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Do you see green shoots?

Do you see green shoots?

June 28, 2020 11:53:29 am

If the Finance Ministry is so sanguine, why does it not predict positive GDP growth in 2020-21? The MoF dare not!

As we debate Floyd and systemic prejudice, the power and need for such a moral force couldn’t be more relevant today

As we debate Floyd and systemic prejudice, the power and need for such a moral force couldn’t be more relevant today

June 28, 2020 11:57:32 am

Sometimes, it is the moral force that draws attention to it. This moral force helped India win its independence from British brutality.

If we cannot control attacks within our borders, what chance is there for us to be able to control attacks on our borders?

If we cannot control attacks within our borders, what chance is there for us to be able to control attacks on our borders?

June 28, 2020 11:58:39 am

Where are the men who are in charge of national security? Where is the National Security Advisor? He has not been seen since he trotted off to the Tablighi Jamaat’s headquarters in Delhi in the early days of the pandemic.

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Draft EIA Notification is an attempt to weaken regulation, silence affected communities

June 27, 2020 9:29:22 am

The government’s actions on environmental regulation (as opposed to its bon mots and rhetoric) show that it considers it an impediment to the ease of doing business. During the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the MoEF has been working swiftly to clear projects, even carrying out public hearings over video conference.

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India should play an active role in articulating and promoting a peace process in Afghanistan

June 27, 2020 9:27:23 am

India must come up with ideas and structures in the fields of development, politics, security and diplomacy. Similar to Iran’s tenacity and resolve in supporting the UN-recognised Syrian government, India can and should champion an inclusive, multifaceted and Kabul-centric peace process.

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In this time of crisis, the most urgent imperative is to protect underprivileged families from starvation

June 27, 2020 9:20:45 am

There is an urgent requirement to put money in the hands of the impoverished to support them during the pandemic. This has been the refrain of the Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee. Further, the government must tighten the implementation of its critical schemes related to nutrition, food security and healthcare.

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A cure for COVID-19: Only science can combat virus. Scientific community must not remain silent on tall claims

June 27, 2020 9:07:40 am

Even though COVID-19 continues to rule and ruin our daily worlds, it still does not give the right to the righteous of the land to promote cures, remedies and preventions which are beyond the realm of their understanding and operation. Prudence is the need of the hour and prudence comes from wisdom.

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In Pakistan, opposition is on the run, but Imran’s own side is weakening

June 27, 2020 9:09:33 am

Unfortunately, Khan is bound to react wrongly to the recent China-India scrap and rile the Indians more against his government, not realising that the scuffle in Ladakh may soon be tactfully resolved by the two neighbours involved in big-time bilateral trade.

Forty years ago, June 27, 1980: Assam Bandh

June 27, 2020 12:16:29 am

Despite the government’s strong warning, most of the officers did not turn up for work. K Ramamurthy, senior advisor to the governor, said no untoward incident was reported from the state.

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Let’s create memories of compassion, not helplessness

June 26, 2020 7:38:38 pm

Help rendered during pandemic should be about empathy, not charity

‘Cricket Samrat’ was a window to the sport in the Hindi heartland before TV, internet

June 26, 2020 9:22:52 pm

From its humble beginnings in West Delhi in 1978, it rode on cricket’s expanding footprint in the country. Between Lord’s 1983 and Bombay 1987, it grew exponentially as Indian cricket hit its apogee.

How did India manage to lose its neighbourhood? Answers lie at home

June 26, 2020 9:27:06 am

P B Mehta writes: Don’t count on the fact that the world will support an Indian escalation beyond a point. The efforts of the international community, in the final analysis, will be to try and throw cold water on the conflict; no one has a serious stake in the fate of the terrain India and China are disputing.

That foodgrain stocks lie in public godowns while people are going hungry is a scandal

June 26, 2020 9:43:14 am

What is disturbing is that in the middle of the current crisis some are now calling for a massive downsizing of the PDS and a shift to cash transfers in place of foodgrains.

In post-Covid world, growth of business must not be at expense of societal well-being

June 26, 2020 9:36:40 am

The lockdowns following COVID-19 have caused many people to introspect about the purposes of their lives, and the purposes of the enterprises they serve. It has also provided an opportunity to reset the course of economies.

Understanding Xi’s China: India under Modi has no delusions about the new China

June 26, 2020 9:28:59 am

Xi has acquired more power than Mao ever could. There is an unprecedented concentration of power at the top. Like any other dictator, he believes in confrontational tactics and uses both muscle and money as tools of geopolitical strategy and to further hegemonic ambitions.

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Arrests of anti-CAA protesters are a moment of reckoning for all of us

June 25, 2020 8:57:56 am

Are enough Indians willing to place basic moral norms above their political preferences? For example, it should be possible for someone who is in favour of CAA to also oppose the arrest of protesters.

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Ruler alone is not accountable, everyone who succumbs to authority is no less guilty

June 25, 2020 2:07:27 pm

Coomi Kapoor writes: The economic consequences are devastating for the print media, one of the few credible sources of news in an age where social media is flooded with fake news and propaganda.

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The school must enable children to be resilient and adaptable in uncertain times

June 25, 2020 9:01:44 am

As a part of the curriculum, children should be sensitively exposed to a variety of aesthetic experiences — listening to music and appreciating other art forms. They should be helped to develop an affinity with nature and to appreciate its myriad and layered manifestations. Reading is another indispensable activity.

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Those who have not seen the dark side of dictatorship, don’t truly appreciate the value of freedoms today

June 25, 2020 9:01:00 am

Ram Madhav writes: The “freedom” that the anarchists and their left-liberal cohorts enjoy in the country’s media and public life today is because we have leaders in the government who fought for that very freedom and are committed to liberal democratic values, not just as a matter of compulsion but as an article of faith.

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How to play against China: India will need to bring order and alacrity to crisis management

June 25, 2020 8:59:18 am

At the strategic level, the government must moot a sustained process of engagement with China at the highest politico-diplomatic echelons. The negotiations should seek multi-dimensional Sino-Indian modus-vivendi; encompassing the full gamut of bilateral issues like trade, territorial disputes, border-management and security.

Digital media is redefining modes of political communication and mass contact

June 24, 2020 9:03:22 am

As India enters a technology-driven world, changes in the country’s political discourse are natural and communication between parties and people will become simpler.

Amid the pandemic, the world turned to arts — earnestly, urgently and even as a remedy

June 24, 2020 9:08:07 am

In all the science, numbers and politics surrounding the virus, the one thing that has been a significant source of comfort is the arts. Music and dance have given a sense of self-awareness, community, identity and solidarity.

Cut interest rates, increase liquidity, allow fiscal deficit to widen as a response to COVID crisis

June 24, 2020 9:02:59 am

However, this is not a crisis like the ones before. This time around, we need to weigh not the cost of taking these measures but the cost of not taking them.

Army must revisit strategies on northern borders

June 24, 2020 9:07:15 am

Real time intelligence, surveillance equipment must be available to field formations. We need to strategise for the future, including the modern manifestations of non-contact, non-kinetic warfare.

China must recognise that India too has non-negotiable core concerns, aspirations, interests

June 24, 2020 9:04:35 am

The principle of equal and mutual security is fundamental. No country can have a veto on India’s relations with any other country or group of countries.