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Inside Track: Communication gap

Modi replied tartly that his health was fine thanks to being kept on his toes, fending off the weight of abuses poured on him by the Opposition.

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Government should back CJI on idea of a Court of Appeal

The CJI proposed the idea of a Court of Appeal which would be a beginning of the end of an over-burdened and choked Supreme Court and the restoration of a true Constitutional Court .

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AgustaWestland deal: Bribery and hope

If the Prime Minister is serious about fighting corruption, then this defence scandal gives him a real chance to go deeper into the causes of the rot.

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All elections together. Why not?

The Congress has the problem that it is still furiously in denial about its defeat. On the idea of simultaneous elections, it again stirred up Uttarakhand.

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Game of visas

India comes across as trying to compete with China by being China. It’s not a winning strategy.

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Mistelling The Story

Why a book on India is seen to be unbuyable in Islamabad.

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Desperately seeking Ambedkar

The more interesting question to ask is: Why is the BJP pushing itself so aggressively to appropriate Ambedkar now, and not five or 10 years ago?

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Don’t listen to the IT giants

Indian software companies can and do patent their inventions abroad, thus actively competing in the market for government monopolies maintained in other countries.

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The immortality of Don Quixote

Cervantes had invented two characters, Don Quixote and Sancho, who would become a universal pair representing opposing yet complimentary approaches to the dilemmas of modern existence.

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The trap of personal laws

They may harm rather than preserve religious freedom.

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India’s jobless growth is undermining its ability to reap the demographic dividend

The last quarterly survey by the Labour Bureau showed that India has never created so few jobs, since the survey started in 2009

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Eight years after Barack Obama took office, his legacy is substantial

While on the domestic front, what Obama has accomplished is fairly impressive, abroad, his record is mixed, although he did make a studied effort to emerge as a forward-looking world statesman.

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A higher well-being

In this article, we argue that the actual well-being of the household will be higher than what is indicated by the poverty line, if we take into account public expenditure along with private expenditure.

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The Urdu Press: Malegaon Acquittals

The Hindu terrorist organisation, Abhinav Bharat, was seen to be involved in the Malegaon blast. Its members were made ‘accused’.

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The Same Standstill

It is clear now that Pakistan generals are unimpressed by the Modi initiative

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Telescope: They do protest too much

Politicians divided by Agusta unite on odd-even

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A cop-out called prohibition

It is a poor policy option. Alcohol abuse is a public health, not moral, problem.

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The case for high-speed rail

Constructing HSR lines in the country should be seen as a nation-building exercise rather than a standalone project justified only on transport demand.

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The best governed of them all

Governance in Kerala is superior to that in Bihar. But after that, state rankings are a fraught exercise

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Buck stops at bench

Judiciary is part of the problem of judicial vacancy and case pendency. It must also be part of the solution

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Make The Link

Inter-linking of rivers holds the key to addressing water scarcity.

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Odd-even scheme: AAP has to first clarify on surge prices for buses

Those who pay exorbitant surge prices for buses for 13 days should not object to occasional surge pricing by taxi aggregators.

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Encountering Facts

The editorial in the Organiser comments on the Samjhauta blast and Ishrat Jahan encounter cases and notes that they “are pointing the needle of suspicion towards many prominent actors during the UPA government, who can be called as ‘political fixers’”. It says that “the revelation” that P. Chidambaram had “signed both the affidavits, claiming Ishrat […]

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Secular politics needs Gandhian courage

Democracy in India, affirmed through elections, is pushing Muslims to the margins.

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Raja-Mandala: Aligning with the far to balance the near

Delhi must not let commonsense with Beijing turn into a policy of self-denial with Washington

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Then and now in Plassey

Stories of greed, vaulting ambition and inability to see the big picture in election-time Bengal.

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How To Measure Poverty

A neat separation of poverty estimates and entitlements won’t pass muster.

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Saving Assad

Putin’s intervention has brought Russia back in a prominent role in the region

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True Panchayati Raj

NDA has kept its promise to make local self-government more meaningful. Time for states to do their bit

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The Handwara Harbinger

Is this the beginning of another scorching summer of discontent in the Valley?

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Call it PM’s rule

Relieve the president of the thankless task of putting his signature to the proclamation, a perennial irritant.

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Next Door Nepal — China is welcome, India is not

Delhi’s Nepal script, written in 2006, has now gone completely wrong

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Kipling’s Burma and Myanmar’s Kipling

He knew little about the country, but colonised the West’s imagination about it

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From Plate to Plough — The big thirst

It’s not that Maharashtra has spent less on irrigation. The real problem is its high cost.

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Inside track : Empire building

Compared to his predecessor Mrinal Pande, chairperson of the Prasar Bharati board Surya Prakash has increased his perks, emoluments and powers.

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Relentless demonisation of PM Narendra Modi is wrong

If the Prime Minister wants to stop having his agenda for governance and development derailed, he must build better relations with the media.