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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Objection, my lord

CJI offer of an out-of-court settlement in Ayodhya case is an abdication of judicial responsibility

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Big and bigger

Union of Vodafone and Idea, good news for the data-hungry consumer, could pose long-term regulatory challenges

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Pursuit of happiness

Measuring joy makes little sense as it escapes before you can count on it

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March 22, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Majority for Janata

As the Janata Party-led combination won an absolute majority, 10 more results, all in its favour came in rapid succession from UP

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India is no. 122 in happiness list: Here are five reasons why

The World Happiness ranking takes into account factors like GDP per capita, social support of having someone to count on in times of trouble, freedom to make life choices, healthy life expectancy, generosity and perceptions of corruption.

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The non-solution

Governments indulge demands for quotas from dominant groups like Jats because it helps them evade the real issues

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Keep them talking

New Manipur government has done well to convince UNC to lift its blockade. It must now balance competing demands

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Post-colonial poet

Derek Walcott inspired many by celebrating the here, the now

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Life beyond defeat

For Congress, 2014 was a loss to BJP’s superior electoral tactics. 2019 has to be a victory for a higher strategy

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Power And Politeness

China’s response to border problems with Nepal is in contrast to India’s postures

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March 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Mrs Gandhi Loses

The Janata Party, almost sweeping the Congress off the political scene in the North, acquired a commanding position when it raced past the ruling party in New Delhi.

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An agent of justice

Anil B. Divan proved that the legal profession is indeed a noble one

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Hindutva as development

In the UP election campaign, all the things usually used to signal ‘vikas’ — welfare schemes, laptops, housing, jobs — were directly connected with Hindutva

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A looming nuclear expansion

Trump’s wavering over US commitments to Europe and changing geopolitics in Asia could push more countries to acquire atomic weapons

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Yogi Adityanath’s take over as UP CM triggers speculations in Nepal, here is why

Yogi Adityanath’s take over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has triggered speculations in Nepal, that does not normally happen in the case of other chief ministers.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tries to fit into BJP’s development narrative

Soon after taking over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is trying to fit into the larger pro-development clean politics narrative of the Bharatiya Janata Party in a bid to move away from religious tonality in administration.

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A slogan moved a mountain

Uttarakhand election had an overarching theme that straddled divides

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When the twain don’t meet

A culture that normalises stalking is one that draws artificial lines, discourages dialogue

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A defeat foretold

No one doubts Irom Sharmila’s heroic resistance to AFSPA. But somewhere, she lost her bearings, confused moral strength with temporal power

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None For The Road

Ban on highway liquor vends is welcome, but why exempt bars?

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The Lucknow choice

Yogi Adityanath as CM is a brazen rebuttal of what the PM himself said his mandate meant. So what next? 

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In the moment of his political triumph, Modi has chosen to defeat India

Hubris has set in. The BJP believes it can get away with anything — it now intends to 

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The fifth province

Integration of Gilgit-Baltistan into Pak federation could be a step in the right direction for Pakistan. And for Kashmir

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March 20, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Riots in Karachi

At least 17 people were killed in savage riots in the city, eye-witnesses reported.

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Yogi Adityanath takes oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister: This could be make or break for BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls

The decision to appoint him as the chief minister of the state could be make or break for the party but it is clear that the decision has been taken keeping the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind.

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With Yogi Adityanath rising to become chief minister, who is the fringe now?

May be there was a sense of denial that the BJP would even consider Yogi Adityanath as the contender for the chief minister’s post. But then, victory is what matters in electoral politics.

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Winning was the easy part

With his uncanny knack for keeping his finger firmly on the pulse of Indian voters, he knows that what they really want is a different India.

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Win some, steal some

The unwritten rule on government formation in a hung legislature — supported by precedent — is quite clear. The party that secured the highest number of seats would be invited first to form the government.

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Inside Track: Maun vrat?

Ramdev also nurses a grievance that the BJP government has not rewarded him suitably for his extensive campaigning in 2014.

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Out of my mind: Memo for Rahul Gandhi

You could do the best thing for the Congress and Indian politics now. Quit. Take a lifelong sabbatical from politics. Get a life.

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March 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: PM Cries Betrayal

“The opposition parties are also trying to make capital out of the family planning programme by spreading rumours of alleged excesses,” Indira Gandhi said.

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Rivals and partners

Going ahead, success of India, China will hinge on urbanisation and energy. They must share lessons

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Food For Thought

As the Board exams challenge students, a taste of India’s most ‘intelligent’ foods

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Cautious hope

Netherlands poll outcome points to resistance to far-right spread in Europe. But its growth is still worrying

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Who’s afraid of campus politics ?

Student movements are the cornerstone of a thriving democracy

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Weak medicine

The new national health policy has few solutions to offer to the pressing problems of healthcare