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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Being free requires empowering yourself and helping others step out for change

Nation has not given adequate importance to health of its citizens. We need to break from the past

Project of Hindu Rashtra goes against inclusive legacy of freedom struggle

The rise of Kamala Harris is as much an Indian story as it is a part of the American dream

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Ram temple will free the discourse of secularism from elites

August 15, 2020 9:09:48 am

Modi has underpinned and rehabilitated “hyphenated secularism”. When the hegemonic idea mocks and bypasses the constituting ingredients of a culture, it inflicts moral injuries itself.

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Freedom struggle was also about combating poverty — there has been a setback

August 15, 2020 9:38:14 am

These estimates by the Grand Old Man of the freedom struggle were closely linked to the idea of freedom not just from the British rule but also from a life of poverty.

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Project of Hindu Rashtra goes against inclusive legacy of freedom struggle

August 15, 2020 9:19:42 am

Equating August 5 with August 15 was a clear attempt at conflating the legacy of the freedom movement with Hindutva symbols.

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Being free requires empowering yourself and helping others step out for change

August 15, 2020 9:27:39 am

Each generation of our women will need to tweak old freedoms and laws. But the young women today need to realise that they have inherited a well-documented past.

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Nation has not given adequate importance to health of its citizens. We need to break from the past

August 15, 2020 9:15:50 am

It is up to us: Do we want to go back to the “normal” which we thought was normal or use this opportunity to understand the real meaning of freedom and create a new normal that is founded on the principle of equality.

Forty Years Ago, August 15, 1980: President’s address

August 15, 2020 12:56:27 am

President Sanjiva Reddy said India is the largest democracy in the world with a successful parliamentary system. But “we have yet to learn the hard way, through trial and error the social dimension to the economic progress made since independence”.

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Guilty

August 15, 2020 11:51:59 am

The Supreme Court has broad shoulders. By convicting Prashant Bhushan for contempt, it diminishes itself.

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An important moment

August 15, 2020 12:19:26 am

With other Gulf states expected to follow UAE’s lead on Israel, stage is set for major realignment in region.

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Fathers and sons

August 15, 2020 12:16:47 am

The byplay of Stuart and Chris Broad is a telling frame in a game amid pandemic.

Predictable tragedy of Partition

August 15, 2020 12:11:03 am

Both India and Pakistan lost out when the Subcontinent got divided in 1947

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Why Pakistan bans books

August 14, 2020 8:35:43 pm

The general directive for textbooks implies that Pakistan is for the Muslims alone

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Absorbing the COVID shock

August 14, 2020 6:50:13 pm

Studies reveal households self-employed in agriculture or engaged in salaried jobs fared better those employed in informal sector.

Cosplay protest

August 14, 2020 10:45:12 am

In Thailand, schoolchildren have deployed Harry Potter against generals playing politics. Protest is alive and well in pandemic.

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Bengaluru challenge

August 14, 2020 9:53:55 am

Government, parties must work together to protect communal peace in one of country’s most diverse and vibrant cities.

Good steps on tax

August 14, 2020 10:46:01 am

Faceless assessment and appeal, random allocation of cases, anonymity — these can help reduce taxpayer harassment.

Hardline conservationists fail to see possibilities of people-wildlife coexistence

August 14, 2020 9:38:19 am

Is the relocation of forest-dwellers always needed for conserving wildlife? Some hardline conservationists and foresters believe that wildlife needs absolutely “inviolate” areas — those devoid of humans and human activities.

Who needs an MPhil anyway? The degree was meant to act as a filter for PhD candidates. It has become an exit option

August 14, 2020 9:40:40 am

Across a wide range of disciplines, PhD enrolments are invariably more than MPhil, yet another pointer that the MPhil degree was anything but a filter. It was an exit option.

A digital push for healthcare: Portability of data will cut costs, save time

August 14, 2020 9:32:04 am

Portability of medical records will pose challenges, require answering concerns of doctors and patients, and won’t happen overnight. But it has potential to advance medicine and health for all.

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The rise of Kamala Harris is as much an Indian story as it is a part of the American dream

August 14, 2020 9:22:27 am

While it was prudent (and opportunistic) for New Delhi to have invested in the narcissism of Trump, it may also be a moment to revisit and reflect on the idea that only the present incumbent can deliver on the promise of bilateral relations.

Making old Delhi new: Shahjahanabad is a living heritage that also needs to grow

August 14, 2020 9:26:37 am

The recent redevelopment work done by the AAP government under the Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Plan brings hope for the area that has long been neglected by previous governments.

Forty Years Ago: August 14, 1980

August 14, 2020 12:01:12 am

The unrest began when a pig strayed into an Eidgah while Muslims were offering prayers there. They accused the police of deliberately letting loose the animal.

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A modern Urdu poet

August 13, 2020 8:17:45 pm

Rahat Indori wrote both sophisticated Urdu couplets and more popular compositions. He was an artist who lived on his own terms.

Valley must look within

August 13, 2020 10:19:57 pm

How, why and who made New Delhi into an enemy in Kashmir? It’s time for Kashmiris to introspect

Law must be amended to make it mandatory for defectors to seek fresh elections

August 13, 2020 8:51:58 am

Toppling the governments and nullifying the verdict of the people, because of the lure of individual gains, has become normal practice. It is a matter of grave concern for those who want to save democracy and the Constitution.

The Rama I sing about comes to life in Tyagaraja’s kirtanas, which beseech you to seek the Rama within

August 13, 2020 8:51:34 am

Was there any dharma in flaunting the bhoomi puja, making a national spectacle of it, knowing full well that an entire section of the population, not just Muslims, was feeling excluded, deprived, in fact diminished?

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