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A Long Way To Go

Forget gay marriage. In India, the constitutional debate is stuck at the lowest rung.

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The digging-holes myth

The view of MGNREGA as a makeshift work programme is far off the mark.

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View from the right: Clean Up Cricket

The Organiser cites a sentence from a Supreme Court judgment on the IPL spot-fixing scandal at the outset: “BCCI must ensure institutional integrity in the conduct of [the] game considering the expectations of millions of viewers.”

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Emergency’s useful scars

The Shah Commission report should be made compulsory reading in schools and colleges.

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The Barsi excess

The only ground report on the forcible sterilisation campaign during Emergency appeared in a little-known magazine.

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June 30, Forty Years Ago: JP’s journal shut

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on June 30, Forty Years Ago.

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A need for vigilance

Emergency may not return in the same form, but we need to guard against illiberal tendencies.

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The Great Game Folio: Chinese Submarines

The Chinese navy first showed its flag in the Indian Ocean nearly three decades ago, when it began to make ship visits to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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Windows to the past

Before opening up the antiquities market, India needs to modernise the registration process and address its lack of institutional expertise.

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An act of moral will

US court’s gay marriage decision subordinated judicial restraint to justice and equality — and so it should have

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Mediterranean Edge

Diffusion of militant Islamic radicalism from the region cannot be ignored.

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For the record: Lok Sabha has been forced to be accountable to Indira Gandhi

In a letter to the speaker, Sharad Yadav explained why he was resigning as an MP, on March 14, 1976. Excerpts:

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Let’s not be complacent

Grassroots democracy makes an emergency more difficult today. But largescale urban discontent is growing

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On Your Marks

UGC’s choice-based credit system is a gamechanger. But are colleges ready?

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Rear View: The sudden war

India was surprised at Kargil. But its lessons may still be unlearnt

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Indian direct investment

The paradox is striking: While India has been trying to attract FDI, Indian companies are investing abroad.

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Reverse Swing- Dhoni & Co: Bangla-dazed!

This streak of gamesmanship is new to Bangladesh, perverse proof of a new self-confidence.

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Out of My Mind: The wounds of history

The Partition is a wound that has not healed. It still incites passion.

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Across the Aisle: Magna Carta does not assure liberty

Who is the majority? Is it the majority of persons belonging to a caste or a religion?

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Inside Track: On the Mat

On the International Yoga Day, there was no shortage of yoga enthusiasts. However, a shortage of mats was the problem.

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Fifth Column: Mistakes and more mistakes

If lustre has begun to fade from image of PM who last year at this time was a rock star, he has himself to blame.

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Time For A Contraction

A painful monetary course correction can lead to sustained long-term growth.

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Is Lalit Modi a fugitive?

From available evidence, he isn’t. So where is the need for Raje and Swaraj to resign?

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2015, like 1975

The danger of authoritarianism revisiting India is a very real one.

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Why we must listen to Rohini Salian

Going slow on ‘Hindu terror’ is dangerous. It’s also an insult to the memory of Hemant Karkare.

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Head of a gentle clan

A new biography recalls Eqbal Ahmad, who brought together people with a shared belief in justice and dignity.

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A new moment, a new court

Judiciary is reasserting itself, pushing political parties towards accountability.

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Many little Emergencies

We now have a crackdown we don’t see. It’s less ominous, but equally insidious.

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A Suitable Secularism

It needs to be reinterpreted for a new time.

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Unbalanced sheets

We need a holistic bankruptcy code. RBI’s Strategic Debt Restructuring Scheme is not the answer.

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Delhi And The Deal

India needs to come out in favour of the Iran nuclear deal before it’s too late.

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IIM bill: Degree of unfreedom

Slogans of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Minimum Government’ won’t ring true if IIMs are being strangled.

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When you crawl, unasked

It would not be necessary for an autocratic government to take any extra-constitutional measures today, so pro-establishment has the media become.

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Food, scams, non-sequiturs

While ‘Lalitgate’ flares, prices in Parliament canteen raise heckles.

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View from the newsroom

Emergency regime tried to intimidate ‘The Indian Express’ and failed, writes a special correspondent with the paper, 1975-78.

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Anthems And Ironies

They are expansionist and vainglorious — and vulnerable to political satire.