A selection of 12 pieces from the best content we carried in 2018.
2018 has been an eventful year with state elections and world cups and massive protests and socio-political churning, fit for the history books. Through all this, Swarajya has been bringing you the best ground reports, commentaries, opinions and perspectives on a plethora of issues which have been able to debunk flawed premises and have been able to set an independent narrative. These articles are ones which people have come back to again and again, and which have truly had an impact on the way certain issues were discussed, deliberated and debated.
As the year draws to a close, we present to you 12 of our articles spanning across politics, policy and culture, which you should read again.
Author: R Jagannathan
The highlight of 2018 for Swarajya, was a free and frank discussion with the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on politics and policy and everything in between. The interview was conducted by the editorial director along with the CEO and publisher, and covered all burning issues including , , , , and . These are a series of articles which need to be read again to understand the vision and the work of the government.
2. Today Sabarimala is India
Author: Aravindan Neelakandan
This year has seen the most outrageous assault of the judiciary on the faith of people in Sabarimala and an organic protest against the same in Kerala. Swarajya has consistently fought against the one-sided narrative of the mainstream media and has brought to you the perspective of the devotees. This of all that the struggle at Sabarimala symbolised for India and Hinduism.
3. Selective data on communal violence in India: Indiaspend, English media have a lot to answer for
Author: Swati Goel Sharma
This was crucial in puncturing the manufactured narrative and sinister propaganda which the portal IndiaSpend was running through its ‘hate tracker’. It was a detailed takedown of the motivated inclusion and exclusion criteria of hate crimes, cherry picking of data and questionable omissions by the IndiaSpend team to create data tailored to sentiment of ‘rising intolerance against minorities in India’.
Author: Pratyasha Rath
While the Congress gunned for the impeachment of the ex-chief justice of India Deepak Misra, Swarajya brought to you the dark history of the Congress party in . From the days of the Emergency to the political co-option of friendly Supreme Court judges, the article lays bare the role of the Congress party in tarnishing the judiciary and its present day hypocrisy.
Author: Aashish Chandorkar
2018 was the year when every single village in India finally had access to electricity. But instead of acknowledging and celebrating this landmark achievement, a narrative was spun to undermine its significance. This was crucial in debunking each of the flawed premises being floated around and provided the correct response to every dubious contention.
6. Namami Gange: How Modi’s grand project is making gradual but certain progress
Author: Prakhar Gupta
The Namami Gange project was an important objective of the Modi government and this told us exactly how this project is faring. From infrastructural augmentation, to improved centre-state coordination to a focus on sanitation, Swarajya presented to you the one piece you should read to understand why the Modi government can claim to have done more for the Ganga than any regime before.
7. The Banaras Ghats: They are A’Changin’
Author: Arihant Pawariya
This year, we did a special edition tracking the status of development in PM Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi. In this , Arihant Pawariya gave you the low down of how the famous Ghats of Varanasi are gradually undergoing a change. Covering a range of voices from the city, this is a compelling read of all that is done and all that remains to be done in Kashi.
8. Anti-Sterlite protests: Who is behind the Tutucorin turmoil?
Authors: M R Subramani and Aravindan Neelakandan
The anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu carried on for months and there was yet again a similar line of reporting seen in the local and the national media. Swarajya in this looked deeper into the modus operandi of actors and organisations fuelling the protest in Tuticorin, and found that there is more to the unrest than meets the eye. From a hidden separatist agenda to actors associated with evangelism, this piece is a must read to decipher the anti-Sterlite protests.
Author: Jaideep Mazumdar
Our team has been consistent in bringing you stories from northeast India and in helping bridge the divide which some eminent journalists had blamed on tyranny of distance! Sikkim is the best performing small state in the country and is a leader in sustainable development. In this , we discuss how the longest serving chief minister in the country, Pawan Kumar Chamling has powered this phenomenal development in the state.
10. Four years of Modi government: India’s security sector
Author: Syed Ata Hasnain
No less than a retired three star General of the Indian Army, for our readers, as the Modi government completed four years in power. From diplomacy, to internal security to civil-military relations and personnel management, this comprehensive review covers all the aspects that one would want to peruse.
11. Dismantling Sainthood: Ambedkar on Gandhi
Author: Anand Ranganathan
On the occasion of the127th birth anniversary of the father of the Indian Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Swarajya brought out a commemorative issue celebrating his genius and his contribution towards nation-building. One of the articles which stood out and triggered a discussion was highlighting the long standing clash of ideas between Ambedkar and Gandhi. Agree or not, it is definitely worth reading again.
12. Ardent Environmentalists: How women of a Jodhpur village propel the Bishnoi sentiment for ecology and life
Author: Sumati Mehrishi
The Bishnois of Rajasthan are known for a way of life which considers ecological conservation as a central tenet of their existence and not as a part of any activism. This helped us understand how women of the community take this sentiment forward through their everyday actions and how kindness towards all species is a part of their faith, culture and ethos.