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Sunday, March 07, 2021

Besides economy, freedom is sliding

According to the NSO, the year will end in March 2021 with a GDP (in constant prices) of Rs 134.09 lakh crore, i.e., -8.0 per cent over the previous year. It could be worse.

Not just Modi, all our politicians have remained stuck in a time warp

If only PM would learn from the major western countries that liberal democracy and free markets are the two main reasons why they have been role models for half-developed countries like ours.

Protest opened space for workers, farmers to forge solidarity

The solidarity between different caste and occupational groups is still fragile but for now the protest has opened new space for workers and farmers to forge solidarity in their struggle.”

There has been a transition in the status of pets, to human equals

By trying to convert dogs and cats into next level spiritual beings and our intellectual equals (who conveniently can’t argue back), we miss out on appreciating their traits that we could all do with imbibing

LSTV, RSTV may have been merged to be on par with private news

For over a decade now, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha television channels have been a window into the workings of Parliament. Last week, LSTV and RSTV merged into ‘Sansad TV’, amid criticism from the Opposition.

There has been an important transition in the status of pets, to peers and human equals

March 7, 2021 9:03:41 am

By trying to convert dogs and cats into next level spiritual beings and our intellectual equals (who conveniently can’t argue back), we miss out on appreciating their traits that we could all do with imbibing.

Zoom shots and blackouts: When the two Houses came home

March 7, 2021 9:52:30 am

For over a decade now, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha television channels have been a window into the workings of Parliament. Last week, LSTV and RSTV merged into ‘Sansad TV’, amid criticism from the Opposition.

The protest has opened new space for workers, farmers to forge solidarity in their struggle

March 7, 2021 9:21:48 am

The solidarity between different caste and occupational groups is still fragile but for now the protest has opened new space for workers and farmers to forge solidarity in their struggle.

Besides economy, freedom is sliding

March 7, 2021 9:03:02 am

A declining economy and diminishing freedom make for an explosive combination. The slide must be arrested.

Not just PM Modi, but all our politicians have remained stuck in a time warp

March 7, 2021 9:10:24 am

If only PM would learn from the major western countries that liberal democracy and free markets are the two main reasons why they have been role models for half-developed countries like ours.

All news is good news

March 6, 2021 8:39:06 am

That’s what a GoM on communication seems to believe — and what its echo chamber faithfully reflects.

Haryana government, local employment law, Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana assembly, Haryana news, Indian express news

A bad job

March 6, 2021 8:38:24 am

Haryana’s local employment law is shaky on constitutional grounds, risks driving capital away from state

March 6, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Railway Concessions

March 6, 2021 3:20:02 am

The Railway Minister, Kedar Pandey, announced a series of concessions to railway passengers’ fare from 10 per cent to 5 per cent.

Keep cops away from prisons

March 6, 2021 8:47:20 am

The police detects crime and maintains law and order, while a prison officer reforms and rehabilitates offenders. One person cannot do both jobs.

Dr Seuss estate, books withdrawn, children books, zaniest creature, Indian express news

Cancel that

March 6, 2021 8:39:25 am

The estate of Dr Seuss is wrong in withdrawing six of his books. Let’s not play censor for future generations.

Adaptation, not mitigation, should inform India’s climate strategy

March 6, 2021 8:46:29 am

Shyam Saran writes: At the climate change negotiation table, India needs to safeguard its interests and enhance its development prospects.

Lessons from the Republican Cult of Trump

March 6, 2021 8:50:21 am

Rajmohan Gandhi writes: PM Modi has a lot in common with the former US president and the Republican Party’s submission to Trump is bound to invite questions about the BJP.

Women’s needs are key to Swachh Bharat success

March 6, 2021 8:52:20 am

There is no doubt that women can help to drive change and bring about lasting change as the jan andolan of swachhta, health and sanitation gains momentum

Hope for Indo-Pak peace, with caution

March 6, 2021 8:49:11 am

Given India’s investment in Bajwa and his “hand of peace in all directions” doctrine, understanding how an earlier phase of bilateral ties progressed and sputtered out may be instructive

Ahimsa, non-violence

What is Ahimsa? A teenager’s exploration

March 5, 2021 10:16:22 pm

It is a broad concept, and one which can address the growing polarisation in the world today.

agriculture, monsoon

A climate-resilient rainfed agriculture

March 5, 2021 8:34:05 pm

Technological and institutional innovations could help farmers deal better with erratic monsoon, secure their livelihoods.

From reality to dream and back, with Jean-Claude Carrière

March 5, 2021 8:57:43 am

Collaborator of cinematic geniuses like Luis Bunuel, Jacques Tati, Peter Brook and Abbas Kiarostami, the late screenwriter was a remarkable storyteller.

Against the new farm laws? Not Gujarat

March 5, 2021 8:58:42 am

The state’s local bodies’ polls have made it clear that most farmers support the BJP and PM Modi.

Heralding a new era of Indo-Pak connectivity and cooperation

March 5, 2021 8:56:52 am

Neither country must lose the hope and momentum generated by the ceasefire agreement, despite likely setbacks.

Uttarakhand flash flood, Chamoli district, Uttarakhand disaster, mountain ecosystem, Hydel Power Project, Indian express news

Bhangra swag

March 5, 2021 9:05:49 am

People around the world are finding hope and relief in the uniquely Punjabi expression of celebration

Partly free

March 5, 2021 9:05:32 am

Freedom House downgrade is a cue for government, institutions, civil society. Brushing it under PR carpet won’t work

Framing Britney Spears documentary, Justin Timberlake, MeToo movement, mental health, substance abuse, American celebrity culture, Indian express news

Measure of confidence

March 5, 2021 9:05:20 am

Promising efficacy data will ease hesitancy about Covaxin, place inoculation drive on surer footing

Forty Years Ago, March 5, 1981: Reagan On Soviets

March 5, 2021 2:14:50 am

On Soviet Union President Brezhnev’s invitation to a summit, Reagan said, “I think it would help bring about such a meeting if the Soviet Union revealed that its moderate its aggression.

Intimate partner violence: beyond legal definition of consent

March 5, 2021 8:55:14 am

Scant judicial attention has been paid to the casteist and patriarchal underpinnings of consent

The Haryana bill is constitutionally indefensible, politically cynical

March 5, 2021 8:54:40 am

Domicile-based preferential policies indict the economy as a whole, suggesting a pessimism about both education and job creation

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