The march to spectacle

Army faces a tough mob in front of it. But it has more to fear from the mob behind it, egging it on

With The Long-Haired Boys

Lessons from the ’70s: How we tackled the food shortages

Redraw the line

Government, security agencies must urgently address questions raised by the Assam fake encounter probe

The supercop

K.P.S. Gill played a key role in carving Punjab's victory, though imperfect, against terrorism

Unimportance of triple talaq

A survey shows that it is numerically insignificant. The unusual attention that is being devoted to the practice is politically motivated and a waste of resources

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April 27, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Dissolving Assemblies

It was extraneous as far as the Constitution was concerned to say that because they lost in the general election, they had lost the confidence of the people, De said.

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AAP, interrupted

MCD setback shows that it has lost the political initiative. It needs to remake itself.

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Sukma attack wakes government from slumber to find CRPF a DG

Now that the worst has happened, the government has finally appointed 1983 batch UP cadre IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, as the new director general of the force.

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View From The Right

Taking note of the recent tweet by singer Sonu Nigam on azaan, an article in Panchjanya says it exposed “the hypocrisy of media”.

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Celebrating Champaran 1917  

The satyagraha was a crucial starting point — the yoking of peasant unrest to the national movement

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A tragedy repeated

Maoist attack in Sukma revives questions about counter-insurgency preparedness that urgently need to be addressed.

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100 per cent artist

Nawazuddin Siddiqui challenges identity politics, without saying a word.

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Mechanic, oracle

Pirsig, hands-on student of motorcycle maintenance, helped generations mend the rift between philosophy and life.

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Cities at crossroads: Starving the municipality

Property tax, the most important source of revenue for local bodies, is a pawn in state-level politics

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When You Learn With US

American campuses welcome and value diversity.

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The Sukma syndrome

Absence of strategic clarity, over-dependence of states on Central forces, have crippled the fight against Maoists.

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April 26, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Antony Is Kerala CM

Antony, who heads the KPCC and is a bachelor, will be the country’s youngest chief minister at 37.

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The government’s obsession with cows: A case of misplaced priorities

In India, cattle protection has suddenly emerged as the government’s prime agenda, marginalising or trivialising other issues higher up on the scale of grave importance.

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Five Point Someone in DU syllabus: Let’s stop blaming Chetan Bhagat and start rueing the state of Indian readership

The problem here is not just about the celebration of mediocrity, but also of the lack of mass appeal of those who are classified as ‘elite’ in the literary circuit.

Sadly, PM Modi and NITI Aayog’s vision 2031-32 seems to overlook the environmental cost

Of course, we all need to help realise the Prime Minister’s vision for a vibrant India by 2031-32, but the improvement in lifestyle cannot be at the cost of the environment we live in.

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Three decades of mistrust

Pragmatic approach and sustained border diplomacy could help Delhi remove apprehensions in Sri Lanka about economic cooperation with India

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Saffron blind

The political project of Hindutva is incompatible with a liberal polity

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Ethics is the answer

We need liberation theologists, like Ambedkar and Gandhi, who can help people discard the worst features of their inherited religious culture and replace them with ethical interpretations

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New India?

If unchecked, vigilantism in the name of the cow could render meaningless all vision documents and development plans.

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Quick Gun EC

Election Commission’s proposals to deal with problem of bribing of voters could upend principles of natural justice.

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Outsiders in Élysée

Liberals take solace in Marine Le Pen’s performance, but there are echoes of Brexit sentiment in French elections.

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A strategic encirclement

India’s political and security establishment needs a strategy in light of China’s naval expansion.

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Selective Condemnations

Extremism comes in all shades. Justice Shah should critique each one.

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April 25, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Pak Long March

Arshad Chowdhury, a member of the PNA’s national council, said, “This time, Bhutto has decided to burn his boats.” He was seeking “to set the army and the people against each other,” he said.

Leave It To The Specialists

A shift to their respective ministries will help professional education, skill development

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A justice more complete

SC promises closure in Babri demolition case. But what of the perils of memory and age, the problem of delay?

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Next door Nepal: Distant neighbours

Nepal President Bhandari’s Delhi visit did little to address the trust deficit

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Because caste didn’t go away

An ‘upgraded’ National Commission for Backward Classes expands policy framework on caste, but it must also acknowledge its evolving nature

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From plate to plough: The faraway fields

The Modi government has made the right moves with its flagship schemes for agriculture, but these have not made much difference to the lives of farmers so far

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Monsoon cheer

Government must draw up plans, in coordination with states, to prepare for good rains in June-July

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Project Cow

Minister’s proposal to model it on Project Tiger shows a fundamental misunderstanding of both programmes

April 24, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Morarji to industry

Desai said trust, like respect, was something to be earned, not asked for.

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Out of my mind: Two women

The five candidates show the diversity of political opinion in France.

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Inside track: Silent coup

The new camaraderie was on display last week, when the Navy arranged a day out at sea for AIADMK MLAs, MPs and their families.

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Fifth column: A new jihad in Kashmir

So if peace is to be restored, what we need is a strategy for war.

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Across the aisle: Go back and read George Orwell

The Yashwant Sinha-led committee slammed almost every aspect of Aadhaar and the Bill to establish the UIDAI.