Thursday, Oct 06, 2022

Monsoon misery: Delayed withdrawal of rains is likely to cause a spike in food inflation

September 27, 2022 4:05:20 am

Policymakers need to plan for extreme weather events becoming par for the course. It calls for investing more in climate-smart plant breeding, agro-meteorological forecasting and digital-enabled farm extension

Jaipur has a message for the Congress high command – its ear to the ground is hearing nothing

September 27, 2022 4:00:36 am

The absence of decisive leadership and effective crisis managers have already led to many senior leaders leaving the Congress. Any bungle by the leadership now could lead to the unravelling of the party in Rajasthan and cast a shadow over the impending election to the party president’s office

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Jhulan Goswami, the Chakdaha Express: For more than a decade she was the flag-bearer of fast bowling in the Indian women’s team

September 26, 2022 8:49:54 am

Her story is about a Chakdaha girl growing into the game to become a role model for cricket loving girls.

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President Putin’s escalation in Ukraine is not winning him any friends at home

September 26, 2022 5:45:36 am

The latest drive at coercive mobilisation is leading to protests and carries the danger of turning the military failure in Ukraine into a domestic political crisis. Putin’s effort to salvage something out of his massive miscalculation could only make matters worse for the Russian leader

Why the novel New Zealand law cannot curb jargon in government communication

September 24, 2022 4:30:08 am

It is difficult to legislate against pomposity. The babu – within government and without – doesn’t want to be understood. She wants to be respected, and in the absence of substance, multisyllabic gibberish is the best so many people have to offer

Standoff involving President’s office, executive and judiciary triggers a constitutional crisis in Nepal

September 24, 2022 4:15:50 am

The Kathmandu meltdown underlines the failure of Nepal’s political class to manage the sweeping changes that came about after the 2008 abolition of the monarchy

PFI is a security threat and a political problem — any strategy to check its influence needs to factor in both

September 24, 2022 11:10:56 am

The Islamist outfit is a security threat and a political problem — any strategy to check its influence needs to factor in both

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Let the rupee fall

September 23, 2022 4:32:01 am

With Fed hiking rates, dollar strengthening and current account deficit deteriorating, RBI should allow currency to adjust

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Indian TV channel’s hate speech ecosystem and what the SC gets wrong about it

September 23, 2022 9:07:51 am

Supreme Court’s concern on TV channels and hate speech couldn’t be more valid. Unfortunately, the court’s prescription is problematic. Not only does it overlook the structural forces enabling the issue, its solution could become more of a problem

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Discovering Ernest Hemingway’s lost treasure

September 23, 2022 4:04:17 am

The personal loss of one of 20th century’s key writers, has turned out to be a fortuitous lodestone for scholars to look back upon from the vantage point of history and glean new insights about the modernist’s scholarship

Forty Years Ago: Indira-Brezhnev talks

September 22, 2022 5:00:32 am

China has pledged “continued assistance” to Pakistan in the field of defence, Radio Pakistan said.

The return of cinemas marks a new beginning in Kashmir

September 22, 2022 5:45:02 am

For the ordinary people of Kashmir, many of whom have grown up without having watched a single film on the big screen, the promise of these miracles — taken for granted by millions around the world — is a hopeful start

A safe journey: India’s epidemic of road accidents needs urgent redress

September 22, 2022 5:46:10 am

The conversation should be as much about nudging the automobile user into using the basic safety features in the vehicle as also about putting in place facilities that make roads and highways risk-free. They must also encompass pedestrians

Congress’ test: A fair presidential contest could help dismantle the party’s high command culture

September 22, 2022 5:46:59 am

The longevity of the Congress owed much to the party’s ability to accommodate multiple voices and interest groups within a broad ideological framework and under a collective leadership. Revival is a long road but there is no other first step

The infamous five: Why sanitising classics is not a good move

September 21, 2022 8:17:59 am

Blyton’s works can and should be questioned for their implicit prejudices. But we have to remember, “protecting children” from bad influences has been the refrain of almost every prudish censor

The Governor-government stand-off in Kerala diminishes their offices

September 21, 2022 8:18:30 am

Opposition parties today see the Governor’s office as ready to destabilise their governments at the instance of the Centre. This trust deficit has to be bridged at the earliest

Life and death: The Supreme Court’s initiative to raise the bar on capital punishment is welcome

September 21, 2022 8:18:59 am

This is a crucial opportunity to bring consistency in practice and, thus, ensure that those facing capital punishment get a hearing that’s fair, humane — and just. For, it’s about life and death

Lifting the veil: Headscarf as a symbol of dissent in Iran

September 20, 2022 4:40:09 am

Context is everything, but the bottom line is this: When a powerful state gets into citizens’ wardrobes, there is usually a reaction from those who are affected. There are some valuable lessons here for India to learn

Power games: Plans to shift to a centralised market in power sector must take into account concerns of all stakeholders

September 20, 2022 4:22:02 am

Considering the system-wide ramifications of this move, the changes to the operations, systems and infrastructure of the players involved, and that this framework is under scrutiny around the world, there is need to tread cautiously. From state governments to load dispatch centres to power exchanges and others – they all need to be consulted at each step in this process

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: Pomp around the event is symptomatic of a nation in identity crisis

September 19, 2022 8:26:01 pm

Who would have imagined that a monarch would have such a strong hold over a modern democracy that its life practically grinds to a halt? But perhaps it’s not just the loss of a queen that is being mourned

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Cheetah’s comeback to India has led to important debates; policymakers must use this to reflect on longstanding issues

September 19, 2022 10:35:59 am

The introduction of the new species has led to conversations on human-animal conflict — a problem that doesn’t always get the attention it requires.

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SCO meet highlighted flux in Eurasia; Delhi must help push new connectivity initiatives with region

September 19, 2022 10:37:11 am

Although the SCO has become more attractive to a large number of regional countries that want to be associated with it, there are new lines of fracture emerging within it.

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Why low stocks of rice, wheat and sugar shouldn’t push India to curb exports

September 17, 2022 9:08:37 am

The Modi government should persist with the policy of conservative MSP hikes on paddy, wheat and sugarcane and lift the present curbs on exports sooner than later. With intelligent stock management, this supply challenge shouldn’t last

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Roger Federer’s farewell

September 17, 2022 7:41:08 am

A beautiful mind has taken leave of tennis with a graceful bow. There will not be another Roger Federer ever

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Tamil Nadu’s breakfast scheme for students offers a welcome shift in political campaigning

September 17, 2022 9:09:38 am

The contours of the campaign can be designed as per local needs and contexts, but in a country that has historically been stingy about investing in education – about 3 per cent of GDP is spent on education as against the NEP proposed benchmark of 6 per cent – political parties foregrounding education as a “duty” is a good move