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View From The Neighbourhood: Unsecular India?

December 23, 2019 8:07:14 pm

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.

Storage facilities for rabi onions must be created on a massive scale

Storage facilities for rabi onions must be created on a massive scale

December 23, 2019 10:10:47 am

It is time to wake up from the onion nightmare and work towards more sustainable solutions, rather than knee-jerk measures.

Pakistan court’s conviction of Musharraf for treason is unprecedented and significant

Pakistan court’s conviction of Musharraf for treason is unprecedented and significant

December 23, 2019 10:19:04 am

Musharraf can appeal against the decision but will have to return to Pakistan to do so. It is unlikely that he will. It is also unlikely that he will be extradited from the UAE. Hence, implementation of the decision is problematic.

Why I am anxious: Will my 70-year-old father, will I, find the documents to prove citizenship?

Why I am anxious: Will my 70-year-old father, will I, find the documents to prove citizenship?

December 23, 2019 10:02:49 am

We would really appreciate a “don’t worry we’ll see this through” — not a “ don’t worry, you’re being paranoid”. So, the next time you see an anxious Muslim, by all means tell him/her they do not need to feel anxious. But please do so as an assurance, not a retort. Empathy is the need of the hour.

Economic growth in 2020 will be higher than in 2019 because structural reform will start paying off

Economic growth in 2020 will be higher than in 2019 because structural reform will start paying off

December 23, 2019 9:42:31 am

Why is the GDP of 1.3 billion Indians less than 126 million Japanese, 83 million Germans and 40 million people in California? Why is India’s GDP today 20 per cent of China’s when they were equal in 1991? Why did the world’s largest democracy — created on the infertile soil of the world’s most hierarchical society — not create the world’s largest economy?

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On the Loose: 5-Minute Rule

December 23, 2019 12:55:32 am

It’s an irrational cry for help against a bleak future, and a dystopic work culture, that makes the upcoming new decade
feel particularly hard.

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Gandhiji would have been at the barricades

December 22, 2019 6:14:29 pm

As a man who was killed for trying to make Hindus and Muslims live in peace Gandhi would have certainly not approved of a law that specifically excludes Muslims.

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Somewhere up above temples touching sky

December 22, 2019 6:13:48 pm

The Rajasthan girl is forgotten, a mere statistic in our rape record, with only those now registering whose details are more horrific than the others. As told by the courts, she is cloaked in silence — stripped off all details of life, but for that act

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The woes of the FM are not over with the reversal of her prized announcements in the Budget

December 22, 2019 6:11:04 pm

Budget 2019-20 is unique. I know of no budget in recent memory where, after making the Budget, the Finance Minister consciously unmade the Budget.

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With ideological differences between Sena and its alliance partner, BJP seeks to embarrass its former ally

December 22, 2019 6:09:49 pm

The wordy skirmish arose after the Sena initially assured the Congress it would vote against CAB and then backtracked.

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Out of my mind: Govt must clarify, or face chaos

December 22, 2019 6:10:02 pm

Indian Muslims are a minority in India. Would the government conflate their religion with their being on a par with Muslim refugees from Bangladesh? Are they likely to be cast as infiltrators because they are Muslims?

Vigilantism, encounter killings draw attention to justice delayed

Vigilantism, encounter killings draw attention to justice delayed

December 21, 2019 12:18:43 pm

It is time the government devoted greater attention to reforming the criminal justice system. The capability of the system to control crime and deliver justice in time must be enhanced. Till this happens, the incidents of instant “lynch justice” done in anger or for “revenge” — either by the public or by the police — will continue to occur.

Achieving public order by suspending freedoms is unacceptable

Achieving public order by suspending freedoms is unacceptable

December 21, 2019 12:25:36 pm

To ensure more of us can get around, government cannot altogether ban us all from trying to get around, as that would defeat the very purpose — of enabling us to get around!

Celebration of Hyderabad encounter, passage of CAA, show the same disquieting desire for vengeance

Celebration of Hyderabad encounter, passage of CAA, show the same disquieting desire for vengeance

December 21, 2019 12:22:54 pm

Police murders like the one in Hyderabad are not events to celebrate but occasions to introspect. The total lack of faith of the common people in the judicial system is something which should worry us all. Similarly, total impunity in passing an unconstitutional law should also be an occasion to introspect.

From army chief to convict for treason — Pervez Musharraf has fallen a long way

From army chief to convict for treason — Pervez Musharraf has fallen a long way

December 21, 2019 12:17:06 pm

Imran Khan, who had called him a traitor in 2007, is now reluctant to prosecute him, his party speaking in unison with the GHQ. The Opposition parties, their leaders facing court cases for corruption, have welcomed the verdict but are in no position to back the Supreme Court with street power.

India’s decision-makers must pause and consider the costs of majoritarianism

India’s decision-makers must pause and consider the costs of majoritarianism

December 21, 2019 12:21:24 pm

Will the nation not be immeasurably strengthened if we retain sharp focus on enhancing internal cohesion through assimilation, inclusivity and maintenance of domestic harmony — and above all, on economic development?

For Shriram Lagoo, theatre was a serious art form and advancement of culture its function

December 20, 2019 9:34:07 am

It was a warning to my generation of theatrewallahs! Theatre is a serious art form and the advancement of culture is the function of the theatre movement.

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Restiveness in Assam has come full circle with the Citizenship Amendment Act

December 20, 2019 9:39:14 am

The current sense of dismay in Assam is primarily due to what they perceive as the BJP’s backtracking on pre-poll stances like securing an “immigrant free Assam” and “protecting the indigenous” by putting the state under the purview of the Citizenship Amendment Act

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A misinformation campaign is underway to make Muslims fearful of CAA

December 20, 2019 9:28:46 am

India has always stood for what is moral and just. It would have been unjust, immoral and unethical for the liberal and secular Indian democracy to look the other way when lakhs of people living in India continue to remain without an identity.

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Implementation of nation-wide NRC will put India in a state of conflict. Govt must step back

December 20, 2019 9:26:51 am

Harsh actions against students and faculty, locking up of spaces to curb the movement of students within the campus, restrictions on speech caused umbrage in universities not just in India but across the academic world. There have been protests elsewhere too

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