to be sentenced

Over 2,000 Central forces deployed around the jail, where the godman is lodged
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Ray characters promote EC voter list campaign

Goopy Gyne and Bagha Byne feature in a 30 second music video
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Flamingos paint a pretty picture here

The birds have flocked to Hampi and Hallikere tanks in Ballari
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Saving little rhinos in flooded Kaziranga

Six calves rescued in second wave of the floods between August 11-18 in the national park in Assam
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Editorial: Anarchy in Panchkula

In falling to control the violence, the Haryana government abdicated its responsibility
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Editorial: That old spark

The Nepal prime Minister’s visit sparks hope that bilateral ties will find a new equilibrium
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How privacy stacks up By Mariyam Kamil

In accepting the different conceptions of privacy, the Supreme Court has advanced the privacy jurisprudence
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Army seeks funds to buy munition

Plan to build up emergency reserves has nothing to do with Doklam row, say official
Page no. 10

Under Employment is severe in India: NITI

‘Productive and well paid jobs needed’
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‘JAM’ will end exclusion: Jaitley

Says Jan-Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile revolution will ensure economic inclusion
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Why does the 2022 target for rooftop solar seem ambitious?


Page no. 8

The lure of Dera By Shiv Visvanathan

Shiv Visvanathan looked through the present chaos created by the devotees of Dera Sacha Sauda on arresting their guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a different lens in his article ‘the lure of Dera’. According to him, Dera is a ‘mirror to middle-class fantasies’ where ‘fantasy and faith go together to create a circus of desire where quackery and belief can co-exist’. Equality, as per his view, cannot provide by old and lifeless socialism and Marxism, neither the democracy nor modernization have delivered equality yet. In this situation, the lower castes and classes needed an imagination of equality and the faith of Dera Sacha Sauda and Ram Rahim Singh is successful to give them a dream of success mixing with the sense of hope and happiness. In India, according to Visvanathan, the biggest NGOs are religious groups and people and even the government realizes that at moments of disaster these groups have the power and commitment to be among the best disaster-managers. Their work ethic and their religiosity create a network of competence that the state and secular humanitarians cannot match. They read the classifications of E28marginal beyond standard categories and cater to the diversity of livelihoods in a way social workers cannot match. Dismissing these groups as bad faith will not help. Visvanathan argued that the idea of abstract equality that talked by the ideologues not help to understand India which is a mix of secularism, faith, and superstition with the proliferation of goddesses and the epidemic of gurus. And hence, as per his views, we cannot dismiss Ram Rahim Singh as only a law and order problem.

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