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Narendra Modi’s class act on Teachers’ Day

But the challenge in education lies in enabling teachers to innovate and individualise pedagogy.

Obamacare of foreign policy

Major arms control treaties used to be bipartisan affairs. Those days are gone.

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The bigot within

Non-state actors within the country cannot be allowed to get away with violating the rule of law.

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An incomplete rainbow

Till that happens, we will be in a state of indeterminacy or the observer’s paradox, much like Schrödinger’s cat. We would not know if the cat is dead or alive till we break open the box.

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Onion Stories

The fortunes of politicians have long been entwined with this vegetable.

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No proof required: Numbers don’t lie-people do

‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it’: Goebbels.

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Diary Item: Platform tourism in Calcutta

Any Indian railway station is heartland of the middle class.

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Except terror

Law Commission provides a frail reason for carving out the terror exception vis-a-vis the death penalty.

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The Climate In Bonn

India needs to revisit its position, nuance it, for a meaningful outcome.

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Rule of violence

The state was created to preserve the sanctity of life and property. Both attributes are exposed to elements the state can no longer control in Pakistan.

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An Inequitable Justice

Uphaar verdict reinforces a dispiriting message: scales of justice tilt towards well-heeled

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Dal vs State

Thirty years after its creation, the Bajrang Dal continues to challenge an already precarious rule of law

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The idea of KISS

A schooling initiative in Bhubaneswar doesn’t leave it to government, seeks to be the change agent.

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Telescope: The murder on TV

How did Indrani plan it? What was on her mind? That and more, after a break.

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Indrani Mukerjea and her primetime jury

As they sit on daily judgement, they reveal their insecurity about their own paths to power — and a distrust of the outsider.

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The ‘India did it’ general

Pakistan is still on a journey to discover itself within the paradigm of jihadi governance Hamid Gul recommended.

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View From The Right: Census Data

The Muslim community has registered a moderate 0.8 per cent growth to touch 17.22 crore in the 10 year period between 2001 and 2011, up from 13.8 crore, the census data said.

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Aurangzeb vs Kalam

The renaming of a road is part of a wider pattern of strategic messaging by the NDA.

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No Exception For Terror

Differentiating between terror and other cases for death penalty is unsustainable.

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Myth of Muslim growth

Once again, the debate on census population data on religion misses the point.

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Defending difference

That’s the real challenge, in Palmyra and elsewhere, in the face of the IS’s ideology of fear and destruction.

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Raja-Mandala: Faith and diplomacy

In being unafraid of bringing religion into foreign policy, Modi treads new ground in India. But there are dangers.

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Bend it like Bhalla

On census, Christians and conversions, Surjit Bhalla has tortured his data to make it say what he wants to hear.

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Game Changers

Why payments banks must not fizzle out like other attempts at financial inclusion.

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The good word

Use of ‘development’ as a catch-all represents a shrinking of the imagination.

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In defence of prolificacy

To suggest that quantity never produces quality is snobbish, inane and untrue.

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Dismayed farmers, defunct policies

The Centre needs to wake up. Otherwise India may return to the shortages of the mid-1960s.

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A package to Bihar

The state needs a stimulus. Only the Centre can provide it.

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What poetry has to do with math

We stand to gain much from developing an understanding of ancient India, its deep and diverse ideas.

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Across the Aisle: At last, will we have an economic agenda?

In August, the rupee has depreciated by about 3.3 per cent against the US dollar. Such volatility and decline in asset prices are stressful.

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Reverse Swing: The great Indian wheelchair trick

Indians hate to walk. At sprawling foreign airports, they often don’t need to.

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Out of My Mind: Puff the magic dragon

From now on China will be like any other economy.

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Inside Track: Woke up late

Last week when TV channels announced that Sarma was holding talks with BJP president Amit Shah, Rahul sprang belatedly into action.

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Fifth Column: A message from Gujarat

The new leader from Gujarat is an unpleasant young man with dodgy political ideas and dodgy political heroes.

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Dilma Rousseff vs Left vs Right

Brazil’s president has upset both sides of the spectrum. The stalemate seems set to continue.

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Notes From A Textbook Poll

The man of the match in Sri Lanka: Mahinda Deshapriya, elections commissioner