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The jousting and collusion of prayer and power in Pakistan

Medical legitimisation of prejudice was a major contributor to the stigma against homosexuality

How did Nirav Modi, Choksi and some rogue bankers take PNB for the mother of all rides?

GOBAR-Dhan initiative will aid Swachh Bharat, increase rural incomes

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Smart policies for redistribution

India can, and must, reform its welfare system. More efficient redistribution is desirable for ethical and political reasons

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An Understated Magic

Zia Mohyeddin evokes classicism in an environment of vulgar exaggeration

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No CCTV, please

Cameras in classroom is the wrong answer. We lose all chances of reform if we isolate and pillory the teacher

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Recap and reform

After recapitalisation, government should hasten on a linked reform: Improving governance standards in PSBs

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Unsafe on the farm

Deaths in Maharashtra have bared issues that government must address in the Pesticides Management Bill

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The wall

It is a political project, a metaphor for our times, and also a multiplying meme

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January 27, 1978, Forty Years Ago

There was no issue of The Indian Express on January 27 on account of Republic Day. These snippets are from the edition dated January 26

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India rolls out the red carpet for ASEAN

It shows the heft that New Delhi has gained over the last few years as a credible geo-strategic partner of the ASEAN, and also reflects a reaction to the aggressive posture adopted by China in the South China Sea

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To Karachi, Via Padmaavat

An objecting Sena, capitulating governments lead India down a dangerous path

January 26, 1978, Forty Years Ago: President’s Speech

While everyone is entitled to freedom of expression in appropriate forums, no one should be permitted to drag each and every issue to the streets, excite dormant passions, advocate disrespect for law and order and incite violence, President Sanjiva Reddy said

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January 26

A film release overhung by fear, children attacked in a schoolbus — this R-Day dawns amid sobering images

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Eastern challenge

India’s relationship with ASEAN continues to be afflicted by the gap between promise and performance

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Do we want to keep the Republic?

Creating it was an act of audacity. Maintaining it is proving to be a daunting task

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Writer of the imagination

In Ursula K Le Guin’s care, fantasy and science fiction attained the age of majority

Divide and misrule

India’s institutions face large challenges. We need more democracy, less restrictions.

A mirage called equality

Wide disparities and shrinking freedoms mark the arduous journey of the republic.

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The Urdu Press: Judges’ Dissent

Maulana Asrar-ul-Haque Qasimi, in his signed column in Rashtriya Sahara on January 16, writes: “If the Chief Justice of India has taken to allocating cases with far-reaching effects on the politics and society of the country, to benches of his own liking, and not on the basis of merits, anybody would understand that he wants […]

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In gamble to retain influence, Sitaram Yechury moves to impeach CJI

If the CPM General Secretary is able to get the Congress on board, he will be thumbing his nose at his erstwhile General Secretary Prakash Karat.

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Will the Real Rajputs Please Stand Up?

Can we allow the modern interpretation of a Rajput to be distorted by a fringe element that does not realise the damage it is doing to our hallowed legacy?

Evolution and regression

Why we need a movement to save the nation we had, or at least the nation many of us hoped we had.

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Telescope: PM Modi’s master class

But was he probed well enough in interviews last week?

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Offices Without Profit

Disqualification of AAP MLAs is questionable on both legal and procedural grounds

January 24, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Cow And Calf

The Indira Gandhi-led group is moving the Supreme Court against the CEC order on the symbol.

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Net flicks

The Academy Award nominations are diverse. With streaming services making their mark, cinema is set to go online

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Facing the slowdown

India’s economy is not doing well. Only carefully crafted policy reforms can turn it around

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Confused Sena

Shiv Sena vows to go it alone, but its strategy looks riddled with contradictions

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Framing India

PM Modi projected a confident nation at Davos. At home, he must address government’s mixed record on ease-of-business

An accessibility agenda

The approach to making buildings friendlier for persons with disabilities has been limited and perfunctory.

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After the split, Shiv Sena’s message to BJP: Tiger zinda hai!

Uddhav’s message is clear. He wants to tell Modi and Shah that the Shiv Sena was born on the street and lives and fights on the street, its power doesn’t come from sitting in the Mantralaya, but from its Shiv Sainiks.

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View from the right: Celebrating 70 years

Organiser adds that journalism is more a profession these days and therefore, commitment to truth, culture and a certain set of values is a rare commodity.

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Ball In His Court

Chief Justice of India must clear the air on the allocation of cases controversy

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An inclusive saffron

Yogi Adityanath, prominent BJP campaigner in Karnataka, has much to learn from the state’s mathas. They provide an alternative model of how community organisations engage with society and state

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The new Dalit challenge

Pressures of a different Dalit imagination are colliding against strategies of containment of an old politics

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The signal at Davos

PM Narendra Modi’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos promises to pave the way for collaborations beneficial for Indian business

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Governor’s rule

Controversy over Kerala Governor’s Budget speech underlines need for the office to be non-partisan, and to be seen to be so too

January 24, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Indira’s Apology

Addressing a large public meeting in Yavatmal (Maharashtra), Mrs Gandhi said even if others, who were responsible for the mistakes and excesses were not willing to own up, she would own the responsibility for those mistakes as well.