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SC order on internet lockdown in J&K makes right noises but leaves matters of relief to the future

January 11, 2020 11:07:39 pm

When it comes to internet-related restrictions, this judgment has one clear, unqualified message — it clearly lays down that any government order that impacts the exercise of fundamental rights must be a reasoned and publicly-accessible order.

The case against a Pakistan supreme court judge reveals older political faultlines

January 11, 2020 11:47:40 am

Will Justice Isa — who has been taken off the bench — too demand some kind of reparation for the pain caused to him by the president?

After Soleimani’s killing, Iran’s response could compound the turmoil in the region

After Soleimani’s killing, Iran’s response could compound the turmoil in the region

January 10, 2020 11:15:29 am

The assassination has come at a time when the Iranian regime is facing unprecedented social unrest. It faces a huge legitimacy crisis because of the massacre of nearly a thousand people during the popular uprisings of November 2019.

The significance of the post of CDS lies in its potential for re-imagining national security

The significance of the post of CDS lies in its potential for re-imagining national security

January 10, 2020 11:20:39 am

It needs to be borne in mind that selection of important office-holders — civil and military — remains the prerogative of the government in power.

Government must choose between tax reductions and increasing rural spending

Government must choose between tax reductions and increasing rural spending

January 10, 2020 11:28:39 am

The government to its credit has shown a clear preference to rely on supply-side measures to support growth. Yet, expectations will be high that the upcoming Union budget addresses the demand side concerns as well.

It is poetic irony that govt's autocratic steps to quell dissent has produced the biggest awakening in recent history

It is poetic irony that govt’s autocratic steps to quell dissent has produced the biggest awakening in recent history

January 10, 2020 11:25:23 am

At the core of the non-violent protests against the CAA, NRC and NPR is the message of peace and equality and an affirmation of solidarity with values enshrined in the Republic’s founding document.

State and society must seek avenues that could end the longstanding tension between the two

State and society must seek avenues that could end the longstanding tension between the two

January 10, 2020 11:32:24 am

The society and state are in conflict. A youthful, vibrant, ambitious and connected society is pitted against a hesitant, at times paralytic, politically-shackled and precedent-bound state.

It is for majority community to realise its duty not to discriminate against minorities

It is for majority community to realise its duty not to discriminate against minorities

January 9, 2020 10:26:08 am

India, for the first time since 1947, is facing a direct confrontation between hardliners and liberals, between political ideologies, and sadly, between the majority and minority communities among its great people.

JNU is one of India’s great universities. Its autonomy must be nurtured and replicated

JNU is one of India’s great universities. Its autonomy must be nurtured and replicated

January 9, 2020 10:37:55 am

Last year, a consultant came to meet me. He was commissioned to give a report on how to build globally eminent universities and since JNU had done it in my days, he wanted the “formula”. There isn’t one: A great university is built with autonomy and accountability.

JNU has been used by the Left to further its political agenda.

JNU has been used by the Left to further its political agenda

January 9, 2020 10:29:55 am

In 1983, leftist politics on campus became so violent and uncontrollable that the university had to be closed for a year.

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View From The Right: Blame It On History

January 8, 2020 1:44:12 am

In an editorial, the Organiser has blamed the “monotheism” of Communism, Islam and Christianity whose “natural corollary” is the distortion of history.

The deaths in Kota bare the light on a healthcare system founded on apathy towards the poor

The deaths in Kota bare the light on a healthcare system founded on apathy towards the poor

January 8, 2020 11:01:30 am

What is urgently required is not the involvement of private players but a sincere engagement by the state in matters concerning peoples’ health. Reports have shown that most of the babies in Kota died due to suffocation at birth; low birth-weight and infections were the other significant causes of death.

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The isolationist view of the progress of knowledge is fundamentally defective

January 8, 2020 10:47:43 am

Divisions, tensions and violence between groups and sects that political separatists promote not only damage our social lives, but also work as barriers to intellectual progress within as well as across nations.

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Present operations and aims of country’s statistical system are at alarming variance with past legacy

January 8, 2020 10:08:06 am

The danger that the system can be subverted increases when there are pressures to misuse the statistical system for political purposes. For example, there is a genuine fear that the exercise of preparing a National Population Register (NPR) as a prelude to Census 2021 could be subject to such misuse.

It’s high time that Muslim community’s tragedy that began with the Partition ends

It’s high time that Muslim community’s tragedy that began with the Partition ends

January 8, 2020 10:50:50 am

The heaviest price was paid by the Muslims who remained in India. The rich and educated Muslims shifted to Pakistan. The poor and illiterate remained in India, where they faced the anger of the Hindus.

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On the loose: Education begins at home

January 7, 2020 6:14:39 am

Bullying and misogyny go together. Parents have to be proactive.

The objections to the Citizenship Act are generally unconvincing

The objections to the Citizenship Act are generally unconvincing

January 7, 2020 9:49:58 am

The government, in retrospect, appears to have seriously miscalculated the fallout of the CAA. It either was not aware of the depth of Muslim resentment or was not bothered about it and was confident of being able to weather any storm.

Donald Trump is mistaken to think an all-out war will help his re-election chances

Donald Trump is mistaken to think an all-out war will help his re-election chances

January 7, 2020 9:54:08 am

An all-out war between the US and Iran will destabilise the region and have major economic impact worldwide. The outcome could be apocalyptic for India’s interests

A direct military contest between US and Iran is loaded in America’s favour

A direct military contest between US and Iran is loaded in America’s favour

January 7, 2020 10:11:14 am

Both Trump and Khamenei are realists. There are political constrains on them that limit the pressures of a further escalation of conflict between US and Iran.

With the violence at JNU, citizens face a stark, binary moral choice

With the violence at JNU, citizens face a stark, binary moral choice

January 7, 2020 2:03:10 pm

Something has changed in India over the last few months. In Delhi, those who watched the country change, lose its character have finally decided to show up for others. As with Jamia, so with JNU.

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