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A law against children

The amended act legalises the bulk of child labour while claiming to do the opposite.

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Nothing Private About It

The concept of private members’ bill is central to a deliberative democracy.

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The JNU you don’t know

An open letter to new students entering Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Step up to the fiscal challenge

With the latest figures on industrial output, the case for a stimulus is pressing.

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An activist life in fiction

Mahasweta Devi drew imaginary landscapes to narrate stories of the oppressed and the marginalised.

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Institutionalising Federalism

The establishment of the ISC was necessitated by the changes in the Indian party system and the institutional transformations associated with it.

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Irom Sharmila’s decision to call off her fast against AFSPA reflects the state’s failure to engage

Irom Sharmila’s decision to end her fast is a moment for us to pause, and take stock.

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Arundhati Ghose (1940 – 2016): India’s CTBT Durga

Arundhati Ghose will be remembered for her role in India’s nuclear diplomacy.

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Whose forests are these anyway?

The current bill does not take into account any of the criticism voiced against an earlier version, proposed under the UPA government in 2013; it continues to ignore the Forest Rights Act.

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Patel agitation and Dalit unrest threaten to unravel BJP’s dominance in Gujarat

Gujaratis are showing signs of fatigue from being ruled by the BJP since 1995.

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Poor infrastructure — not outdated syllabi — is what ails Indian universities

The issue of the syllabus thus proves to be a red herring — the problem, or rather the problems, lie elsewhere.

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Brexit: The return of boundaries

Nativist sentiments and a growing tendency towards looking inwards imperil globalisation.

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View From The Right: Not just Valley

The cover story in Organiser slams a section of the media for “one-sided” and “highly-inciting” reporting in Kashmir following the killing of Burhan Wani.

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A death foretold

Qandeel Baloch’s murder is yet another reminder that men craft, interpret and adjudicate over family laws in the subcontinent.

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India will have to get its act together on urban water

India’s water crisis is even more serious than its energy crisis though this is not generally realised

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Raja-Mandala: Frontrunner’s dilemmas

As Trump’s support cuts across traditional lines, Hillary Clinton has a tough task

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S H Raza’s journey

He was the last of Progressive Artists’ Group titans. Only the Bindu remains

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The Worship of False Gods

To understand the jihadists of the Islamic State, step back in time to Europe of the medieval period

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Sisterhood Across Parties

Jayalalithaa and Mamata defend Mayawati, recast politics on gender lines.

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Beyond the numbers

The BJP was not dependent on Dalits to win in Gujarat. But the apathy may cost it in other states.

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Through a glass darkly

Better state support and supportive social environment can help independent filmmakers thrive.

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Next Door Nepal: Chinese checkers

As Oli and Prachanda manoeuvre for office, proximity to Beijing may suffer.

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The pseudo alternative

The Sangh Parivar has furthered the colonial understanding of India’s past.

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Oppression’s new face

The recent violence against Dalits in Gujarat is a fallout of the Sangh Parivar’s diktats on food.

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The Battle For Turkey’s Soul

The aborted coup reveals the fragile relationship between Islam and democracy.

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Out of my mind: Self-goal heroes

Not just the Arunachal switch but the choice of Sheila Dikshit for the UP are warnings to the BJP.

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Inside Track: Akalis play spoiler

The AAP leader is uncomfortable with anyone with a mind of his own.

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Fifth column: Of cows and caste

Violence against Dalits is not something that began in the past two years as the tenor of the debate in Parliament would have us believe.

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Across the aisle: Defend the land, win over the people

During the debate in Parliament last week, many members acknowledged that Kashmir is more than land, it is people.

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A ‘Naik’-mare in Pakistan

Zakir Naik is ‘protected’ as an Indian citizen but he considers himself a Muslim first

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Dabbling In Doublespeak

Media is the new battleground in the conflict zone

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Aiming it wrong

Untrained personnel firing pellets responsible for eye injuries in Kashmir

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Paradox of change

Gujarat unrest and misogyny against Mayawati show while Dalit lives have improved, conflict has increased

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No proof required: Black Knight and other myths

The Congress’ huge and unexpected defeat in the 2014 general election may contain the foundations for some popular myths

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Drugged to denial

Punjab’s drug problem is a national security issue. But the nation has neither understood nor acknowledged its full extent.

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The Urdu Press: Troubled Valley

The government should have instructed the security forces to use restraint and treat the agitated protesters as their fellow citizens.