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Letter to the Editor: Graded premiums

The NHPS should be modeled around the Employee’s State Insurance Scheme of India, where a progressive premium could take care of indoor, outdoor and diagnostic services.

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Letter to the Editor: Regressive tax

The move to tax long-term capital gains will disrupt the transition in the saving habits of Indians. Demonetisation and the progressive lowering of interest rates of traditional instruments such as fixed deposits have led many to invest in shares and bonds.

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Letter to the Editor: Dissent matters

The venom and abuse on the social media heaped on a dead person reflects our insensitive and intolerant mindset.

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Letter to the Editor: Check the mob

Free expression, that key ingredient of democracy, is today embattled in India. Lynching by cow vigilantes has become common.

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Letter to the Editor: Manage floods

The monsoon will always be sporadic. Leave alone big cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai, Assam, which faces flood almost on a yearly basis, has not found a mechanism to manage the floods and reduce the loss, both of human lives and public property.

Letter to the Editor: Other concerns

Law and order agencies are always expected to maintain order with minimum force so that the loss of lives is minimised. However, they should be allowed to act as per a set standard operating procedures. They should be able to carry out their duties and under no circumstances should the situation be politicised.

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Letter to the Editor: Clear the air

By falling back into the BJP’s arms Nitish Kumar has made one thing clear: He can no longer harbour ambitions to be PM. For the BJP, a powerful opponent has been nuetralised. But the Bihar CM’s reliability as an ally is now dubious.

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Letter to the Editor: Forcing patriotism

Orders asking people in government offices to sing the national song once a month, school and colleges twice a week and directing movie theaters to play the national anthem before every show do evoke this analogy. The nation should not beg, plead or demand patriotism; it has to come from within.

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Letter to the Editor: Rule of law

It’s true that an important purpose of the Lok Sabha is to ensure the government’s accountability. But the rule of law should be supreme. Many precious hours have been wasted as a result of disruptions. The speaker, who is responsible for maintaining order, discharged her responsibilities well.

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Letter to the Editor: Will to change

The mess in West Asia owes much to the “different” interpretations of the Quran. Muslims recognise it as the “Word of Allah”.The writer rightly argues that this view need to be changed. If Christianity could be modernised 500 years ago with “cherry-picking”, it is high time that Muslims did the same.

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Letter to the Editor: Creating a rift

In Kashmir, even today, there is recognition of the Sufi tradition in which a Muslim ascetic becomes Nund Rishi and a Hindu poet gets recognition as Lal Ded or Lalla Arifa. But in all parts of India — not just Kashmir — resources drawn from composite heritage are being used to create rifts between communities.

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Letter to the Editor: Forced refugees

But the reason people gave the BJP a clear majority was because they believed the party’s promise to bring about change. But what we see today are a minority forced to become refugees in their own land.

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Letter to the Editor: Crown of thorns

The crown prince’s appointment comes at a time when the kingdom is mired in number of crises like drop in oil price, the Arab Spring, war in Yemen and more recent crisis with Iran and Qatar.

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Letter to the Editor: Playing politics

The Opposition should have shed its ego and supported the NDA nominee for President of India. The Congress knows that it can’t muster a win for Meira Kumar so her nomination seems to be just to play at the political game.

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Letter to the Editor: Dalit vs Dalit

The result of the contest between Meira Kumar and Ram Nath Kovind can be predicted before the first vote is cast.

Letter to the Editor: The right choice

After the recent atrocities against Dalits in different parts of the party, the BJP had to regain lost ground amongst these communities. The choice of Ram Nath Kovind should be seen in this context.

Letter to the Editor: Advani’s history

It is true that Kovind was a little known figure till the other day but now we know that he is humble, has a clean slate and while in active politics he had been above controversy.

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Letter to the Editor: Well Said

“Sports often panders to the parochial, but Pakistan is a team that can elevate those who watch it.”

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Letter to the Editor: Different conflicts

The Tamil issue was an ethnic crisis caused by majority oppression. But the Kashmir issue has been about separatism right from its inception.

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Letter to the Editor: Party in crisis

The party is losing gradually losing ground and it will not be long before the voters teaches it another lesson.

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Letter to the Editor: Debating ties

Pakistan has fooled India a dozen times, always to find India back at the negotiating table.

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Letter to the Editor: Chinese intentions

New Delhi must now build coalitions of economic significance.

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Letter to the Editor: Selective concerns

The para military organisations are responsible for internal security and counter insurgence activities. Then why do we drag the army into a role it is not trained for?

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Letter to the Editor: Aadhaar Talk

Aadhaar has also brought huge savings for the government, increased transparency and made direct cash transfers easier.

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Letter to the Editor: Wrong Priority

The writer appears less concerned about the situation in Kashmir and more about “restoring” the primacy of the armed forces.

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Letter to the Editor: Check Populism

Aren’t populist politics a fraud on the voter’s mandate?

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Letter to the Editor: Review Ban

Banning liquor has led to an increase in drug consumption in Bihar. The state government should review its policy immediately.

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Letter to the Editor: Just A Quick-Fix

Loan waiver also makes banks wary of granting loans to farmers. This, in turn, pushes farmers to take loans from moneylenders.

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Letter to the Editor: Cricket Carnival

The IPL has resurrected flagging careers and unearthed hidden talent. The IPL has been a game changer, both for TV and cricket.

View From The Right: Pinarayi in Crosshairs

His regime has seen “a series of political murders or violence” across the state.

Letters to the Editor: Many Truths

The idea of absolute truth is consistent with plurality of faiths and conscience.

Letters to the Editor: Double Speak

The aim of research is to find solutions to social issues. But heated political discussions take students away from this goal.

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Letters to the Editor: Rarest of rare

The Indian judicial system observes leniency and avoids death penalty except in cases of extremely gross and intolerable offences.

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Letters to the Editor: Poor Reasoning

The defeat of the Congress and NCP can be ascribed to lack of leadership, weak cadre, corruption and an adversarial relationship with the state government.

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Letters to the Editor: GDP Debate

Opposition parties, some economists and rating agencies question the GDP data. The reality of GDP growth will come out in the figures of the coming quarters.

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Letters to the Editor: Clean up act

Anonymity will act as a safeguard against a possible backlash by political parties post-polls. This scheme may even further state funding of elections in the near future.