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

Prison break

Om Prakash Chautala, sentenced for a scam in education, finishes school. It could be a new beginning

Culture Needs A Plan

Institutions for the arts need professional managers for a turnaround

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On triple talaq, court must say: Religious practice cannot trump modern constitutional morality

Underlying the “triple talaq” questions are deeper issues about the nature of constitutional law in India.

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Question at The Hague

The International Court of Justice must take a call on whether bilateral agreements override the Vienna Convention while deciding India-Pakistan face-off .

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What lies below the district?

Despite all the talk of decentralisation, nothing does. Nobody owns the planning and development functions in panchayat samitis and gram panchayats.

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Telescope: A stop-over in Turkey

Moments of respite from Hindi soaps and American shows.

Pakistan’s military courts are a shortcut to fix larger ills plaguing its judiciary, and it’s not working

Pakistan’s judiciary — historically, arguably, the most vibrant section of its civil society — has been crumbling under a weak state that cannot afford it protection.

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There’s something about the Sarabhais

In the mid 2000s, when Ekta Kapoor’s regressive K-serials dominated TV, JD Majethia’s satirical take on family with Sarabhai VS Sarabhai united viewers.

Love WhatsApp? SC wants to know why

Digital services like Google, Facebook, are driven by ad-based models, and for these companies user data is doubly precious.

Nepalis don’t share Indian ambivalence towards China

While India’s stated (and strong) opposition to BRI is that CPEC runs through the disputed Kashmir region, its nervousness runs deeper than that.

May 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago: PM on India’s nukes

Prime Minister Morarji Desai stoutly defended Indira Gandhi against the former US president Richard Nixon’s charge that she had wanted to invade West Pakistan.

The teasing Thalaiva

Rajinikanth’s playful mention of possibly joining politics stirs things up

Yogi’s responsibility

He must dispel the impression that the Hindu Yuva Vahini can flout the rule of law and get away with it in UP

After the no-show

Refusal to engage cannot be long-term policy. India must frame a response to China’s Belt and Road initiative

Deprivation Points Must Stay

The system is commended at the highest policy level, but is under threat in JNU

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Turning down China

But India’s staying away from the OBOR mega show will not affect bilateral relations adversely

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Tearing down an icon

Demolition of the Hall of Nations signals a failure to engage with history and public memory.

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The majority complex

The minority may be forced to reconcile to being second-class citizens. But will the majority enjoy a better life if the rule of law is forsaken by those mandated to uphold it?

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View From The Right: New Age Narads

“When this selective editing takes the turn of agenda reporting, hiding certain stories and overplaying others with sinister objective, then it becomes a problem”.

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Why the mythology of an incorruptible Kejriwal is important for AAP

The story the party weaved was that Kejriwal was incorruptible, allowing him incredible and almost unprecedented electoral success.

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Politics in the time of Superstar Rajinikanth

Why is Rajinikanth waiting for a sign from above?

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OBOR is the grandest failure of Indian foreign policy

India’s objection to CPEC is extremely valid, but the moot point remains that we were not able to carry any of the big powers on the vital question of Westphalian sovereignty.

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May 16, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Nation Prays For JP

The nation prayed for the speedy recovery of Jayaprakash Narayan who is undergoing treatment at Seattle, USA

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Feeling blue

The WannaCry worm exposes the costs of reliance on discontinued and pirated Windows operating systems

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Pain in the joints

Creation of integrated theatre commands will require sustained political will. It must be a phased reform

Know your river

Namami Devi Narmade talks of people’s participation. But the rest is platitude

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Letting Down The Law

Draft rules for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act go against its spirit

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Three years of Modi government: Keeping the promise

Three years ago, Prime Minister Modi was elected to bring change. He has stepped up to his mandate.

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Raja Mandala: The politics of territory

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a wake-up call for India: Geography is tied to economics and strategy

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You march on, girl

On May 8, a photograph of IPS officer, Charu Nigam, in tears after an altercation in Gorakhpur with the local BJP MLA, made news. She need not have cried.

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A civilised and progressive jurisprudence calls for banning the death penalty

An aspect that requires discussion is the meaning of “rarest of rare” that is used to identify the category of offenders who may be sentenced to death.

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Sofa, AC at slain BSF constable’s home run counter to CM Yogi’s image he hopes to create

The Chief Minister talked to the family in the drawing room and was photographed handing over a cheque to the martyr’s family.

Why the TMC needs to hold onto power at the grassroots level in Bengal

The violence, which marked the civic polls in three of the seven municipalities of Bengal, is perhaps a reflection of the ruling Trinamool Congress’s desperation to hold onto power at the crucial grassroots level.

WannaCry attack: Is India ready for the perils of a hyper digital world?

WannaCry: While computers in India have also been affected, there is a lot more to ponder for us as a nation, especially a nation that aspires for a Digital India.

Why India is not part of the Belt and Road Initiative summit

The dragon is spitting repeated streaks of fire. How long can the elephant be left behind?

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May 15, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Home Minister Charan Singh agreed to continue as observer for the selection of Janata Party candidates for the UP Assembly elections.