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

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As Emmanuel Macron wins, it is time Paris shows Delhi the way

Macron argued that Le Pen represented the “party of hatred” which wanted a “civil war” in France. She responded by saying that he was part of the bourgeois elite and didn’t understand how ordinary people lived.

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Some breathing space in Paris: New French President Emmanuel Macron has no time to waste

A strong European Union is in the interest of India, New Delhi can do its bit to support this process.

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These are the reasons why Macron’s win is unprecedented

Macron’s win is unprecedented. To have a man who has never held an elected office before, win on a national scale, with a one-year-old party certainly sets a new record for France.

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Letter to the Editor: Selective concerns

The para military organisations are responsible for internal security and counter insurgence activities. Then why do we drag the army into a role it is not trained for?

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The politics of revenge

Impending impeachment of the chief justice inaugurates a new crisis.

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Note ban philosophy

Six months on, there appears little justification for demonetisation in theories of politics, governance.

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A mantra for Yogi

MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s investments in irrigation, electricity, roads and procurement systems worked for the state’s farmers. The new UP CM would do well to emulate him.

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Basic question

Does Congress agree with its MP’s view on “basic structure” doctrine? Does it also believe that executive power must be overriding?

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Deceptive closure

Legacy of the December 16 case should go deeper, death penalty can’t substitute for life lessons.

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May 8, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Soldiers fired on protesters in Lahore and Hyderabad and police used tear gas and clubs to break up other marchers as the Opposition staged Martyrs’ Day rallies nation-wide.

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Letter to the Editor: Aadhaar Talk

Aadhaar has also brought huge savings for the government, increased transparency and made direct cash transfers easier.

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A Judge In The Dock

What makes the Justice Karnan case particularly complex.

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Dissent and Aadhaar

We have been numbed by a series of lies, myths and fictions about the project.

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Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen: Here is what awaits France

The two finalist candidates for the Second Ballot cater to diametrically opposite visions for France, unlike the relatively sober differences between the traditional right and left parties in the past.

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Out of my Mind: An outrage in the Capital

The threat of loss of import revenue trumped any love of freedom of the press or of women’s rights to free speech.

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Across the aisle: That sinking feeling — 1

To peddle the counter-narrative, the drum-beating has started, aided and abetted by sections of the media that want a spectacular blow-up either in the Kashmir Valley or in Pakistan.

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Fifth column: Modernity or murder, Mr Modi?

It is hard to understand why a PM so passionate about making India a modern, digital, prosperous country has seemingly not noticed that hunting and killing Muslims on the pretext of cows and love jihad does not sit well with modernity.

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Letter to the Editor: Wrong Priority

The writer appears less concerned about the situation in Kashmir and more about “restoring” the primacy of the armed forces.

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Pedalling to the future

Bogota’s Ciclovia programme is reviving its bicycle culture. India can learn

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The 15-year wait

Bilkis Bano finally gets justice. Conviction of police, doctors who worked to subvert due process in the case is significant

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Last wrangle in Paris

Once upon a time, presidential candidates making election speeches spoke of lofty ideals, their vision of history and the world

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Forty Years Ago, May 6, 1977: TA Pai Attacks Sanjay Gandhi

Pai said Sanjay Gandhi had become the leader of the Congress party and de facto authority in the government

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A Maruti For Rail

The high-speed project is a chance to replicate the success of the auto industry

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It’s Party Time

With Shivpal Yadav’s new outfit, are we seeing the start of many Samajwadi-theme parties?

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Not So Clean

Swachh ranking does not go far enough — it rewards states for cleaning up, but does not incentivise waste disposal

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Supreme Test

Aadhaar-related cases could tell us whether our jurisprudence is fit for an age of technology

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A vigilante mob, a collusive state

In Pakistan, people are being killed for blasphemy; in India, for cow slaughter. Governments in both countries are allowing people to kill while getting ready to hurt each other.

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The truth of ‘Blue Whale’ challenge: A game said to ‘brainwash’ teens into committing suicides

The claim is that “Blue Whale” game has been responsible for more than 130 suicides in Russia.

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Samajwadi Party 2.0: How will Shivpal Yadav’s new Secular Front hurt Akhilesh Yadav?

Ever since the Samajwadi Party lost the assembly elections, Shivpal has been demanding that Akhilesh should step down and hand over the party’s reins to Mulayam.

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Marx for the future

Two hundred years later, his philosophy has new significance

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Mistaken Identity

By disparaging legitimate data security concerns, government could devalue Aadhaar and its promised efficiencies

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Forty Years Ago, May 5, 1977: Indira Versus Ray

Congress leaders opposed to Indira Gandhi’s attempt to control the affairs of the party seem to be rallying around the former West Bengal Chief Minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray, who jumped into the contest for Congress presidentship. He will contest against former home minister, K. Brahmanand Reddy, whom Mrs Gandhi’s group is backing, or anyone else […]

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A New Dalit Agenda

The politics of outrage and patronage has run its course

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The Consort

Prince Philip will soon step down from public life. The world changed as he stood behind the British throne

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Childish

What’s the message the MEA is trying to give by sending back 50 Pakistani school children?

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Road to bankability

Six ways to strengthen the Indian banking sector even as the NPA crisis billows