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A Long Way To Go

Forget gay marriage. In India, the constitutional debate is stuck at the lowest rung.

The digging-holes myth

The view of MGNREGA as a makeshift work programme is far off the mark.

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View from the right: Clean Up Cricket

The Organiser cites a sentence from a Supreme Court judgment on the IPL spot-fixing scandal at the outset: “BCCI must ensure institutional integrity in the conduct of [the] game considering the expectations of millions of viewers.”

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Emergency’s useful scars

The Shah Commission report should be made compulsory reading in schools and colleges.

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The Barsi excess

The only ground report on the forcible sterilisation campaign during Emergency appeared in a little-known magazine.

June 30, Forty Years Ago: JP’s journal shut

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on June 30, Forty Years Ago.

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A need for vigilance

Emergency may not return in the same form, but we need to guard against illiberal tendencies.

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The Great Game Folio: Chinese Submarines

The Chinese navy first showed its flag in the Indian Ocean nearly three decades ago, when it began to make ship visits to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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Windows to the past

Before opening up the antiquities market, India needs to modernise the registration process and address its lack of institutional expertise.

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An act of moral will

US court’s gay marriage decision subordinated judicial restraint to justice and equality — and so it should have

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Mediterranean Edge

Diffusion of militant Islamic radicalism from the region cannot be ignored.

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For the record: Lok Sabha has been forced to be accountable to Indira Gandhi

In a letter to the speaker, Sharad Yadav explained why he was resigning as an MP, on March 14, 1976. Excerpts:

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Let’s not be complacent

Grassroots democracy makes an emergency more difficult today. But largescale urban discontent is growing

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On Your Marks

UGC’s choice-based credit system is a gamechanger. But are colleges ready?

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Rear View: The sudden war

India was surprised at Kargil. But its lessons may still be unlearnt

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Indian direct investment

The paradox is striking: While India has been trying to attract FDI, Indian companies are investing abroad.

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Reverse Swing- Dhoni & Co: Bangla-dazed!

This streak of gamesmanship is new to Bangladesh, perverse proof of a new self-confidence.

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Out of My Mind: The wounds of history

The Partition is a wound that has not healed. It still incites passion.

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Across the Aisle: Magna Carta does not assure liberty

Who is the majority? Is it the majority of persons belonging to a caste or a religion?

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Inside Track: On the Mat

On the International Yoga Day, there was no shortage of yoga enthusiasts. However, a shortage of mats was the problem.

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Fifth Column: Mistakes and more mistakes

If lustre has begun to fade from image of PM who last year at this time was a rock star, he has himself to blame.

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Time For A Contraction

A painful monetary course correction can lead to sustained long-term growth.

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Is Lalit Modi a fugitive?

From available evidence, he isn’t. So where is the need for Raje and Swaraj to resign?

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2015, like 1975

The danger of authoritarianism revisiting India is a very real one.

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Why we must listen to Rohini Salian

Going slow on ‘Hindu terror’ is dangerous. It’s also an insult to the memory of Hemant Karkare.

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Head of a gentle clan

A new biography recalls Eqbal Ahmad, who brought together people with a shared belief in justice and dignity.

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A new moment, a new court

Judiciary is reasserting itself, pushing political parties towards accountability.

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Many little Emergencies

We now have a crackdown we don’t see. It’s less ominous, but equally insidious.

A Suitable Secularism

It needs to be reinterpreted for a new time.

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Unbalanced sheets

We need a holistic bankruptcy code. RBI’s Strategic Debt Restructuring Scheme is not the answer.

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Delhi And The Deal

India needs to come out in favour of the Iran nuclear deal before it’s too late.

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IIM bill: Degree of unfreedom

Slogans of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Minimum Government’ won’t ring true if IIMs are being strangled.

When you crawl, unasked

It would not be necessary for an autocratic government to take any extra-constitutional measures today, so pro-establishment has the media become.

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Food, scams, non-sequiturs

While ‘Lalitgate’ flares, prices in Parliament canteen raise heckles.

View from the newsroom

Emergency regime tried to intimidate ‘The Indian Express’ and failed, writes a special correspondent with the paper, 1975-78.

Anthems And Ironies

They are expansionist and vainglorious — and vulnerable to political satire.