Barack Obama, the professor

His greatness was that he appeared above politics. In retrospect, that was also his weakness.

Defining The Beneficiary

As the Union budget approaches, debates over welfare grow intense.

The constable’s lament

Outrage and disquiet following the video about food served to BSF jawans is understandable. But hype and hysteria cannot help resolve the issues it has flagged.

Raja-Mandala: Emperor Xi in Davos

Despite a leadership vacuum in the post-Trump world, Beijing’s current unilateralism is likely to limit China’s global possibilities.

Next door Nepal: Who will judge the judges?

In both cases, the Supreme Court reversed its own judgment given a couple of years ago, citing “grave error in justice” as the reason for entertaining respective appeals.

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Victor’s challenge

Akhilesh Yadav has the party and the symbol — and the burden of change.

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Cities at crossroads: Not letting it go waste

Waste-to-energy plants could sustainably dispose of municipal solid waste, while generating electricity

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The new right

Belief in a strong state and leader, and market economy, with a stress on Hindu roots defines it

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Permission To Prosecute

Diverse SC judgments leave a loophole to stifle investigations against public servants.

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January 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Ex-US Envoy For PM

Saying he saw no threat from India to Pakistan, Saxbe warned if US sold a billion dollars worth of A-7 attack planes to Pakistan, it would upset the rather precarious balance of power there.

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A year without Rohith Vemula

His suicide sparked nation-wide protests. The questions it raised have not been addressed.

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A darkening cloud

Disappearances of activists and bloggers move civil society in Pakistan back to the edge.

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The booze bogey

MP government’s anti-liquor plan smacks of overreach and confused policy.

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Can Deepa Jayakumar get Jayalalithaa’s followers to rally around her?

Since Jayalithaa’s passing, Jayakumar’s voice has been drowned out by the news involving Sasikala’s transcendence to AIADMK’s political throne.

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Ignoring local leaders and an Opposition alliance: could these weaken BJP’s chances in UP?

Sidelining the local leadership was the major mistake BJP made in Bihar where it had to face a humiliating defeat in 2015.

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Have we become so narrow-minded that we need to tell a 16-year-old whom she should or shouldn’t meet?

The moment Zaira posted the apology, she had conceded. The thing is, she didn’t need to justify, clarify or apologize to anyone.

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Congress to piggyback on Akhilesh Yadav’s SP in Uttar Pradesh polls; Grand Alliance on the cards?

Akhilesh has come out as a strong contender in the elections, he seems to have realised that he may not be able to win a majority this time on his own. He will need to stitch together an alliance to avoid a hung assembly.

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Why is the world’s attention focused on Vladimir Putin

Never before was Putin’s geopolitical ambitions looked at as a serious threat to the world than in the Fall of 2016, when Russia was blamed by the US for intervening in the latter’s presidential elections

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Echoes of freedom with limits: Four years ago, Pragaash was Zaira Wasim

Wasim, a Kashmiri Muslim, was targeted and trolled for meeting Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who has come under severe criticism for her handling of the recent unrest in the Valley.

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Next door Nepal: Who will judge the judges?

In both cases, the Supreme Court reversed its own judgment given a couple of years ago, citing “grave error in justice” as the reason for entertaining respective appeals.

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Raja-Mandala: Emperor Xi in Davos

Despite a leadership vacuum in the post-Trump world, Beijing’s current unilateralism is likely to limit China’s global possibilities.

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The constable’s lament

Outrage and disquiet following the video about food served to BSF jawans is understandable. But hype and hysteria cannot help resolve the issues it has flagged.

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Visa power

Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter diplomacy is exemplary, that’s why her threat to Amazon jars. Das may just have retirement blues.

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Capsized reputation

The boat tragedy dents Nitish Kumar’s claim to good governance in Bihar.

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The show can’t go on

As circuses struggle globally, America’s oldest troupe calls it quits.

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January 17, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Posters Removed

The authorities also took away thousands of wreaths put at the Tiananmen Gate in memory of the later premier, Chou Enlai.

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Defining The Beneficiary

As the Union budget approaches, debates over welfare grow intense.

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Barack Obama, the professor

His greatness was that he appeared above politics. In retrospect, that was also his weakness.

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Zaira Wasim, you didn’t have to clarify anything, at least not on social media

The episode should come as a lesson that social media is a double edged sword just like celebrity popularity which adds extra edge to it.

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Is Mulayam Singh Yadav ready to return to state politics?

The former UP chief minister is currently a Lok Sabha member. With his party practically out of his control and age not on his side, Mulayam’s national ambition appears realistically at an end. But Mulayam doesn’t look set to hang up his boots just yet.

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Want to know how India’s richest 1 per cent are wealthier than the bottom 70 per cent? Read on

Studying micro economies such as Bastar gives us the tools to highlight the rising inequality between the bourgeoise and proletariat.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu joins Congress but seeks to avoid being branded turncoat

Sidhu will be the star campaigner for the party in the elections and he would want all associations to his previous party to die out from the public conscience.

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War minus shooting

The Jan Lokpal Bill was accepted by the Congress government in 2013 with amendments and was renamed and passed as the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill.

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Crack the cocoon

Our school system does not prepare students for university. The final year of ‘Plus Two’ should be a preparation for college, not an examination.

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The China bogey

New Delhi’s frustration with Beijing ought not lead it into a too-quick embrace of a US-led military alliance

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Language of reforms

Panel proposes making English compulsory in schools, but more steps are needed to improve learning outcomes

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January 16, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Polls in March

The announcement of elections may not come as a surprise because with the release of many detenus, including some MPs and legislators, there is an impression all over that elections are round the corner.

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From plate to plough: Growth amidst gloom

Agriculture GDP bucks the trend of decline in other sectors. But can the government help the farmers sustain this growth?

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Sky is not the limit

There is a strong case for political bipartisanship on building the air force’s capability

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Your not-so-secret ballot

The government must adopt the new technology that restores poll privacy

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Advani yearns for Sindh but it is too late to redraw border lines

Lal Krishna Advani seems to be one of those people who enjoyed the best of both countries in undivided India but lost a beloved part to another country. However, it would seem that resenting now will not help and it is too late to redraw maps anymore.