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The morning after CAB: It will be a mistake to rely just on Court

The morning after CAB: It will be a mistake to rely just on Supreme Court

December 12, 2019 10:15:56 am

The political challenge is to make sure that one party’s diabolical version of what is reasonable is not mistaken to be common sense. It will require using the BJP’s tactics.

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Oppn during UPA years and SC judgments must share responsibility for current economic mess

December 12, 2019 9:52:48 am

Government must recognise that fear and enterprise don’t go together. Keep the ED and the CBI at bay and ensure that income tax authorities act within the law. Enterprise alone can help fuel our economy. Otherwise the Ides of March are not far away.

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Citizenship law, proposed nation-wide NRC will revise conception of group rights in India

December 12, 2019 9:47:33 am

A nation-wide combination of the CAB and NRC will mark India as the natural habitat of Hindus while deriding some Muslims as “foreigners”. Indians will be called Indians not only on territorial grounds but also on ethno-racial and religious lines.

Citizenship Amendment Bill continues long tradition of welcoming persecuted minorities

Citizenship Amendment Bill continues long tradition of welcoming persecuted minorities

December 11, 2019 10:32:39 am

The proposed Bill is a continuation of that unfinished agenda. It has become necessary that the issue of the illegal immigrants be addressed in one go, as their numbers have swelled to millions in the last several decades.

Religious basis of citizenship would be a negation of secularism, liberalism, equality and justice

Religious basis of citizenship would be a negation of secularism, liberalism, equality and justice

December 11, 2019 10:41:05 am

Shared identity is at the core of citizenship. The framers of our Constitution and those who enacted the Citizenship Act in 1955 believed in citizenship as a unifying idea. Today, citizenship is being used to divide people and treat people of certain religious persuasion as inferior.

If Parliament passes the Citizenship Amendment Bill, India’s constitutional structure, as we know it, will lose its soul

If Parliament passes the Citizenship Amendment Bill, India’s constitutional structure, as we know it, will lose its soul

December 11, 2019 10:45:12 am

The CAB-NRC poses the gravest threat to India’s secular democratic constitution since India became a republic, and must be fought with a nation-wide civil disobedience movement. The contours of this struggle need to be worked out by We the People.

JNU protests uphold public morality at a time when it’s being undermined

JNU protests uphold public morality at a time when it’s being undermined

December 11, 2019 10:49:04 am

What the JNU students have upheld is a reminder of the importance of public morality, at a time when it has been degraded beyond recognition in our republic’s life.

Encounters, like the one in Telangana, call attention to a criminal justice system in need of urgent reform

Encounters, like the one in Telangana, call attention to a criminal justice system in need of urgent reform

December 11, 2019 10:52:27 am

What do encounters achieve other than the death of fellow humans masquerading as instant justice? The trigger-happy personnel of the security forces may be prosecuted but will they ever be punished? It’s unlikely because of the time lag.

How Babasaheb helped me understand my identity as a Dalit-Christian

How Babasaheb helped me understand my identity as a Dalit-Christian

December 10, 2019 9:41:06 am

Many things appealed to me — Ambedkar’s resilience, his dogged commitment towards his people, his confidence in his intellect, his love for discipline and his beautiful mind. But what took me by surprise was the way I reacted to Sangharakshita’s recollection of Ambedkar’s passing away.

With Beijing expanding strategic purpose of its marine research to Andamans, Delhi and its partners should coordinate maritime diplomacy.

China at sea: For Delhi, Shiyan incident is a reminder to invest more in maritime scientific research

December 10, 2019 10:01:56 am

With Beijing expanding strategic purpose of its marine research to Andamans, Delhi and its partners should coordinate maritime diplomacy.

Glimpses of Pratham’s 20-year partnership with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Glimpses of Pratham’s 20-year partnership with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

December 10, 2019 10:06:25 am

Over two decades, we have together learned how hard work on the ground and rigorous research can help to evolve solid solutions to one of the big problems facing primary education in India today.

The 2019 Human Development Report points to the limits of economic growth in lifting all boats. It also offers a way forward.

India is a country with pervasive inequality, pockets of deep deprivations and vulnerable populations

December 10, 2019 9:47:40 am

The 2019 Human Development Report points to the limits of economic growth in lifting all boats. It also offers a way forward.

Serious questions confront policymakers. Yet data are not reliable enough for them to be answered

Serious questions confront policymakers. Yet data are not reliable enough for them to be answered

December 10, 2019 9:44:19 am

Running an economy, especially one that is in a predicament such as India’s today, is infinitely more complicated and the data demands are hence commensurately greater. A Data Big Bang effort along the lines proposed here would make that difficult task less challenging.

Recent protests show millennials’ reclamation of ‘purpose’ in life

December 9, 2019 9:53:11 am

We are in an existential crisis. We are also reclaiming a sense of purpose

If Shiv Sena wishes to remain in power, it can’t return to full-blooded Hindutva

December 9, 2019 9:57:49 am

Political power is bringing about an ideological re-orientation in the players which may or may not endure

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Party Poopers: Say no to the junk

December 9, 2019 3:52:31 am

Young hosts these days feel compelled to provide tunnels for their little guests to scramble through, or a zorb-ing ball they can tumble in. There may be a magician for entertainment, or a game of dancing statues organised by one screeching parent.

View From The Neighbourhood: The Palestine example

December 9, 2019 1:28:38 am

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

JNU is targeted because its one-of-a-kind post-graduate university

December 9, 2019 10:01:53 am

JNU has promoted inter-disciplinary research and a vibrant culture of free enquiry, where learning outside the classroom has been as important as inside, and where it has been possible to challenge every doctrine and discuss it democratically.

Under Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra can frame an agricultural policy that serves as a lighthouse for other states

December 9, 2019 10:03:58 am

Maharashtra’s farmers need a new deal. A task force must be set up under the NCP chief

Inside Track: Unlike the old days, BJP today is extraordinarily cavalier towards allies

Inside Track: Unlike the old days, BJP today is extraordinarily cavalier towards allies

December 8, 2019 10:11:34 am

In the old days, Pramod Mahajan and L K Advani had developed a personal rapport with the Thackeray family and frequently played the role of peacemakers with their demanding partner.

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