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Citizenship act does not violate Constitution, protects minorities from theocracies

Citizenship Act does not violate Constitution, protects minorities from theocracies

January 14, 2020 10:12:37 am

The propaganda against the Modi government — that it is against the Muslim community, does not hold true because the historic step to empower Muslim women by abolishing triple talaq was taken by the same government.

We are moving to an era of unpredictability. A new Middle Powers coalition may be needed

We are moving to an era of unpredictability. A new Middle Powers coalition may be needed

January 14, 2020 10:41:23 am

There is a view among some policy analysts at home that India too can adopt a “disruptive” approach as a clever tactic in foreign affairs. This is an illusion. Disruption is not an end in itself. It has to be a means to an end. Powerful nations can afford disruption as tactics.

Lack of a conversation in the mainstream about menopause is a symptom of sexism and ageism

Lack of a conversation in the mainstream about menopause is a symptom of sexism and ageism

January 13, 2020 9:49:10 am

The lack of a mainstream dialogue on menopause results in women not even recognising the symptoms and thus suffering in silence. So silent is the world on menopause, that women feel constrained in even discussing their problems, especially at work.

Slogans like ‘La Ilaha IlAllah’ narrow the scope of anti-CAA protests

Slogans like ‘La Ilaha IlAllah’ narrow the scope of anti-CAA protests

January 13, 2020 9:53:31 am

When we raise a slogan where we assert that there is no God but Allah, the verse that is the backbone of a Muslim’s faith, and also the verse that a non-Muslim recites when he converts to Islam, we automatically alienate the people who do not believe in our Allah.

Deliberate ambiguity regarding citizenship laws threatens to undermine the values of the Constitution

Deliberate ambiguity regarding citizenship laws threatens to undermine the values of the Constitution

January 13, 2020 10:14:24 am

In such circumstances, it is the duty of the judiciary to step in against this brutal suppression of peaceful protests. However, we are yet to see any effective and strong action by the judiciary.

There is growing proximity of sports icons to the political class, and an overwhelming folded-hands endorsement of their policies

There is growing proximity of sports icons to the political class, and an overwhelming folded-hands endorsement of their policies

January 13, 2020 10:37:16 am

The obeisance of sporting heroes — often dependent on sports bureaucracy — verges on the theatrical.

View From The Neighbourhood: Build bridges

January 13, 2020 2:40:35 am

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

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Out of my mind: Is it time for Uddhav to go national?

January 12, 2020 11:17:51 am

Whatever the current fortunes of the BJP and Shiv Sena, it was the Shiv Sena which succeeded politically in launching Hindutva (with a Marathi angle) as a viable political brand. It is this perhaps that Uddhav is now keen to reestablish.

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Caste in a green room: A fictionalised account

January 12, 2020 11:39:23 am

Cheerfully acknowledging the intrusion of a world-renowned journalist, Devika invites him for a talk. The cameras flash as she takes him to the green room behind the stage…

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She said: Periods should not be dismissed as a ‘ladies’ problem’

January 13, 2020 5:11:44 am

I was determined to beat my seniors. At the same time, I was not sure if I should even run because I was on my first day of periods. But I did not want to make excuses as it was my first senior camp. So, I ran.

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Fifth column: Difficult for BJP’s social media army to label Muslims, leftists, liberals as ‘anti-nationals’

January 12, 2020 10:55:00 am

The CAA protesters are no longer only Muslims. Their ranks have been joined by people whom the BJP’s shouting brigade calls ‘libtards’ and ‘sickularists’.

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Across the aisle: Students have sensed that something is ‘terribly wrong’ in the way country is being governed

January 12, 2020 10:35:33 am

The ferment that we witness in the campuses of Indian universities and colleges bears a striking resemblance to the events of 1968. Students and youth have sensed that something is ‘terribly wrong’ in the way the country is being governed.

Frustrated by their electoral reverses, the Left has turned to manufacturing unrest

January 11, 2020 11:51:45 am

Finding themselves in a helpless situation, they are now spreading unfounded fears, sowing seeds of suspicion and rejecting the fears about the impact of unchecked infiltration of Bangladeshis, expressed even by the apex court.

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To subject youth to violence only adds to their sense of hopelessness about the future

January 11, 2020 8:25:36 am

It is bad enough that our higher education system has routinely been failing our youth. It is bad enough too that their prospects of getting decent, well-paying jobs are becoming more grim. To heap violence and physical and psychological insecurity only adds more hopelessness to their educational years

What can a govt with a need to repress do in an era of the equally irrepressible internet? Look to China

January 11, 2020 11:49:52 am

The first lesson you’d learn is that even the Chinese have given up on crude techniques like wholesale internet shutdowns.

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.

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