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Telescope: Dancing with the Yogi

TV went delirious chasing Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister

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A half cure

New National Health Policy checks some boxes but sidesteps basic concerns. It leaves too much to the states on maintaining standards

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The duty to practise tolerance

It should be expressly included and highlighted in the list of fundamental duties in our Constitution

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A New Bharat

For India to strengthen itself, cobwebs of the Left’s borrowed ideas must be cleared

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Turn searchlight inward

Those who want India to stay pluralist, must conserve strength, correct mistakes, construct networks

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Shooting the cop

Police should not be scapegoated for arrests in high-profile corruption cases

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Diplomacy for New India

PM Modi will need to change how different parts of government relate to each other and the world

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Why EVMs are win-win

Data shows electronic voting machines provide fair elections, which helps improve public utility provisions, reduces crime

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For A Culture Of Criticism

Re-thinking the relationship between privileged universities and the rest is essential

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Power And Politeness

China’s response to border problems with Nepal is in contrast to India’s postures

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An agent of justice

Anil B. Divan proved that the legal profession is indeed a noble one

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Hindutva as development

In the UP election campaign, all the things usually used to signal ‘vikas’ — welfare schemes, laptops, housing, jobs — were directly connected with Hindutva

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A looming nuclear expansion

Trump’s wavering over US commitments to Europe and changing geopolitics in Asia could push more countries to acquire atomic weapons

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A slogan moved a mountain

Uttarakhand election had an overarching theme that straddled divides

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When the twain don’t meet

A culture that normalises stalking is one that draws artificial lines, discourages dialogue

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A defeat foretold

No one doubts Irom Sharmila’s heroic resistance to AFSPA. But somewhere, she lost her bearings, confused moral strength with temporal power

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None For The Road

Ban on highway liquor vends is welcome, but why exempt bars?

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In the moment of his political triumph, Modi has chosen to defeat India

Hubris has set in. The BJP believes it can get away with anything — it now intends to 

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Winning was the easy part

With his uncanny knack for keeping his finger firmly on the pulse of Indian voters, he knows that what they really want is a different India.

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Win some, steal some

The unwritten rule on government formation in a hung legislature — supported by precedent — is quite clear. The party that secured the highest number of seats would be invited first to form the government.

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Inside Track: Maun vrat?

Ramdev also nurses a grievance that the BJP government has not rewarded him suitably for his extensive campaigning in 2014.

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Out of my mind: Memo for Rahul Gandhi

You could do the best thing for the Congress and Indian politics now. Quit. Take a lifelong sabbatical from politics. Get a life.

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Rivals and partners

Going ahead, success of India, China will hinge on urbanisation and energy. They must share lessons

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Food For Thought

As the Board exams challenge students, a taste of India’s most ‘intelligent’ foods

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Who’s afraid of campus politics ?

Student movements are the cornerstone of a thriving democracy

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Temptations of judicial piety

In Pakistan, judges are a part of the problem of religious conservatism trumping justice

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No proof required: Case for an inter-meeting rate hike

A ‘rate hike in time is just fine’ is a wise RBI saying. With CPI inflation at near-historic lows, this must mean, according to the RBI law of mean reversion, that the future will bring high inflation. Hence, the urgent need for intervention

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Shooting the EVM

Political parties question the EVM. But when they win with the same machines, they don’t eat their words.

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Roads To Nowhere

Amending the Motor Vehicles Act is the first step towards reducing accidents.

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A new normal in UP

The triumphant narratives call for disciplining of Muslims, and for Hindu assertion.

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Tweeting up the votes

In the recent polls, PM Modi used social media in ways that flattened out the political terrain

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By way of preface

India, and the world, are changing. Our collective responsibility — to make politics and policy more creative — grows more urgent

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A PM like Indira Gandhi

Like her, Modi has established his dominance. But can he move beyond her legacy, to rule by persuasion?

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For all, and one

Democracy is about numbers. Yet a democratic government must address each citizen

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The voter’s new religion

The people want development. And corruption-free governance. That’s the message from Uttar Pradesh

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Not Just By Jobs And Mobiles

BJP needs to address the alienation, fear and silence of the minority community