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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Temptations of judicial piety

In Pakistan, judges are a part of the problem of religious conservatism trumping justice

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It takes two

Congress needs to rework its pact with its first family. The party needs to stand up and begin asking questions

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No proof required: Case for an inter-meeting rate hike

A ‘rate hike in time is just fine’ is a wise RBI saying. With CPI inflation at near-historic lows, this must mean, according to the RBI law of mean reversion, that the future will bring high inflation. Hence, the urgent need for intervention

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Shooting the EVM

Political parties question the EVM. But when they win with the same machines, they don’t eat their words.

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Roads To Nowhere

Amending the Motor Vehicles Act is the first step towards reducing accidents.

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March 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Nation Votes

Forty years ago today.

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Figuring it out

Pakistan’s sixth census is little more than a headcount, but it could still have important political consequences.

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Bully’s day out

Vandals target a film — and are rewarded by the state. Rajasthan CM Raje is answerable.

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Looking East

BJP expands its footprint in the Northeast, shoring up its status as the polity’s dominant pole.

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A new normal in UP

The triumphant narratives call for disciplining of Muslims, and for Hindu assertion.

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Tweeting up the votes

In the recent polls, PM Modi used social media in ways that flattened out the political terrain

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By way of preface

India, and the world, are changing. Our collective responsibility — to make politics and policy more creative — grows more urgent

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Captain Amarinder Singh becomes Punjab CM: Here are the key challenges

Punjab was one of the rare cases where BJP was dealt bitter defeat in polls and that means that the Captain can’t afford to ignore the whole array of problems accumulated during the past five years.

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BJP moved to tackle tricky Goa and Manipur first, think of assured UP, Uttarakhand later

Looking at the way the swearing in ceremonies have proceeded in states like Goa and Manipur and now the one scheduled for Uttarakhand, it gives an indication that the Bharatiya Janata Party wanted to be done with the states with a tricky mandate first and then approach the states with absolute majority.

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A bad precedent made as Rajasthan minister nearly invited Karni Sena to censor Padmavati

Why are the bullying vandals who destroy heritage sites and attempt to burn another’s property not condemned but treated with respect and justified?

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A PM like Indira Gandhi

Like her, Modi has established his dominance. But can he move beyond her legacy, to rule by persuasion?

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For all, and one

Democracy is about numbers. Yet a democratic government must address each citizen

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The voter’s new religion

The people want development. And corruption-free governance. That’s the message from Uttar Pradesh

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Not Just By Jobs And Mobiles

BJP needs to address the alienation, fear and silence of the minority community

Telescope: Dear Modi, from Trump

Indian news TV is doing a terrific job. The coverage to India’s PM? Tremendous

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With populist budget in Karnataka, Congress eyes return to power next year

It may not be too late for the party to do course correction but that would take much more time to get noticed. Banking on the pro-poor card is the Congress’ play at the moment and this budget, in that respect, seems to be just right for the party.

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South Delhi civic body to mandate public use of private restaurant toilets, but this poses complications

Starting April 1, pay up to Rs 5 and use any restaurant/hotel washroom in South Delhi.

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Political parties allege EVM tampering to cloud poor showing in state elections?

EVMs have become the centre of political drama in the country over the past month and the controversies seem to continue unabated.

TVF’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against Arunabh Kumar has been clumsy and insensitive

In an industry rife with misuse of power and harassment stories and adept at covering it up, denials of even such a possibility without investigation understandably irked a lot of people who expected The Viral Fever to embody progressive values which are a selling point of much of their content.

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SM Krishna joining BJP will help party among Vokkaligas in southern Karnataka

Despite not commanding a strong vote base, a veteran Krishna, who has been away from active politics for several years, still enjoys a good standing in his own Vokkaliga community which populates the southern region of Karnataka

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Forty Years Ago, March 15, 1977: The George Campaign

Jayaprakash Narayan congratulated the people for having dispelled in just two months the fear that had gripped the country and exhorted them to vote for the Janata and “make India free”.

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Look who’s talking

President Erdogan describing Holland as ‘Nazi’ draws attention to new, and old, political spectres.

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No, Governor

In Goa and Manipur, after fractured verdicts, Raj Bhawans invite charges of partisanship.

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Poll Dance In Paris

In France, the possibility of a far right president makes the drama more riveting.

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Room for reform

Mandate from UP adds to political capital of government at the Centre. It should use it wisely.

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Misreading the new

The rise of BJP, the decline of Congress, demand fresh ways of seeing.

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BJP’s UP sweep is made of this

PM Modi’s charisma, Amit Shah’s organisational flair, local party structure, overarching vision, aspirational voters

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From Plate to Plough: A finger on the pulses

Government must give a level playing field by removing restrictions on markets and exports

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Congress is screaming for change but is Rahul Gandhi listening? If not, why not?

“As far as the Congress party is concerned, we do need to make structural and organisational changes. That is a fact,” Rahul Gandhi said

Loopholes in Air India’s rosy turnaround story, CAG report says financial support to Maharaja may need reassessment

The report said that Air India underreported its operational losses and that may force the government to reassess the financial support to Air India and that may require more taxpayers’ money.

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The rise of the floating voter

UP election confirms that caste-centric strategies of parties have been rendered less effective.