U.R. Rao's work laid the foundation for India's satellite programme

Capping stent prices may affect indigenous research, innovation

Mithali's team stole not only hearts but eyeballs as well

More than the Doklam issue, Bhutan worried about hydropower deficits

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July 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Congress Crumbling

The ruling Congress’s citadel in Meghalaya, a state in which it enjoys a considerable electoral and political presence, is crumbling with the spate of resignations, both from the organisational and legislative wings of the party in the last few days

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Fly the flags

Why Karnataka alone? Flags for everyone would lend welcome colour to the national landscape

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The invisible job

There is one way to curb the gendered distribution of childcare management: Gender-neutral family leave. From the first month of a couple’s life as new parents, when the father goes back to work (usually within a few days), and the mother stays home for months, the cleavage between their roles begins.

Heed the warning

The blockade that crippled life in Tripura since July 10 is over. But the state needs a lasting solution to its ethnic problem

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President Kovind

When balance between institutions is being reset, a nation looks to him for stability, continuity — and a moral presence

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A new (agri)culture

Unless we quickly get our act together, we must be prepared to face the consequences. In any food crisis, it is the top of the food chain that suffers the most. In the case of farmer’s distress, the top of food chain is us — the end consumer.

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Cow provincialism

Market forces, changed tastes and the televisual media alike have ensured that the salwar kameez, and “mehndi” and “sangeet” ceremonies, have marched into our lives, but these are at least colourful and relatively inoffensive. We cannot say the same about life-threatening cow nationalism.

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Collisions, not floods, in Kaziranga

Whether it is the Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Elephants, Rhinos or the several hundred birds that call Kaziranga home, all have known how to deal with the floods from time immemorial. For the animals, floods aren’t the real problem; the problem is us, who have made the flood plains our home.

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Letter to the Editor: Will to change

The mess in West Asia owes much to the “different” interpretations of the Quran. Muslims recognise it as the “Word of Allah”.The writer rightly argues that this view need to be changed. If Christianity could be modernised 500 years ago with “cherry-picking”, it is high time that Muslims did the same.

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Heart of darkness

All this is going to have an effect on the polity and the way we will go about our democratic or undemocratic ways. If the state is slack on issues of social cohesion, the nation will pay for it. Nothing subverts law like lynch law.

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Telescope: At her expense

In the guise of entertainment and news, a lot of talking down to women. During the IIFA Awards, star scions of Bollywood guffawed at their own witticisms at the expense of Kangana Ranaut louder than the assembled audience.

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The BSP in a changed battlefield

The trouble for the BSP is that a much younger and energetic Dalit leadership has started shaping the discourse within Dalit politics. The BSP’s future in Indian politics depends heavily on what Mayawati chooses to do in the coming months.

The wrong bear

Blocking images of Winnie the Pooh from social media betrays Chinese censors’ lack of political acumen

TMC spread thin

Communal violence tests the limits of its populist politics that cannot think beyond the immediate

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Maya’s discomforts

BSP chief is an embattled leader, struggling to regain her political foothold

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Build a fortress

Aadhaar case provides SC a magnificent opportunity to enshrine the right to privacy, which India desperately needs

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July 20, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Uproar Against HM

Home Minister Charan Singh’s controversial statement on the erstwhile Congress government’s “thinking” and “preparations” to shoot opposition leaders in jail during the Emergency, if necessary, caused another uproar in the Lok Sabha

A Gift Of Words And Silence

It marks out the good politicians from the bad

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Unswachh puddles on holy Amarnath Yatra

On the highway ahead of Sonmarg, the men all ran to the wall beyond the shoulder. In my envy, I called out to them from my car: “Modi ji dekh rahen hain”. They turned around grinning. “Selfie leh lo,” I shouted back in anger.

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‘Explosives’ in UP Assembly: The unanswered questions

A controversy has also erupted over the authenticity of preliminary findings of Lucknow forensic laboratory that declared the powder to be PETN. The UP Police never sends samples of suspicious substance for tests to the Lucknow laboratory but to the one in Agra that is the only certified destination for these tests.

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Stalker attack rekindles need for Witness Protection Program

Retroactive measures like police protection for the victim after the first attack are wholly insufficient. A pre-emptive programme would protect the witness from threats, intimidation or attacks from the perpetrators or their allies.

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With 2019 closing in, anxiety grips Dalits

The BJP’s 2014 poll campaign, built on the vikas theorem and subtly underlaid by Hindutva, sold well. After that, things began changing, fast. The saffron fabric was fully and openly in fashion, with all kinds of Hindutva groups flaunting their newly acquired power in streets and parks.

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Trust must be built between Beijing and Delhi

Indeed, you can’t choose your neighbours.China has a stake in India’s success, and welcomes India’s rise as a leading power. This also means that India should shoulder greater responsibility in international affairs and properly handle disputes.

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Letter to the Editor: Creating a rift

In Kashmir, even today, there is recognition of the Sufi tradition in which a Muslim ascetic becomes Nund Rishi and a Hindu poet gets recognition as Lal Ded or Lalla Arifa. But in all parts of India — not just Kashmir — resources drawn from composite heritage are being used to create rifts between communities.

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View From The Right: Respond to Amarnath

Questioning the timing of the attack, the editorial asks: “Why this act of terror now, where [did] things go wrong and what should be our response are the key questions”.

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Don’t talk, listen

Government is not paying heed to people’s concerns on GST. It is too important a reform to be left to whims of jingoistic politicians

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Islam’s reform: Way to go

Can passages of the Quran be cherry-picked — to embrace what is appealing and to skirt around what is not ? That is the question

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Sobering facts

Nitish Kumar claims that his government speaks for Bihar’s disprivileged. But his prohibition policy targets them the most

Keep your patience

Delhi has responded to Doklam stand-off with commendable restraint and sobriety. It must be ready for a long haul

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Holding JNU To Ransom

A small group of teachers and students is impeding the university’s functioning

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In Valley, no magic bullet

Government must think about tougher challenge in J&K — killing terrorism, not just terrorists

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Nepotism doesn’t rock

Jibes at Kangana Ranaut at IIFA served only to make a joke of those who targeted her

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July 19, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Reddy As President

The returning officer for the Presidential election, Avtar Singh Rikhey, has received 26 nomination papers before the deadline for filing nominations

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s tweet highlights our fixation with skin colour, but it’s not simply ‘racism’

Headlines by many news outlets hailed Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s tweet as criticism of a ‘racist’ remark in Bollywood. But is it really racism that we are talking about?

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What are Mayawati’s options now?

Mayawati’s term as MP from Rajya Sabha comes to an end in April 2018. The BSP chief cannot be reappointed to the Upper House on her own as her party suffered humiliating defeat in the recently held Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.

Quelling a Facebook riot in West Bengal

People have simply refused to react to morphed, photoshopped and out of context pictures in Badauria-Basirhat. Instead, they are taking out peace marches. The conspiracy to pit one community against the other has failed. All this seems to have frustrated the state BJP leadership.