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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Joining dots, gathering traces

Lotika Varadarajan used oral history, archival sources to trace journeys of objects

Her right to choose

SC does well to criminalise marital rape of a minor wife. It also needs to classify child marriage as forced marriage

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Telescope: A tutorial for UPSC

A question for KBC: Why has current affairs replaced Bollywood on the show?

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Moonwatcher’s logic

Linking demonetisation with job losses is simplistic and naive.

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What schools have to do with health

Public health and education programmes are the best way to tackle India’s hunger problem.

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In Himachal, ageing ‘king’ with corruption cases faces divided BJP

While sections of the Congress party are voting with their feet against 83-year-old Virbhadra Singh’s nomination, the BJP camp is divided between veteran Prem Singh Dhumal and the much younger Union health minister J P Nadda

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India braces for 19th Communist Party Congress in China

Since the early 2000s, as a co-existence strategy, India and China have formulated “enough space in Asia” for both countries. However, with OBOR, China appears to be gobbling up such spaces in Asia and beyond.

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The lives of others

Humans are imperiling the homes of animals. And corrective measures aren’t still up to the mark

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The right balance

India ought to engage Myanmar on the Rohingya crisis; expelling refugees will diminish its stature on the global stage

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Xi Jinping’s Congress

For India, the CCP meet is a moment to assess the consequences of Beijing’s rise and implications of Xi’s consolidation

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October 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Skyjackers Kill Pilot

Pope Paul six offered his life for the well-being of the hostages in the Lufthansa Boeing 737 in Mogadishu, it was learned

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A Woman VC For Banaras Hindu University

The campus needs gender sensitisation as the proportion of female students rises

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Gone girl

SC verdict on child marriage makes a break with cultural norms. Now, back it with policy to restore childhoods

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View From The Right: The light around us

The Organiser editorial says though there is “talk about denigrating or defaming Hindu festivals and sentiments” and “despite the restrictions on firecrackers” the mood will remain upbeat.

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Raja Mandala: Possibilities amidst flux in South Asia

As the US recalibrates its ties with Pakistan and Afghanistan, India must find ways to intervene in the new strategic spaces.

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The right to breathe

The Supreme Court judgment banning the sale of firecrackers this Diwali is a call to action. All Delhi residents must welcome this first step towards ensuring clean air in the city.

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Vikas vs Vansh, Narendra Modi fights for BJP’s fourth term in Gujarat

Gujarat election campaign: Between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last visit and this one, the BJP at least seems to be taking Rahul Gandhi more seriously.

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The Yogi, Sangeet Som and the missing Taj Mahal

Sangeet Som’s comments that the Taj Mahal is a blot on Indian culture is embedded in chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s own world-view in which he believes that the monument to love is not a part of “Bhartiya sanskriti’

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What is left to gift this Diwali?

Now that everyone is supposed to have either everything or nothing, what is left to gift this Diwali?

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New frontiers

Creation of space, cyber and special operations commands is a good beginning. They need to be nurtured

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The bigot’s eyepiece

Yes, Sangeet Som is just one BJP MLA. But the party can’t distance itself from his shameful remarks on the Taj Mahal

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October 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Congress Split?

The AICC session was concluded in a hurry, in the hope to give both sides time to cool off but a group led by Kanataka Chief Minister Devraj Urs began collecting signatures to hold another session to censure Reddy

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Misreading Sir Syed

He is erroneously believed to be a proponent of the two-nation theory

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A call to left-liberals

Their silence on questions of caste could make them complicit in oppression of Dalit-Bahujan

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Pakistan’s uncertain road

A fractured polity, civil-military tensions cast a pall over upcoming state polls.

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Someone did kill Aarushi

CBI must explain why it rejected its own finding: There were people in the house other than the Talwars.

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Ignore the Cassandras

The dip in India’s economic growth is a temporary blip. There is no scope for gloom.

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Why appointing the redoubtable Anupam Kher as FTII head is a smart move

Unlike his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan, no one can point a finger at Anupam Kher’s credentials. But before expressing relief or congratulating Smriti Irani for making the right choice, we should also ask who the other FTII Society members are and why their names haven’t been made public.

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Donald Trump is taken in by Pakistan’s deceitful acts

It seems the Western hostages were in the hands of good terrorists, the ones that listen to GHQ Rawalpindi, don’t hurt Pakistan and in times of need, dance like circus monkeys for visiting spectators according to the diktat of an ISI colonel. 

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A black mark

India’s consistently poor performance on Global Hunger Index should be a matter of urgent concern to country’s policymakers

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Undue process

For want of evidence, no one killed Aarushi and Hemraj. The only known perpetrator is a bungled investigation

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October 16, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Oil off Bombay

Announcing the discovery of oil in a well on structure 38-B which is about 70 kilometres south-west of Bombay, the minister for petroleum, H.N. Bahuguna, said production testing had shown that the capacity of the well was 1,475 barrels a day, which was a welcome sign

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All hype on energy

India continues to lack a clear roadmap for encouraging the use of clean fuel

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The Gujarat difference

BJP successfully occupied the space of a regional party in the state. Congress strategy is still made in Delhi.

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Next Door Nepal: President vs PM?

Judiciary, itself badly discredited, may not be able to settle any dispute.

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Rattling the cage

Protests by women students for equality in hostel rules have sparked a debate on gender bias on campus. It’s a first step.