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Covid-19 underscores importance of tools that help alleviate poverty, build resilience

August 1, 2020 9:49:20 am

WhatsApp head Will Cathcart writes: With courage, ambition, and boundless potential, India can emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before — a leading democratic digital powerhouse that will lead the world in the 21st century.

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Text of education policy artfully navigates several thickets. Fears about document come from context

August 1, 2020 8:56:42 am

This government’s record on regulation is not inspiring. So the critical question will, less, be: Does one agree with the document?

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PM’s decision to attend Bhumi Pujan of Ram temple sets the debate on the full truth about a toxic secularism

August 1, 2020 9:05:40 am

Many Opposition leaders do not want an honest debate and hence have been asking the prime minister to refrain from attending this event.

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On Tilak’s hundredth death anniversary, what governments can learn from his two trials

August 1, 2020 10:19:59 am

Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s imprisonment by invoking the law of sedition failed to suppress the freedom struggle. The two trials teach us useful lessons in dealing with public protests.

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Signs of life

August 1, 2020 12:44:31 am

Over 140 years after Giovanni Schiaparelli saw canals on Mars, Nasa seeks aliens in a lake bed

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak and the Arctic

August 1, 2020 10:19:29 am

Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s emphasis on cultural-historical geography, evident in study of the Vedas, was an important intervention when geographical determinism was gaining dominance

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National Education Policy needs close scrutiny for what it says, what it doesn’t

July 31, 2020 10:06:34 pm

National Education Policy 2020 requires closer scrutiny, in terms of its implications for the marginalised, disciplinary spaces, autonomy, and constitutional values, among other things.

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Poverty, not age of marriage, is responsible for women’s poor health indicators

July 31, 2020 9:12:57 am

To bring genuine change, we need free education beyond schooling for girls, coupled with job guarantees, especially for those from rural areas and vulnerable social locations.

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RBI proposal on capping bank CEO tenure is not supported by any cogent evidence

July 31, 2020 9:58:34 am

It may be prudent for the RBI to publish an empirical study on the impact of CEO tenure on bank performance before translating this proposal into an enforceable regulation.

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Rajasthan High Court’s interim order in Sachin Pilot case raises serious questions

July 31, 2020 9:08:12 am

Let this case be used by the government to revisit the anti-defection law and legislatively remove its defects.

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Animal Birth Control programme should be better implemented, but its criticism misses the point

July 31, 2020 9:21:21 am

Killing all dogs in an area would enable unsterilised, unvaccinated dogs to come in and the authorities will have to return to the same area to kill the new arrivals.

Reputation of scientists will be further muddied by our role in this pandemic

July 30, 2020 8:54:05 am

While science-informed policies are an aspiration, we also need to appreciate their limitations and assumptions to ensure that such policies do not lead to avoidable harms and promise unrealistic results.

India needs a new political culture, not a presidential system

July 30, 2020 8:53:31 am

Misplaced, indeed highly distorted, public priorities and the ingrained venality of the political class are the root causes of the malaise in the Indian polity.

Hardik Patel’s appointment as Gujarat Congress working chief announces new form of old politics

July 30, 2020 8:51:26 am

The Congress has gradually realised that its old understanding of caste politics, which was devoid of caste-class interaction, would not take it far in a post-liberalisation environment.

If we can coexist with animals, we will benefit far more than them

July 31, 2020 2:57:38 pm

Each animal thinks, dreams and wants the same nurturing that we do. Let us be humane and kind to each other and the world around us. India will benefit.

CRSA files damage suit of `9 lakh against international roller skater for maligning its reputation

A gendered gaze of justice

July 29, 2020 9:52:42 pm

The stereotype of a ‘distressed victim’ has influenced the judgment of courts in many rape trials.

Regulations proposed by draft report on non-personal data need a relook

July 30, 2020 8:52:31 am

State regulation must identify concrete problems, not create interventionist bureaucracies based on potential ones. These lessons have made India one of the world’s largest economies and enabled the present government to seek “atmanirbharta”.

President Xi’s long game: World is dealing with a leader who believes he will shape a Chinese Century

July 29, 2020 8:57:29 am

Xi Jinping intends to be the Leader of the “Second Hundred” just as Mao Zedong is regarded as the Leader of the “First Hundred”. This means the world will be dealing with President Xi Jinping for some time. It is, therefore, important to get a proper measure of the person.

Rajasthan High Court must take into account SC verdict, Speaker’s powers

July 29, 2020 8:57:50 am

The high courts and the Supreme Court routinely refuse to interfere in matters where the concerned authority has merely issued a show cause notice or granted an opportunity of being heard. This is an inviolable tenet of natural justice.

Olivia de Havilland was the last of the greats of Hollywood’s Golden Age

July 29, 2020 11:11:58 am

Yes, we will always have the films. But the stars are mostly gone — with due respect to the few who remain, de Havilland was our strongest surviving link to the Golden Age. The era has truly ended.

A little less certainty, a little more empathy

July 29, 2020 8:59:22 am

If anything, the debate over cancel culture has shown us that it’s imperative to introspect on who we are when we are not performing to an audience.

Geographical spread of virus poses new policy challenges

July 29, 2020 8:58:37 am

As private investment and consumption settle at far lower levels than earlier anticipated, the government’s role in the economy over the next two years or so would need to be much larger than it has been in the last three decades.

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Let’s not forget the epidemic during the pandemic

July 28, 2020 8:37:51 pm

While we must grapple with Covid-19, the country cannot afford to lose focus on its targets to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.

Haghia Sophia mosque plan draws Turkish-German criticism

Erdogan’s hour of shame

July 28, 2020 7:53:48 pm

Conversion of the Hagia Sophia to a mosque has handed right-wingers in non-Muslim nations an excuse and impetus to demonise Islam

Global coalition of democracies, amid China’s assertion, could open a range of new possibilities

July 28, 2020 8:43:26 am

While India must pay close attention to the unfolding China debate in the US, it must also note the structural changes in American engagement with China over the last two decades.

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