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The new Asian game

An authoritarian, assertive China is a challenge for India. But it is premature to conclude that US will be its saviour

Hungry for publicity

Surveys on hunger suggest that like poverty, it is more a relative, than absolute, concept. The best policy to increase nutrition is via sanitation and clean water

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Double games nations play

US backing of the IS draws upon strategies once deployed by Pakistan

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Taking off from Down Under

India and Australia must become stakeholders in each other’s development.

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A larger vision

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan is synonymous with the AMU. But his contribution and relevance goes much deeper.

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Food for reform

Price fluctuation and low and unremunerative prices for farm produce can be addressed through competitive markets, and much-needed reforms.

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A Dignified Exit

A public campaign to educate people on the framing of the living will is necessary

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Joining dots, gathering traces

Lotika Varadarajan used oral history, archival sources to trace journeys of objects

Her right to choose

SC does well to criminalise marital rape of a minor wife. It also needs to classify child marriage as forced marriage

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Telescope: A tutorial for UPSC

A question for KBC: Why has current affairs replaced Bollywood on the show?

Moonwatcher’s logic

Linking demonetisation with job losses is simplistic and naive.

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What schools have to do with health

Public health and education programmes are the best way to tackle India’s hunger problem.

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A Woman VC For Banaras Hindu University

The campus needs gender sensitisation as the proportion of female students rises

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Gone girl

SC verdict on child marriage makes a break with cultural norms. Now, back it with policy to restore childhoods

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View From The Right: The light around us

The Organiser editorial says though there is “talk about denigrating or defaming Hindu festivals and sentiments” and “despite the restrictions on firecrackers” the mood will remain upbeat.

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Raja Mandala: Possibilities amidst flux in South Asia

As the US recalibrates its ties with Pakistan and Afghanistan, India must find ways to intervene in the new strategic spaces.

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The right to breathe

The Supreme Court judgment banning the sale of firecrackers this Diwali is a call to action. All Delhi residents must welcome this first step towards ensuring clean air in the city.

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Misreading Sir Syed

He is erroneously believed to be a proponent of the two-nation theory

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A call to left-liberals

Their silence on questions of caste could make them complicit in oppression of Dalit-Bahujan

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Pakistan’s uncertain road

A fractured polity, civil-military tensions cast a pall over upcoming state polls.

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Someone did kill Aarushi

CBI must explain why it rejected its own finding: There were people in the house other than the Talwars.

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Ignore the Cassandras

The dip in India’s economic growth is a temporary blip. There is no scope for gloom.

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Why appointing the redoubtable Anupam Kher as FTII head is a smart move

Unlike his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan, no one can point a finger at Anupam Kher’s credentials. But before expressing relief or congratulating Smriti Irani for making the right choice, we should also ask who the other FTII Society members are and why their names haven’t been made public.

Donald Trump is taken in by Pakistan’s deceitful acts

It seems the Western hostages were in the hands of good terrorists, the ones that listen to GHQ Rawalpindi, don’t hurt Pakistan and in times of need, dance like circus monkeys for visiting spectators according to the diktat of an ISI colonel. 

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All hype on energy

India continues to lack a clear roadmap for encouraging the use of clean fuel

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The Gujarat difference

BJP successfully occupied the space of a regional party in the state. Congress strategy is still made in Delhi.

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Next Door Nepal: President vs PM?

Judiciary, itself badly discredited, may not be able to settle any dispute.

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Rattling the cage

Protests by women students for equality in hostel rules have sparked a debate on gender bias on campus. It’s a first step.

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What statistics don’t tell

NDA government promised to transform India in 60 months. Forty months down the road, the future looks bleak and bluffing through the jugglery of numbers continues.

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Fifth column: Tourism is the answer

Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the BJP’s first prime minister did not have this constraint but never used his stupendous oratorical skills to explain to Indians why the business of governments should be to govern and not do business

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Me, my self, Mattancherry

Mattancherry- A nation by itself, its diversity of shared history and co-existence is a model not just for Kerala, but even the rest of the world

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Across the aisle: The real world beckons the PM

What the Prime Minister’s researchers and speech writers failed to tell him was that if all sectors of the economy were not growing, the economy will witness a recession, not a slowdown

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Inside Track: No Midas touch

Interestingly, while there have been detailed responses to the article’s allegations and a defamation suit by Jay’s lawyers, his defenders have avoided mentioning the obvious inaccuracy in the headline, ‘The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah’

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Out of my mind: Narendra Modi’s Rajadharma

But why have five Cabinet ministers, who have no business interfering in a private matter, defended Jay? Why has Rajnath Singh announced that there was no need for any investigation as Jay is innocent?

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The road to Shirdi

Popularity of Sai Baba stems from his message — the convergence of all faiths

Mistrial by media

In the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, news outlets promoted a narrative and under-reported facts. CBI and media made peculiar bedfellows