Kunwar Narain’s passing is also the loss of a whole literary world

Prince Salman’s rejection of ‘extreme’ Islam could spark a reaction from Wahhabi madrasas

Delhi can’t keep pointing to farm fires of Punjab

Being radical and rebellious has never been this easy

Why can’t star-struck Mamata do without Amitabh Bachchan?

It is Banerjee who decides the fate of the week-long festival’s inaugural ceremony and almost announces the line-up of Bollywood stars for the next year’s inaugural event.

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A beginning, an end

Coup in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe could lead on to a democratic transition — or intensify authoritarianism

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Sex isn’t scandal

Those trying to make an issue of consensual sex to taint political opponents reveal how out of touch they are

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A step up

Big lesson for India from sovereign credit rating upgrades: Stay the course on macroeconomic stability

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November 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Summons to Indira Gandhi

The Shah Commission was officially stated that in the absence of any such intimation for which no time limit has been fixed by the commission, it is presumed that Mrs Gandhi will present herself for examination

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Just Eat Steak

Being radical and rebellious has never been this easy

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Indira Gandhi to Modi

For all its ‘Congress-mukt’ talk, in its desire to capture public institutions, BJP is inspired by a Congress PM

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Poet of luminous silences

Kunwar Narain’s passing is also the loss of a whole literary world. He was of a generation of Hindi writers that confidently understood that in genuine culture and thinking there cannot be any boundaries.

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Own the crisis

Breathing has certainly become injurious to health in Delhi. Yet, those of us who live here and have vocalised our breathlessness, struggle to acknowledge that we too have somehow contributed to what the social media has termed an “apocalypse”.

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New winds in Saudi Arabia

Saudi money funded to power the South Punjab madrasas of the anti-Shia Sipah-e-Sahaba that also sent proxy warriors to Afghanistan. When the founder of Sipah-e-Sahaba, Jhangvi, was killed his widow revealed that she was being maintained financially by Osama bin Laden from Saudi Arabia.

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The Urdu Press: On demonetisation

Rashtriya Sahara (editorial, November 9) writes: “Many eminent economists, including the former governor, RBI, Raghuram Rajan, have expressed their disapproval of demonetisation.

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About dignity

A sense of justice and fair play demands that unskilled workers are paid at least as much as their counterparts in the organised sector.

Sweet somethings

Whether in Bengal or Odisha, the rosogolla is a product of artisanal inventiveness. An authenticity debate, a GI tag, spoil the taste.

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Lagging behind

The Malcolm Turnbull-led government did not take the legislative route to bring about social change, even if such a law would have reflected the will of the people.

Stories of a Rajput queen

The Padmavati story, like many others, has undergone several mutations. Ramya Sreenivasan has traced the wide circulation and mutation of the story from North India and Rajasthan to Bengal from the 16th to the 20th century in her magnificent book, The Many Lives of a Rajput Queen.

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Sari, they’re so wrong

All the same, when you study the statements this article stands upon, it is a great example of poorly researched, unfair journalism that uses unverified findings to zoom into what’s not happening in India.

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Yogi abdicates

The state claims the monopoly over the legitimate use of violence on the assumption that it will assure citizens’ right to live and speak freely, without fear.

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Three down

Thomas Chandy, the NCP’s nominee to the ministry, could have quit as transport minister when the Kerala High Court reprimanded him for challenging a government report earlier this week.

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November 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Sushma Sacked

An official announcement about Swaraj’s dismissal did not divulge the reasons. It only disclosed that the portfolios held by her — housing, jails, architecture, printing and stationery and cultural affairs — have been taken over by the chief minister.

Why Dalit Rajiv Kain is unlikely to enter the Billionaires Club

One may argue that the tendering process doesn’t discriminate between Dalits and non-Dalits. But here’s the catch. The tender document allows bidders to accommodate a partner. But Kain hasn’t been able to find one because he is a Dalit

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A plan for Asia

In Manila, PM signalled commitment to a rules-based order. India must bridge gap between promise and performance

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Mapping illness

New report addresses need for data on the country’s disease burden, identifies challenges for policymakers

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Telescope: Yes to toilets, no to bedrooms

Question ahead of Gujarat polls: Isn’t Hardik Patel entitled to privacy?

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Sweet success

After a bitter inter-state food fight, West Bengal celebrates its equivalent of the return of the Kohinoor diamond

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Managing case flows

Draft rules in subordinate courts have either not been adopted or are not implemented in the right context.

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Donald Trump’s quack remedies for Asia

It would be unwise to rely on the US to counter China. India must build tools to protect its own interests.

November 16, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Carter’s India Visit

The former Lt-Governor of Delhi, Kishan Chand, told the Shah Commission that he had ordered the requisitioning of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra during the Emergency on instructions from Indira Gandhi.

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Parenting The iPad Generation

Technology can be a great learning tool for kids, but only if parents use it right.

My right to clean air

I am tired of blame games. I have drafted a private member’s bill on an issue that concerns us all

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View From The Right: Paradise Papers

One article in Organiser mentions that after the revelation that 714 Indians named in the documents, the government “swiftly” switched into action, and “ordered a multi-agency probe, within hours of the eruption of names of 714 Indian entities”.

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A lack of fit

In Delhi’s pollution crisis, National Green Tribunal again ventures into policy-making, undermines its own authority

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A monumental failure

Government continues to be in denial, but demonetisation has met none of its stated, and shifting, objectives.

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With fear and favour

The Gudiya and Pradyuman murder cases should be a wake-up call for the entire IPS leadership of the country. We need to ask ourselves: Who do we serve and who do we protect?

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Human Rights And Wrongs

National Human Rights Commission must live up to its mandate in letter and spirit

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After the storm

Italian football, though, is far from dead. History shows that they recover fast. Ask Pele. By the time he played his last World Cup, in 1970, they had recovered briskly enough to reach the finals

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An area of silence

Election presents an opportunity for participation, representation — but not for Gujarat’s Muslims