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Vast resources of the BJP could not turn right into wrong

No election to the Rajya Sabha has been as bitterly fought or as fraught with attempts at manipulation as the one this time in Gujarat. The Congress had to be cautious because it was dealing with a rival who does not comprehend the meaning of fair play.

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Congress intimidated its own MLAs, locked them up

Forty-four Congress legislators were taken outside Gujarat, at a time when they were required to serve the flood-hit people of their constituencies. The Congress resorted to other desperate tactics as well.

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The Chief’s Strategy

BJP president Amit Shah has built a live-wire organisation at the grass roots. It fights to win.

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Beyond the lament

Gorakhpur was only the acute manifestation of the chronic malady that ails our health system

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The speech that did not pass the AIR test

Independence Day is not just a ceremonial occasion. Keeping in view the historical significance and tremendous emotional attachment to this day for Indians, it has to be treated as an important ceremonial occasion for national introspection.

Living With The Deluge

Focus should shift from relief measures to building resilience in flood-prone areas

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More accountant, less visionary

PM’s large narratives — corruption, growth— invite questions. His neglect of communal peace is notable

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Raja Mandala: Undoing the economic partition

Delhi must find the political will to raise the intensity of India’s regional engagement.

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E-possibilities

Digital technologies are being harnessed to empower people, create employment opportunities and bring about transparency.

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View From The Right: Leftist Lies

The editorial in Panchjanya slams colonial historians and Indologists who came from abroad and presented a distorted version of Indian history.

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My India Has Changed

It is under a regime that thrives on instilling fear, suppressing dissent

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The too late nation

Question after Gorakhpur: Is India at 70 too late to recover its own humanity?

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The citizen as artist

Independence needs no introduction, explanatory notes or constitutional description, for we have all experienced its fullness. In moments of abandon, when we express, receive and share it without any external or inner censorship whatsoever, we rejoice in its sanctity. Yes! I have said sanctity, because there is something utterly precious, untainted in its embrace. Our […]

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Foisting the flag

Orders to madrasas in UP and MP bear a dangerous message of domination.

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Coming full circle at 70

Independence Day 2017: For the first time after independence, the dominant idea of India is rooted in India’s genius.

The Sundarbans Way

What Pilibhit Tiger Reserve can learn from its Bengal counterpart

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Next Door Nepal: Delhi’s course correction

Swaraj, who was in Kathmandu to attend the BIMSTEC ministerial-level meeting, spent a substantial part of her two-day visit with Nepali actors including Deuba. The message she tried to convey was India wanted a constructive engagement with Nepal and erase the image of an “external micro-manager”.

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From plate to plough: Plan for the agri-futures

The futures market is one way to ensure that farmers’ planting and selling decisions are forward-looking. It can help smoothen the boom and bust problem in agri prices.

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Chinese dream, Indian slumber

The increasingly aggressive Chinese foreign policy is primarily driven by two factors: A build-up of nationalistic fervour in domestic politics and the Chinese economy’s hunger for new markets.

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Out of my mind: Faith in RS polls shattered

Normally Rajya Sabha elections are totally predictable, frankly boring. But we were treated to a cliffhanger.

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Inside Track: Who’s with whom?

In the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, at the end of the day, it was still not quite clear as to who voted for whom.

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Our best investment

To improve educational outcomes, policy must address deprivations in early years of children’s lives.

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Across the Aisle: India at 70 – The Economy

It is time to do a health-check of the economy as free India completes 70 years.

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Fifth Column: Trysts that remain broken

Has that promise of ‘parivartan’ that won Modi the first full majority for a prime minister in 30 years been met?

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This sari moment

The garment is like fashion itself — a little ahead of all that’s done about it

God as doctor

In Kashmir, religious faith plays a crucial role in providing solace, preserving hope

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Hubris of science

It has become an ideology of the powerful. Democratic societies need a plurality of knowledge systems

A Masjid In London

A spectre of fear and suspicion has settled at Finsbury Park

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Mind games at Doklam

India is no Philippines. In the Philippines, China managed to declare victory by convincing President Rodrigo Duterte that friendship with China is a better bet than friendship with the United States. China subdued Philippines without fighting.

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140-character exceptions

Sushma Swaraj receives kudos for her medical visa diplomacy via Twitter. But personalised, ad hoc policy victimises the most vulnerable

GST and the remapping of India

New tax regime could bring a shift in production and storage centres. It will require a nimble reading of where markets will grow, their logistical requirements

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The Urdu Press: Nawaz Sharif’s Exit

“It is being said that in Pakistan what the (military) establishment wants is done. The army there was not happy with the politics of Nawaz Sharif and his efforts for better relations with India. There has been slow progress in the legal action against other people whereas the judiciary showed extreme promptness in the matter relating to Nawaz Sharif.”

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The Not So Free Vote

Rules on secrecy of ballot in RS polls are not in sync with free choice and consent

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A strange hybrid

Niti Aayog proposal for privatising public hospitals is ill-designed, driven by ideology more than welfare

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Telescope: Making common cause

Varnika Kundu took on her stalker, united otherwise warring news channels

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Public service and the Pravasi

By allowing Overseas Indian Citizens to appear for UPSC exams, government could broaden the pool for recruitment