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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Blunting the force

Recent unrest in Kashmir owes to the undermining of the army’s powers by political authorities

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Nepal’s history, revised

There is an attempt to blame India for the current instability by those who sided with the monarchy 11 years ago

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Body-snatching

The government has ended a long political debate. Your body isn’t yours, so there

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Calendar Tinkering

Madhya Pradesh decision to change its fiscal year short-circuits the debate needed for such a consequential move

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Not Political Sums

Talk of Opposition unity, an anti-BJP front, is in the air. It is easier said than done

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Forty Years Ago, May 4, 1977: New Janata Panel

The Janata Party chairman announced the names of 31 persons nominated to the 40-member panel

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Space Games

ISRO’s South Asia satellite is a move towards using technology for diplomacy

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Why Muslims must give BJP a fair chance

The community has devalued its own vote by becoming captive to self-styled secular parties

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Telescope: The belligerent box

News TV has ratcheted up the anti-Pakistan rhetoric

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The Hindi imposition

Making its dominance official disregards history, does disservice to the cause of promoting the language

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If only AAP could see and hear

It would know how it fritters away its own possibilities, people’s faith in alternative politics

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Modi as rashtra rishi? Baba Ramdev’s epithet for PM not in sync with ancient traditions

When Yoga guru Ramdev Baba declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘Rashtra Rishi’, he gave him the pedigree of a God-like status.

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Ineffective coalition, unhappy party workers lead to SP-Congress split

The SP and Congress are also facing internal dissent with several leaders openly voicing their opposition to alliance.

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The LoP Excuse

In the Lokpal delay, absence of a leader of opposition is a red herring

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Tread carefully

Escalation in India-Pak tensions comes at a fraught moment —in the Valley, on the LoC and beyond

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Trouble in court

Current face-off between the executive and the judiciary in Nepal will further erode the credibility of both institutions

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Quota is the wrong answer

Marathas in Maharashtra experience a sense of relative deprivation. Reservation is not the solution

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Twelve reasons why

The current outrage over the proposal to tax agricultural income misses the point — often deliberately

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When superpower plays victim

BCCI threat to boycott ICC over revenue-sharing is based on alternative facts

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Little big club

The triumph of Aizawl FC underlines the need to celebrate and to nurture the small player on the football field

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View From The Right: Battling the Maoists

Taking note of the poor condition of farmers in the country, an article in Panchjanya comments on a recent demonstration of farmers from Tamil Nadu in Delhi.

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Plagiarising speeches: Marine Le Pen is in august company

Politicians speak a lot and raise many issues — but what happens when these words and themes are taken from somebody else’s speeches.

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Dawood Ibrahim to Baba Ramdev, why death hoaxes go live on social media’s fake news highway

The desire to “break” news quickly is the psychological driver that frequently motivates people to forward fake news in their circles without verification.

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In Assam, mob fury and cattle thieves have a long history

In the past 15 to 20 years there have been a number of such incidents across the entire state.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan: a president in a glass house

The Turkish President suggested a “multilateral” dialogue to resolve the on-going Kashmir issue. Ironically, Turkey itself is mired in several controversial, territorial and border disputes.

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Raja Mandala: Warming up cold Turkey

Delhi is prepared to complement hardball diplomacy with a genuine effort to expand areas of cooperation with Ankara

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Roasting & toasting

Democracy hinges on the freedom to talk back. Under Trump, America is giving it free rein

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1,528 alleged encounters

SC ruling rejecting immunity to armed forces in ‘war-like’ situations has profound implications

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A stronger foundation

The real estate regulation act is welcome. Now, states must urgently make rules to ensure speedy implementation

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Higher education, low regulation

Regulators were meant to promote excellence in institutions. They didn’t

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Look Who’s Talking

President Erdogan’s uncalled-for comments on Kashmir only draw unflattering attention to his own backyard

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Give It A Shot

Opposition to vaccines may lead to outbreaks, like the case of measles in Europe

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Diagnosing China

Its seeming illogic reflects an incapacity to perceive international realities

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Next door Nepal: Betrayal on Baisakh 11

The day, in 2006, when India lost Nepal’s trust

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Manipur corrective

Supreme Court reiteration that AFSPA does not offer legal immunity for extra-judicial killings is very welcome

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Farm and the net

Bringing agricultural income under taxation will hurt only a miniscule section of so-called farmers