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Up and down in 2019: A day can be a long time in politics, the wheel of fortune keeps changing

Up and down in 2019: A day can be a long time in politics, the wheel of fortune keeps changing

January 5, 2020 9:55:58 am

Here are are some key winners and losers at the end of 2019. But who will be at the top in New Year 2021 is anybody’s guess.

Out of my mind: Now is the moment for Sabka Vishwas

Out of my mind: Now is the moment for Sabka Vishwas

January 5, 2020 9:55:42 am

On the day he won a second term, Modi reiterated his slogan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. He added Sabka Vishwas. Now is the moment for Sabka Vishwas.

Gopaldas Neeraj

Gopaldas ‘Neeraj’: The Romantic Rebel 

January 4, 2020 3:36:26 pm

Neeraj was born as Gopaldas Saxena, in the village of Puravali, in Etawah district in Uttar Pradesh, on 4 January 1925 and went onto to become one of the greatest Hindi poets of all genres of poetry.

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Given their persecution in Pak & Afghan, Christians should embrace CAA

January 4, 2020 12:59:15 pm

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) recognises the role that each nation has to play in ensuring that all human beings are given a chance to live a life of dignity.

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Country must unite in the effort to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025

January 4, 2020 12:57:45 pm

We need a multilingual, multi-stakeholder awareness effort to ensure that every single Indian knows about the challenges of TB and where to seek treatment.

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Muslim presence in India is as old as Islam — it’s an insider’s tale

January 4, 2020 12:56:27 pm

It is the ability to find a vocabulary — political, unapologetic and involving large numbers of women — that makes the current moment unique.

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Bias exists in survey responses, but also in government’s own telling

January 4, 2020 12:55:00 pm

The immediate cause for suspecting the genuineness of survey responses is the divergence in the estimates of households with access to toilets.

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First Pak, now India has failed the poet who belongs to both countries

January 5, 2020 6:43:24 pm

India is, in fact, not offended by Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s “communalism”; it is offended by Faiz’s pluralist message in 2019.

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Rival territorial claims by ethnic groups can derail potential gains of Naga Accord

January 3, 2020 12:00:59 pm

Demarcating “Naga areas” from the rest will itself be a challenge because there are overlapping claims on territories. Manipur will take the form of three ethnic conclaves cohabiting out of necessity.

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Why I protest as a Muslim

January 3, 2020 1:27:43 pm

When agenda is written into law, the “wisdom” of not resisting won’t save you. When you are pushed to the wall, you can’t be pushed further. You must rise back.

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PM Modi cut his teeth in violent student movement, now he decries damage to public property

January 3, 2020 11:53:28 am

We are not told what these “tasks” were but we do know that “the agitation helped local leaders of the Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh and its student organisation, ABVP, to establish themselves in politics.” Wikipedia helpfully adds, “Narendra Modi was one of them”.

January 3, 1980, Forty Years Ago: India To Vote

January 3, 2020 12:11:37 am

Last August’s tumultuous events and shifting alliances, which led to the dissolution of the Sixth Lok Sabha threw up three contenders for power — the Janata Party led by Jagjivan Ram, the Congress (I) led by Indira Gandhi and Charan Singh’s Lok Dal.

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Personal Data Protection Bill strikes a discordant note on ‘non-personal data’

January 3, 2020 11:56:55 am

The unregulated use of private datasets in governance also has consequences for the people and communities who are being made more visible, or are being invisiblised, through the use of this data.

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Identifying illegal migrants through NRC process will be cumbersome, costs far outweigh benefits

January 3, 2020 11:55:20 am

The most significant cost will be the hardship and suffering caused to genuine Indian citizens without adequate documentary proof of their citizenship.

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CAA-NRC and its misleading historical context

January 2, 2020 1:49:37 pm

In the historical context, we are justified in helping the persecuted minorities in the three countries but why do we have to mess with the spirit of our Constitution by bringing in religious identity for citizenship?

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Azaadi is a dangerous word

January 3, 2020 1:02:56 pm

Our language is tainted and crippled by being pressed into the service of inhumanity.

Swachh Bharat Mission has thrown up six guiding principles, which can be applied to any large transformation scheme

Swachh Bharat Mission has thrown up six guiding principles, which can be applied to any large transformation scheme

January 2, 2020 12:31:31 pm

A prime minister in the 1980s had famously said that of every rupee spent by the government, only 15 paise reached the intended beneficiaries. This statement symbolised the skew in emphasis on “policy” in favour of “implementation”.

We were better off: Debates used to be about ideas, ideologies. It’s a tawdry discussion now

We were better off: Debates used to be about ideas, ideologies. It’s a tawdry discussion now

January 2, 2020 12:29:45 pm

What is going on these days seems tawdry in comparison. Will the Brexit debate be remembered 10 years hence when people discuss democracy? Or the impeachment of President Trump? And what about our own numerous enumerations, our inclusions and exclusions, national registers and citizenship bills, desi and immigrant?

Strategic S&T ties between countries are the only way to address climate change

Strategic S&T ties between countries are the only way to address climate change

January 2, 2020 12:21:51 pm

It is evident that international collaborations in S&T innovation is not merely cosmetic. Today, it is a necessity. No nation alone has the capacity, infrastructure and human resources to address the massive challenges that the earth and mankind faces, threatening our very existence.

Forty Years Ago, January 2, 1980: Lok Sabha results

January 2, 2020 12:15:07 am

The Janata has gained in certain states since the nomination by the Congress-I of Sanjay Gandhi and some familiar Emergency faces for the forthcoming elections.

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