As old ideological divisions break down at UN, Delhi must promote practical solutions to global challenges

Civilian officialdom acts as a check and balance in the ministry of defence

Inflation is down by 700 bp since 2013, policy rates have declined by 200bp; and you are still wondering why GDP growth is slow?

Issues of uniformed women in jail administration require urgent attention

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Out on several LIMBS

A Legal Information Management & Briefing System can help reduce government litigation

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Supreme Court avenges a misogynist clergy

Right-wing Muslim bashers rejoicing over the apex court having come down on the Shariat with a heavy hand need to hold their horses. Far from doing this, the apex court has actually fallen back on and relied upon the Shariat itself to accord justice to Muslim women by declaring the practice of Triple Talaq as illegal.

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Trump Afghan strategy is as if Masood rules from his grave

As an Afghan, I welcome the new strategy and commit myself to contribute to its success. After all it is in conformity with the vision of my late and slain leader Ahmad Shah Masood, who always advocated the strengthening of Afghanistan alongside political, economic and diplomatic pressure on Pakistan.

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Plurality protects

Diversity of opinions in triple talaq verdict safeguards rights of Muslim women while shielding personal law from motivated attacks

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Game is on

Blue Whale is a mirror to a tumultuous time. It reveals our ambivalence and anxieties about technology and social media

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Hold the line in Kathmandu

India must be consistent in backing cause of equality for the Madhes people

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The whole verdict

Triple talaq verdict of the Supreme Court must be read and understood in its plurality. It keeps open spaces for reform

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The Doklam miscalculation

Chinese aggression against India could prove self-defeating

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All’s well that ends well

The Supreme Court has rightly struck down triple talaq. But it could have done so by simply reiterating its own sensible ruling in the Shamim Ara case

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Small step, no giant leap

SC invalidated triple talaq, but majority did not uphold constitutional values over religious belief and practice

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August 23, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Election Commission

The Morarji Desai government is considering a proposal to change the composition of the Election Commission. Since the first elections, the EC has consisted of a single member who came to be designated as the chief election commissioner

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Donald Trump’s Pak challenge

His acid test will be to turn words into an agenda for action. That will be difficult, going ahead

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Triple talaq: From Shah Bano to Shayara Bano

Triple talaq verdict: In this heretical and distorted version of the faith which finds no place in the holy Quran, a man who utters the word “talaq’ three times is deemed to have declared his marriage to a Muslim woman null and void.

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President Donald Trump moves from ‘AfPak’ to ‘AfPakIndia’

The six-pillar strategy shifts the perspective from which the US sees Afghanistan. From “AfPak,” an abbreviation that referred to the Afghanistan-Pakistan twinning that characterized Barack Obama’s take on the region, Donald Trump has changed this to “AfPakIndia.”

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The Word and its meanings

Muslims can interpret the Quran without questioning its divine authorship

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A dreary game

There is reason to worry about the decline in quality of international cricket

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How China gained from Partition

Geopolitical legacies of the division remain the biggest drag on India’s global aspirations

Clear the track

Action against senior Railway officials after Utkal Express tragedy must be followed by systemic changes

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In Amma’s name

AIADMK factions merge, but uncertainty about the government’s stability keeps a state on edge

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August 22, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Repealing MISA

Janata Party President Chandra Shekhar told a PUCL meeting that all political prisoners must be released. Minister for Industry George Fernandes then called upon the people to start a systematic campaign for repeal of MISA

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Beware the Trump effect

India does not need a tryst with Trump. Why the two 70 year-olds should not meet

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More Than Toilets

Swachh Bharat Mission is about behaviour change vis a vis sanitation. Five states, 186 districts and over 2,31,000 villages have been declared as open defecation free

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Doklam foretold

India’s future global status will be determined by its competition with China

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Next Door Nepal: Deuba’s diplomacy test

The prime minister’s India visit will be closely watched by China

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Winner takes all

Election Commissioner Rawat’s brave and wise warning against the deforming of political culture must be heeded.

No Mughals in Maharashtra

Because no academic discipline frightens an authoritarian government more than the history of its own country

Who owns my data?

A citizen-centric data eco-system is necessary to protect privacy.

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American tragedy

As at Charlottesville, damage done by Trump’s perverse moral compass will outlast his presidency.

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Where freedom has gone

As a society and as individuals, we are quick to succumb to the temptation of being unfree.

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Seize the Doklam crisis

India must use this moment to announce a set of long-term measures to improve military readiness vis-a-vis China

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Out of my mind: Modi’s new BJP

Modi’s advantage is exactly that people underestimate him as a thinking person.

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Inside Track: Personal property?

As a formality, the periodical sought permission from the Nehru Memorial Fund, housed in Teen Murti Marg and funded largely by government grants, to reproduce the draft speech to commemorate the 70th year of Independence.

Gained in Translation: Spectator turning into onlooker

Contemporary theatre will pay a heavy price for this disdain towards the spectator, who should not be imagined as the end point of a supply chain but as the centre of the communication process.

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Fifth Column: Hugs for Kashmir

Our current Kashmir problem was created by two mistakes made by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv. Mrs Gandhi made the mistake of wrongly toppling Farooq Abdullah’s government in 1984 and replacing him with a cipher.

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Across the aisle: India at 70 – The Economy (continued)

The RBI’s monetary policy statement has confirmed many of the conclusions. According to the RBI, business sentiment reflects expectations of moderation of activity in Q2 of 2017-18 (read slower growth).

A Bohra woman’s open letter to PM Modi on freedom from Female Genital Mutilation

There is one and only one reason this inhuman practice is performed: to tamper with the sexual desires of the girl/woman.