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Theocratic influence in state policy has been to detriment of people’s well-being

October 17, 2022 10:33:38 am

For an extremely unequal society like India, religious interference could seriously undermine public health goals.

Securing India’s cyberspace from quantum techniques

October 17, 2022 10:23:29 am

Arjun Gargeyas and Sameer Patil write: The world is moving towards an era in which the applications of quantum physics in strategic domains will soon become a reality, increasing cybersecurity risks. India needs a holistic approach with a focus on post-quantum cybersecurity to tackle these challenges

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Climate of uncertainty: How unseasonal rains and volatile energy demands have complicated RBI’s challenges

October 17, 2022 6:17:43 pm

Pranjul Bhandari writes: India may eventually need a coordinated institutional framework tying together the different parts of policy making in order to navigate the increasing volatility triggered by climate change and energy transition

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Ashok Gulati writes: Balancing climate change and global nutrition

October 17, 2022 10:26:54 am

The challenge today is to develop technologies that supply the food and nutritional needs of the world while also addressing climate change imperatives. Today, there seems to be a lack of sync between policies and technologies. It is high time India wake up

How Apple TV+ is winning the streaming wars

October 16, 2022 7:59:18 pm

Netflix is becoming more conservative, making less original content while Apple TV is using deep pockets to lure filmmakers

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Dominance and its discontents

October 16, 2022 10:42:05 pm

Yadav became the face of the Mandal revolution in Uttar Pradesh, which did not just pose a counterpoint to Mandir, the other big political movement of the ’90s, but which together with it, challenged the already fraying consensus of the Congress-led one-party dominant system.

Message from Beijing: Xi Jinping’s third term is only the beginning of assertive China

October 16, 2022 5:14:37 pm

Hari Kumar writes: A new Politburo standing committee will be in place when the CPC Congress ends in a week. But its composition is unlikely to influence future policies as Xi has signalled it will be a top down administration from now on

I am a feminist and my Karwa Chauth does not weaken my fight against patriarchy

October 21, 2022 3:27:22 pm

The assumption that every woman who is observing Karwa Chauth is brainwashed and conditioned is condescending. It is the same assumption patriarchy makes – that a woman is incapable of making her own decisions, and is acting on cues whispered by external forces.

C Uday Bhaskar writes: Arihant SLBM launch is a significant achievement, but an underwater deterrent is still a work in progress

October 16, 2022 7:43:01 pm

Exaggerated claims of India having arrived as a military power must be kept on hold. Restraint in relation to announcements and claims about strategic capability burnishes deterrence in a quiet but effective manner.

A handbag of chips, anyone?

October 16, 2022 8:48:31 am

This is not the first time that popular fast foods have been immortalised in fancy minaudieres; Judith Lieber’s crystal encrusted evening bags come in quirky shapes like the McDonald’s Big Mac, cup cakes and glittering French fries.

Why Mohan Bhagwat’s words ring hollow

October 16, 2022 8:45:22 am

In 2012, at an Idea Exchange session with Loksatta, Dr Bhagwat fielded questions on caste and representation of Dalits and women in the RSS. He was locked in the guise of being a benign nationalist father figure, who doesn’t discriminate, yet referred to Dalits as “these classes”.

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How Oct 1990 shaped Mulayam’s M-Y politics

October 16, 2022 6:59:24 pm

When frenzied kar sevaks tried to break into the Babri Masjid on October 30, Mulayam ordered a police firing to repulse them — something P V Narasimha Rao could not to do on December 6, 1992, leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

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Tavleen Singh writes: Why should a bad religious idea be accepted at all?

October 16, 2022 2:56:52 pm

In these Hindutva times, it is easy to understand why Muslims feel that their identity and religion are under attack. The hate speeches by BJP leaders and the bile vomited out on social media turns my stomach.

P Chidambaram writes: Will Hindi and Hindu own India?

October 16, 2022 11:26:44 am

While the Prime Minister was celebrating the Hindu faith in Ujjain, the Home Minister was quietly pushing the Hindi language… If I were an Assamese or Malayali, I would feel that I am a half-citizen. If I were also a Muslim or Christian, I would feel that I am a non-citizen

Not on the agenda of the 20th Party Congress in Beijing: How Xiconomics is wrecking the Chinese dream

October 15, 2022 9:49:44 pm

As Xi Jinping prepares to climb to greater heights of political power at the CCP congress, he and the party must contend with multiple geopolitical and economic issues, a shrinking population and increasingly disillusioned youth

Zan, Zendegi, Azadi: Young Iranians are dreaming again

October 15, 2022 4:37:37 pm

After three decades of broken promises, many Iranians no longer trust their government. The slogan popularised during the ongoing protest, “women, life and freedom”, embodies the connection of the women’s rights movement with other economic and social issues

Hijab, Najeeb Ahmed and the struggles of Muslim students in higher education

October 15, 2022 2:37:57 pm

Entering institutions of higher education is only the first step. After that begins the arduous journey of transgressing established hierarchies of language, region and caste and overcoming stereotypes.

Narrative on hijab, in Iran and India, frames our attitudes towards minorities

October 15, 2022 2:50:41 pm

Shahrukh Alam writes: Political minorities organise around their primary identity, and all other inequalities and bigotries within remain suspended in the moment, especially when faced with a “disciplining state”. The hijab case is a good place to ask how individual members of a political minority negotiate their freedoms vis-à-vis their community?

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An attempt at tilting the balance of power: How the government is trying to control Big Tech

October 15, 2022 8:50:31 am

The policy approach of the government appears to be a strategic choice, driven by the desire to exercise more control over every aspect of the digital ecosystem, a preference for domestic firms and a desire to promote national champions while limiting the influence and dominance of Big Tech

A firm foundation for autonomy: SC’s landmark judgment on abortions enables the full exercise of women’s reproductive choice

October 15, 2022 8:47:31 am

Menaka Guruswamy writes: Our apex court understands that their adjudicative obligation is to be able to discern changing mores — in this case, the varied contexts of relationships and families. This constitutional gaze, along with the mandate of our ‘transformative constitution’, has resulted in some of the most dynamic decisions by our court

Agenda for Indian communists: Unite against BJP, form a front of secular, Left forces

October 14, 2022 8:54:15 pm

As the 24th party congress of the CPI begins, the task at hand is clear

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20th Communist Party Congress: China’s tightrope walk

October 16, 2022 9:54:27 am

Vijay Gokhale writes: As the world watches, 20th Party Congress will signal how China balances development, stability, epidemic control

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What Kapil Dev should have said to students on dealing with stress and depression

October 14, 2022 5:51:29 pm

If he had known that 1,64,033 people died by suicide in 2021 in India, perhaps he might not have said what he did

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RSS flagging Modi government’s failures reveals anxiety and discontent within Sangh Parivar

October 15, 2022 1:58:54 pm

Amit Mitra writes: The RSS’s self interest in buying peace with Modi was to create a permanent umbrella of political protection for its shakhas to expand across the country and for its front organisations to flourish. What has gone wrong for the top two functionaries to be openly critical of Modi’s economic model and his single-handed control of the government?

Mulayam Singh Yadav: A plebian socialist

October 14, 2022 10:01:23 am

Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers write: Yadav played a role in national politics but the UP Vidhan Sabha was his political home, where he was elected 10 times.

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