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Why Kalburgi Was Killed

Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar melded modern sensibilities with tradition.

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Drop the stone…

… because, to embarrass the rest of us into caring, Kashmiris must use fresh methods, free of radical Islam, free of violence.

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For innovation’s sake

Strong intellectual property rights infrastructure will help Indian industry.

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Raja Mandala: Seal the partnership

Modi and Obama should wrap up the unfinished tasks in the agenda set by them before a new regime takes over in Washington.

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Just keep the faith

Islam does not discriminate in allowing entry to places of worship. Yet, the Bombay High Court judgment upholding Muslim women’s right to enter the Haji Ali Dargah was constrained to invoke the constitution.

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A Different Neighbourliness

Ironically, freedom of speech was first restricted to curb anti-Pakistan views.

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Day of the specialist

Public policy requirements of the 21st century demand a bureaucracy less generalist

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Next Door Nepal: Inclement weather in Kathmandu

PM Dahal must address coalition concerns, balance relations with India, China.

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From Plate to Plough: Seize the crisis

Government has the opportunity to rein in food inflation on a sustainable basis.

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In deep water

Scorpene data leak underlines the hazards of India’s dependence on foreign sources for military hardware.

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Out of my mind: AAP serious hai?

Kejriwal’s attention is fixed on winning the Centre rather than making mohallas run better.

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Inside Track: Turf tussle

From Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s floods photograph, here are some interesting stories of the week to think about.

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Fifth column: Old slogans for a new problem

Burhan Wani, whose death caused the current spate of violence, was a peacetime terrorist.

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Dalits are right: Enough is enough

Dalits are angry about the hollowness of the current hyper-nationalism where everything about India is called great and every criticism is labelled as anti-national.

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Nature of the Muslim State

Democracy makes Muslim states unstable because they think Islam is essentially democratic.

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Us versus Aedes aegypti

Epidemics in India are seldom followed by a long-term response.

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I am Dalit, not SC

Why personal, social and political self-identification of Dalits must count more than the legal nomenclature.

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On The Road To Mandalay

Realpolitik drives Myanmar’s outreach to India and China

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What is Kashmiriyat?

Or insaniyat? Or jamhooriyat? In Kashmir, so-called solutions are riddled with contradictions and divisions

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Draft surrogacy bill violates fundamental right of people to choose modes of parenthood

Overseas Indians, foreigners, unmarried couples, single parents, live-in partners and gay couples are barred from commissioning the services of surrogate mothers.

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Soldiers and businessmen

Pakistan army has a battle to win: The corruption within

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The Roll-out Challenge

The use of technology will be key to making GST a success

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Degrees of separation

History shows why Balochistan is not an internal matter of Pakistan

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Irom Sharmila’s two struggles

The anger of her supporters should not be dismissed as selfishness or cynicism. As she changes course, she needs to take them along.

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You keep the cow’s tail

A post card from Una, Gujarat, August 15

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Telescope: Twist in a happy tale

OP Jaisha, the marathon runner, claimed that she had received no water from Indian officials along the route of the marathon, leading to her collapse at the finishing line.

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Defining public interest

Harish Gupta case involves questions about the very nature of governmental decision-making.

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Before Balochistan

India has supported some human rights causes and ignored others.

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Sedition law cannot be used against honest views, expressed peacefully

It is the need of the hour to contain the forces of bigotry and intolerance which pose a grave threat to our democratic secular republic.

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Health Security At Stake

India’s dependence on China for medicine ingredients is a matter of concern.

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A message for Gilgit-Baltistan

Prime Minister Modi’s recent statements could help end the troubled region’s long international isolation.

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Pakistan is no hell

I stand by my remarks. I see no reason to withdraw them or apologise.

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The freedom from unreason

Attacks on Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi outline the challenge. That their voice lives on gives reason to hope.

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Halfway To Dignity

Mental Health Bill tries to address complex issues, but it’s a work in progress

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Managing mistrust

The tension between the executive and judiciary could play out in creative, or destructive, ways

Suspicion And Red Tape

The government needs to distinguish between crooked NGOs and genuine ones.