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

Discontentment over ‘breach’ of protocol brews in Nepal Parliament

The minister straight away moved to the rostrum to respond to the point, and left the House immediately.

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O Panneerselvam returns, to serve his revenge cold

It seemed the end of his political career when he was expelled from the AIADMK in February, but former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, it seems, is close to completing nothing short of a coup on his nemesis VK Sasikala.

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Three classrooms in Pakistan

Imran Khan’s opposition to English-medium education is misguided

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Depriving JNU

More, not less, public money must be spent on inclusive education that encourages independent thinking

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April 22, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Bhutto called on the army to take over Karachi, Lahore and Hyderabad.

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UK snaps to polls

Across the world, politicians are using elections and referendums to mask their own abdications

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Bury the row

Centre, EC press ahead with paper trails for EVMs. All parties must now move on

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Rift Valley

Onus is on leaders of BJP-PDP, especially BJP, to protect the fragile alliance in J&K from its own sharp edges

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Beyond the backwardness cap

Quota for Muslims beyond the 50 per cent ceiling in Telangana is justified

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Not an imagined community

Hindu Rashtra is not a religious or political objective, but a way to define and aspire to a cultural nationalism

On the digital front

To restore stability in Kashmir, security forces must provide a counter-narrative to the psychological warfare on social media

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Moscow’s Afghan Confusion

Russia must rejoin the West to build a stable Afghanistan

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Circumspection, My Lords

Freewheeling use of Article 142 is raising questions about judicial diktats inattentive to consequences

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The mysterious Mr Jadhav

The case of the Indian sentenced in Pakistan offers more questions than answers

Dissent under siege

Diversity of thought, freedom of speech, face enormous challenges today

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April 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago

The moral basis of these Congress governments disappeared with the total rejection of the Congress in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

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Making money

Even shredded currency notes can turn a profit

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Sharif on edge

Court gives Pak PM a breather but a cloud hangs over him. This will have consequences for India-Pak too

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Lal batti is off

It’s taken an age for the powers that be to realise how obscene is the red beacon on their car. Hopefully, this is a beginning

States of inequality

Economic disparity among and within regions is on the rise. This growing divergence needs policy intervention

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Telescope: Political fodder

News channels seem bullish about the cow

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A bill that is thrifty, goes by the book

Merger of tribunals in the Finance Bill will lead to uniformity in rules of service, prevent overlap and save taxpayers’ money

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The Mallya signal

His arrest is a welcome first step. Now follow up this case, while also bringing in systemic reforms to address bad loan crisis

Valley’s lost middle ground

Let us not look for final solutions — just a way to bring back a semblance of calm. Trust the army to do its job, including dealing with any aberrant behaviour

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April 20, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Karunakaran had taken oath as CM three months earlier, after the Congress-led coalition won the assembly election, held after the Emergency, with an unprecedented majority.

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Istanbul’s Sultan

Turkey’s referendum dramatically changed its polity — and its president’s powers

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After the meteoric rise

… must come sustained groundwork. But AAP is stuck in an excess of rhetoric, contradictions

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Leave it to Bollywood

Official projects to promote Hindi could reopen old wounds. Why rely on them when Hindi has better ambassadors?

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Wheel of justice

Supreme Court order in the Babri demolition case holds out hope of closure. Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh must step down

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By pushing Hindi is the government pushing it?

Language cannot be imposed upon people. Imposition spawns resistance. There are several instances in history that serve as evidence, including the history of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

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Sonu Nigam’s azaan tweet row: An unnecessary elongation that skirts around the civic issue

The Twitter imbroglio overall reads like an unnecessary elongation of a battle-of-egos that skirts around the actual civic issue.

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April 19, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Charan Singh said an unprecedented political situation had arisen with virtual rejection of the Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections.

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For India’s liberals, party is over

Because in new India, you cannot have your communal canape and eat it too

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Iqbal’s wrong turn

Pakistan is grappling with the boundaries of his idea of religious toleration. India is going down the same path

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View From The Right: Unjust Pakistan

India sought consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav 13 times, only to be denied by the Pakistani authorities, who “are still not disclosing the whereabouts of a Bharatiya citizen”.

Boom, bust

Current buoyancy in global markets is misleading. Structural flaws have not been corrected, economic nationalism is surging and we could be heading towards an economic malaise