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Telecope: The brawl on screen

On David Headley’s deposition, news TV was at its most offensive

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Net neutrality debate: A sledgehammer, not a scalpel

TRAI has fixed the problem but over-regulated in the process

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India should prepare its cadre for the blue economy

It is time to start training a diplomatic cadre to operationalise ‘blue diplomacy’.

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It doesn’t trickle down

Processes of knowledge diffusion reinforce inequalities. We need explicit pro-poor targeting of efforts

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Reclaiming The PIL

It was envisaged as a means of providing access to justice to the disadvantaged

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View From The Right: Maintain Balance

The cover story in the Organiser examines the current temple entry movements and says that a “temple is a symbol of man’s gratitude towards God”.

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Debt deja vu

Merely rescuing the banking system from the existing emergency will only clear the way to the next one. Policy should go into causal factors.

Fixing enterprise plumbing

A single number for a company — the unique enterprise number — is a welcome ease-of-doing-business intervention.

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Discrimination dialogue

A starting point could be the doing away of the myth that modernity alone will deal with caste

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TRAI and Net Neutrality: Courts must weigh public interest that have shaped this order

Trai does well to safeguard net neutrality. But a legal challenge can’t be far behind

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’.