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Now will Congress pass GST?

The BJP has the ammunition to pass the GST bill — most importantly, the promise of a revenue neutral GST tax rate of 11 per cent, which a task force set up by the Congress had first proposed in 2009

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Notes from a thulla

Yakub Memon gets all legal protections, and all the tears. The policeman lives and dies unsung.

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Make in India, learn from Japan

Post-war Japan bent adversity into opportunity. Can Team Modi do the same?

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Repeal This

The concept of wakf for the settler’s limitless generations is archaic.

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The road to safety

PM Narendra Modi has done well to draw attention to the epidemic of road accidents.

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We Are All Complicit

A culture of lawlessness, corruption and prejudice is being perpetuated.

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Yakub Memon’s ghost

Aftermath of his hanging puts at risk presumptive legitimacy of institutions that mediate social division.

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Open up the debate

On farm policy, there is an urgent need to listen to farmers, not just economists and academics.

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Punjabi hero

He has been the guardian and spokesperson of Pakistan’s ideology. Can his famed flexibility now come to his nation’s rescue?

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Telescope: Playing catch up

This week, TV was overtaken by news.

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Bleeding Bihar

It deserves special category status, especially after the 14th Finance Commission allocation.

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A code too soon

This is not the time for comprehensive financial sector legislative reforms. Fix problems through institutional changes.

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Another Kind Of Welfare

We need an informed debate on cash transfers, not ideological positioning.

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Surprised at Gurdaspur

You don’t prepare for terrorism after it has happened. And you don’t just learn from your own experience.

View From The Right: Indian Islam vs IS

The Organiser editorial praises the Muslims of Lonand in Maharashtra for showing the “real character of Indian Muslims”.

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The Great Game Folio: China’s Taliban

At a time when America is in political retreat and the Western economic footprint is declining in Afghanistan, China has naturally loomed large in Kabul.

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No Proof Required: An ideal MPC for India

The most desirable monetary policy committee will be one that gives primacy, but not total control, to the RBI.

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A Big Deal For Ankara

Will Turkey-US cooperation against IS bring more stability to the region or less?

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Remembering APJ Abdul Kalam, the problem-solver

As scientist and as president, Kalam asked the questions that pointed us in the right direction.

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Looking Through New Eyes

Modi’s foreign policy shows new energy. But can ambition stand in for realism?

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Let Ufa prevail

Terror at Gurdaspur will test the political will for India-Pakistan dialogue. It must not win.

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Yakub Memon: Break the official omerta

In Yakub Memon case, state displayed bad faith.

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Bandwidth is the demolisher of imbalances, a great leveller: A P J Abdul Kalam

Edited excerpts of then President A P J Abdul Kalam’s speech on December 20, 2005 at ‘The Indian Express’ India Empowered summit.

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Don’t Miss The Bus

Delhi government should learn from failure of BRT project in order to revive it.

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A department of state

The modern Indian university has always been yoked to the state project of the moment.

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The costs of being good

Swaraj’s gesture didn’t change facts of Lalit Modi case or subvert due process

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When Central Asia calls

If Russia and China enter, compete and succeed in the region, can India afford to lag behind?

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Rear View: Presidential tales

Regrettably, neither before nor after has pre-poll canvassing been so sordid as in 1969, incidentally the Mahatma’s birth centenary year.

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Inside Track: Breakfast with PM

What Dulat does not mention is that Khan, on one of his trips to India, had breakfast with then prime minister Manmohan Singh at Race Course Road.

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Out of my mind: A better parliament?

While the Congress had monopoly of power at the Centre and in the states, it did not matter how power was divided.

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Reverse Swing: Dear Salman, we are not all the same

The makers of Bajrangi Bhaijaan and its main star, Salman Khan, clearly intend to deliver a message to audiences in India (and to Indians worldwide). The message is, “We Are All the Same”.

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Fifth Column: A methodical attack

On behalf of those of us watching from the outside may I say that both parties ended up looking juvenile and silly.

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Across The Aisle: Sushma Swaraj, RTI and a Parliament question

No amount of taunts can wish away the fact that the Lalit Modi-Sushma Swaraj story has abuse of authority, nepotism and conflict of interest written all over the pages. Mr Jaitley asked the Opposition, what offence has Ms Swaraj committed?

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Return of the pantomime

There is mutual accusation. And no hope of cleansing the system.

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Modernity And The Madrasa

Maharashtra government’s decision is an opportunity to start a new discussion.

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Trump card

From Mexicans to senators to Republican presidential candidates, no one is safe from Donald