Thursday, Apr 02, 2015
IIT
Crushing a broken system

Government must step aside, not bully academic institutions into submission.

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A promise to Sunita Tomar

Her suffering will not go in vain. Solutions to tobacco are within reach.

Question for Gujarat

Can it assure the people its anti-terror law will not be wantonly misused, like other such legislation?

Turning a new page

Nigeria has surprised the world with its presidential election. It could be a model for other African states.

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TeleScope: Aam Aadmi Party [Live]

We watched the party implode. It wasn’t a pretty sight.

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Barefoot solar engineers

A Gandhian partnership model involving women could help the electrification of villages.

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Look again at the Middle East

A nuclear agreement could end the long confrontation between Iran and the West — and also open up diplomatic space for India.

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Officer and a gentleman

Former Mizoram Chief Minister T. Sailo spoke up against the conduct of security operations during the Mizo insurgency

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And what about Section 377?

As with 66A, SC could use the ‘void for vagueness’ doctrine to strike it down.

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Closing the military loop

A chief of defence staff is a good idea. But first, let’s debate the challenges of higher defence management

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A new kind of babu

The main task of the next cabinet secretary must be civil service reform.

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Divided government, gridlocked House

Different parties rule at state and national levels. It is not yet clear if this is a sign of maturing democracy or a crisis of governance

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Freedom most reasonable

SC’s resounding words while striking down 66A apply not just to internet but to all media.

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The great game folio: Pakistan in Yemen

A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood

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Soul and the city

Prithvi Theatre and Café Samovar — which closes down this week — are the last bastions of the city’s warm, secular spirit

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What the states got right

Centre must learn from models of land acquisition satisfying both buyer and seller.

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Test of a prime minister

Last week, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was conferred the Bharat Ratna. Here, his former media advisor, Ashok Tandon, recalls the story of one of the Vajpayee regime’s biggest challenges — and achievements

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House without debate

Power is devolving to states, but state legislators are still to step up to a new role.

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No one’s children

Will drastic cuts in child health, nutrition outlays really be made up by states?

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In China, like Singapore

Chinese leaders have tried to imitate, not always accurately, Lee Kuan Yew’s statecraft.

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Empower, don’t patronise, the farmer

Challenge is to come up with a method of determining compensation that makes farmers beneficiaries, not victims or obstructionists.

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Nextdoor Nepal: Fear of trial and punishment

A new sense of vulnerability is driving the effort to reunify the two Maoist parties.

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Lead from the Centre

To invest more in agriculture, Union government has to reorient food and fertiliser subsidies by moving to cash transfers.

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Aadhaar, the spectre

Jean Drèze’s question ‘Is Aadhaar voluntary or compulsory?’ is disingenuous.

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Victor’s unravelling

AAP has won Delhi but for it to be successful, there is much work to be done within the party.

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Across the aisle – Natural resources: Fog is yet to clear

Supreme Court approved of any fair, transparent and non-discriminatory method of allocating natural resources.

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Fifth Column: A time to lead

Singapore has become a model for China and most Southeast Asian countries. The beacon of change was Lee Kuan Yew.

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Out of my mind: Being a Hindu

No one should be surprised that many Dalits left Hinduism. Indeed the puzzle is that so many remained.

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Inside track: Image conscious

Sharad Yadav was at the centre of a controversy last week over his comments on south Indian women.

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India and the civil war in Yemen

India has begun to mobilise naval and air resources to rescue the nearly 3700 citizens said to be living in Yemen.

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Faults and lines

Parties have split before. But AAP’s internal dissension doesn’t look fundamental.

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A mixed record on freedom

Supreme Court has upheld civil liberties in Section 66A judgment — unlike during Emergency.

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Unfair House

Parliament condemned my statements on Gandhi and Bose without giving me a hearing, writes Markandey Katju.

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A story of Bhuttos, and South Asia

A new book recounts the turbulence in the life and times of Benazir Bhutto.

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Torchbearer for a progressive politics

Tahira Mazhar Ali struggled to reclaim spaces for a secular, pluralistic Pakistan.

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The judge, my hero

I filed a petition against 66A. But SC judges made us all win.