India must stay with Quad. It offers space for economic consolidation, strategic autonomy

Simultaneous elections proposal goes against basic principles of the Indian Constitution

Global Hunger Index offers a needed reality check for India’s big power aspirations

Digitisation provides an opportunity to strengthen industry-academia ties

Lessons of October

The revolutionary idea of liberation from exploitation continues to inspire.

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Raja Mandala: Commonwealth in the time of Brexit

Britain is showing renewed interest in the 52-nation forum. India could play a key role in its revival.

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Article of faithlessness

While the government talks peace, the Sangh Parivar’s attitude towards Articles 35 A and 370 has heightened scepticism in Kashmir.

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BJP must allow its partner PDP to restore Valley of Hope

Today the BJP has the unprecedented opportunity to integrate the hearts and minds of people in J& K with the rest of the country and end their growing alienation through a reconciliatory approach. The PDP’s arduous attempt to give the BJP the space to deliver on its promises needs to be honoured by the Prime Minister.

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Dina Wadia was highly respected in dad Jinnah’s Pakistan

Dina Wadia wrote a letter to Indian prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in 2007, in which she said, “It is now almost 60 years since my father’s death and I have been deprived of my house where I grew up and lived until I married. I request you return it to me”.

November 6, 1977, Forty Years Ago; PM’s flight crashes

This may have been done deliberately so that the crew in the cockpit and the front part of the aircraft, would take the main impact of the crash. Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar, brought Desai back to Delhi in another TU-124, Rajhans.

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The Dhumal turn

BJP projection of a CM candidate in Himachal may be an acknowledgment of need for a reworked state leadership model.

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Mission Kashmir

Hurriyat stand was foretold. New Delhi must keep reaching out, with a clear idea of what it is bringing to the table

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Gold In The Pot

Khichdi fans are legion — from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to Michelin-star chefs

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The new oil game

China is showing increasing interest in the Middle East. India must track its moves

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From plate to plough: Farm to distant shores

India can be competitive in cereals, pulses and oilseeds trade if policymakers invest in creating value chains. Policies that restrict exports should go

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In Good Faith: Rumi’s challenge

Like the Sufis, are we willing to let go of the labels we are born with?

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Next Door Nepal: Democracy without the dance

The stage is set for elections but there is no excitement among voters

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Right to privacy is now also a right against torture

In India, the shame associated with the naked human body, with exposed skin, makes it easy for police officers to use nudity and sexual abuse as a tool of punishment. This goes back to the theory of punishment our penal system ascribes to – retribution or reformation?

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There was only one Girija Devi

In a conversation with Rasoolan Bai and Siddheshwari Devi, someone once asked them about the thumri’s future, afterwards, after them. “Girija hai na,” pat came the reply from Siddheshwari Devi. Girija is there, isn’t she.

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Fifth column: Cracks in the facade

What should worry the Prime Minister is that Rahul Gandhi is attracting so much notice without a hint of renewal in the Congress party or his ideas. To mock Modi for demonetisation and GST is not enough.

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Out of my mind: A meltdown

Theresa May has proved to be a much weaker Prime Minister than anyone thought possible. But in a way, her weakness is her strength. She won the election in June 2017, but her weakness made Jeremy Corbyn, the hard Left Labour leader, look like a hero.

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Inside Track: Dogs and Masters

Maneka Gandhi, when she left her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi’s Safdarjung Road residence, was accompanied by her two dogs, one a particularly large and generally uncontrollable canine.

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Across the aisle: GST unravels, quick fixes not answer

Given the BJP’s penchant for inventing acronyms, it could have given the tax a name other than GST, because what we have got is not a true GST nor a ‘good and simple tax’.

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Why is Hardik Patel drawing such crowds in Gujarat?

Why is a Rahul Gandhi road show drawing large audiences? How are OBC and Dalit leaders, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani offering up alternatives and why are people considering them? The BJP, apparently, has no answers.

November 4, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Raising marriage age The Union Cabinet decided to raise the minimum age of marriage for males from 18 to 21 and for females from 15 to 18 years. The decision would require amendment of the Child Marriages Restraint Act. The proposed amendment is likely to be moved in the next session of Parliament. The proposal […]

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Fixing Accountability

Despite instructions from RBI, a laxity in implementation leads to frauds, NPAs in PSUs

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Mumbai police, thank you

By arresting my daughter Pallavi Purkayastha’s assailant, you have reduced our anguish — and boosted public morale

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Piano Man

Renowned pianist Makoto Kuriya has been promoting traditional Japanese jazz world over

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On her ground

Dina Wadia’s life bore the many ironies of the legacy of her father, Mohammed Ali Jinnah

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Eastern Lights

German musician Prem Joshua on blending Hindustani classical music with western sounds

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The missing women

India’s poor show on gender equity calls for serious policy intervention

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A wobbly presidency

Criminal proceedings against President Trump’s aides undermines his office

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Modernism and the Man

An exhibition at the Met in New York showcases the works of Raghubir Singh, the pioneer of colour street photography in India

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A welfare test for Aadhaar

Exclusion and denial of benefits to the poor needs urgent attention

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Pakistan after Nawaz

Two months after the Pakistan PM was sacked, his party, his brother and even his loyalists are counselling caution about taking on the army.

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The Xi path to prosperity

Apprehensions that a rising China would be a threat are misplaced. The 19th CPC congress has presented a greater opportunity for China to advance mutually beneficial cooperation with India and the world

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Did Nawazuddin hope to appease by withdrawing his memoirs?

As an actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui writes, he has thought long and hard about the background of the characters he plays, their relationships with other participants, and what compels them to act the way they do. If he had applied the same technique to his autobiography, it would have made for a richer, more layered read.

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The People Are Ready

The transition to a world of digital transactions awaits more government initiative

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The Urdu Press: Build-up in Gujarat

Following the failure of UP CM Adityanath’s campaign in Gujarat, the BJP’s politics of ‘break and make’ has led to allegations of horse-trading, says Jamaat e Islami’s bi-weekly, Daawat.

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Feeding India

Discussions on IFPRI’s Hunger Index illustrate the complexity of India’s malnutrition problem. Solutions must focus on evidence, accountability.