A tryst with destination tax

We are inheritors of a sound economy, on the verge of higher growth, and we have to live up to the high standard of a few years ago. We cannot encourage high tax rates or high handed tax administration, for no nation can have a vibrant economy whose tax laws and tax administration are narrow in thought or application.

Is there a government in Kashmir?

Never before has a senior police officer been beaten to death in the way that Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith was outside Srinagar’s most important mosque last week. It really is time for Jammu Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti to be sacked.

Inside track: Cleared in two minutes

BJP president Amit Shah was convinced of Ram Nath Kovind’s suitability for the post from the beginning. Ram Nath Kovind’s name was not opposed or even debated by anybody at the BJP’s parliamentary board. The motion was proposed by Shah and passed in two minutes.

An incomplete poem

It was the time when ULFA was emerging; a difficult period. The people of Assam were living amid fire. Soon after, the process of surrenders began. Those who had surrendered came to be known as SULFA (S for surrendered).

Catastrophe

British Prime Minister Theresa May called an election she did not need in order to enhance her majority. The Labour party saw a chance to endure a massive defeat and replace Jeremy Corbyn. (Party leaders get blamed and resign for losing elections unlike Rahul Gandhi).

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Resisting the moral retreat

The noticeable drop in India’s visibility in important global debates should worry us all

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If Trump, Modi talk climate

There will be awkward moments but India’s PM could return as a legitimate climate superhero

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Macron’s march

By sweeping parliamentary polls, French president seals his mandate. Now, he will need to build a social coalition

Forty Years Ago, June 22, 1977: Janata CMs elected

While Devi Lal in Haryana, Nilamony Rautray in Orissa and Kailash Chandra Joshi were elected unopposed, leaders in Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan had to take the secret ballot.

Don’t Obsess About Numbers

It’s time policymakers outlined a coherent growth path for the economy.

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Captain over coach

Kumble exits, leaves behind questions: Why was cricket board caught unawares? How can it prevent a replay in future?

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Kovind versus who

There is rich symbolism in a Dalit president. But government, opposition must also stop turning their back on Dalit issues.

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Mayawati’s dilemma in the era of Kovind

The BJP’s presidential candidate shows up the falling popularity of the former political queen of Uttar Pradesh

BJP’s Kovind strike encircles, isolates Jatavs

The RSS and BJP continue to question constitutionally mandated affirmative actions for Dalits, which is why their Dalit outreach remains thin on the ground

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Will the Modi-Trump meeting be a zero-sum game?

The prime minister is headed to a dysfunctional US capital, but it is the divergences on both Pakistan and China – in Afghanistan and the Indian Ocean — that will define the outcome of his meeting with the US president

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Much in a name

The Margaret Court Arena controversy touches upon a key question plural democracies must deal with: What should be the correct response to the demand for the renaming of public places?

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View From The Right: Emergency revisited

However, it is “necessary to remind the real horrors of Emergency” to those who “may not be able to connect with the draconian period”.

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Letter to the Editor: Well Said

“Sports often panders to the parochial, but Pakistan is a team that can elevate those who watch it.”

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The invisible women farmers

Agriculture cannot survive without them. But they are invisible in the current conversation on the agrarian crisis

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Forty Years Ago, June 21, 1977: Polls In The Valley

Carrying and storing of weapons, stones, brickbats and missiles have been banned throughout the Kashmir Valley for a period of three months.

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The Man Who Won’t Be President

L K Advani would have been the most fitting Sangh Parivar choice for the post.

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Journey of Ram Nath Kovind

His candidacy for president is being viewed in terms of his caste identity alone. This is an injustice

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Privacy of cyborgs

Harvard’s decision to rescind admission based on Facebook posts sparks questions on shifting nature of the public sphere.

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Bad for health

Move to replace gelatin-based capsules with those made from plant products is not guided by medical reasons.

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The final frontier

India can ill afford to miss its date with the Goods and Services Tax this time

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Engaging with the US : Trump & beyond

Whether or not the US has become a destabilizing force in the world, India should focus on its unrivalled entrepreneurial strengths, capacity for innovation as well as engage with cities and states beyond the federal government

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PM hopes Kovind’s Dalit status will help deliver UP in 2019

By picking the Bihar governor as BJP’s presidential candidate, Modi is signalling to Nitish Kumar that if he wants he can easily return home

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Education hits every boundary

Australia has a world-class education system, and the two countries have much to gain through the sharing of academics, students, infrastructure and best practices.

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Raja Mandala: India, US, and an East-of-Suez moment

The effort to construct an India-US strategic partnership in the last two decades was based on the assumption that the American unipolar moment will endure.

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Its master’s police

A state driven by a hard definitive set of ideas, dividing people into “us” and “them”, presents problems for policing. Party ideology vies with the constitution and our laws in getting “results”.

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Ideas and ivory towers

The knowledge economy demands seamless interaction between government, academia, industry

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A Dark Satire

Branding the farmer agitations ‘political’ betrays a lack of understanding

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Forty Years Ago, June 20, 1977: Urs Under Attack

The shadow boxing in the Karnataka Congress transformed itself into an open confrontation between Chief Minister Devraj Urs and his detractors in the party.

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The NDA’s choice

Governor Kovind’s candidature for the office of president is intensely political. The ball is now in the Opposition’s court

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State of disorder

Lynching of Zafar Khan underlines that something is rotten in Rajasthan. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is accountable

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Specially Pakistan

Its cricket team keeps all those who watch it hooked to the romance and adventure of sport

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For Mumbai blast victims, justice delayed is justice denied

The real problem with India’s longest running trial on the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts is that closure is still a very far cry

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It’s Cricket, not War

Imagine an Indian cricket team playing a match in Lahore. Imagine India winning a match in Karachi. India may or may not defeat Pakistan. But India will defeat its fear of terrorism.

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Modi comes out of the closet with Israel

As the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, Modi shows he is ready to break with the past and de-hyphenate the relationship with Palestine

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Next door Nepal: Limited choices

Uncertainty over local body elections raises questions about political stability

June 16/19, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Language Matters

The Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities has regretted that many state governments are insisting on the knowledge of the regional language at the time of recruitment to state services.