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The Akhilesh-Mulayam duet

SP projects the former as a development icon, the latter plays on caste.

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Raja-Mandala: Maritime India versus Continental Delhi

International fleet review was a reminder of India’s naval imperative and the need to acknowledge it.

Right to a toilet

For the health, dignity and safety of women in slums, a comprehensive policy for the maintenance and construction of public toilets is needed.

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Abuse Of Force

Outrage over police assault on students is meaningless till it leads to disciplinary action

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Bank insecurities

Government must use multiple instruments to resolve the growing burden of non-performing assets

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A right to love

With the Supreme Court now lies the power not just to set right the Section 377 wrong, but to recognise another fundamental right

Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, also known as KP Oli, observes a minute of silence for earthquake victims during an event organised to mark the 18th National Earthquake Safety Day and the official launch of earthquake reconstruction efforts in Bungamati village, Nepal January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Next Door Nepal: Between promise and delivery

PM Oli has been lucky, but his political survival looks uncertain

The villain in the picture

Existing regime of film censorship is unconstitutional and violative of the right to freedom of speech and expression. The proposed revamp has a limited remit.

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The invisible drought

We have turned our back to the intense food and drinking water distress across states

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A Start-up Warning

Strategies anchored in incubators fail to foster entrepreneurship

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No longer sure Modi’s idea of governance is different to those who ruined India with 5-year plans

If Modi continues to adopt policies reminiscent of Indira Gandhi’s ‘ghareebi hatao’ days, he will end up betraying the mandate he was given.

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Out of my mind: The New National Party

The victory of the Mahagathbandhan (MGB) in Bihar is colouring the hopes and strategies in this year’s elections.

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Reverse swing: Racist Bangalore, racist India

Indians need to take drastic action to end racism against black Africans. We can’t be behaving like animals toward foreigners in our country.

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Inside track: Rice revelations

In his biography The Z Factor, television mogul Subhash Chandra has been extraordinarily candid about his past.

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Across the aisle- MGNREGA: Making a meal of words

MGNREGA was never about “digging pits”; nor is it a “monument to failure”. As Mr Modi has made a meal of his words, the time has come to convert the programme into one that will create “durable assets” and become a “monument to social justice”

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It Made China See Red

Islamabad’s Lal Masjid remains a symbol of a difficult transition.

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A wider view of Colombo

As Sushma Swaraj visits Sri Lanka, India should invest its diplomatic capital in finding a constitutional solution.

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The next big thing

There is talk of the fourth industrial revolution. How about spreading the benefits of the preceding three?

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Who cares about temple entry?

Male-dominated ‘places of worship’ are, in fact, places where god doesn’t reside.

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No proof required: MGNREGA does not help poor

The poverty debate in India needs to focus more on helping the poor, than projecting a bleeding heart at their plight.

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Missing The Teacher

Rohith’s despair also speaks of the collective failure of the teaching community.

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Modi’s Idea of India-2

Conflicting political, constitutional and ideological imperatives will continue to generate paradoxes.

We should not overstate the role of the Central legislature and underplay the role of those who really founded the AMU. The role of the 1920 act had more declaratory than constitutive value.
The Urdu Press: AMU Status

The Jamaat-e-Islami’s Daawat writes on February 1: “Once the Central government (the former UPA dispensation) took a stand on the minority character of the Aligarh Muslim University and submitted it before the court, the law should have taken its course.

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Why humour in public discourse is necessary for social wellbeing

What a boring, colourless society we would turn into if we cannot celebrate our quirks and poke a little innocent fun at one another.

Olive branch in the Valley

Mehbooba Mufti has held out CBMs for the BJP-PDP coalition to agree on. BJP must seize the opening.

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Telescope: State in the bedroom

Pahlaj Nihalani would have given TV shows on Section 377 an ‘A’.

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The ghetto on campus

The untimely and tragic death of Rohith Vemula has evoked strong reaction from students, political parties and a large section of the public. The protests have spread to different corners of the country. In Lucknow, young Dalits compelled the PM to break his silence on the tragedy. “Reasons and politics aside, the truth is that […]

Battle with many corners

ICDS, the primary scheme targeting malnutrition, needs to be broadened with the help of the National Nutrition Mission.

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No Guarantee In Mahabubnagar

Lack of adequate staff, payment delays undermine MGNREGA in a drought-hit district

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An arduous road to equality

On Section 377, the final outcome will depend on the composition of the Constitution bench

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Let the rupee slide

The economy is best served by lowering interest rates and blocking protectionism.

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View From The Right: Temple Entry

Although there can be genuine concerns regarding the space for women in religious matters, the arguments of “rationalist protesters” in support of defying tradition are wrong as this is “a matter of faith”.

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The Radical Teacher

For Randhir Singh, teaching was next to revolution-making.

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Digging holes, filling them up

As it completes 10 years, there is enough evidence to show that India needs the MGNREGA

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Nothing but the sea ahead

Intizar Husain seemed as much a stranger in a strange land in Pakistan as he did on his frequent visits to India

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The Court’s Second Chance

Supreme Court has an opportunity to rectify its ruling on Section 377