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

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DMK legislators boorish behaviour inside House is a black mark on Tamil Nadu politics

DMK has blotted its own copybook by trying to disrupt the confidence vote in the Tamil Nadu assembly

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PM Modi’s graveyard remark in Fatehpur is unfortunate

True, SP’s commitment to secularism can be tokenistic but the PM’s kabristan-shamshan opposition is troubling

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Raja Mandala: Getting down to work with Trump

Like Russia and China, India should resist the temptation of ideological correctness and be realistic in engaging the American president.

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Maharasthra civic polls: Cities are too important to be left to corporators

Ongoing civic polls in Maharashtra underline the disconnect between urban governance and the citizen. Cities are too important to be left to corporators.

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A new divide in class

Digital education isn’t democratic, it creates deep inequalities between universities.

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Shashi Tharoor is right, Ramayana and Mahabharatha must be celebrated for their literary brilliance

To read the two epics as a work of religion is unwarranted and nothing but politically motivated.

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Uttar Pradesh polls 2017: Gadhe ka vigyapan, behenji, poll campaigning gets more dramatic in UP

The race for majority in the 403 seat house has turned the fight into a bitter exchange of below the belt blows, personal attacks and non-issues highlighted to gain brownie points and applause to sway large crowds.

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PM Modi’s ‘graveyard’ remark was not divisive, media got it wrong     

PM Modi’s tirade against the current dispensation in Uttar Pradesh was woefully misinterpreted.

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Govt plans to restrict maternity benefit to first child only. As usual, it’s the women who suffer

One could argue that this step would reflect better in population control. Would it though? Or would just make it far worse for pregnant women who desperately need financial assistance?

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Kalindi Express derailment: Is the government swift enough to rectify security lapses?

The express train rammed the freight train from the back and its locomotive ripped apart a couple of bogies, which shows the severity of the accident.

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Next door Nepal: A fragile peace

Parties are pulling in different directions while a Maoist group threatens violence

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The case for His Dark Materials

Harry Potter is great, LOTR is legendary. But to navigate the world, children — and the rest of us — also need to read Philip Pullman’s work

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Every breath you take

Air in several Indian cities is rated poorly by international studies. Unlike China, India is not trying to clean up its act

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JNVU controversy sheds light on growing friction on several campuses

Clampdown on free speech within the university — as in a campus in Jodhpur — robs it of its vital gift.

February 20, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Bansi Lal’s Apology

He refuted the charge of torture of detenus in jails.

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Russia engaging in talks with Taliban over percieved Islamic State threat plays into Pakistan’s hands

New Delhi and Kabul need to remind the global community of dangers of turning the clock back vis a vis Taliban.

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Orwell, again

But Trump’s America is a latecomer. It has much to learn from Vishwaguru India.

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A different BSP

Newly visible on social media, the party is more conscious of politics of perception.

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At JNVU, an attempt to gag intellectual exercise through bullying

What Professor Ranavat set out to do was her job, because teachers are responsible for providing opportunities for students to open up their minds to all point of views — even if some of them cause discomfort.

Tamil Nadu Assembly drama: From Stalin to Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, how each protagonist played their role

What was meant to be a vote of confidence turned to a violent ruckus. Chairs were thrown, documents torn and hostility was rampant on the House floor.

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Out of my mind: Business of politics

Sasikala has no political experience, no qualification other than being Jayalalitha’s home help.

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Inside track: Resort to tactics

Sasikala was in a hurry to assume the chief minister’s post partly because she feared the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment, but also because she had been warned by her astrologer that the most propitious time for her was between January 26 and February 14.

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Fifth column: Sasikala goes to jail

Sasikala went only after trying to portray herself as a martyr.

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Across the aisle: The rise and fall of the AIADMK

Now, after Jayalalithaa’s death, the AIADMK is poised to undergo another self-destructing transformation.

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Delhi man run over multiple times: What has made bystanders in our cities so insensitive?

These incidents call into question how desensitised we as bystanders have become to ignore the dire need of victims of violence and accident.

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Tamil Nadu ruckus: People might have not seen what happened inside House, but they know for sure

What was witnessed from afar on TV screens was in fact behavior befitting goons, rather than elected representatives of the people.

February 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago

The rank and file of the CPI is unhappy over the party’s attitude towards the Congress, according to an analysis by Kuldip Nayar.

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No Lesser Evil

India should convince the world that the choice between Islamic State and Taliban is a false one

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The other election

In Manipur, Congress battles fatigue, BJP struggles to grow roots. And Irom Sharmila makes a poll debut

The Australia test

Virat Kohli’s team seems to hold the advantage, but there is little room for complacency

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Crisis called Islamic State

Bombing at Sufi shrine in Pakistan carries a warning: Terror is spreading into formerly insulated areas, with a new name

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General rushes in

Army chief’s remarks on protesters raise questions. Equating them with terrorists is walking into the latter’s trap

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Let Padmavati be

But Sanjay Leela Bhansali must rethink his cinema

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Unlike America

In India, voices of public protest against hate-mongering targeting Muslims have been far too muted and infrequent

The mind of the generals

Does religion form the core of the Pakistani identity and is it reconcilable with democracy and its institutional forms? From Pakistan’s army, a range of responses

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Smriti Irani’s latest attack on Priyanka Gandhi only ends up amplifying her importance in UP elections

While Irani’s effort to drag Priyanka into a petty political battle may be deemed as petulant behavior, all eyes are currently on Priyanka who is campaigning in Raebareli