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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Fully overloaded

The Batmobile, which may have more fans than the Bond cars, has an identity crisis: it bristles with guns

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A political act

UP governor’s note to CM on accused minister amidst elections was uncalled for

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Making a meal

The Aadhar is no solution to the problems of the Midday Meal Scheme

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SBI’s penalties on minimum account balance discouraging as govt moves for digital economy

In recent weeks, steps introduced by some major banks have betrayed one of the key purposes of demonetisation–large-scale adoption and sustained use of banking services to move India’s cash driven economy to a digital economy.

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Karan Johar has a right to have children, like anyone else

Tradition and society dictate that marriage and biological parenthood should coincide. However, a physically and mentally stable adult who has the wherewithal to take on the responsibility of a child, should be allowed to become a parent

February 27, 1976, Forty Years Ago

It appears that New Delhi wants to play the whole thing in a low key; the elections are close and relations with Washington have been on the mend.

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Leave PoK alone

Attempts to integrate it with the rest of India will lead to violent after-effects

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Hawks of the playing field

Sportspersons attuned to binaries of victory and defeat can’t appreciate pacifism

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Letters to the Editor: Rarest of rare

The Indian judicial system observes leniency and avoids death penalty except in cases of extremely gross and intolerable offences.

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Many meanings of corruption

The Supreme Court’s recent reading of the law of contempt comes as a welcome relief

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Veiled threat

The BJP’s demand to screen burqa-clad voters is inconsistent with Election Commission protocols

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Banking blues

RBI should ask banks to rethink decision to charge customers for cash transactions at branch

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No firsts among equals

India’s Constitution gives great respect to each citizen. Its values must be safeguarded

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A sentinel’s censure

The latest collection of P. Chidambaram’s articles is an indictment of India’s evolution as a liberal democracy

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Is the Government correct in forcing students to get Aadhaar Card for Mid-Day meals?

India has one of the world’s highest demographics of children suffering from malnutrition. The government’s responsibility should be to feed them, not arm-twist them into getting an Aadhaar Card.

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Out of my mind: Political economics

Narendra Modi showed courage in launching the drastic move but even more in sticking to his choice despite a lot of complaints.

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Inside track: Family asset

Dimple has proved to be a big hit among young voters and women. Her smart repartee, often directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi has drawn much applause.

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Fifth column: Anti-national nationalism

In India our political leaders have in 70 years of glorious independence not been able to provide the vast majority of our citizens with the most basic public services.

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Statistics is growth: let’s eat statistics

While the GVA/GDP data may have sprung a surprise, many other indicators point to an economy that is not investing more, not producing more and not creating more jobs

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Not for Children

With millennials all grown up, super-hero films are maturing too.

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Listen to Him

The president has spoken, his underlining of free speech and what a university should be couldn’t have been more relevant.

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Hate Politics

Politics has to be a civil activity. The RSS leader who announced a price on Kerala CM’s life violated its norms.

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Forty Years Ago, March 4, 1977: Indira attacks Janata

The Janata Party, she said, had acquired new supporters who were past masters in the art of deception.

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Officially Outlawing Love

The Sehwan killing by IS only reaffirmed what Pakistan formally believes in.

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Chewing the cud

Benefits of products from the cow are now being validated by research

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What Ramjas taught

The DU controversy holds a vital lesson for students, politicians and media.

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Politically opportune data

GDP estimates are advance figures, but by the time they are revised only staid economists will be interested in them

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Letters to the Editor: Poor Reasoning

The defeat of the Congress and NCP can be ascribed to lack of leadership, weak cadre, corruption and an adversarial relationship with the state government.

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Conditions for a less-cash India

Financial institutions should incentivise digital transactions, not charge them

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RSS leader Kundan Chandrawat’s hate speech: No arrest; shows our complacency as a people

Chandrawat: “We sent 2000 to the graveyard”. It’s been over 24 hours since the RSS leader made the disconcerting claim regarding the Muslim deaths in the Godhra riots. Chandrawat however, hasn’t been arrested, yet.

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Pranab Mukherjee’s emphasis on ‘space for dissent’ couldn’t have come at a better time

Lately, attention has shifted away from the understanding that diversity of expression (in speech, language, lifestyle, religion, caste, class etc) is at the heart of the idea of India and is inevitable to being a nationalist in the true sense.

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Letters to the Editor: GDP Debate

Opposition parties, some economists and rating agencies question the GDP data. The reality of GDP growth will come out in the figures of the coming quarters.

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The tribal versus development

Chhattisgarh’s adivasis are seen as the main obstacle to huge private profits

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Excess Baggage

Royals don’t fly economy anyway, but the House of Saud is determined not to constrain diplomacy with frugality.

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Language No Bar

Maharashtra must not contest the Bombay HC order against govt circular making Marathi compulsory for auto permits.

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His First Testament

President Trump’s State of the Union address made the perfect pitch. But will he stay the course?