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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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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.

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The limits of anger

From Heart of Asia meet, a reminder: India needs a creative strategy and roadmap to deal with Pakistan.

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Out of my mind: Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro was the last colourful revolutionary. But he failed to bring prosperity or freedom to Cuba. Cuba will have to change now if it is to improve its people’s lives.

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Inside Track: Wage relief

Tea garden owners instructed their banks to transfer the wages into the National Disaster Relief Fund and the money was subsequently transferred to the offices of the district collectors, from where it was distributed to the labourers.

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Fifth column: Plastic patriotism

Nationalism and patriotism come naturally when they are not decreed by people arrogant enough to believe they have a right to dictate such things.

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Across the aisle: Monumental mismanagement

‘Monumental mismanagement’ seems to be the signature tune of the NDA government.

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No proof required: Sitting down for liberty

The constitution emphasises the power of the state, not the rights of individuals. Yet it is a lot more liberal than the interpretation of Supreme Court justices suggests.

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Regulating lightly

The digital economy calls for a new kind of oversight

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Exit Raheel Sharif

The general tried to change the army’s template — with limited success.

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Electing a new people

Political battle over demonetisation will reveal if the Indian citizen has changed.

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Unconstitutional patriotism: Order on national anthem shows what is wrong with the Court

It is a reminder of how slight its authority has become

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The Rights Brotherhood

France, Germany institute an award to honour those who fight for individual freedoms.

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Citizens into subjects

SC’s mandating of nationalism and patriotism threatens to turn the wheel of constitutional history backwards.

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Framing the case for police reform

Films like Pink and Akira remind us why government needs to act on SC’s decade-old recommendations.

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The Amritsar opportunity

Sartaj Aziz’s participation in the Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan is a chance for India and Pakistan to defuse tensions, so that they can get back to talking with each other.

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Big gains to come

After short-term disruptions, the benefits of demonetisation will be immense.

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America’s true lies

Donald Trump’s triumph should make America finally face a few home truths.

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Telescope: Where the gods dazzle

For a pop culture expression of resurgent Hinduism, turn to Hindi channels.

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Class over caste in Gujarat

Patels, OBCs and Dalits are allying against the BJP government. Land policies are giving diverse groups common economic interests.

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Queuing up for change

Pleased at the suffering of the dishonest, poor voters support the Modi government’s demonetisation move. But this enthusiasm is emotional, not political.

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How to sow a reform

Some ways to relieve the pain of demonetisation in rural India.

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A new general in GHQ

Qamar Javed Bajwa’s challenge: To turn Pak army into a less-publicity driven, more normal organisation.

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View From The Right: East and West

The most surprising part is that the usually silent voice in Rajya Sabha made the allegations of ‘organised loot’ and ‘legalised plunder’ of the common people.

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India should fill in the leadership void if US pulls out of climate negotiations

With the US likely to be out of commission during Trump’s presidential tenure, the world has started looking out for a leader to fill this void.

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Vijayanagara in Bengaluru

The big fat Reddy wedding has underlined the privatisation of the public in Karnataka.

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Cities at crossroads: Recycling begins at home

Segregating municipal solid waste is the first step in ensuring the success of waste-to-energy plants.

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The New Cultural Revolution

Demonetisation is aimed at a behavioural change necessary for building a new India.

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The lions of Punjab

Criminals, like those who escaped Nabha jail, are exploiting religious symbols. Society and the state must reflect.