As old ideological divisions break down at UN, Delhi must promote practical solutions to global challenges

Civilian officialdom acts as a check and balance in the ministry of defence

Inflation is down by 700 bp since 2013, policy rates have declined by 200bp; and you are still wondering why GDP growth is slow?

Issues of uniformed women in jail administration require urgent attention

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The Urdu Press: The Cabinet Reshuffle

Editor of Inquilab, Shakeel Shamsi, in his column on September 4, writes: “Usually, BJP leaders are particular about choosing auspicious time and other details for any event. But this time, PM Modi, ignoring superstition, opted for the swearing in on September 3, of 13 Ministers.”

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Covering The Tracks

Last mile works for maintenance are essential for safe, fast rail travel

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From silence to speech

Those who want to silence dissent are trying to force people into making the reverse journey

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Stage frights

Mamata Banerjee lets down her own, and the Opposition’s, cause by playing tit for tat politics with the BJP

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George Smiley returns

John Le Carré’s greatest character is back. The quiet spy is worth the wait

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India adrift on its Myanmar Policy

It is clear that the Chinese have a better appreciation of what the ground situation is in Myanmar. The difference is in long term policy formulated by sagacious mandarins in Beijing and the establishment in New Delhi

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I know who is behind my death

Gauri Lankesh received three bullets in her body and died. I got seven bullets, but survived. I know I’m really lucky to be alive. Gauri’s terrible death made me search for other similarities — perhaps, I want her friends and family, my readers, anyone, someone, to know that I understand the pain and the grief and the anger, all twisted into one emotion, that follows when Death comes calling.

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The murder of Gauri Lankesh

Once an Indian woman begins to discard English, turns down marriage and motherhood and then voluntarily accesses and fraternizes with vernacular-speaking people not of her own class, she becomes anathema as well as an irritant.

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Telescope: Asking the wrong questions

This is the moment, perhaps, to ask why India’s world ranking on press freedom is falling.

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The Macaulay we don’t know

Reading him out of context robs his writings of the lessons they hold for modern-day reformers

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In cold blood

There must be a fair and time-bound probe into the killing of Gauri Lankesh. Justice must be done, it must be seen to be done

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Death of a journalist

Gauri Lankesh opposed the communal totalitarian politics of the BJP and its twisted interpretation of Hinduism. She stood against the caste system, inequality, and gender discrimination.

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In defence of the individual

That an individual can source divinity within herself was unimaginable for religious institutions. But for the institution of the nation state, the individual remains as suspect.

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Truth, without fear or favour

Central government must lead the fight to protect what the killings — of Kalburgi, Pansare, Dabholkar, now Gauri Lankesh — have violated: The rights to life, belief and expression. The nation is watching.

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A gamechanger

The blockbuster IPL media rights deal will rearrange the field

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Forty Years Ago: September 7, 1977: India-China Relations

India is of the opinion that a stage has not yet been reached where the two countries could exchange such missions because China is averse to even discussing the vacation of the Indian territory it occupies.

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Welcome the refugee

On the Rohingya, India is failing to live up to its own record of compassion and hospitality for the persecuted

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Gauri Lankesh murder: The enemy within

The murder of Gauri Lankesh, which followed the murders of Rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and Prof MM Kalburgi, is a signal that dissent won’t be tolerated in the world’s largest democracy

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Standing room only

Economy is ‘cattle class’ anyway; having to fly bolt upright can’t add to the pain

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The trash crisis

Over-stressed landfills are no solution. Cities should work out ways to segregate waste at source

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Moving past Doklam

For weeks before the summit, the world was transfixed by the spectacle of troops of two nuclear-weapons states facing off on the Doklam plateau.

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Distress Signals

Falling growth, lack of jobs, erratic rains are grim portents

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An honour killing

What happens when a community turns against the writer who speaks for and about them?

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Invisible hands do dirty work

Caste biases have instilled a disdain for all forms of manual work. From there, the dots can be connected to the lack of quality and safety in public works and services.

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It’s not madness

Getting a bomb is insurance, it is North Korea’s strategy. The world will have to live with it

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Madam Defence minister, we have high hopes from you

Truth is, the Army fails women. If a Lady Officer who is on the rolls gets pregnant, the already skewed manpower situation means one less pair of hands on the job; a substitute is impossible till such time she is on the rolls. Perhaps that’s why male officers take out their frustration on women.

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Combatants for Life: Women LTTE Cadres

Thirty years after the India-Sri Lanka accord, the silence of former women LTTE cadres speaks volumes of their social exile and anonymity.

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Telling it like it isn’t

Tavleen Singh’s column on a lecture at JNU ignores some facts, distorts others

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Raja Mandala: Rearranging the BRICS

The forum is less about ideological posturing, more about repositioning India in changing great power equations.

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Delhi to Yangon

PM Modi’s visit to Myanmar is an opportunity to improve business and strategic ties and bolster the Look East policy.

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Carrot to stick

Trump administration has upped the ante with Pakistan. For South Asia’s sake, the two need to start a conversation

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Filmy Family Business

Bollywood today has more nepotism than it did 30 years ago

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N Korea’s bomb

Sanctions and threats cannot always stop states from seeking nuclear weapons. There needs to be a genuine global compact

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On the hook

Creators of films and TV shows may be shooting themselves in the foot by taking their fans for granted

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Failing the test

Despite the best intentions, NEET has failed to level the playing field across the nation

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Next Door Nepal: The standing army

As political actors in Nepal lose credibility, its armed forces grow in stature.