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Out of mind: The British Armageddon

British Parliamentarians can bring the Executive to answer questions and listen to criticisms in a variety of ways. In Indian Parliament, the backbencher has no freedom and is at the mercy of the Whip of the Party. Not so in Westminster.

Fifth column: Myths and science

The Prime Minister himself said, at the opening of a medical facility, that plastic surgery must have been known in ancient India for Shiva to have given his son Ganesha the head of an elephant.

Why the JNU story won’t die

JNU, as it has grown in the last 50 years, is a great story of shared memories and shared ideals. Within this story lay millions of small lives and their careers as they have woven the narrative of this country in the last half-century.

Inside track: Enemy within

The recent rumbles in H D Kumaraswamy’s government was due to the infighting between Congress stalwarts, former CM Siddaramaiah and senior minister D K Shivakumar.

Across the aisle: Taking stock at beginning of year

Four months from today, a new government will be in office (according to the people’s verdict). Nothing that the present government will do between now and April 30 will alter the state of the economy radically.

Due closure

Meghalaya’s rat-hole mining requires urgent intervention. But it is also clear that bans do not work.

After the eclipse

Chandamama’s decline mirrored the advent of mass-market entertainment. Children’s literature is now set for better times.

The right step

The Maharashtra government must not raise spurious arguments to subvert the SC directive on Mumbai dance bars.

Breaking down news: They’ve lost the plot

The media— at home and abroad— can’t find their way out of dealing with illnesses or Brexit

Forty Years Ago, January 19, 1979: Gujarat Stonepelters

Forty Years Ago, January 19, 1979: The situation in the troubled areas of Ahmedabad remained quiet but tense indicating that the worst is possibly over after three days of violence during which two persons were killed in police firing, The Indian Express reported.

Limits of class

The RTE Amendment Bill, recently passed in Rajya Sabha, has again triggered the periodic debate between anti-detentionists — votaries of No-Detention Policy (NDP) — and detentionists.

A Hindu in Pakistan

Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani is a high-profile leader of the Hindus of Pakistan and is a member of the National Assembly on a seat reserved for the minorities.