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Dhrubajyoti Ghosh (1947-2018): He found wealth in waste

Engineer, ecologist, scholar, official, activist — Dhrubajyoti Ghosh was a rare mix.

Canadian bathos: Justin Trudeau’s vote-banks

His indulgence towards Sikh separatists threatens the bilateral relationship with India.

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Follow the money

Asset recovery is more important than finding and arresting the bank scam accused

Politics on PNB fraud case involving Nirav Modi
Ease of doing scams

A process of virtual de-nationalisation of PSU banks, at least at the operating level, has to be the first step

Supreme Court’s landmark Cauvery verdict points to new directions but will face tough challenge in lean rainfall years.
Parting the waters

Supreme Court’s landmark Cauvery verdict points to new directions but will face tough challenge in lean rainfall years.

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Next Door Nepal: Governing is negotiating

With Maoists refusing to join, task is cut out for a minority government.

From Plate To Plough: A vision coloured green

Operation Greens must build forward and backward linkages between farmers and markets. It can learn from Operation Flood.

Me too

The conversation on sexism and sexual harassment must expand and include.

Can you hear me?

Each of us is being incited to speak to ensure that none of us is actually heard.

Top leadership involved to help flee Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya: Kejriwal targets Centre
Out of my mind: Where is AAP?

But there is a bigger question here. Why is it difficult in India, even after 70 years of democracy, to build non-dynastic grassroots parties which can start modestly at a regional level before wasting their limited strength on larger national ambition?

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Inside track: Scramble for seat

Since the BJP won 312 of the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, it is expected to win at least eight seats. There is speculation whether Jaya Bachchan, an active and conscientious MP unlike others, will return since her party, the Samajwadi Party, can win only one seat

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Gained in translation: Godse at the post office

Kureeppuzha Sreekumar was recently assaulted by alleged BJP-RSS activists for protesting against a wall built on temple land to keep out Dalits in Vadayampady, Kerala

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Fifth column: Narendra Modi’s media problem

Mr Modi does not like journalists… But it is time to get over it, or the Prime Minister could find himself friendless and alone at a time when he needs friends in the media, not sycophants.

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Across the aisle: More voices against Budget provisions

Is there a re-think under pressure from the so-called swadeshi lobbies? Just before the Budget, and in the Budget, the government announced a number of measures that seem to suggest that the protectionist (and taxation) lobbies have gained strength

BJP knocks on Manik Sarkar’s door in Tripura

Huge rallies are not a new phenomenon in Tripura, where the Left has ruled for years. What is new is the kind of BJP presence visible on the ground.

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To Pakistan, on an Asma visa

As her guests, we saw the respect she had earned, a side of her country often unseen

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India, Iran and a divided Middle East

Awareness of Iran’s domestic politics, its involvement in multiple conflicts of the Middle East, must inform Delhi’s engagement

LTCG formulation is not only flawed in design, but also likely to yield very little tax revenue
The little-revenue tax

LTCG is a bad idea. The best policy for the taxman is one that maximises revenue, not one that maximises his morality, or his employment, or discretionary powers

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Lessons from a fraud

PNB scandal points to unreformed financial sector, failure of risk management and auditing systems

The 8th Theatre Olympics begins today
Note from a theatre wallah

Why I won’t be participating in the 8th Theatre Olympics that opens today

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JNU attendance issue is a bid to curb its political activism

Its vibrant political activism has so far prevented the privatization of JNU, kept education affordable and inclusive and ensured social and gender justice.

Gender inequality begins with separation, and desensitisation to it
Kitchen sets and cricket bats

Gender inequality begins with separation, and desensitisation to it

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The most Hindu of them all

Religion was always recognised in India’s public sphere — but, unlike now, in the plural

The murder in a school in Yamunanagar may have been an act of only an individual. Or it may not
Death of a principal

The murder in a school in Yamunanagar may have been an act of only an individual. Or it may not

Padmaavat is also filled with pro-Rajput dialogues that valorise the bravery and ethical uprightness of the Rajputs
The unlikely desires of Padmaavat

The film’s lack of ideological purity, exploration of the forbidden, is discomfiting many.

Australia’s cervical cancer immunisation programme can serve as a template
An investment in the future

Australia’s cervical cancer immunisation programme can serve as a template

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Telescope: A lack of entertainment

TV is falling behind the streaming services.

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Should we have defended Sanjay Leela Bhansali?

Liberals must question themselves. There is nothing liberal about portraying women jumping into fire in a manner that doesn’t cause revulsion.

India in a corner: Beneath the foreign policy bluster is a great floundering

The vigour of PM Narendra Modi’s travels can barely disguise the fact that in terms of India’s security objectives, he is looking very weak indeed.

BJP has entered into an alliance with the IPFT, a party that seeks a separate state for tribals.
BJP’s Extreme Choices

Alliances in Tripura and J&K have forced both sides to nuance their agendas

How Indians got the vote

The country’s first election was an ingeniously indigenous an inventive exercise, with unique challenges. The way bureaucracy rose to the task holds lessons for today.

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Denying Nehru his due

Were ancient Indian polities democratic, democracy thus representing India’s enduring culture? And what was Jawahar Lal Nehru’s role in institutionalising democracy?

Pakistani rights lawyer Asma Jahangir
Loneliness of Asma Jahangir

Asma’s loneliness reflected the place that civil society — even the incremental, bourgeois variety — had in Pakistan. In most other countries, what she did would have been heroic but hardly life-threatening. And for all her celebrity status abroad, Asma lacked a constituency within Pakistan.

Best foot forward

PM’s foreign visits, his participation in global summits, burnish the country’s image abroad.

A small-minded yardstick

Student attendance is a non-issue in JNU, which has retained its focus on creating serious scholars, not docile subjects. The move to impose it is symptomatic of a larger administrative malaise

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Privacy in the air

DGCA’s draft regulation on drones is a beginning. But it sidesteps important issues.