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

Hard cases and good law

An apex court order has thrown light on appreciating mitigating evidence before sentencing death penalty

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Forty Years Ago, March 3, 1977: Hooch tragedy

Many people under treatment had lost their sight in the Ahmedabad illicit liquor tragedy.

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Closing of the University

As the right stamps itself, central universities will see politicisation that destroyed state universities.

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GST and the litmus test of land

The Goods and Services Tax will be truly transformational when domains like real estate are brought in its ambit.

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The ideas election

Maharashtra civic poll results are a vote against narrow western progressivism.

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Telangana govt’s diktat on ‘married women a distraction in colleges’ is squarely regressive

To begin with, it is squarely undemocratic, if not also constitutionally illegal, for state-run institutes to discriminate against a section of eligible students on the basis of their marital status.

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Without any concept of right to offend, India cannot expect to become cultural capital of the world

It is easy to intimidate scholars, academicians and students engaged in discussions — especially on any subjects related to India’s fault lines along the lines of religion, caste, tribal groups and states with troubled histories.

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Gajendra Chauhan’s FTII tenure ends: Here’s a timeline

Traditionally, FTII’s chairman has a tenure of 3 years. Interestingly, Chauhan completes his tenure tomorrow, after heading the chair for only one year and seven months.

Kashmir schools reopening: Govt, Separatists should never use education to fulfil their agendas

In these eight months the student’s especially young children faced trauma like situations who always questioned their parents why the schools are shut and when schools will be opened again.

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Measuring Growth

GDP figures point to a robust economy, but what matters is investments and jobs.

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Black Band, Red Card

By threatening government over arrest of their colleague, IAS officers in Bihar set a disturbing example.

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Forty Years Ago, March 2, 1977: Opposition Rally

The country’s form of government was at stake — whether it would be a democracy or dictatorship.

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Telescope: Twisted discourse

TV got worked up over Gurmehar Kaur for all the wrong reasons

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After Kansas

Posing as a ‘model minority’ cannot keep Indian migrants safe in Trump’s America.

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Failing the university

JNU administration’s new admission procedures go against the university’s ethos and character.

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The shrinking Plan

Technology has made the idea of decentralised planning tangible

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Make the men answer

The recent attack on a woman actor in Kerala has shaken the state. Both government and employers, including the film industry, are accountable on women’s safety

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Domestic Greats

Cricket board has done well to honour Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar, spinners who matched the famed quartet.

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Taarak Mehta even provoked those around him to find their funny bone

Taarak Mehta’s four page column ‘Duniya Ne Undha Chashma’ in Chitralekha became very popular among readers.

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Fact check: Donald Trump’s address to Congress filled with rhetoric and inaccuracies

The joint address to Congress by Trump was filled with inaccuracies, rhetoric and exaggerations and after a fact-check, it seems clear that he may have just read a half-researched speech off the teleprompter.

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Trump’s half-hearted mention of hate crimes in joint address hints unwillingness to take action

His campaign was filled with inflammatory rhetoric and this administration’s policies seem no different. Hate crimes like the Kansas attacks have followed a wave of racist attacks and this wave continues unabated.

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Standing Up

LSR faculty show the way — teachers can help protect a student’s right to free speech.

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Forty Years Ago, March 1, 1977: CPI Turnaround

The CPI had thought that the danger to democracy came only from one side but the danger had also come from another side which was within the Congress and ‘‘we must admit that we did not expect this”.

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The Great Deception

Richest 1 per cent do not owe their wealth to intelligence and hard work.

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Cities at crossroads: The heart of action

State governments and urban local bodies hold the key to fixing our cities and addressing the challenges of unplanned urbanisation

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When the state looks away

Gujarat 2002, like Delhi 1984, is a case of state culpability. One was ideological, the other strategic.

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Machine Smarter

Masayoshi Son predicts the singularity is near. But it’s just a business pitch.

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Myth-shattering mandate

BJP’s victory in recent polls demolishes theories that its fortunes would decline after demonetisation

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The Gun Obsession

Kashmir calls for political outreach, not innovative weaponry.

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Gurmehar Kaur’s old placard came in handy for trolls to slam her for SaveDU campaign

One placard, pulled out of context from a 10 month old anti-war video, stunningly and wholly hijacked the attention away from her cause of decrying ABVP violence in Ramjas. Suddenly the discourse became that of Kaur ‘supporting’ Pakistan.

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Gurmehar Kaur’s retraction of campaign shows how women who voice dissent are gagged in India

From Kaur to Zaira Wasim, those who’ve challenged authority or seemed to have ‘displeased’ it, have received hate threats and been forced into submission

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Is BJP getting nervous about majority claims as UP polls enter final phase?

A last ditch appeal for majority showing concern of a hung mandate looks uncharacteristic of the usually assured PM.

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Dangerous student: Surely, nation’s sovereignty isn’t undermined by a 20-year-old?

Trolls will be trolls but why are senior voices in the government talking as if a placard threatens national security?

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BJP rising

Civic polls results indicate that the party has pushed Congress aside to emerge as the real challenger to BJD in Odisha

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In the Moonlight

The Oscars has placed the Black story at the heart of the nation’s narrative

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The transcendental economist

The stunning theoretical contributions of Kenneth Arrow, who died last week, both built and undermined all of politics and all of market economics