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Thoki Raj: Creating order by trampling on law is one of the elements of Adityanath’s ideological success

July 11, 2020 8:35:00 am

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Unleashing strong arm tactics by state stands in for creating law and order. No one wants police reform.

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The slow poison of Osama: A man, an organisation, and the spreading of terror

July 11, 2020 8:52:51 am

Since Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan fondly remembers the founder of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, as a “martyr” of the faith, it is only relevant to talk about this “sacred” relationship.

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The creation of Vikas Dubey, who flourished all these years because of political and police patronage

July 11, 2020 8:34:30 am

Vikas Dubey’s life, and death, point to the undermining of the authority of state, politicisation of police force.

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Rice and digital learning: The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted children’s lives

July 11, 2020 8:47:59 am

The 15 children of Bihar whose parents will now get rice and money to feed them will soon learn the magic of rote learning when they hit the truncated Grade I online syllabus.

Cool roofs and other solutions: Pandemic has sharpened need to make right choices for sustainable urban growth

July 11, 2020 8:50:53 am

In the short-term, it’s crucial to ascertain how to respond to extreme heat and urbanisation challenges during a major pandemic.

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Why building economic bridges in the neighbourhood matters

July 10, 2020 3:56:20 pm

With concerns over Chinese strategic relations in South Asia, India should reach out to its neighbours, have better terms of trade with them

Delhi needs coordination across agencies and proactive leadership to fight Covid

July 10, 2020 9:18:55 am

The recipe for the earlier successes included close technical coordination between central, state and municipal agencies as well as a proactive political leadership, ably backed by a strong public health establishment of the Municipal Corporation.

There is an irrational preference for expensive Covid treatments over effective ones

July 10, 2020 9:22:30 am

In the absence of adequate information, the price of a commodity serves as an indicator of quality for the consumer. Information asymmetry is most acute in healthcare, with the added disadvantage that the providers of care have far greater access to, and understanding of the information.

How India responds to China’s ‘expansionistic tendencies’ will have ramifications for the world

July 10, 2020 9:30:36 am

India must take a leadership role in developing a diplomatic and strategic counter to Chinese expansionism.

Wait for the migrant: Once opportunities are there, they will return

July 10, 2020 9:26:39 am

Once opportunities are there, migrants will return to the city. But until then, they must not be stopped from going back home. The market should be allowed to work for both industry and labour

The regimes of boundaries: They have multiplied, even as Covid nudges us towards broader discourse of access

July 10, 2020 9:15:53 am

Nations and regions have firmed up their boundaries, to prevent and regulate movement of people and goods across nationally and internationally recognised territories. This irony cannot have been more poignant anywhere than in India, a country forever in motion.

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How to resolve individual data privacy complaints

July 9, 2020 8:11:15 pm

The right to efficient redress is a critical piece of this puzzle, solving which requires a rethink of the institutional and implementation structures proposed under the Personal Data Protection Bill

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Archaic perceptions — not criteria of excellence — determine ratings of colleges

July 9, 2020 9:32:23 am

It is not to say that the so-called top colleges in India do not have the drive or the capabilities to excel independently. But for a real assessment, they would need to be freed from inherent structural rigidities and be brought at par with each other.

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A three-phase govt project uses COVID policy window for a much needed reform

July 9, 2020 9:18:32 am

India’s current gap between the digitisation of the private sector and government often reflects the 1972 Dandekar Committee recommendation that no entity install a computer without first “justifying” its use to employees and their trade unions.

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India’s trade agreement with China was one-sided to begin with

July 9, 2020 9:43:46 am

If you scrutinise the schedules, you will find non-manufacturing items in China’s miscellaneous list, but many manufactured items in India’s miscellaneous list (light engineering, plastic manufactures, cement, agricultural implements, paper). By any yardstick, the 1954 agreement was one-sided.

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Liberty and responsibility: SC rulings on internet restrictions in J&K uphold balanced constitutionalism

July 9, 2020 9:53:15 am

The supposed clarion-call of some learned academicians and members of legal fraternity of “abdication of duty by the Supreme Court” seems to have completely missed the hard facts in the Valley.

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Pandemic has been devastating for adolescents. Who is caring for children?

July 9, 2020 9:38:06 am

We must stop worrying about the learning gaps, but think about how our children will cope with anxiety, uncertainty and change. Can our children breathe, meditate, relax, experience tenderness, trust, and do they know if they have a self to find?

July 8, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Godavari water dispute settled

July 9, 2020 8:26:39 am

Beginning 1975, the five states, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa had signed seven agreements amongst themselves covering 80 per cent of Godavari’s waters.

Anxiety in China stems from the CPC’s insecurity

July 8, 2020 9:30:54 am

It is an anxiety that spreads as quickly as a virus and is probably harder to get rid of. An anxiety of Chinese characteristics that other countries around the world must be careful not to catch.

Sanctions by India alone will hardly sting China. There’s a need to think beyond trade barriers

July 8, 2020 9:27:02 am

The ongoing crisis opens a window for New Delhi to reset relations with China. New Delhi’s trade policy needs to be alive to the imperative of higher growth, which can be achieved only through more, not less, globalisation.