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Telescope: Twist in a happy tale

OP Jaisha, the marathon runner, claimed that she had received no water from Indian officials along the route of the marathon, leading to her collapse at the finishing line.

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Defining public interest

Harish Gupta case involves questions about the very nature of governmental decision-making.

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Before Balochistan

India has supported some human rights causes and ignored others.

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Theatre of the absurd

Sedition law cannot be used against honest views, expressed peacefully.

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Health Security At Stake

India’s dependence on China for medicine ingredients is a matter of concern.

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A message for Gilgit-Baltistan

Prime Minister Modi’s recent statements could help end the troubled region’s long international isolation.

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Pakistan is no hell

I stand by my remarks. I see no reason to withdraw them or apologise.

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The freedom from unreason

Attacks on Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi outline the challenge. That their voice lives on gives reason to hope.

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Halfway To Dignity

Mental Health Bill tries to address complex issues, but it’s a work in progress

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Managing mistrust

The tension between the executive and judiciary could play out in creative, or destructive, ways

Suspicion And Red Tape

The government needs to distinguish between crooked NGOs and genuine ones.

Return of the cow
Return of the cow

Cow protection, paradoxically, poses a threat to the BJP’s project of Hindu unity.

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Raising the bar

The Modi government is meeting its development targets before time.

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Raja Mandala: The Great Wall of China

Delhi’s Look East policy has to contend with Beijing, seen to be a more reliable partner for Nepal and Myanmar in development projects.

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Learning to play the games

India’s quest for Olympic medals is hampered by history and geography. We need to concentrate on events where our strength lies.

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Next door Nepal: Detente in Kathmandu

The emissary diplomacy comes at a time when New Delhi has been unable to conceal its happiness over the exit of K.P. Oli, who it perceived to be pro-China, from the PM’s office.

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Why AAP needs to go back to school

The changes in education in Delhi can be roughly categorised into four areas: Infrastructure; administrative reforms; curriculum; and teachers.

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Paradox of plenty

Farm incomes may not revive despite good monsoon. There are new challenges for policymakers.

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Resolute at last

India’s new line that Pak will have to pay for cross-border terror was overdue.

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Our intimate enemy

Did Pakistan always play such a dominant role in how we defined ourselves as a nation? What do we stand for, when we wave our flag and shout slogans on the street?

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Inside Track: No party spirit

From President’s At Home party to BJP’s Tirang Yatra, here are some interesting stories of the week to think about.

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Fifth Column: Lessons from Rio

The sad truth is that India’s biggest failures in 70 years of glorious independence have been in the area of human resource development.

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Across the Aisle: Gameplan, gambit or gamble?

At a meeting on August 12 and in his Independence Day address, according to some BJP leaders, Modi has opened the door to a brave new world! Has he? I doubt if the PM had weighed the consequences of his words

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Out of my mind: Seventy years on

The decade of 1977-1986 had few compensations. Strife in Punjab, the assassination of a prime minister, the slaughter in Delhi, plus Bofors.

Not their finest hour

In the I-Day speeches of PMs of India and Pakistan, blame-games that paper over hard realities.

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The Bout India Lost

Wrestlers lose face, and perhaps an Olympic medal, and NADA its credibility

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In the big league, up for the challenge

The Indian armed forces have been nurtured by successive generations of leadership and based on a solid foundation of nationalism and the three pillars of being apolitical, secular and professional.

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Swarajya to su-rajya

As we reflect upon our glorious past, we also need to chalk out a roadmap for the future and strive to realise the dream of Mahatma Gandhi — that of ushering in Ram Rajya, where there is no discrimination.

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A battle lost, a war to be won

Her supporters in Manipur and elsewhere should thank Irom Sharmila for her extraordinary sacrifice and move on with their campaign against AFSPA without her iconic presence.

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Don’t blame it on Rio

Instead of waiting for talent to appear, we must create a national sports culture.

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The art of war

We need to think creatively about the proposed defence university

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Contest on two fronts

Balochistan and Kashmir have become key strategic points in Sino-Pak ties, upsetting India’s traditional engagement with the two countries.

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The Urdu Press: Handling Kashmir 

The statesmanship that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown by calling an all-party meeting on Kashmir and taking some important decisions for solving the problems of Kashmir is laudable.

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A gamechanger for the Baloch

Baloch nationalists have always wished to be treated as an entity separate from Pakistan. Prime Minister Modi’s statements have granted us that recognition.

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Telescope: Missing the thread

Prime Minister’s I-Day speech was a spectacle that didn’t hold together.

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An experiment with power

Prepaid electricity in Manipur reduces power theft; improves supply.