The way of life made possible over decades by privatising war stands in the way of Pakistan's self-correction

Permanent tribunal will improve decision-making in river disputes

Modi’s BJP may be alienating the vyapari as it courts Big Capital and the underclass

Criminal justice process would benefit from more elements of inquisitorial system

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Mithali’s girls

As in men’s cricket, democratisation of the game has been crucial to the success of the women’s team.

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Individual vs group

Maharashtra’s Social Boycott Act is a welcome step to curb ‘community justice’. Its message must be politically reinforced.

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A stronger river referee

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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States of distress

The Centre cannot afford to lose sight of the increasing signs of fiscal strain in the states .

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The monopoly of violence

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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Speaking For The Voiceless

Criminal justice process would benefit from more elements of inquisitorial system.

July 22, 1977, Forty Years Ago: President Reddy

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was declared President of India unopposed over eight years after he first attempted to occupy the highest office in the country.

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Losing the middle

Modi’s BJP may be alienating the vyapari as it courts Big Capital and the underclass

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Creating a new normal

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

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Has SC already given tacit approval for Aadhar?

The impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right on not will also have a significant impact on private players, such as Google and social media platforms. If privacy is a fundamental right, it can be claimed and asserted against the State by citizens.

Taxing Body Parts

GST on aids, appliances for disabled points to government’s misplaced priorities

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Is this the end of the road for Mayawati?

Can Mayawati can script a new ideology and strategy to bring Dalits back from the Hindutva to the Ambedkarite fold, rebuild her social base by uniting Dalits and regain her position as a formidable Dalit leader prior to the 2019 elections?

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Re-arming the law

In the wake of the new violence, the targeted killings bill must be revived and owned by all

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July 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Congress Crumbling

The ruling Congress’s citadel in Meghalaya, a state in which it enjoys a considerable electoral and political presence, is crumbling with the spate of resignations, both from the organisational and legislative wings of the party in the last few days

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Fly the flags

Why Karnataka alone? Flags for everyone would lend welcome colour to the national landscape

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The invisible job

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.

Heed the warning

The blockade that crippled life in Tripura since July 10 is over. But the state needs a lasting solution to its ethnic problem

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President Kovind

When balance between institutions is being reset, a nation looks to him for stability, continuity — and a moral presence

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A new (agri)culture

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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Cow provincialism

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.

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Collisions, not floods, in Kaziranga

Whether it is the Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Elephants, Rhinos or the several hundred birds that call Kaziranga home, all have known how to deal with the floods from time immemorial. For the animals, floods aren’t the real problem; the problem is us, who have made the flood plains our home.

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Letter to the Editor: Will to change

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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Heart of darkness

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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Telescope: At her expense

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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The BSP in a changed battlefield

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.

The wrong bear

Blocking images of Winnie the Pooh from social media betrays Chinese censors’ lack of political acumen

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Maya’s discomforts

BSP chief is an embattled leader, struggling to regain her political foothold

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TMC spread thin

Communal violence tests the limits of its populist politics that cannot think beyond the immediate

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Build a fortress

Aadhaar case provides SC a magnificent opportunity to enshrine the right to privacy, which India desperately needs

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July 20, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Uproar Against HM

Home Minister Charan Singh’s controversial statement on the erstwhile Congress government’s “thinking” and “preparations” to shoot opposition leaders in jail during the Emergency, if necessary, caused another uproar in the Lok Sabha

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A Gift Of Words And Silence

It marks out the good politicians from the bad

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Unswachh puddles on holy Amarnath Yatra

On the highway ahead of Sonmarg, the men all ran to the wall beyond the shoulder. In my envy, I called out to them from my car: “Modi ji dekh rahen hain”. They turned around grinning. “Selfie leh lo,” I shouted back in anger.

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‘Explosives’ in UP Assembly: The unanswered questions

A controversy has also erupted over the authenticity of preliminary findings of Lucknow forensic laboratory that declared the powder to be PETN. The UP Police never sends samples of suspicious substance for tests to the Lucknow laboratory but to the one in Agra that is the only certified destination for these tests.

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Stalker attack rekindles need for Witness Protection Program

Retroactive measures like police protection for the victim after the first attack are wholly insufficient. A pre-emptive programme would protect the witness from threats, intimidation or attacks from the perpetrators or their allies.

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With 2019 closing in, anxiety grips Dalits

The BJP’s 2014 poll campaign, built on the vikas theorem and subtly underlaid by Hindutva, sold well. After that, things began changing, fast. The saffron fabric was fully and openly in fashion, with all kinds of Hindutva groups flaunting their newly acquired power in streets and parks.

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Trust must be built between Beijing and Delhi

Indeed, you can’t choose your neighbours.China has a stake in India’s success, and welcomes India’s rise as a leading power. This also means that India should shoulder greater responsibility in international affairs and properly handle disputes.