Muslims face rapid socio-economic decline. Yet, any move in their favour is made to look illegitimate

India’s liberalisation regime focused on removing poverty, but strains caused by inequalities are sharpening

Recent events in SC are about judiciary asserting itself against executive's overreach

Curbing stubble burning is about inducing behavioural changes in farmers

Inside Track: Caught in the middle
Don’t be fooled by the withdrawal of I&B guidelines

The fourth estate would be naive to take the withdrawal of this directive at face value. The government has just fired a warning shot across the bows knowing fully well that the guidelines were anchored in quicksand.

Forty Years Ago: April 3, 1978

Delegates from West Bengal at the CPI congress in Bhatinda demanded the total rejection of the draft political review report. Bishwanath Mukherjee, West Bengal CPI state secretary, wanted a complete admission of the CPI’s past failures rather than a mere admission of wrong party policy in backing the Emergency.

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A Mahatma In An Imam

Before starting for Naokhali, Gandhi wrote an aesthetically beautiful line on his perspective on the art of dying: “As it is, all die, but one has to learn by practice how to die a beautiful death. The matter will not be settled even if everybody went to Naokhali and got killed”.

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Chinks in the Board

What happens when one of the world’s largest school education systems is pilloried in the media for all the wrong reasons? Credibility is the first casualty. The sacred thread that binds a student, her faith in examinations and the fairness with which it is conducted, can never be traded.

Kim meets Xi during 'unofficial visit'
Raja Mandala: Kim goes to China

North Korean leader’s Beijing visit, diplomatic detente with Washington can be seen as a part of the quest for strategic autonomy.

Caste-blind justice

Supreme Court ruling adding procedural safeguards for accused under SC/ST Atrocities Act shows that judiciary needs to be sensitised to the operation of caste in Indian society.

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Privilege over performance

The Opposition has been let down by a streak of self-goals by its leadership.

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Limits of violence

Shopian operations point to improvement in intelligence gathering, but the flare-up underlines the work to be done.

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Slipping away

For the BJP, the pre-eminent party in the country and part of the ruling alliance in Bihar, it is important that it reprimand and take strong action against party members who attempt political mobilisation on grounds that are against the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

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Pop goes Kim

Kim and the first family’s enthusiasm for the performance by South Korean K-pop band Red Velvet in Pyongyang has caused the scales to fall from the eyes. This was a real, human reaction, and it rendered inhuman the world’s former mirth at Kim’s expense. A golden era of satire is over.

RBI should reintroduce LoUs with safeguards: India Inc
ICICI Bank-Videocon ‘sweet deal’: RBI must tell us what’s going on

ICICI Bank-Videocon sweet deal: If there is some truth in the allegation, there must be swift and decisive action that dispels uncertainty.

More than just faith

Easter and the resurrection of Christ celebrate hope amidst darkness, that evil does not have the last word.

April 2, 1978, Forty Years Ago
April 2, 1978, Forty Years Ago

OBC question The home minister threw the hint that the proposed reservation of jobs for the backward sections of society might be referred to the proposed Backward Classes Commission. At the same time, Charan Singh called for wider consultation on the subject so that an acceptable formula could be evolved. Singh, who was replying to […]

From Plate to Plough: The right agri-support

Schemes to ensure that farmers get fair returns will come a croppper unless trade and tariffs are synced with minimum support prices.

Soft hands and hard bargaining: What to watch in Modi-Oli meeting
Next Door Nepal: Another chink in the wall

Early snags in proposed unification of Left parties could affect PM Oli’s position.

The unlikely bulwark The much-maligned bureaucracy has become a hurdle in the way of populist misadventures
The unlikely bulwark

The much-maligned bureaucracy has become a hurdle in the way of populist misadventure

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List of Innocents

Why governments hesitate to withdraw cases when the accused are Muslims

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Get to work

The government must take the initiative to end the impasse in the Lok Sabha

Open Wound
Open wound

The state must revisit the Hashimpura murders in the light of new evidence

The PM’s Trail by Jyoti Malhotra
The PM’s Trail: Your Yoga Guru, Narendra Modi, coming to a video near you 

The prime minister’s meeting this week with 111-year-old Sri Sri Sri Shivakumara Swamiji is certainly in line with the deep devotion the BJP’s top leaders also manifest when closely contested elections, like those in Karnataka, are around the corner.