The colour of polls

PM’s move against black money prepares the ground for reforms of electoral finance.

Not On A Friday

Assam government’s proposed diktat to madrasas is an unwise move.

Let the numbers speak

The discussion on the fall in employment after the November 8 demonetisation relies on anecdotal evidence. It is not backed by data.

Wake up and smell the money

Opposition must realise that the poor have supported demonetisation. They must stop spreading rumours to discredit the move.

Telescope: The grieving

Jayalalithaa’s death overshadowed all else.

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Let the numbers speak

The discussion on the fall in employment after the November 8 demonetisation relies on anecdotal evidence. It is not backed by data.

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Telescope: The grieving

Jayalalithaa’s death overshadowed all else.

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Without Amma

AIADMK may need to reinvent itself to maintain its preeminence in Tamil Nadu politics.

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Wake up and smell the money

Opposition must realise that the poor have supported demonetisation. They must stop spreading rumours to discredit the move.

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Not On A Friday

Assam government’s proposed diktat to madrasas is an unwise move.

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One month later

RBI had limited leeway in terms of changing rates. Focus must now shift to quickly regaining growth momentum.

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The colour of polls

PM’s move against black money prepares the ground for reforms of electoral finance.

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140, not out

Virat Kohli wrote 2016’s most influential tweet — and helped social media keep it real.

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Why eyebrows are being raised about Panneerselvam’s early morning swearing in

Many in the state are asking why there was a need for such a quick swearing in, especially since Jayalalithaa had been in hospital for 75 days.

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Factory payday today: Centre faces another challenge as millions line up for salaries

Most of the workers that work in factories get paid in cash and many don’t even have bank accounts.

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In the era of newsmaking politicians, ‘TRP politics’ has wide coverage

Pandering to populistic elements, assisted by television and social media, is becoming a new normal

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Jayalalithaa, Mayawati and Mamata: Firmly in control, but with no backup

The three women leaders, all known to be in possession of an overbearing, dictatorial streak, have steered the uneven territory of politics with extraordinary craft. Undoubtedly, they are forces to be reckoned with.

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Not so holy smoke

Environmentally unsound rituals, like carbon-heavy cremations, still continue

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A layman’s lament

Banks charge us for insufficient funds in our accounts, then why can’t we charge them for insufficient cash?

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In the ruins of Babri

The mandir-masjid dispute continues to frame the political debate in UP 24 years after the destruction of the mosque. Communal faultlines in the state have deepened, in recent times

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Mother politics

Jayalalithaa’s popularity owed to a welfare model in which the state replaced the male breadwinner.

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The ghosts of history

Shinzo Abe visits Hawaii at a time when the world order inaugurated by Pearl Harbour attack is changing.

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Amma

For the people of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa was the mother, the giver. The adulation she received was hard-won.

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Making playing of national anthem mandatory goes against its spirit

Justice Dipak Misra’s interim order directing that the national anthem be played in cinema halls has initiated a new debate.

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After the toppling

Navy must fix accountability for the accident in Mumbai. Much depends on it.

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Vajpayee, Modi, Mayawati: A look at icons of Indian politics

A look at some of the iconic personalities in Indian politics, active or not, who have left a lasting impact on the political spectrum and the social fabric of the country.

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Rajaji Hall’s historic connection with Jayalalithaa

As Amma would’ve liked it, her mortal remains have been kept at the hall which saw the start of her meteoric rise in Tamil Nadu politics.

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DMK moves on acrimonious past, mourns Jayalalithaa’s demise

Jayalalithaa had called Karunanidhi a corrupt politician and that people charged with criminal cases should not be allowed to present the budget in the house.

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The aura of J Jayalalithaa: Impenetrable, unbending, mother-like

What was it about Jayalalithaa that led her to become an extraordinary political figure with cult-like following?

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War as performance

Left behind in the rubble at Nagrota, the detritus of a fidayeen: An assault rifle, ammunition, injectable painkillers, and, incongruously, a small bottle of cheap, yellow ittar. The terrorist who carried these things, we know from the testimonies of others, would have risen early that morning, bathed, prayed, and shaved himself from head to foot. […]

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Black cash in India

Rumours of even a 1 percentage point decline in GDP growth for 2016/17 are vastly exaggerated, have no basis in logic or fact.

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Balamuralikrishna: The Impish Rebel

As we were growing up, M. Balamuralikrishna was not a musician whom several senior members of the family particularly liked. Yet, he was someone with the charm of an enigma. Perhaps the ambivalence was to do with the more insidious politics of the world of classical/Carnatic music that had subconsciously informed our responses. Subsequently, one […]

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Do we need a parliament?

PM Modi’s style of engagment undermines the relevance of legislative oversight.

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Rape aforethought

The world is reacting in shock to Bertolucci’s revelations, but it is no surprise.

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Case for consensus

Centre needs to address concerns of the states post-demonetisation to ensure smooth GST rollout.

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The churn in Europe

Verdicts in Austria and Italy show that the Continent is still an open battleground.

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Raja Mandala: Reconnecting Bengaluru and Delhi

Centre and technology hubs need to reinvent their relationship to balance the twin imperatives of innovation and economic and social regulation.

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Over the barrel: The case for an energy ombudsman

A new department with executive authority will ensure energy sector is reinvigorated

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Tightening the net

The doctrine of extradition ensures an orderly process that protects the fugitive’s interests as it is subject to judicial review.

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Kashmir’s hidden uprising

We know the Kashmir crisis. Or do we?

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Demonetiser’s dilemma

Switch to digital in a digitally under-evolved country such as India will be a journey of small increments.