T M Krishna writes: The guru-shishya relationship in Indian music is grounded not just in a power imbalance, but in a celebration of inequality, which makes it vulnerable to abuse, which is then romanticised.
The moment the police do drama of producing super voluminous chargesheets, a judge should know that there is hanky-panky going on.
Much delayed IPL will begin with hope and excitement as usual, but also never-before challenges.
For decades, reforms used to be the sole prerogative of economists and pink papers, as if the common man had nothing to do with them. Modi has changed this system and brought reforms to the centre of public discourse.
Decision on who gets vaccine first must be informed by wide deliberations that must start now.
SAD’s calibrated protest against Modi government’s farm bills mirrors narrow space for manoeuvre for the regional party.
Not long ago the mausoleum of Data Ganj Bakhsh was suicide-bombed in Lahore, where not long ago Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims lived peacefully together and accepted the mystic saint as the guardian spirit of the city.
PB Mehta writes: The big lesson of the last two decades is that an over-reliance on legal instruments to solve fundamentally social and political problems often backfires. In the case of free speech, this is even more so.
The symbiosis of religions under the singing saint in Sindh lasted three centuries.
In 1946, India successfully challenged a clause in the document that allowed countries to hide human rights violations under the guise of national sovereignty.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had to battle a lack of funds, backlash from religious orthodoxy, to establish the Muhammadan-Anglo Oriental College.
At 70, with path-breaking reforms in governance, Modi has shown how Indian democracy can deliver. One of the most significant contributions to his credit is snatching representative democracy from the jaws of cynicism.
The newly announced policy in education underlines the role of digital resources in these spheres. It says that the apex regulatory body in higher education will “use technology to reduce human interface to ensure efficiency and transparency”.
Ashutosh writes: This allegation — that the RSS was behind the Anna movement — is not new. What is new is that the assertion comes from a core member of the movement.
Response to Covid-19 shows carving out roles through consensus can address challenges to federal governance.
Unlike in UP, Dalit politics in Bihar continue to be dependent on mainstream parties. The Ambedkarite radical consciousness is weaker in the Dalit politics of Bihar and Dalit assertion at the grass roots continues to be weak.
By holding up first-time writers, indie publishers, diverse voices, Booker shortlist mirrors a moment of cultural change.
In a young democracy, to pit so-called eternal values against individual liberties does disservice to both society and law.
Committee to examine digital surveillance is a welcome first step. A robust personal data protection framework is needed.
The Marxist-led Kerala government is assiduously wooing big industrialists. The Chief Minister E K Nayanar had talks with representatives of Birla firms. The CM and his colleagues will attend a conference of industrialists in Bombay on September 29.
The response to the pandemic — at behavioural, social, economic and administrative levels — involves behaviour alien to humans. Policymakers need to factor in basic human psychology in framing responses to pandemics
In improving efficiency of the Ordnance Factory Board, the government can allay workers’ fears by following the BSNL and SPMCIL precedent
What is needed is ample income support for households and firms now so that the recovery is not hamstrung by excessively damaged balance sheets
You yourself have imbibed most of your deep insights into human nature, not at Oxford or Cambridge, but in India from your seasoned, kind and wise mentors of the Sangh Parivar.
In six years, our illustrious Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned India into a nation to reckon with.