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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Evil under the sun

Tavleen Singh writes: The message to Muslims who chose India over Pakistan in 1947 is that they made a bad choice. They must now learn to accept that although they chose to remain Indian, they should now learn to live in India as lesser citizens.

Inside Track: Learnt from a Master

Coomi Kapoor writes: Shah traces the story of Modi’s success as a poll strategist not to the Gujarat chief ministerial or 2014 campaigns, but way back to 1987, when Modi was given charge of the BJP campaign in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation polls.

Time for a re-set 

P Chidambaram wirtes: We cannot depart from the path of an open, liberal and market-based economy. That would be suicidal. Yet, we must take stock and, considering the global and domestic developments, re-set our economic policies. That requires the courage, clarity and speed of 1991

What Arivu’s fight and faith taught me

Everybody desecrates the past. Everybody endangers the future

Who is to blame? And is being divided over everything the only way?

To achieve a revenue neutral structure, adjustments to GST rates could be carried out in a phased manner

April 27, 2022 9:46:59 am

While the Council should consider aligning the rates to pre-GST levels, it should be guided by the objective of streamlining the multiple rate structure, reducing the slabs. The situation has, however, been complicated by the recent surge in inflation.

PDS has had a spectacular run. That may not last

April 27, 2022 10:21:51 am

Harish Damodaran, Samridhi Agarwal write: Its golden chapter was scripted in an environment of low global commodity prices and surplus domestic foodgrain production. That party is over, even as food inflation is back.

‘Fictosexuals’ love and marry fictional characters. They are more honest, perhaps, about the nature of romance

April 27, 2022 9:52:31 am

Since so much of romantic love begins in lies and ends in disappointment, what’s wrong in going into it with your eyes open? Konda’s relationship with Miku may be one-sided, and imaginary. But at least he knows it.

Common values, shared threats in India-Australia cyber security ties

April 27, 2022 9:42:34 am

Brijesh Singh writes: Deepening cooperation can develop avenues for mutual learning and create complementary markets in cyber tools and technologies, boosting bilateral business and strategic commitments on both continents.

Inequity has marred the fight against Covid-19. This must stop

April 26, 2022 8:55:53 am

Ayoade Alakija writes: The pandemic is not over and our future response must be based on the principle that a life in New Delhi has equal worth to a life in New York.

John Paul was an important voice of middle-of-the-road Malayalam cinema in the 1980s

April 26, 2022 8:58:39 am

The world of 1980s Malayalam cinema comes alive in the dozen or so books he wrote. Like most of the heroes he created, Paul was a much loved person in the industry who walked into the sunset with few complaints.

Leave it to Hanuman

April 26, 2022 8:57:10 am

Vamsee Juluri writes: The problem isn’t communalism, but refusal to see another reality.


India, Europe and the Russian complication

April 26, 2022 10:57:47 pm

C. Raja Mohan writes: Ukraine war has persuaded Delhi to recalibrate its great power relations, compelled Brussels to wake up from geopolitical slumber.

Macron’s victory has held off the xenophobic, insular right-wing in France. Going ahead, he has large challenges to address

April 26, 2022 8:58:15 am

The French president’s victory has, in a time of great flux in Europe and the Indo-Pacific, provided a measure of temporary stability. The Ukraine crisis and China’s rise will require a concerted response from liberal democracies in the region.

The case for extending constitutional protections to Muslim and Christian Dalits

April 26, 2022 8:56:52 am

Christophe Jaffrelot, Phillip Varghese write: They are primarily Dalits and their Muslim and Christian identity is secondary, as evident in several cases of atrocities against Dalits

Sedition FIRs to police visits, Opposition parties in government are using BJP toolkit to target critics. That’s a big self-goal

April 26, 2022 8:58:01 am

It may be necessary to cast a wider look to see why the non-BJP parties are looking so effete in the face of transgressions of citizens’ rights and freedoms by the state. When these parties are in power, where they get the opportunity, they are complicit in the very acts they accuse the BJP of.

What the Supreme Court has done by cancelling bail of Lakhimpur Kheri accused

April 26, 2022 8:56:14 am

Rekha Sharma writes: It has upheld the right of the victim to be heard, giving them confidence that their voices will not be silenced.


The problem with cherry-picking facts from history

April 26, 2022 6:32:21 pm

Narayani Gupta writes: Selective reading of historical events produces half-truths, tailored narratives

AAP has appropriated Bhagat Singh without understanding him

April 25, 2022 9:13:13 am

Ashutosh writes: This shows that the party is driven by political expediency not ideology

Current inflation is driven by supply shortages caused by Covid, Ukraine-Russia war. RBI has few options to reverse course

April 25, 2022 9:20:48 am

What most countries, including India, are experiencing today is “supply-shock” inflation. There have been too many supply chain disruptions over the last two years, caused first by the Covid-triggered lockdowns and now the Russia-Ukraine war.

In his first J&K visit since August 2019, PM Modi frames an economic push

April 25, 2022 9:18:51 am

In his outreach to the youth in the Valley, the prime minister said, “You will never suffer the way your parents, grandparents did in the past.”


Why reforming the system of free food is necessary

April 25, 2022 1:31:54 pm

Ashok Gulati and Ritika Juneja write: Given the level of freebies on just one item, the important question that arises is: Can this be a sustainable path towards poverty alleviation?


Changing the skill development model

April 25, 2022 9:05:34 am

Manish Sabharwal and Rituparna Chakraborty write: Enabling degree apprentices will make the Indian skill system self-healing, enrol 10 million young people, and make India the world’s largest apprenticeship system

Switzerland is committed to ending Russia-Ukraine conflict

April 25, 2022 9:35:19 am

The country has not abandoned its neutrality, but has invested considerable diplomatic capital into bringing the fighting to an end

Giving love a chance

April 24, 2022 9:18:03 am

Shalini Langer writes: Hate needs loud slogans, blaring songs and increasingly a bulldozer. Love needs no language.


Of traitors & Mir Jafars — and some uneasy truths

April 24, 2022 4:26:58 pm

Kingshuk Chatterjee writes: Syed Mir Muhammad Jafar Ali Khan Bahadur was a Mughal warrior aristocrat in the Subah of Bengal, who, during the days of Nawab Alivardi Khan, rose as high as the Subehdar of Orissa before temporarily falling from grace for his failure to stem the Maratha raids.


Bulldozing to instill terror

April 24, 2022 10:13:02 am

Tavleen Singh writes: So, the homes and businesses smashed to smithereens in Delhi were in a Muslim area from which stones were thrown at a Hindu religious procession. The BJP chose its most aggressive spokesmen to defend this policy on primetime.

Counting death, poverty and taxes

April 24, 2022 9:15:15 am

P Chidambaram writes: There were 6,64,369 villages in India in 2019. Assuming that 20% of these were too remote and therefore not affected by the pandemic, that leaves over 5,00,000 villages. Even if, two persons in every village had died due to Covid (a gross underestimate), that will out deaths at 10,00,000.

Inside track: Useful Fall Guy

April 24, 2022 9:16:42 am

Coomi Kapoor writes: The Congress feels Prashant Kishor should first test his mettle by handling the difficult Gujarat Assembly elections due later this year. In fact, the Gujarat Congress leadership is still sitting idle, expecting Kishor to chalk out a plan.

Letters to the Editor: Hindus against hate

April 23, 2022 1:19:22 pm

As representatives of diverse Hindu traditions with deep histories, we are dismayed to see Hindu leaders in India and abroad openly embracing Hindutva — a century-old political ideology that sees citizens of other faiths as inherently foreign and not qualified to enjoy the full benefits of Indian citizenship.