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Friday, August 14, 2020

Unlocking economy in phases poses a major conundrum for government

July 15, 2020 8:15:00 am

Unlocking also means getting back to a state of normalcy at some time, which will be problematic. From economic package to RBI’s moratorium to borrowers, there will be consequences

Delhi should set itself a political challenge — to decisively turn Britain in favour of India

July 14, 2020 8:55:45 am

As Britain recognises that China can’t be the anchor of its post-Brexit foreign economic and strategic policies, Delhi has a huge opening to restructure its relationship with London

Democracies in both India and the US face a similar internal challenge

July 14, 2020 8:57:01 am

Both must recognise: Pledges of liberty, equality, fraternity and dignity possess much broader pull than hardening notions of nationalism

Guru ka Langar is an exemplary institution of the moral economy

July 14, 2020 8:57:22 am

Langar is one such practice based on the principle of inclusion and unity in the religious sphere that helps everyone and anyone in times of hunger.

Thoothukudi to Kanpur: The police are in the dock. Reforms must start with the political system

July 14, 2020 8:53:58 am

We must, without further delay, build an environment where police becomes an instrument of service to the people, where monsters like Dubey do not thrive and become a menace to society.

Banks need to set aside credit for new firms, raise disbursements

July 14, 2020 8:55:21 am

Even before COVID, the MSME sector was marred by rampant informality, stunted growth and bore a heavy share of the compliance burden.

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Worldly insights: For a while, travel will involve uncertainty and disruption

July 13, 2020 11:34:07 am

Post pandemic holiday etiquette will involve a series of small and large shocks for travellers.

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Verdicts seem more sympathetic to causes of Muslim women, than of Hindu women

July 13, 2020 7:19:20 am

In the privacy of home and the married life, neither Article 21 nor Article 14 have any place.” Fortunately, a few months ago, the apex court had agreed to revisit the constitutionality of the restitution of conjugal rights provision.

Vikas Dubey killing: Judicial panel begins probe from Bikru

We need a root and branch repair of police, guardian agencies to keep them lawful

July 13, 2020 7:16:28 am

At 158, India’s police to population ratio (police staff per 1,00,000 citizens) is one of the worst in the world. It lags well behind its neighbours.

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Committee which proposes to reform criminal law from non-patriarchal perspective excludes women, minorities

July 13, 2020 7:13:36 am

The strong critique by the legal fraternity of the Criminal Law Reform Committee set up at the National Law University by the MHA, on its composition, methodology and time-frame is a bell of caution against any attempt by this committee to dilute the procedural safeguards of individuals in the name of national security.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, other tech companies join lawsuit against new student visa rule

Trump’s anti-student salvo has to do with what he considers enemy within — liberalism

July 13, 2020 7:09:47 am

What can you — student, parent, well-wisher — do? Google the addresses for ICE leadership. Bang out a letter on Microsoft Word and make a PDF to ensure it will not be tampered with.

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Digitisation makes welfare schemes possible. It can be discontinued when pandemic ends

July 13, 2020 9:29:54 am

We are in a marathon when it comes to this pandemic. People will need support for longer than anticipated. During a crisis, the emphasis needs to be on including those who really deserve the help rather than making sure the wrong people are kept out.

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Priyanka Gandhi’s eviction from accommodation is an opportunity to evict everyone else as well

July 12, 2020 2:31:12 pm

While we are on the subject it is also a good time for the Prime Minister to abandon his grandiose plans to rebuild Parliament and build a house for himself on the Central Vista.

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Debacle of summit diplomacy

July 12, 2020 9:29:29 am

The fallout for India is a diplomatic disaster, a military setback (at least temporarily) and a complete wipe-out of the gains since 1993.

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Vinod Kambli was reduced to his assumed (‘lowest’) caste identity

July 12, 2020 9:16:32 am

Equal and fair representation of Dalits is the only way out of this fractured existence.

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Modi can learn from Nehru what not to do

July 12, 2020 9:47:29 am

Nehru was prime minister already before the 1952 election. His record of 17 years at the top is unlikely to be equalled by anyone. Not that Modi could not win a fourth election but Modi abides by Sangh Parivar discipline and will retire when he is 75 in 2025.

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Is education only about decoding a bland paragraph & performing an arithmetic operation?

July 12, 2020 9:40:28 am

If we are able to feed their bodies and enrich their minds, the children will surely build a better world for our collective future.

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Thoki Raj: Creating order by trampling on law is one of the elements of Adityanath’s ideological success

July 11, 2020 8:35:00 am

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Unleashing strong arm tactics by state stands in for creating law and order. No one wants police reform.

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The slow poison of Osama: A man, an organisation, and the spreading of terror

July 11, 2020 8:52:51 am

Since Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan fondly remembers the founder of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, as a “martyr” of the faith, it is only relevant to talk about this “sacred” relationship.

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The creation of Vikas Dubey, who flourished all these years because of political and police patronage

July 11, 2020 8:34:30 am

Vikas Dubey’s life, and death, point to the undermining of the authority of state, politicisation of police force.

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Rice and digital learning: The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted children’s lives

July 11, 2020 8:47:59 am

The 15 children of Bihar whose parents will now get rice and money to feed them will soon learn the magic of rote learning when they hit the truncated Grade I online syllabus.

Cool roofs and other solutions: Pandemic has sharpened need to make right choices for sustainable urban growth

July 11, 2020 8:50:53 am

In the short-term, it’s crucial to ascertain how to respond to extreme heat and urbanisation challenges during a major pandemic.

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Why building economic bridges in the neighbourhood matters

July 10, 2020 3:56:20 pm

With concerns over Chinese strategic relations in South Asia, India should reach out to its neighbours, have better terms of trade with them

Delhi needs coordination across agencies and proactive leadership to fight Covid

July 10, 2020 9:18:55 am

The recipe for the earlier successes included close technical coordination between central, state and municipal agencies as well as a proactive political leadership, ably backed by a strong public health establishment of the Municipal Corporation.

There is an irrational preference for expensive Covid treatments over effective ones

July 10, 2020 9:22:30 am

In the absence of adequate information, the price of a commodity serves as an indicator of quality for the consumer. Information asymmetry is most acute in healthcare, with the added disadvantage that the providers of care have far greater access to, and understanding of the information.