Friday, Mar 27, 2015
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The Vyapam test

MP government must facilitate a free and fair probe in the scam. Much depends on it.

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The Farkhunda shame

Women pallbearers of her coffin have signalled a new moment in Kabul.

View from the right: Disruptive opposition

It says the government had consulted the opposition and addressed their concerns, but “the opposition ganged up under the leadership of [the] dying Congress to stall the proceedings.

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From the Urdu press: Agony of Hashimpura

The lawyer of the victims, Vrinda Grover, is right in saying that ‘the court’s order for compensation to the victims or their families is a confirmation of the fact that custodial deaths did take place.

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It pays to be smart

But will there be takers once states realise a Smart City isn’t a ticket to Central funds?

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But what about Section 69A?

In upholding blocking rules, the Supreme Court has commented only on their legality — not their desirability.

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Speaking for freedom

The most shining moments of Section 66A judgment lie in its articulation of what freedom of expression means in India.

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Supreme redemption

Battling a mixed record on civil liberties, SC decision couldn’t have come at a finer time.

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Secularism has weak roots

The nation is looking increasingly parochial. Was pluralism only a Nehruvian concept?

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Getting RBI out of debt

The Public Debt Management Agency is a good idea. It is time government managed its own debt.

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An epic forgetting

In framing its land law, NDA ignores lessons from the Mahabharata.

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View from the right: Communal Times

The CPI says that power in the country has been “taken over by a combination of corporate capital, rightist ideology and worst form of communalism.”

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TeleScope: All in the game

World Cup has taken over TV — if we’re not watching it, news channels are talking about it.

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‘Governments may come and governments may go but Section 66A goes on forever… It must be held to be wholly unconstitutional and void’

Excerpts from SC’s judgment striking down Section 66A of the IT Act in the case of Writ Petition (Criminal) No 167 of 2012.

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Sad day for the pompous

Freedom to mock and ridicule the powerful has thankfully been restored.

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Dimapur snapshots

Why did a lynch mob feel compelled to take photographs as it killed?

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The postmodern leader

Cleverly, ruthlessly, Lee Kuan Yew ensured Singapore punched above its weight.

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Her peace

Gender concerns must be mainstreamed in conflict-transformation processes.

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The Hindalco contradiction

On coal, Manmohan Singh made the case for auctions. And also took the discredited allotment route.

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Chinese Takeaway: Border Paradox

China has long seen Myanmar and Pakistan as gateways to the Indian Ocean.

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Three finals in 2015?

Cricket World Cup so far has been humdrum. But next three ‘finals’ have the potential to make this a cup to remember.

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Faith in the prime minister

PM is trying to find the right measures to check religious fanaticism and intolerance.

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Once upon a division

Remembering the Pakistan Resolution, 75 years later.

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Redoing India-China sums

Both countries must use economic cooperation to de-emphasise disputes.

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Delhi’s power play

If it wants to reduce electricity bills, Delhi government has no option but to offer a subsidy. But is that warranted?

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Mandal vs Mandir

The V.P. Singh government was the biggest casualty of this confrontation.

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So who needs reservations?

Supreme Court does well to throw up the question. The search for answers need not be caste-centric

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Inside Track: Sobering sartorial style

Ever since there was a hue and cry over his dressing, there has been a subtle change in Modi’s sartorial style.

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Fifth Column: A bunch of hypocrites

I understood again why India gave Narendra Modi a full mandate.

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Out of My Mind: The irrelevance of being Rahul

Being the president of the Congress party used to be just a temporary job.

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Across the Aisle: Equity suffers Rs 75,000-crore blow

The Finance Minister listed thirteen points for his Vision 2022.

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Breaking mis-news

Without knowing it, we have learned to live in a daily crossfire of the ridiculous and the absurd.

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Fine-tuning democracy

Law Commission report frames crucial issues but reaches hasty conclusions.

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They don’t need no 100-crore club

‘NH10’ confirms a growing trend of young Bollywood actors unafraid to break the mould.

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Recalling the political Gandhi

Narayan Desai’s ‘Gandhi Katha’ was a response to the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002.

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A tale from Karakalpakstan

What connects a desolate Central Asian region to Pakistan?