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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Zakia Soman writes: Justice died a thousand deaths when rapists and murderers in the Bilkis Bano case were set free

August 17, 2022 7:22:14 pm

What is the message that goes out to survivors of sexual assault and communal violence of Gujarat 2002? Ironically, this happened as PM Modi gave a call for upholding Nari Shakti.

Killing of a Kashmiri Pandit: Normal life remains a distant dream for Pandits in the Valley

August 17, 2022 6:50:56 pm

The empathy of Muslim neighbours is, no doubt, heartwarming. But the volatile political situation and the sporadic but continuous killing of Hindus since 2019, including Bihari labourers, has increased the insecurity of Kashmiri Pandits

Upma Gautam writes: Supreme Court’s contradictory verdicts reinforce the need for a Bail Act

August 17, 2022 9:03:01 am

Upma Gautam writes: The large percentage of undertrials in prison and pre-trial detentions are often a result of the unfair application of bail provisions.


Power, a reality check

August 17, 2022 9:11:24 am

Failing to fully integrate discom operations in the analysis of state government finances obscures the true picture of loss.

Christophe Jaffrelot, Maulik Saini write: A workforce less diverse

August 17, 2022 9:13:01 am

Christophe Jaffrelot, Maulik Saini write: Muslim presence is declining in public sector and even in the self-employed. They are overrepresented among the unemployed.

Byju Raveendran writes: An India where anyone can start a business is taking shape

August 17, 2022 9:13:31 am

Byju Raveendran writes: Thanks to growing digitisation, the barrier to entry to becoming an entrepreneur is low and getting even lower.

Alok Rai writes | Salman Rushdie attack: Need to condemn, need to listen

August 17, 2022 9:02:14 am

Alok Rai writes: To draw line between free speech and hate speech, you need to engage with inequalities of power — and inequality of access to free speech.

Anshul Avijit writes: My grandfather, Jagjivan Ram, drank from the ‘savarna’ pitcher. It’s a miracle he didn’t get killed

August 16, 2022 9:14:52 pm

Babu Jagjivan Ram one day drank water from the prohibited pitcher, faced violence and boycott. A hundred years later — after freedom, democracy, and a million pledges to equity — a nine-year-old boy from Rajasthan got killed for that very reason.

In the death of a Dalit student, betrayal of the vision of freedom

August 16, 2022 6:39:14 pm

Even after 75 years of Independence, the practice of untouchability remains. Institutions in India, government or non-governmental, political parties or religious organisations, are conspicuously silent on violence against Dalits.

The success of India at 75 resonates beyond its borders, writes the British High Commissioner to India

August 15, 2022 7:54:19 pm

The UK has been the beneficiary of great talent of Indian heritage as a consequence of the two nations’ long, complex and sometimes painful history. Both must now look ahead to the next 75 years, which offer a tremendous opportunity to write new chapters.

Kanimozhi Karunanidhi writes: Commitment to inclusivity and social justice should drive the nation’s march to 100

August 16, 2022 8:37:59 am

Kanimozhi Karunanidhi writes: We need a course correction so that our upcoming generations witness a free and prosperous society. We should ensure our republic protects all citizens and approaches checkpoints in this journey with a scientific temper.


C Raja Mohan writes: Diplomacy for Viksit Bharat

August 16, 2022 12:16:03 pm

C. Raja Mohan writes: Our diplomatic discourse remains trapped in a framework that emerged when India was weak and vulnerable 75 years ago. The fears of a ‘developing nation’ can’t be the guiding principles for the diplomacy of a ‘developed nation’.

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Sri Aurobindo’s 150th birth anniversary: A spiritual icon who first conceived of India as Vishwa Guru

August 15, 2022 6:17:51 pm

His life, teachings and legacy have contributed to the idea of India that embodies a revolutionary zeal deeply rooted in its cultural values and complex histories

Dattatreya Hosabale writes: For India@75, it is time to achieve self-reliance, recast institutions

August 16, 2022 8:35:14 am

Dattatreya Hosabale writes: Global challenges can be faced only when our internal systems are strong

D. Raja writes: The RSS didn’t contribute to Independence. Now, it threatens the freedom struggle’s legacy

August 16, 2022 8:42:37 am

D. Raja writes: For the nation, the enemy was British colonialism; for the RSS, it was Muslims.

The young, optimistic and idealistic will shape India at 100

August 15, 2022 9:02:46 am

Rohini Nilekani writes: They bring energy, passion, diversity into the work they do, as the battle for justice, environmental sustainability, rights and dignity of the vulnerable. In a country that will still be young on its 100th I-Day, this active citizenship is heartening news

Imagining India at 100: Where Health is recognised as being critical for human capital

August 15, 2022 11:25:10 am

People live longer, are much healthier, have access to all health services, good nutrition, clean air and water.

India at 100 must be a nation without discrimination

August 15, 2022 8:54:19 am

K K Shailaja writes: I hope that will be an India where freedom of expression is not curtailed, people are allowed to express themselves without fear

Towards an India where women lead

August 16, 2022 4:27:29 am

Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit writes: Women’s emancipation and empowerment need to be first fought for at the level of ideas and narratives. It is at the level of the mind and intellect where the real battle for us lies, from now to India at 100


India@100: A digitally-powered and sustainable innovation hub

August 15, 2022 8:51:11 am

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw writes: By 2047 India could become a knowledge economy powered by cutting-edge research. Inclusivity and increasing participation of women hold the key


Amitava Kumar’s open letter to Hadi Matar: You have failed — we are all returning to Rushdie’s words

August 16, 2022 4:14:07 pm

Amitava Kumar writes: On Friday, a 24-year-old from New Jersey named Hadi Matar attacked the writer Salman Rushdie with a knife. Another writer wants the would-be assassin to know more about the man he tried to kill

Sushil Modi writes: Nitish Kumar’s delusional ambition, hubris are hurting the people of Bihar

August 14, 2022 5:38:33 pm

With his overtures to become the Vice-President rebuffed, Nitish wants to give his ambitions of a national political role another shot. He is overestimating his prospects

Bhai, are you listening?

August 14, 2022 9:04:43 am

Anuradha Mascarenhas writes: At the old family house, the regular gatherings, laced with banter and good food, rarely ended without a card game of Seven of Hearts (Badaam Saat). Mota Bhabhi would initiate the game and Bhai and other would happily join in.

25 years of Indo-Naga talks: In search of a destination

August 14, 2022 9:26:04 am

Richard Kamei writes: The NSCN-IM signed a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India on July 25, 1997, which became effective on August 1, 1997. This heralded the start of Indo-Naga peace talks.


Inside Track: Outfoxing BJP

August 14, 2022 5:39:39 pm

Coomi Kapoor writes: Since the numbers always favoured a JD(U)-RJD tie-up and Tejashwi Yadav was willing to bury the hatchet, why did Nitish bide his time? The Bihar CM knew that the BJP is a wily enemy to cross.