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Macron’s march

By sweeping parliamentary polls, French president seals his mandate. Now, he will need to build a social coalition

Forty Years Ago, June 22, 1977: Janata CMs elected

While Devi Lal in Haryana, Nilamony Rautray in Orissa and Kailash Chandra Joshi were elected unopposed, leaders in Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan had to take the secret ballot.

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Captain over coach

Kumble exits, leaves behind questions: Why was cricket board caught unawares? How can it prevent a replay in future?

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Kovind versus who

There is rich symbolism in a Dalit president. But government, opposition must also stop turning their back on Dalit issues.

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Forty Years Ago, June 21, 1977: Polls In The Valley

Carrying and storing of weapons, stones, brickbats and missiles have been banned throughout the Kashmir Valley for a period of three months.

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Privacy of cyborgs

Harvard’s decision to rescind admission based on Facebook posts sparks questions on shifting nature of the public sphere.

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Bad for health

Move to replace gelatin-based capsules with those made from plant products is not guided by medical reasons.

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The final frontier

India can ill afford to miss its date with the Goods and Services Tax this time

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Forty Years Ago, June 20, 1977: Urs Under Attack

The shadow boxing in the Karnataka Congress transformed itself into an open confrontation between Chief Minister Devraj Urs and his detractors in the party.

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The NDA’s choice

Governor Kovind’s candidature for the office of president is intensely political. The ball is now in the Opposition’s court

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State of disorder

Lynching of Zafar Khan underlines that something is rotten in Rajasthan. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is accountable

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Specially Pakistan

Its cricket team keeps all those who watch it hooked to the romance and adventure of sport

June 16/19, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Language Matters

The Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities has regretted that many state governments are insisting on the knowledge of the regional language at the time of recruitment to state services.

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Missing the obvious

Guwahati is in the list of the Centre’s smart cities. But it has no plans to deal with its persistent flooding

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Firm resolve

A resolution regime is in place to deal with financial sector bankruptcies. The government must stand by it.

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Maximum force

The arbitrariness of the sedition charges imposed on Karnal protesters makes for a test case on the validity of Section 124A

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June 16/17, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Janata CMs

While the party’s national executive will meet to discuss the election results and its post-poll strategy, most leaders of the party feel that the central leadership should not impose its nominees.

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Beyond the verdict

The Mumbai blasts verdict is an occasion to reflect on terrorism and the faultlines it feeds on

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Judge who said sorry

Justice Bhagwati’s judicial career will remembered for PIL, and his compromise during the Emergency

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Making the choice

Government has reached out to Opposition on presidential poll, but it could be too late to be of value

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Fire in the hills

West Bengal government must engage with the Gorkhaland demand

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It Ain’t Me, Babe…

…It’s the art, argues Bob Dylan, accused of plagiarism in his Nobel acceptance speech

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June 16, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Janata Gets Six/10

The six states which returned the Janata Party are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Orissa.

June 15, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Janata Wave Again

The Janata Party was heading for a two-third majority in the Delhi Municipal Corporation. Of the 81 seats for which results had been announced, the Janata had secured 66, the Congress 13, the CPI one and one independent. Results for 19 more seats are still to be declared.

Debt weight

The RBI starts process to resolve the bad loan crisis. But questions remain

Diet fetish

With a moral view on non-veg food, Ayush trivialises the nutritional requirements of pregnant women

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One-pooch policy

It’s not one-child now, but by limiting dogs, a Chinese city barks as sharp as it bites

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Language matters

The turmoil in the Darjeeling hills owes to the intransigence of both the state administration and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha

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June 14, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Rajan Case Verdict

The division bench, consisting of Justice P. Subramanian Potti and Justice V. Khalid, pronounced the verdict while passing final orders on the habeas corpus petition filed by Rajan’s father, T.V. Eachara Warrier

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Error of Commission

By calling for powers of contempt, the EC does a great disservice to its mandate

Keep it irrelevant

Why just three documentaries — major political pictures abhi tak baaqi hain

Reprint the book

Gujarat government must withdraw textbook with objectionable epithet against Jesus Christ

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Policy blight

Fadnavis’s loan waiver cannot address farm distress. Solution lies in building rural infrastructure

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June 12, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Janata rail budget

Railway Minister Madhu Dandawate did not increase passenger fares or freight rates. The second-class passenger got pride of place. The railway minister listed steps to offer him or her a comfortable journey.

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Network power

More than ever before, democratic freedoms depend on institutions being able to stand up for each other

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A Great Figurehead

Let us hope that India’s new President, like others before, will rise to the office