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Ancient regimes in India were far from democratic, had little place for other castes

Trudeau’s indulgence towards Sikh separatists threatens the bilateral relationship with India

Prasar Bharati Act vests authority, resources in the corporation. I&B ministry still owns all that it surveys

A multicultural world will be possible only by strengthening individual mother languages

February 1, 1978, Forty Years Ago
February 1, 1978, Forty Years Ago

S Nijalingappa, the septuagenarian Janata Party leader and former chief minister of Karnataka, has resigned from the party and quit politics.

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Fittest of them all

TMC’s checklist for Opposition leadership ducks the main issue: The lack of an independent vision for a prospective front.

UP: Tension resurfaces in Kasganj as place of worship gate set afire, 2 cops suspended
Telescope: It happened in Kasganj

Hindi channels’ coverage was more sober, balanced than that of English channels.

Budget 2018: Health sub-centres gear up for bigger role in preventive care
Budget for uncertain times

While a certain amount of extra spending can’t be ruled out, this has to be kept at a minimum. If it is not, the bond markets will get even more spooked than they are right now, interest rates will rise and, to that extent, will dampen whatever industrial activity there is right now.

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The power of many

One-nation-one-poll flattens political diversities in a federal democracy, undermines accountability.

Three un-Davos men

The culture of contradiction infused the speeches of Modi, Trump and Xi at the World Economic Forum.

Budget 2018: Health sub-centres gear up for bigger role in preventive care
What the Union Budget must bring

It must increase rural investment, rationalise GST, income and corporate taxes to improve incomes and create jobs.

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United in misogyny

For both Karni Sena and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, it seems the woman is either to be protected or possessed

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January 31, 1978, Forty Years Ago

The summons issued to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, P K Jain, for her appearance on February 9 in the court in connection with the two complaints filed by the Shah Commission, have been served on her.

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Choice in Nagaland

In the run-up to an election opposed by the main players, Centre needs to clear the air about the peace deal

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Now you see it

Economic Survey does well to include data on India’s ‘unwanted’ daughters. It helps make discrimination visible

No Eminence By Diktat

Universities cannot be made world-class if the desire doesn’t come from within

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Travelling better

Indian cricket team is finally coming into its own on foreign fields

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View From The Right: Siddaramaiah’s piety

Organiser carries an article that notes, “Siddaramaiah visiting temples, performing aarti to Shiva, visiting gau shalas is something no one imaged a few days ago. It is certainly reminiscent of Rahul Gandhi’s temple tour during Gujarat elections.”

At Davos, a toast to India

Indian delegation’s surefootedness at WEF marked India’s ascendancy on global stage.

Not made in India

Continuing dependence on foreign arms, coupled with a dysfunctional acquisition process, is eroding the combat readiness of India’s armed forces.

Seventy years on, Godse has risen again, replacing the Gandhi in some of us

Today the country is deeply embroiled in caste and communal conflicts. The warning of Hind Swaraj is largely coming true. Wealth and prosperity have increased substantially. But economic inequality has also increased substantially.

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The Homeless Gandhi

To remember Mahatma Gandhi is to reflect on the meanings of home and dispossession

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The Limits Of Freedom

Sedition law has been misused by over-zealous agencies. That’s no reason to scrap it

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January 30, 1978, Forty Years Ago

Sheikh Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, called for a dialogue between the Centre and the states to help them acquire more powers.

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Flagging uncertainty

The coming year may be better for growth, but there are risks too — which the Economic Survey rightly identifies

Delhi govt to introduce happiness in schools
Back to the brink

Killing of civilians in Shopian threatens to undo hard-won gains, puts question mark over panchayat polls

Delhi govt to introduce happiness in schools
Federer’s way

Roger Federer’s greatness lies not in smothering the competition, but in upping the game

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Raja Mandala: Return of the politicals

As India seeks to build on its natural advantages in Indian Ocean, it could look back to its own past for lessons on how to navigate the difficulties.

Prescription for the doctor

The National Medical Commission Bill 2017 proposes a revamp of the regulatory framework for medical education and practice. It needs to be fine tuned.

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ASEAN promises still to keep

India needs to raise its stakes in the region to meet goals of Delhi Declaration.

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It is not about ‘Padmaavat’ alone

If television can be beamed into people’s bedrooms, 24X7, regulated by only a Programme Code and an Advertising code, why have a censorship mechanism just for films?

Next Door Nepal: The ice is melting

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s overture to K P Oli indicates a thaw in bilateral relations.

In Good Faith: Tales that need to be told

Ordinary Muslims learn compassion, equality and humility from stories they grow up with.

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From Plate to Plough: How to help the farmer

Price deficiency payment schemes in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana do not cover farmers’ losses. Telangana’s input support scheme deserves nation-wide emulation.

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A long way to go

Delhi Declaration’s mention of cross-border terror is a good beginning. But it won’t be enough to dent Pakistan’s impunity

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A Shameful Honour

The protests against ‘Padmaavat’ draw on a deep misogyny

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Wealth and Hindutva: For the BJP, one is for rich and the other is for poor

After four years of falling short, the BJP knows that it cannot go back to the larger, non-urban electorate with economic delivery as its election plank. For this section, ‘achhe din’ still remains a mirage and any mention of it may actually rile sentiments.

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Caste in the mould

Mohan Bhagwat’s remark draws attention to RSS-BJP discomfort with caste politics. And to its unfulfilled possibilities

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January 29, 1978, Forty Years Ago

Foreign minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee envisioned a larger Asian community extending from Iran to the Indo-China peninsula permitting an uninterrupted interchange of commerce, economic and cultural cooperation and ideas.

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New jobs: The 70 lakh boast

If industries/businesses in the organised sector that employed 20 or more persons can generate 55 lakh new jobs in a year that qualified for enrolment under the EPFO, then we can declare that India has, truly and comprehensively, slain the demon of unemployment!