Where freedom has gone

A citizen-centric data eco-system is necessary to protect privacy

No Mughals in Maharashtra

Across the aisle: India at 70 – The Economy (continued)

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Next Door Nepal: Deuba’s diplomacy test

The prime minister’s India visit will be closely watched by China

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Winner takes all

Election Commissioner Rawat’s brave and wise warning against the deforming of political culture must be heeded.

No Mughals in Maharashtra

Because no academic discipline frightens an authoritarian government more than the history of its own country

Who owns my data?

A citizen-centric data eco-system is necessary to protect privacy.

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American tragedy

As at Charlottesville, damage done by Trump’s perverse moral compass will outlast his presidency.

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Where freedom has gone

As a society and as individuals, we are quick to succumb to the temptation of being unfree.

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Seize the Doklam crisis

India must use this moment to announce a set of long-term measures to improve military readiness vis-a-vis China

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Out of my mind: Modi’s new BJP

Modi’s advantage is exactly that people underestimate him as a thinking person.

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Inside Track: Personal property?

As a formality, the periodical sought permission from the Nehru Memorial Fund, housed in Teen Murti Marg and funded largely by government grants, to reproduce the draft speech to commemorate the 70th year of Independence.

Gained in Translation: Spectator turning into onlooker

Contemporary theatre will pay a heavy price for this disdain towards the spectator, who should not be imagined as the end point of a supply chain but as the centre of the communication process.

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Fifth Column: Hugs for Kashmir

Our current Kashmir problem was created by two mistakes made by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv. Mrs Gandhi made the mistake of wrongly toppling Farooq Abdullah’s government in 1984 and replacing him with a cipher.

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Across the aisle: India at 70 – The Economy (continued)

The RBI’s monetary policy statement has confirmed many of the conclusions. According to the RBI, business sentiment reflects expectations of moderation of activity in Q2 of 2017-18 (read slower growth).

A Bohra woman’s open letter to PM Modi on freedom from Female Genital Mutilation

There is one and only one reason this inhuman practice is performed: to tamper with the sexual desires of the girl/woman.

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The triumph and tragedy

Celebratory lights of the first I-Day were extinguished by darkness of Partition

Past and Prejudice

Pakistan has rejected rationalists like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and its blasphemy law makes British rule seem better.

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Remaking the board

BCCI is resisting reform, but the case for an overhaul is strong

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Justice for Hadiya

By prioritising shadowy fears of terror and ‘love jihad’ over an individual’s rights, court goes against its own grain.

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Bellwether in crisis

Vishal Sikka’s exit from Infosys points to unresolved issues of corporate governance. Industry needs to address them urgently

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A Thana Coloured Saffron

UP CM’s encouragement of religious displays in police stations is troubling.

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No proof required: Madness in monetary policy

In India we have a monetary authority that admits to not understanding inflation — but persists in damaging an already weak economy because it does not understand it

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A healthy partnership

Strengthening of public health services must go along with leveraging of private sector resources.

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Is India on track or off the rails?

The shocking reality is that where India was in 1947 is about where England was in 1280, while India in 2010 is where England was in the Victorian era, 700 years later. So our development has been ten times quicker than the country from which we gained independence.

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The Google memo that couldn’t

As he sacked James Damore, Sundar Pichai put a lid on the argument saying that he crossed the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in the workplace.

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Two plus two

A new format for India-US dialogue is welcome. But it won’t add up without clarity of vision, determined leadership

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Going off track

PPP model has not succeeded in metro rail projects. New policy overlooks lessons from past ventures

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Monsoon wedding

Irom Sharmila reclaims a little more space for herself from her role as icon

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August 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Elvis Is Dead

Presley was found unconscious at his home by his road manager, Joe Esposito, who called the local fire department ambulance.

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The map of New India

PM needs to ask himself why under his watch this country has become a fearful place

Theatre as temple

Why I believe in the capacity of theatre to transform individuals, build communities

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Prisoner of the binary

By calling cultural nationalism illiberal, Hamid Ansari panders to western notion of nationhood.

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Economic Graffiti: Don’t be cautious, RBI

Central bank should be more aggressive in cutting the repo rate. It must signal that this is the direction it will pursue in the foreseeable future.

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Telescope: Prime time gaalis and golis

People’s real problems seldom make it to the evening gladiatorial contests.

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Hizbul Mujahideen ban goes global, but will it reach the Valley?

Though the Hizbul Mujahideen has been projected as the largest “Kashmiri” militant group, during the last decade and half, it had lost the appeal to a more radical section such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

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But the Earth moves, and Rohith Vemula is a Dalit

To the local district authorities, to citizens of Telugu country, to the Dalit masses, Rohith’s mother Radhika is a Dalit, her eldest child Nileema is a Dalit, the youngest child Raja is a Dalit, which means Rohith Vemula too ought to be a Dalit.

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August 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Forty years ago, on this day, Jayaprakash Narayan mooted the idea that if leaders of Phizo’s group agree to Nagaland being a part of India, all other questions regarding special powers and special position can be discussed.

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Speak, memory

Forgetting is a part of dealing with the trauma of Partition, of course. But so must be remembrance