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Out of my mind: Futile campaigns

If Pakistan is causing problems for India, why rush to the UK or the US?

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Inside track: Saas, Bahu, Samdhan

The real reason for the differences between the father and his son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, lies closer home.

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Fifth column: Meaningless jingoism

It shamed me to watch Karan Johar appear on national television last week to plead abjectly for his film.

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Across the aisle: Wake up and smell the coffee

In the days preceding the summit, India was preoccupied with one subject: Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

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Deepening ties

India-EU water management co-operation will benefit millions

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No proof required: When liberals are not liberal

When even Pakistan has banned triple talaq, our ‘liberals’ argue the uniform civil code should not be introduced until India solves all problems related to women — nay, all problems related to womankind.

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Symbolism of Ilyas Kashmiri

His career underlines there is nothing holy about jihad by state and non-state actors.

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BRICS and walls

Contradictions are mounting within. India’s diplomacy could explore alternative groupings.

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Bombay meri jaan

We are all stakeholders in its ability to speak, sing and dance

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The Way Forward from Paris

Climate justice must be ingrained in the rules of the new climate compacts.

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Silence, surgery in progress

There are great advantages of redefining military action as surgery — for one, it mobilises the rhetoric of health.

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At ease with the world

Under PM Modi, a new synergy between India’s economic and foreign policy.

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A disruption called Donald

Despite his outrageous views, Donald Trump represents hope to many Americans.

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An interlocutor in chains

The jailing of Khurram Parvez appears unjust — and against the government’s own self-interest in these troubled times in Kashmir.

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Policing Rumour

Tamil Nadu is misusing hate speech laws by arresting people for social media comments.

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Islam, ours and theirs

SC stand on triple talaq remains to be seen. But male monopoly over reading of Islam is under serious challenge.

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War, with ad breaks

The theatre of conflict has shifted to media where battles are lost and fought on a daily basis

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Telescope: Mosquitoes cross the LoC

When Manju became an unsung warrior in a proxy war against the nation

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High on rhetoric, low on tact

Bravado has overtaken the sense of sobriety that BJP should have shown after the surgical strikes

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Don’t stop the music

Sharing culture humanises India and Pakistan — banning this pushes both from peace towards war.

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View From The Right: Ulterior motive

Noting that Shiv Sena has no existence in UP, it asks if Nawazuddin had his target elsewhere.

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Copyright as exception

Free competition and access to knowledge have been the default legal norm for many a nation.

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In A Category Of His Own

Court has been remarkably kind to DGP Rathore, who was convicted of sexual assault.

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Of the people, for the people

Bob Dylan speaks to both the high brow and the ordinary folk. Labels should not limit art or sequester it.

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Bilateral Buoyancy

Goa was a predictable photo-op, the real deal was the trade and aid partnerships.

Have the women spoken?

South Asia needs mutual accommodation in solving problems. It needs a feminist foreign policy.

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Support army, but don’t mistake it for being above all criticism

Along with a true appreciation of its actions, the army deserves the support of the people. But that support should not be mistaken for a privileged standing that places it above all criticism.

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Raja Mandala: Power and principle

On its part, India must move away from from the idea of parity with China to finding ways to cope with the consequences of the growing gap in material capabilities.

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A practice against modernity

Islamic scholars and women’s organisations have held that the practice has no religious or Quranic sanction and yet the AIMPLB is opposing any attempt at reform as an interference in religious matters.

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Message from Goa

Terror from Pakistan is a global problem but Pakistan is — and will be — India’s headache more than anybody else’s.

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Do Bob Dylan’s lyrics read as poems? The fan’s dilemma

Album for album, Bob Dylan has sold many a time more than Leonard Cohen.

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Unprepared for bad days

India lacks the institutional mechanisms to deal with the death of firms and the failure of banks.

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Next door Nepal: The vulnerability of Pushpa Kamal Dahal

Just before Dahal’s Delhi trip, clear indications had come from the Chinese side that the much-anticipated visit of President Xi would not take place either on his way to or return from the BRICS meet in Goa.

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Death of a child

Owing to the political credence accorded to religious groups, the Indian state has chosen to remain strangely ambiguous in its stand against unscientific practices propagated within most of these groups.

No one asks the farmer

The opposition’s main contention is that the GM mustard hybrid incorporates three alien genes — barnase, barstar and bar — rendering it inherently unsafe for human and animal health.

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Out of my mind: A dangerous world

President Vladimir Putin is happy to help him in bombing civilians and aid convoys, and starving Aleppo of medical supplies. No one knows how many have died or how many will yet die.