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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The triumph and tragedy

Celebratory lights of the first I-Day were extinguished by darkness of Partition

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Past and Prejudice

Pakistan has rejected rationalists like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and its blasphemy law makes British rule seem better.

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Remaking the board

BCCI is resisting reform, but the case for an overhaul is strong

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Justice for Hadiya

By prioritising shadowy fears of terror and ‘love jihad’ over an individual’s rights, court goes against its own grain.

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Bellwether in crisis

Vishal Sikka’s exit from Infosys points to unresolved issues of corporate governance. Industry needs to address them urgently

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A Thana Coloured Saffron

UP CM’s encouragement of religious displays in police stations is troubling.

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No proof required: Madness in monetary policy

In India we have a monetary authority that admits to not understanding inflation — but persists in damaging an already weak economy because it does not understand it

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A healthy partnership

Strengthening of public health services must go along with leveraging of private sector resources.

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Is India on track or off the rails?

The shocking reality is that where India was in 1947 is about where England was in 1280, while India in 2010 is where England was in the Victorian era, 700 years later. So our development has been ten times quicker than the country from which we gained independence.

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The Google memo that couldn’t

As he sacked James Damore, Sundar Pichai put a lid on the argument saying that he crossed the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in the workplace.

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Two plus two

A new format for India-US dialogue is welcome. But it won’t add up without clarity of vision, determined leadership

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Going off track

PPP model has not succeeded in metro rail projects. New policy overlooks lessons from past ventures

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Monsoon wedding

Irom Sharmila reclaims a little more space for herself from her role as icon

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August 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Elvis Is Dead

Presley was found unconscious at his home by his road manager, Joe Esposito, who called the local fire department ambulance.

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The map of New India

PM needs to ask himself why under his watch this country has become a fearful place

Theatre as temple

Why I believe in the capacity of theatre to transform individuals, build communities

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Prisoner of the binary

By calling cultural nationalism illiberal, Hamid Ansari panders to western notion of nationhood.

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Economic Graffiti: Don’t be cautious, RBI

Central bank should be more aggressive in cutting the repo rate. It must signal that this is the direction it will pursue in the foreseeable future.

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Telescope: Prime time gaalis and golis

People’s real problems seldom make it to the evening gladiatorial contests.

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Hizbul Mujahideen ban goes global, but will it reach the Valley?

Though the Hizbul Mujahideen has been projected as the largest “Kashmiri” militant group, during the last decade and half, it had lost the appeal to a more radical section such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

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But the Earth moves, and Rohith Vemula is a Dalit

To the local district authorities, to citizens of Telugu country, to the Dalit masses, Rohith’s mother Radhika is a Dalit, her eldest child Nileema is a Dalit, the youngest child Raja is a Dalit, which means Rohith Vemula too ought to be a Dalit.

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August 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Forty years ago, on this day, Jayaprakash Narayan mooted the idea that if leaders of Phizo’s group agree to Nagaland being a part of India, all other questions regarding special powers and special position can be discussed.

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Speak, memory

Forgetting is a part of dealing with the trauma of Partition, of course. But so must be remembrance

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Falling out of love

Delhi cannot match Beijing’s economic clout. Chinese leader’s visit to Nepal is another instance of its failing soft diplomacy

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Vast resources of the BJP could not turn right into wrong

No election to the Rajya Sabha has been as bitterly fought or as fraught with attempts at manipulation as the one this time in Gujarat. The Congress had to be cautious because it was dealing with a rival who does not comprehend the meaning of fair play.

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Censoring Sarkar

By not airing an elected (non-BJP) CM’s speech, Prasar Bharati undermines its credibility as public broadcaster

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Congress intimidated its own MLAs, locked them up

Forty-four Congress legislators were taken outside Gujarat, at a time when they were required to serve the flood-hit people of their constituencies. The Congress resorted to other desperate tactics as well.

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The Chief’s Strategy

BJP president Amit Shah has built a live-wire organisation at the grass roots. It fights to win.

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Beyond the lament

Gorakhpur was only the acute manifestation of the chronic malady that ails our health system

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The speech that did not pass the AIR test

Independence Day is not just a ceremonial occasion. Keeping in view the historical significance and tremendous emotional attachment to this day for Indians, it has to be treated as an important ceremonial occasion for national introspection.

Living With The Deluge

Focus should shift from relief measures to building resilience in flood-prone areas

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More accountant, less visionary

PM’s large narratives — corruption, growth— invite questions. His neglect of communal peace is notable

August 16, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Morarji at Red Fort

Desai also endeavoured to promise that he would build an India free from fear and want. He called for an end to untouchability in five years and stressed the need for steps to prevent atrocities on weaker sections of the society.

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A win in time

India’s rout of Sri Lanka confirms that things are falling in place in a new team emerging from the shadows of controversy

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Battle for AIADMK

A third faction rises in the party, rearranging yet again the political equations in Tamil Nadu

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After the speech

PM struck the high notes on Kashmir, on religious violence. He must ensure his party and government listen