Atal Bihari Vajpayee's record is a valuable reminder that India needs a measured debate on the nature of India’s interests and on the means to secure them at a moment of great political and economic churn in the world. (Express archive photo)
Relaxed Realism

Vajpayee’s foreign policy transcended Nehru’s legacy as well as BJP’s nativist burdens.

Why I have been assaulted

My ideal of social justice runs counter to the casteism of Sangh Parivar. But my disagreements are spiritual, not political.

When Ambedkar and Lohia meet

Samajwad is the need of the time. It is not just a political affiliation but a state of mind, and speaks to the needs of the country — economic equality, social justice and unity

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: The great balancer

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s economic policies often faced resistance from his party. With wit and sagacity, he resolved many a contradiction.

Indian diaspora in US mourns Vajpayee's death
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018): Democrat in Nehruvian mould

Humanity and empathy distinguished Vajpayee from his peers.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee only made friends, no enemies

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was both tender and tough. It was his ability to stay true to his values and also speak to all sections of society that mesmerised so many.

Liberal and nationalist

Vajpayee’s persona was shaped by LK Advani, Rajkumari Kaul and Parliament.

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Vajpayee: The man of heart

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was living testament to the fact that liberality of temperament has the power to transcend ideologies.

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Why theatre commands is an unnecessary idea

They will require large increase in defence expenditure with doubtful returns. Country should focus on modernising its forces and innovating strategic solutions

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Telescope: Sounding the bugle

PM’s fifth Independence Day speech clearly had the next election in mind

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A Speaker for the people

Somnath Chatterjee’s stewardship of the 14th Lok Sabha will serve as a benchmark, to guide leaders of all institutions

The national MMR stands at 130, down from 167.
A Law Past Its Sell-by Date

India’s abortion law must be amended to take into account agency of women.

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A matter of confidence

Today, India seems more at ease with itself and the world.

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A brief history of democracy

A stable government helps India show the world that freedom and prosperity can travel together

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The Freedom We Long For

Social empowerment remains a distant dream for millions

Dreams of our father

On August 15, Bangladesh mourns the death of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The country is set to achieve his vision of Shonar Bangla.

My mulk at 71

In my film, I tried to deal with the issues of social harmony that have been on my mind for three decades. As Indians, we must ask these questions, even if there is no single answer.

While all sections of the prohibition law were earlier non-bailable, several sections have been now made bailable.
On the Loose: Club Class

What ‘members only’ means in the new world

Assam NRC: No coercive action will be taken against anyone, creating fear condemnable, says Rajnath Singh
Vote-banks and foreigners

Congress’ stand on NRC reeks of its communal and opportunistic politics.

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Diagnosing Bias

Arguments against those with disabilities pursuing medicine are prejudiced