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End of Monsoon Session: Notes from a Parliament reporter’s diary

August 9, 2022 11:15:05 am

Old Parliament building is filled with memories of political jousts, wit and warmth. Will they find their way into the new Parliament building?

Centre with states: At a critical juncture, it is incumbent upon both to talk and listen to each other, keep lines of communication open

August 9, 2022 9:08:14 am

PM Modi, who was speaking at Niti Aayog's governing council meeting, acknowledged the “crucial role” played by the states in the country's fight against the pandemic.

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe writes: A Disruption-mukt Parliament

August 9, 2022 9:01:45 am

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe writes: When it comes to bills, on several occasions, Opposition members argue vehemently that for better scrutiny the bill is sent to the relevant standing committee.

Loss of smell and taste can be devastating. The after-effects of Covid-19 are still not fully understood or reckoned with

August 9, 2022 9:08:32 am

According to research published in the BMJ, about 5 per cent of adults infected by the Coronavirus could develop long-term changes to not just their sense of smell, but also taste, as the two are linked.

Glitch in small satellite vehicle is a setback for ISRO. But agency’s past record offers hope

August 9, 2022 9:08:24 am

The SSLV-DI was touted as a competition to small satellite launchers developed by US-based private companies such as SpaceX and Rocket Lab.

New drugs bill is a prescription for disaster

August 9, 2022 9:06:27 am

Dinesh Thakur, Prashant Reddy T write: It serves the interests of the pharma industry, not public health

M Venkaiah Naidu writes: India got Swaraj in 1947. It must now strive for Suraj or good governance

August 9, 2022 9:05:35 am

M Venkaiah Naidu writes: It is our moral responsibility to collectively put our shoulders to the wheel and devote ourselves to the overarching ideal of building the vibrant, prosperous and egalitarian India of our freedom fighters’ dreams

August 9, 1982, Forty Years Ago: French uranium

August 9, 2022 4:00:48 am

This is the front page of The Indian Express published on August 9, 1982.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Why they mark a turning point for Indian athletics

August 8, 2022 6:59:45 pm

Nihal Koshie writes: India's performance in the “mother of all sports” is cause for celebration. But sports administration needs to listen to athletes, double down to build on their performances.

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Freebie, subsidy, compensation: Let’s reset the terms of debate

August 9, 2022 12:23:54 pm

Yamini Aiyar writes: This discussion hesitates to seriously engage with politics. And that is the problem.

Death penalty for rape: Both Ashok Gehlot and his critics miss the point

August 8, 2022 6:10:58 pm

Neetika Vishwanath writes: Political discourse on complex issue of sexual violence against women and children is unnuanced, prioritises rhetoric over evidence-based engagement.

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C Raja Mohan writes | India, Bangladesh, Pakistan: What east can teach west

August 9, 2022 9:04:14 am

C Raja Mohan writes: Good news from India's eastern frontier with Bangladesh raises a hope: If we can do it in the east, where the sources and consequences of Partition were far more complex, it should not be impossible to normalise the western frontier with Pakistan

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August 8, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Press FreedomDebate

August 8, 2022 5:02:23 am

Home Minister R Venkataraman expressed himself against any exercise of unbridled freedom by the press and asserted that there was a need to regulate freedom of expression.

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Jagdeep Dhankhar needs to reach out to those who didn’t vote for him — that’s the spirit of the House he chairs

August 8, 2022 1:43:51 pm

The challenge for Dhankhar, however, would be to persuade the government to allow the Opposition its say in the Rajya Sabha — his pre-BJP career as a Janata and Congress legislator should come in handy.

PMLA needs to be ringfenced from the executive

August 8, 2022 8:55:05 am

Randeep Singh Surjewala writes: Centre has weaponised money laundering law to target political opponents. SC has been blind to this threat to democracy

Why Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit touched a nerve in Beijing

August 8, 2022 8:32:09 am

Shikha Aggarwal writes: The implications of the visit must be seen in the context of China’s national rejuvenation project, the legitimacy of the CCP, and Xi Jinping’s personal agenda.

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India’s tax-GDP ratio may be too high

August 8, 2022 3:55:39 pm

Surjit S Bhalla writes: Indeed, it is much higher than expected. It is time for the debate to shift to quality of expenditures

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An orderly exit

August 8, 2022 8:49:37 am

Saugata Bhattacharya writes: RBI, government must act in coordination during an economically challenging period

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Chinese military vessel at Hambantota is a spectre that threatens the new equilibrium in India-Sri Lanka relations

August 8, 2022 8:58:24 am

The timing of the Foreign Ministry’s clearance to the ship reinforces a worry that is true for India’s entire neighbourhood.

Why it matters that a tribal singer won a National Award

August 7, 2022 6:56:31 pm

Mrudula Devi S writes: The honour for Nanjiamma, an Irula folk singer, is an honour for her marginalised community and a challenge to the hegemony of elite culture.

The Sans of Namibia. A life on margins of society

August 7, 2022 9:18:52 am

Ellison Tjirera writes: Who are the San people, and what is their position? Historical accounts indicate that the San people are the first indigenous people of Southern Africa. As hunter-gathers, they foraged the entire southern African region, living modestly and sustainably with nature.

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The power in the purse strings

August 7, 2022 3:34:50 pm

Leher Kala writes: The hullabaloo around Moitra’s expensive accessory is emblematic of a larger question that perplexes large swathes of humanity: what’s with women and their obsession with obscenely priced handbags?

P Chidambaram writes: The speech that I might have made

August 7, 2022 8:50:39 am

P Chidambaram writes: Rising prices are badly hurting the people, especially the poor and the middle class. Consumption and savings have fallen, household debt has risen and malnutrition (especially among women and children) has increased. Sadly, the government is not willing to acknowledge these facts

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Tavleen Singh writes: What is a direct threat to democracy is the ‘Yogi model’

August 7, 2022 5:11:00 pm

Tavleen Singh writes: Karnataka CM should be ashamed that he has become a proponent of this jungle justice. Those who believe that it was this kind of rough justice that won Adityanath a second term in office should also be ashamed.

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As Jagdeep Dhankhar moves to Centre, a Raj Bhavan link

August 7, 2022 3:36:59 pm

Chakshu Roy writes: A building connected with the legislative history of our country, the Bhavan has on its first floor a room distinct from others with its plain white walls and functional furniture, unlike other rooms in the sprawling structure with their priceless art and carpets.