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Cities at crossroads: Not letting it go waste

Waste-to-energy plants could sustainably dispose of municipal solid waste, while generating electricity

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The new right

Belief in a strong state and leader, and market economy, with a stress on Hindu roots defines it

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Permission To Prosecute

Diverse SC judgments leave a loophole to stifle investigations against public servants.

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A year without Rohith Vemula

Rohith Vemula’s suicide had sparked nation-wide protests.

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Next door Nepal: Who will judge the judges?

In both cases, the Supreme Court reversed its own judgment given a couple of years ago, citing “grave error in justice” as the reason for entertaining respective appeals.

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Raja-Mandala: Emperor Xi in Davos

Despite a leadership vacuum in the post-Trump world, Beijing’s current unilateralism is likely to limit China’s global possibilities.

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The constable’s lament

Outrage and disquiet following the video about food served to BSF jawans is understandable. But hype and hysteria cannot help resolve the issues it has flagged.

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Defining The Beneficiary

As the Union budget approaches, debates over welfare grow intense.

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Barack Obama, the professor

His greatness was that he appeared above politics. In retrospect, that was also his weakness.

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War minus shooting

The Jan Lokpal Bill was accepted by the Congress government in 2013 with amendments and was renamed and passed as the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill.

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Crack the cocoon

Our school system does not prepare students for university. The final year of ‘Plus Two’ should be a preparation for college, not an examination.

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From plate to plough: Growth amidst gloom

Agriculture GDP bucks the trend of decline in other sectors. But can the government help the farmers sustain this growth?

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Sky is not the limit

There is a strong case for political bipartisanship on building the air force’s capability

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Your not-so-secret ballot

The government must adopt the new technology that restores poll privacy

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Out of my mind: The coming war

India had a rehearsal of this experience when Narendra Modi was elected. The media was not ready for such an outsider, who also had the blame for the 2002 riots to overcome.

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Inside track: Consensus choice

Since the BJP will not be in a position to ensure a win for a Presidential candidate of its choice, it will have to settle for a consensus candidate.

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Fifth column: Poverty, glorious poverty

The question we should all really be asking is why India remains one of the poorest countries in the world with such a profusion of leaders who love poor people.

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Across the aisle: Prepare for ‘slow down India’

The only engine that appeared to be running was government expenditure. In this scenario, what can be expected regarding the growth rate in 2016-17?

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The Dignity of her Office

Kiran Bedi’s talent could be Puducherry’s gain, but she needs to tone her language

Providing employment to rural unskilled labour is the single most direct and effective way of reducing poverty.
A contentious proposal

The interest in UBI seems to be building up significantly from several quarters and it is quite possible that the government is contemplating some steps in this direction in the upcoming budget.

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Reserved Bank of India

Demonetisation showed India’s central bank is too opaque. Its decision-making must be open to scrutiny

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Put the onus on teachers

Over the same period, the number of “tiny” public schools — those with a total enrollment of 20 or fewer students — rose sharply.

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No proof required: Towards an Income Tax Revolution

The economy provides scope and demonetisation, the rationale for a flat income tax rate and a negative income tax for the poor and the needy.

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The Urdu Press: Religion and politics

Following the SC judgment in 1995 declaring ‘Hindutva’ a way of life, the pro-Hindutva forces have exploited this judgment to an extent that has no precedent.

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The saffron rainbow

The ideological moorings of the RSS are criticised by the Left and neoliberal Right. But its approach has always been a creative one

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Project Of Defiance

Governments are making Aadhaar mandatory in contravention of court orders

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No pass marks

Restoring Class X exams will lead to exclusion of disadvantaged sections from higher education

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That ’70s show

As we struggle to make sense of Donald Trump and the rising tide of right-wing nationalism in Europe, it is important to revisit the rise of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

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Telescope: Filth on the streets

From alleged waste water on ‘Bigg Boss’, to Delhi’s garbage — a refuse lot on TV

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The ordinance overreach

Enemy Property ordinances subvert both the primacy of the legislature and the spirit of the Constitution

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Trillions for the taking

Despite the spectre of a Trump presidency on the world economy, tapping emerging markets can mean big bucks for global business

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What we need to guard

Fundamental rights are no gifts of the state, the Constitution only confirms their existence.

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Should Hear Them

It’s time parliamentary panels open their doors when witnesses testify.

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View From The Right: Critical Polls

Commenting on the significance of these polls, the editorial says that “this is the first ever round of major elections after the daring and system-shattering decision like demonetisation”

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Building the ‘bahujan’

Mayawati fears that if the BSP is portrayed as an exclusively Dalit party, she might lose the votes of other castes

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Stuck between 4 and 3

The SC verdict on the RPA is about reasonable restrictions on free speech. But appeals to identity by persecuted groups should not be seen as a violation of the principles of secularism