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Forty Years Ago, December 31, 1979: US aid to Pakistan

December 31, 2019 12:10:53 am

Pakistan has a huge shopping list that includes not merely light arms for guerrilla warfare against the Afghan state but heavy arms that can fire in any direction.

Arrest of Md Shoaib, SR Darapuri in UP insults their human rights work legacy

December 31, 2019 9:41:15 am

Most surprising was the incarceration of Darapuri, a retired inspector general of police. Darapuri has been an untiring campaigner of human rights, especially Dalit rights.

Never been more aware of my Muslim identity than I am today

December 31, 2019 9:35:44 am

The test of a healthy democracy is that anybody, from any strata of society, can question the government over any decision.

CDS appointment step towards seamless coordination in higher defence management

December 31, 2019 10:42:12 am

In General Bipin Rawat, the government has chosen a seasoned COAS who, as the senior-most of the three chiefs, spearheaded far-reaching reforms in the organisational structure and war-fighting capabilities of the Army.

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A law that offers citizenship only to non-Muslims sidesteps the real issues for political mileage

December 30, 2019 10:39:43 am

Making only non-Muslims eligible for citizenship could have been avoided by proposing that any migrant persecuted on religious or other grounds will be eligible for citizenship.

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Forty Years Ago, December 30, 1979: US versus USSR

December 30, 2019 12:08:35 am

US President Jimmy Carter said that he had sent a message to the Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev to convey his criticism of the USSR’s intervention in Afghanistan.

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New citizenship law goes against Gandhi’s idea of civic nationalism

December 30, 2019 10:33:09 am

Today, Indians have to choose between the Gandhian paradigm of civic nationalism or a second assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Ongoing anti-CAA protests speak of a pent-up frustration at dwindling opportunities, a bleaker future

December 30, 2019 10:24:13 am

The current protests are, by contrast, not confined to any particular community or sector. Their universality derives precisely from the fact that the economy is today faced with a general growth slowdown sparing no sector or industry.

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2019 began with seeming unassailability of a majoritarian political order, ends with a reminder of limits of hubris

December 30, 2019 10:49:02 am

But is this just a short break in the onward march of Savarkarite Hindutva, or a decisive reclamation of common citizenship by the common Indian?

Dalitality: Thank you PM Modi for uniting us against CAA

Dalitality: Thank you PM Modi for uniting us against CAA

December 29, 2019 9:26:44 am

The way Muslims have been excluded in the CAA is purely political. Politics works this way — Muslims will revolt against the unjust law, and when they revolt, the agenda of Hindus versus Muslims will be established.

At the heart of CAA protests, Jama Masjid: Mosque from where one can see the world

December 29, 2019 9:27:30 am

Because it was placed in the heart of the more densely populated western half of Shahjahanabad, Jama or Masjid-e-Jahan Numa (a mosque from where one can see the world) was thronged by people the whole day and well into the night.

When a decade ends inauspiciously, the prospect of new decade is itself auspicious

When a decade ends inauspiciously, the prospect of new decade is itself auspicious

December 29, 2019 9:28:53 am

My personal wish for this new decade is that, before it ends, India will finally become a country that stops being discussed as having the ‘potential’ to become prosperous and powerful.

Out of my mind: Crack in the hard shell of singly-party majority government?

Out of my mind: Crack in the hard shell of singly-party majority government?

December 29, 2019 9:30:36 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accommodative in his Ramlila Maidan speech last Sunday but since then has begun to hold the demonstrators responsible for police injuries and damage to property.

What will force Mr Modi to change course will be the outcome of the state elections in 2020-21

December 29, 2019 9:29:43 am

In the last two months, BJP was dented in Haryana, denied in Maharashtra and defeated in Jharkhand. This success can be taken forward if non-BJP parties rally around the strongest party in each state. That would mean Congress in Puducherry, Assam and Kerala; DMK in Tamil Nadu; and state-specific arrangements for Bihar and West Bengal.

Ahimsa 2.0: Subcontinent is witnessing revival of non-violent movements, to protect constitutional values

December 28, 2019 4:06:36 pm

The first challenge that a non-violent protest faces, always, is to remain non-violent in the face of repression and activities of agents provocateurs.

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Imran Khan makes distinction between ‘our’ wars and ‘theirs’. All have taken high toll.

December 28, 2019 11:11:55 am

Fighting any war in this day and age is disastrous for the state but fighting others’ wars still comes out better than fighting the “patriotic” ones.

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CAA, NRC need to be debated objectively

December 28, 2019 11:17:54 am

I find it ironic that the people responsible for this unnecessary violence identify themselves as “liberals”, when actually, it is the open-minded, so called non-liberals, who tolerate their drivel, and focus on putting factual content out there to stop the violence.

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Even if the law passes the test of legality, it may still be repressive, can target communities

December 28, 2019 11:15:17 am

Legality on most occasions is divorced from reality. Discrimination is an ugly word. The Constitution abhors it, yet people both embrace and encourage it .

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A society that creates hurdles to exhaust the honest, paves the path for its own perdition

December 28, 2019 3:22:10 pm

Ashok Lavasa writes: There is a price for honesty as for everything else in life. Being prepared to pay that price, directly or by way of collateral damage, is part of the honest act. The price depends on who bears the brunt of honest action.

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Done right, Railway restructuring could be a game changer

December 27, 2019 12:42:11 pm

If the restructuring is done with such national priorities in mind it can be a game-changer, not only for the Indian Railways, but for India as a nation. Or else, it may only create a bigger mess than it imagines it is solving.