Thursday, Apr 02, 2015
Crushing a broken system

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

Victor’s unravelling

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

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.

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.