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Max Weber believed the State having a monopoly on violence was good, as it derived its legitimacy from the society it governed. But what happens when it uses illegitimate and disproportionate violence against its own? In this issue, we uncover the sordid saga of fake encounters.

Issue Date : 15 August 2022

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has ranked first in the Outlook-ICARE's top 15 government medical universities. The list will help you select the top government medical university for yourself.


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Education

Outlook-ICARE India’s Top Universities Rankings 2022: Top 15 Government Technical Universities In India

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Education

Outlook-ICARE India’s Top Universities Rankings 2022: Top 10 Emerging State Public Universities In India

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Education

Outlook-ICARE India’s Top Universities Rankings 2022: Top 75 State Public Universities In India

Jadavpur University in West Bengal has been named the best State Public University in India for its academic research excellence and competitive placement by Outlook's annual ICARE university rankings.


Education

Outlook-ICARE India’s Top Universities Rankings 2022: Top 20 Central Universities In India

Jawaharlal Nehru University tops Outlook's annual ranking of India’s top 20 Central Universities in 2022, followed by Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Delhi University.


Education

Outlook-ICARE India’s Top Universities Rankings 2022: Top 40 Deemed To Be Universities In India

A deemed to be university is an accreditation granted to higher educational institutions in India by the Department of Higher Education. Find here Outlook's annual ranking of India’s top 40 deemed to be universities in 2022.


Education

Outlook-ICARE India’s Top Universities Rankings 2022: Top 15 Emerging State Private Universities

Outlook's annual ICARE rankings of India’s top 15 Emerging State Private Universities in 2022 has named Vellore Institute of Technology in Amravati as the best in the category.


Education

Outlook-ICARE India’s Top Universities Rankings 2022: Top 50 State Private Universities In India

OP Jindal Global University in Sonipat has been ranked the best State-Private University in India as per Outlook's annual ICARE rankings. Chandigarh University in Mohali and Nirma University in Ahmedabad have secured second and third place respectively.


National

Gunslingers In The Valley: When Ikhwan Raised War Against Pakistan-backed Militants

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National

Death In Dandakaranya: In Jungles Of Chhattisgarh, Justice Is Served At The Barrel Of Gun

The culture of rifles among Adivasis, aided by the ever-increasing deployment of parami­li­tary forces, has permanently mutated the central Indian forests in Chhattisgarh.


National

From Goonda Raj To Encounter Raj In Uttar Pradesh

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National

Here's Why Fake ‘Encounter’ Killings Are Carried Out With Impunity Across India

The highest levels of government keep encouraging police, paramilitary and army units to eliminate "undesirables" even as the public cheers the rogue elements from the sidelines


National

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National

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International

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National

How The 'Encounter Specialists' Of Bombay Crime Branch Became Larger-than-life Figures

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National

Fake Encounters In India: Laws, Flaws & Fear

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National

Punjab Has A Sordid Story Of Encounter Killings

The government retaliation against Khalistani terrorism inaugurated a chapter in the state's history that's yet to end


National

Fake Encounters: Why Does Public Support Extrajudicial Killings In India?

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