muslim women, muslim women education, triple talaq, burkha, muslim women burkha, education in muslim community, muslim women marriage, muslim community, india news, indian express news
July 23, 2017 12:50 am

Not all Muslim women in India are affected by triple talaq. But triple talaq continues to be an issue where misogyny is deep-rooted, is practised in areas where fundamentalist organisations are strong and where women are not educated.

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July 23, 2017 12:45 am

Reports in a section of the media last week that when the Congress organisational elections are held at the end of the year, Sonia Gandhi may continue as president since her health has improved, can be taken with a pinch of salt.

July 23, 2017 12:35 am

The problem today is that none of the parties in the Opposition has enough numbers to command authority. The Congress leads but more due to inertia than any real strength in the grassroots. Its performance in UP has failed to shake its complacency.

Narendra Modi, GST, BJP
July 23, 2017 12:20 am

When for the hundredth time I heard somebody tell me that Modi was assured of a second term, and that his successor was going to be Yogi Adityanath, I started watching what was going on in the Congress party more carefully.

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July 23, 2017 12:15 am

Wherever I go, I hear that education loans have dried up. The average growth rate in the last years is just 5.3 per cent. When a programme winds down, the worst affected will be the poor who do not have any influence or connections.

Ganga, Yamuna
July 22, 2017 12:54 am

The Supreme Court, too, has been amenable to Special Leave Petitions which then lead to extended litigation in the apex court. All this defeats the basic purpose of the reforms — to expedite resolution of river water disputes.

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July 22, 2017 12:35 am

Pakistan is sincerely trying to get rid of terrorism but the way of life made possible over decades by privatising war stands in the way of self-correction despite the realisation that private jihad has shifted “the monopoly of violence” from the state to the nonstate actor.

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July 22, 2017 12:35 am

Swachh Bharat has garnered international support and emulation, and NGOs, national and international development agencies have mobilised across India’s least well-off districts.

parenting, childcare, mental load, Gender-neutral family leave, family leave, society, indian express columns
July 21, 2017 3:43 am

There is one way to curb the gendered distribution of childcare management: Gender-neutral family leave. From the first month of a couple’s life as new parents, when the father goes back to work (usually within a few days), and the mother stays home for months, the cleavage between their roles begins.

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July 21, 2017 12:55 am

Unless we quickly get our act together, we must be prepared to face the consequences. In any food crisis, it is the top of the food chain that suffers the most. In the case of farmer’s distress, the top of food chain is us — the end consumer.

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July 21, 2017 12:55 am

Market forces, changed tastes and the televisual media alike have ensured that the salwar kameez, and “mehndi” and “sangeet” ceremonies, have marched into our lives, but these are at least colourful and relatively inoffensive. We cannot say the same about life-threatening cow nationalism.

islam reform, quran, west asia, muslims, christianity, cow protection, mob lynching, communal riots, india-china, dokalam, indian express
July 20, 2017 12:35 am

The mess in West Asia owes much to the “different” interpretations of the Quran. Muslims recognise it as the “Word of Allah”.The writer rightly argues that this view need to be changed. If Christianity could be modernised 500 years ago with “cherry-picking”, it is high time that Muslims did the same.

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July 20, 2017 7:35 am

All this is going to have an effect on the polity and the way we will go about our democratic or undemocratic ways. If the state is slack on issues of social cohesion, the nation will pay for it. Nothing subverts law like lynch law.

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July 20, 2017 12:22 am

In the guise of entertainment and news, a lot of talking down to women. During the IIFA Awards, star scions of Bollywood guffawed at their own witticisms at the expense of Kangana Ranaut louder than the assembled audience.

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July 20, 2017 12:02 am

The trouble for the BSP is that a much younger and energetic Dalit leadership has started shaping the discourse within Dalit politics. The BSP’s future in Indian politics depends heavily on what Mayawati chooses to do in the coming months.

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July 19, 2017 1:11 am

In Kashmir, even today, there is recognition of the Sufi tradition in which a Muslim ascetic becomes Nund Rishi and a Hindu poet gets recognition as Lal Ded or Lalla Arifa. But in all parts of India — not just Kashmir — resources drawn from composite heritage are being used to create rifts between communities.

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July 19, 2017 1:06 am

Questioning the timing of the attack, the editorial asks: “Why this act of terror now, where [did] things go wrong and what should be our response are the key questions”.

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July 19, 2017 12:04 am

Government is not paying heed to people’s concerns on GST. It is too important a reform to be left to whims of jingoistic politicians

islam reform, quran, west asia, muslims, christianity, cow protection, mob lynching, communal riots, india-china, dokalam, indian express
July 19, 2017 12:02 am

Can passages of the Quran be cherry-picked — to embrace what is appealing and to skirt around what is not ? That is the question

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July 18, 2017 1:06 am

UP’s ambitious plans may pull down Centre’s 24x7 ‘Power for All’ scheme

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July 18, 2017 12:47 am

Current India-China standoff bears a resemblance to the dispute that sparked the 1962 war. But let’s not stretch the analogy

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July 18, 2017 12:34 am

Malabar-17 demonstrates enhanced interoperability among the navies of Japan, India and the US — and a shared determination to safeguard a free and open Indo-Pacific

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July 17, 2017 12:47 am

If it continues, India-China stand-off could test Nepal’s equal-distance policy

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July 17, 2017 4:49 am

Diversification is essential to making Punjab a star performer in agriculture once again

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July 17, 2017 6:21 am

Naresh Chandra never allowed himself to be captured by his job. He shaped it into his preferred mould

July 15, 2017 12:50 am

Ramanuja and Martin Luther underline how religion evolves by debating with scriptures, not by being beholden to them.

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July 15, 2017 12:31 am

Amendments to the Monuments Act threaten historical structures.

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July 15, 2017 12:13 am

Naresh Chandra was a believer in the capacities of the Indian state, while being aware of its failures.

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July 14, 2017 12:06 am

We need to look at corruption through the lens of law, economics and psychology. The design of corruption control mechanisms is important.

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July 14, 2017 12:04 am

The assault wasn’t on the pilgrims alone, but on all Kashmiris and our ethos.

Venkaiah Naidu,
July 14, 2017 12:02 am

Many agreements were signed between the two countries during his visit, including significant agreements in the fields of defence and security. Vital steps have been taken regarding partnership in water and agriculture...

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July 13, 2017 12:17 am

Questions about the transparency and accountability of autonomous bodies must be answered.

July 13, 2017 10:39 pm

The selection of India’s cricket coach played out as a roast that lampooned the stalwarts of the game and the system they are a part of.

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July 13, 2017 12:00 am

After Amarnath attack, a question: Is it only politicians who play politics?

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July 11, 2017 12:04 am

In the first half of this year, the state lost 17 policemen as against 23 between September 2015 and August 2016 and 24 in the corresponding period in 2014-2015. The figures were 13 and 16 in 2012-2013 and in 2013-2014, respectively.

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July 11, 2017 12:02 am

A hyphenated foreign policy, not just in West Asia, had handicapped India’s ability to forge pragmatic ties that help our national interests. The Modi government is making an important break from the past.