From plate to plough: Development with cow

Agricultural growth in Uttar Pradesh can be achieved by putting dairy in the lead role. State’s new chief minister has his task cut out for him

The twin pit solution

Rural India is woefully under-informed of how it can both transform sanitation and earn money

Next door Nepal: Yogi’s Kathmandu connect

Adityanath’s long opposition to the ‘red revolution’ has many takers in Nepal

Do less, do it better

New NITI Aayog recruitment rules should trigger a revamp of the Indian state’s human capital

Sentiment And Justice

Past efforts at out-of-court resolution of Ayodhya dispute have been non-starters

The new villain

The neta has become the anti-hero, mirroring a larger loss of faith in politics

In spite of the faultlines

In a post-Trump world, India can be an example of plural values.

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Building Deterrence

Defence establishment must restructure itself, develop indigenous manufacturing

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From the Ramjas staffroom

Once you start marching to tune of ‘Left Right, Left Right’, you’re mostly marching, not thinking critically

BMC elections 2017: Uddhav Thackeray’s aggression seems to have paid off for Shiv Sena

Winning municipal elections, particularly in Mumbai and Thane is crucial for Sena to recover ground in the state. It will give the Sena a lot more space to fight the BJP in the government’s decisions at the state level.

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Making profits through unnecessary Caesareans: The dark underbelly of India’s healthcare industry

In this country, where conversations regarding women and their concerns are often eclipsed, there is alarming rise in the number of caesareans, feeding the healthcare industry’s money-making agenda

Reaching for the stars

Last week, ISRO launched a record 104 satellites on a single launch vehicle. The bar will be raised further when India fires its most powerful rocket ever, the GSLV Mark-III

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Holes in the security net

Demonetisation shows India’s social welfare measures like MGNREGS to be worryingly patchy

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February 23, 1977, Forty Years Ago: PM on MISA Repeal

She said lifting of the Emergency would impede the process of discipline and order achieved during the last 19 months.

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Robocalypse tax

The father of the PC thinks that if a bot takes your job, it should be brought into the tax net.

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Court self-corrects

SC decision on surveys critical of judiciary is a step towards bringing contempt provision in line with spirit of democracy.

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Learn the lesson

HRD ministry’s return to PISA is welcome. Now, use the comparative data generated to reform school education.

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State and Parivar

BJP’s new statism now supplements RSS’s work at ground level. Demonetisation is an example.

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An Opportunity, A Burden

Pakistan’s unrealised demographic dividend could add to its problems.

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Body shaming of policemen wrong but why can’t we have regular fitness tests for police like armed forces?

A physical test is mandatory to enter service. But does that mean the recruited police official will stay fit physically and by extension fit for duty till the time he/she retires?

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Health Ministry’s kit for adolescents marks a paradigm shift for a relatively conservative govt

Educational institutes in India have gained a notoriety for upholding and disseminating archaic ideologies pertaining to gender roles, relationships and gender identities. The Health Ministry’s kit challenges these very social norms and taboos.

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Is KCR’s donation to Tirupati temple trust a PR exercise on taxpayers’ money?

During his agitations, KCR reportedly vowed to present gold ornaments to appease deities if his wish for a separate Telangana state came true.

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Live video as a means to protest injustice comes to India too

Laws will have to change over time to take live streaming into consideration. Everyone has a smartphone and can go live at the click of a button these days.

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No half measures

To address rising NPAs, consider divesting government holdings in state-owned banks, including by strategic sales

February 22, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Battlelines Drawn

Indian Express front page, forty years ago today.

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Delhi blast acquittals: When will politics go beyond my favourite innocent vs yours?

Delhi blast acquittals raise a question: When will politics go beyond my favourite innocent vs yours?

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Cracking The IPL Code

For IPL franchises, market considerations are as important as talent

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Breaking through

Ministry of health’s ‘Saathiya’ peer education for teens programme is enormously welcome. Let its spirit spread

Telescope: The anything-for-votes show

The UP assembly election is getting louder and shriller.

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Shurhozelie’s task

With a reformist at the helm, Nagaland gets another chance to resolve tensions between tribal customs and gender justice

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View From The Right: ISRO, to Venus

It underlines that the Narendra Modi government “has provided budgetary provisions so that ISRO just doesn’t stop at Mars but will now go to Venus too”.

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With custodians like these

Agencies charged with the upkeep and protection of Delhi’s historic buildings find little thrill in their job. They see heritage as a burden, are impervious to its magic.

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Lending a hand, filling a gap

Government, philanthropists and business can forge partnerships and blend financial models to achieve sustainable development goals.

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Can we have a mayoral committee govern our cities?

Last year, the debate of having a Mayoral committee entered public discourse, when Shashi Tharoor introduced it into the Parliament as a private member’s bill.

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From Tata Tea to Titan, Indian brands are adopting a new, socially-conscious language

There has been a surge of beautifully crafted, intelligently told Indian advertisements that either prod us to engage in sociopolitical issues with greater furor, or address issues pertaining to gender inequality and same-sex relationships

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Attack on Malayalam actress: media didn’t cover up privacy, sought sensationalism in coverage

The ethics is knowing when to hold back and how to perform damage-control. In sexual violence cases, that should be done by strictly prioritising survivors over sensationalism.

Donald Trump may have a tricky relationship with new NSA Lt Gen McMaster

Disagreements may cause conflict in the White House as Trump deals with a war veteran whose doctoral thesis ‘Dereliction of Duty’, published as a book in 1997 which won many accolades, questions the failure of generals of the Vietnam War.

February 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Janata On Donations

News in history, forty years ago today.

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The Sufi must sing

Pakistan is the site of conflict between two understandings of Islam. Let the music not fade

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Talking To The Taliban

It is in India’s strategic interest to engage Afghan insurgents

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Shadid Afridi: The ageless

Cricket will miss Shahid Afridi, the crafty campaigner who never seemed to run out of steam