India must stay with Quad. It offers space for economic consolidation, strategic autonomy

Simultaneous elections proposal goes against basic principles of the Indian Constitution

Global Hunger Index offers a needed reality check for India’s big power aspirations

Digitisation provides an opportunity to strengthen industry-academia ties

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It’s Mersal time in Tamil Nadu & fans are ignoring the BJP

The BJP is trying hard to make inroads in Tamil Nadu. This is the land where the magic of movies, the fandom of superstars, and the political charisma of politicians coalesce into an inimitable mix.

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Next door Nepal: A country for conspiracies

Distrust and partisanship among top leaders cast a pall over upcoming polls.

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In Good Faith: How philosophy became impractical

Once upon a time, the love of wisdom was not just something confined to the realm of academia. It was a way of life.

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Innovators, not pirates

India must curb intellectual property rights violations, like the one on herbicide tolerant Bt cotton, in order to become an innovation hub.

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How To Clean Air

It will be a long battle, will require multi-pronged solutions.

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The Tillerson turn

US Secretary of State speaks of converging interests. Delhi must focus on practical cooperation with Trump’s Washington

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In defence of love

Kerala HC warns against hate campaign on inter-faith marriages, points out that love is intertwined with freedom

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October 23, 1977, Forty Years Ago: PM in Moscow

Soviet chief Leonid Brezhnev was understood to have made it clear that the change of regime in Peking had not changed Moscow’s suspicions.

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Is Narendra Modi a populist?

The old narrative about India’s Prime Minister is not dead, but a new one is emerging

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45 days on, no one knows who shot Gauri Lankesh

While a systematic, professional investigation is being carried out by the Karnataka SIT, with as many as 121 policemen at its disposal, the element of luck that enables the convergence of multiple angles of investigation at a common `Eureka’ point still eludes the Gauri Lankesh murder investigation.

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Unlearnt lessons of 2013, as PM Modi promises new Kedarnath

Several elements of the PM’s speech tells us that the government has learnt no lessons. Many analysts have shown that the current unscientific and indiscriminate road building practices in Uttarakhand have contributed to significantly increasing disasters in the state.

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Out Of My Mind: Cross dressing

The Gujarat elections should be the one worth watching. It will be the first test of the newly packaged Congress with Rahul Gandhi leading the campaign.

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Hunger is a shame

‘I cannot recall the Prime Minister making food security a mission, nor did the government propose an alternative to the NFSA.’

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Santoshi died of starvation

If the PM is sincere about his desire to build a ‘new India’, he must sack officials who tell lies about starvation deaths and chief ministers who allow them to do this

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Inside track: Rahul Gandhi as president

The announcement of Rahul Gandhi’s name as Congress president could be sooner than most in the party assume.

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The Urdu Press: Jay Shah

“The BJP leadership had captured power on the slogan of putting an end to corruption, bribery and black money. But within three years of its rule, a ring of corruption is rising around BJP leaders,” Daily Siasat, in its editorial on October 12

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October 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Reddy’s Counter

Reddy’s statement comes in the wake of reports from certain states that Mrs Gandhi’s supporters are pressurising AICC members to sign the requisition.

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Ban-wagon defect

Graded Response Action Plan lends urgency to Delhi’s efforts to curb pollution. But ban as policy instrument is problematic

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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

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Shine the light

Corporate governance reforms must succeed. There is much at stake

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Cosmos for commoners

Google Maps now lets you go where no man has gone before

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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Despite Supreme Court ban, Delhi’s addiction to crackers remains

Bans are wonderful, because they provide immediate action to people long inured to real change. But in the long run, they put people off and add to a sense of general despair and lead to the question, ‘Now What?”

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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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October 20, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Anand Margis Strike

It was the latest in the series of attacks on Indian government staff in Australia, attributed to the Anand Marg.

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The Nanded portent

Poll outcome offers lessons for both the victor and the vanquished

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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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In picture-postcard Goa, Wagh’s Dalit poetry challenges upper-castes

Wagh’s poetry, written with all the angst of a class oppressed in his “chosen” dialect of Konkani, calls for the restitution of an older order, a culture where nature and not stone idols was worshipped, before the forced appropriation of land, natural resources and culture took place

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Trump Pak tweet is no U-turn, notes it is watching

It cannot be news that President Trump shoots from the hip on Twitter, and his tweets can and sometimes do contradict declared US policy. Just look at his tweets on North Korea.

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Speak, Woman

The #MeToo campaign allows women a rare experience of public solidarity. Hope the men are listening in

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Fairytale journeys

The football field is proving to be sport’s great leveller

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U-turn by Donald Trump

His willingness to be won over by baubles offered by Pakistan’s generals will have significant consequences for the region

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October 19, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Hostages freed

The three leaders of the Baader-Meinhof guerilla gang committed suicide in their prison cells a few hours after commandos thwarted an attempt by skyjackers to have them freed, officials in West Germany said