Military voices now challenge the established narrative of the Bangladesh war.

An investment stimulus, not a trimmer budget, is the need of the hour.

After failing to keep the peace, the Samajwadi Party now denies Muzaffarnagar victims' plight.

In the environment ministry, Moily must reset procedures, weed out opacity and bias.

The 15th Lok Sabha has passed some big-ticket laws. But not enough laws.

The Ugly Indian and the Ugly American have rediscovered each other.

No cause for them. Sensex worries are overdone and India is in a much better position to deal with it.

This abbreviated winter session has marked one of the lowest points of the 15th Lok Sabha.

Unlikely alliances and surprising reconciliations mark the politics of the moment.

Our politics is becoming home to intolerance, exclusion, sub-democratic solutions.

The government has chosen the wrong way to address India’s research deficit.

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Forty Years Ago: Pension For MPs

Former members of Parliament will be entitled to an additional Rs 60 a month for each completed year of service, provided that the total pension amount does not exceed Rs 500 per month.

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Don’t say cut

Banning Pakistan’s artists from Indian cinema in this moment is counterproductive.

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Market friendly

In a welcome move, EPFO increases its market exposure, in line with the global pension industry.

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A black mark

Nitish government will be haunted by the lack of resolve, and conviction, it showed in the Shahabuddin bail episode.

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Not So Clean

Swachh Bharat completes two years, but eliminating open defecation is a distant goal.

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The die is cast

India’s government may want calibrated strategic escalation, but this genie will not be put back in easily.

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Perils of Gandhiplomacy

Why there are protests against Gandhi’s statue in Ghana University

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October 2: Notes on a death

Nathuram Godse was a product of the political climate created by the Hindu right in the run-up to Partition

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Once we were not so bad

Pakistan does not know what it has lost. India doesn’t recognise where it is winning.

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Three body problem

The birth of a child with an extra parent inspires celebrations, and also brings back old fears

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Come clean

Charges against the CBI in the Bansals suicide case must not be probed by the CBI, but by a separate agency

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The Urdu Press: After Uri

The prime minister’s speech at a rally at Kozhikode in Kerala on September 24 may have disappointed the fanatics and those favouring a war.

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A low priority called health

Poor Indians are forced to look towards the private sector for healthcare. Bhutan and Ethiopia spend more than India does.

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Defining moment

Strikes along LoC send a strong message to Pakistan — government must retain control of script it has rewritten

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Gentle Paternalism

People, policymakers can be led by subtly influencing their choice architecture

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The emergence of Akhilesh Yadav as a popular leader is an indicator of the same-old in the SP, not a break from the past.

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A different leader…

… and a different government in India — that’s what Pakistan didn’t realise until yesterday

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September 30, 1976 Forty Years Ago: Fighting Apartheid

Japan formally informed the Soviet Union that it would return the MIG-21 super fighter a Russian pilot had landed in northern Japan 23 days ago.

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Surgical strikes: A day for celebration, contradiction and confusion

A military action was least expected from the government which so far seemed to be looking for diplomatic options to tighten the noose around Pakistan.

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Mutual mistrust, not trust keeps Nitish-Lalu coalition together

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar knows that his pan national political efforts will not work till the law and order posers back home continue to hurt him.

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India’s surgical strike along LoC shows intent to act strongly against terrorists

The surgical strikes are a shift from the first adopted peaceful retaliation stance of PM Narendra Modi.

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Pragmatic pacifist

Middle East peace process is far from complete. But Shimon Peres’s contribution to it will be remembered.

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The Sunday Syndrome

Shouldn’t the weekly off day be a matter of choice, instead of being dictated by law?

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Obsessed with Pakistan

Let’s not allow debate about what it means to be Indian to be held hostage to jingoists and bigots.

Business as unusual

Not attending SAARC signals India’s anger, sends out a firm message, without closing any important doors.

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Caste in a new mould

Law and justice may still prove elusive, but powerful new voices are transforming Dalit politics.

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Raja Mandala: SAARC minus one

India’s search for alternatives to this regional forum must quicken.

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Telescope: Going places

From Fawad Khan to Kalki Koechlin, journeys to keep an eye on.

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Khairlanji, then and now

The state refused to admit that the murder of four members of a Dalit family in Maharashtra was a caste crime. Ten years later, the demand for a repeal of the legal protection for Dalits can be heard.

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Wary of Pakistan’s dodgy control over nukes, US Defence Secy Ashton Carter expresses concern

Pakistan’s military strength is clearly no match for India and the only deterrent to an India-Pakistan war has been Pakistan’s nuclear attack capability.

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Love Pakistani actors, but it should be India first

If there is a slightest chance of making our enemies nervous with abeyance, the Indian cinema lovers must not think the other way.

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First presidential debate: How Donald Trump may have lost on issues but won on interruptions

The first debate, in fact, changed nothing. Both candidates played themselves. And that is dangerous for Clinton. The pool of undecided voters isn’t that large and her “likeability” has always been under question.

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After India’s SAARC pullout, Pakistan now finds itself out of favour with Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to take non-military action on Pakistan by isolating it as a response to Pakistan-backed terrorist attacks in India.

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September 28, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Lanka restrictions

A look at the Express front page 40 years ago today.

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A Lawless Law

Preventive detention is being routinised as an instrument of state repression

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View From The Right: Punitive action

The Uri attack “is a response to growing isolation and resultant frustration within Pakistan”.