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Sunday, June 26, 2022

The caste and politics of Sena’s rise and its crisis

Suraj Yengde writes: The Shiv Sena has always been an issue-based, reactionary congregation. It adopts issues and works on them till these are used up and moves on to the next.

A disgraceful saga

Tavleen Singh writes: Why are we no longer shocked by the amorality that has come to characterise our political culture? Why does the Election Commission not ask some questions?

The digital avatar’s new clothes

Leher Kala writes: There is always a bewildering amount of technological advancement to catch up on. I suspect many people know the buzzwords but lack any genuine understanding like me.

How about a blog of the mother as, first, a person

Shalini Langer writes: If that didn’t have me thinking of motherhood and all that it comes endowed with, almost always by other people, came the US Supreme Court judgment telling women they had virtually no right to decide whether they wanted to bear a child or not.

Penny wise, security foolish

P Chidambaram writes: The burgeoning pension bill is indeed a problem, but there is no evidence that alternative models were examined. The argument that the Agnipath model has been tried and tested in Israel is puerile. Israel has a small population, practically no unemployment and mandatory military service. Why was Agnipath not introduced as a pilot and tested before making it a universal and only mode of recruitment to the services?

National Assessment Survey lays out post-Covid challenges. Teacher- and student-centred approaches are needed

May 27, 2022 8:24:28 am

Conducted in November 2021 among students of more than one lakh schools in 720 districts, the NAS shows a sharp dip in the performance of students in almost all subjects during the pandemic years.

Those watching the Boris Johnson Show must prepare for late-season twists in the tale

May 27, 2022 8:32:57 am

The revelations about the boozy parties at 10, Downing Street would have led to the instant fall of any leader of government — but not, apparently, Teflon Johnson.


Making sense of the GST bonanza

May 27, 2022 8:45:33 am

Ishan Bakshi writes: Revenue collections have been rising. The challenge for Centre and states is to ensure that this continues

An IAS officer gets athletes out of a stadium to walk his dog because he can. That must change

May 27, 2022 5:39:06 pm

In a country riddled with inequality, where the VIP enjoys privileges and exemptions, from the toll booth to the airport, the babu continues to be out of touch with the temper of the times.

Limits of AAP’s anti-corruption moves in Punjab

May 26, 2022 10:02:50 pm

CM Bhagwant Mann’s sacking of health minister will win kudos. But a systematic and sedate effort is required to root out corruption


The conviction of Yasin Malik

May 27, 2022 9:11:12 pm

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: As is often the case in Kashmir, one act of closure may open up new and even more ominous questions.

Karan Johar

The underappreciated honesty of Karan Johar

May 26, 2022 5:20:22 pm

KJo is 50. It’s easy to think his cinema is just cliche wrapped in consumerism that hasn’t evolved. But there’s skill and honesty in his work


Uvalde shooting | A parent writes: Not my children, not any children should pay the price of inaction by elected officials on gun control

May 27, 2022 9:47:11 am

Raj Mohabe writes: One would imagine that after each unspeakable tragedy, leaders and lawmakers in the US would move to enact common-sense gun laws. But there’s nothing but inaction.

Punjab CM does well to weed out a colleague under cloud but he needs to do more spadework — off camera

May 26, 2022 9:48:50 am

Punjab’s new chief minister must not merely congratulate himself on taking a bold step against one of his own, he must also ask how someone who is seen as tainted so soon after taking charge was given a crucial portfolio, any portfolio, in the first place.

Sugar low: Enabling supply response, not creating policy uncertainty, is the only durable solution to supply-side inflation

May 26, 2022 9:48:16 am

Unlike in wheat, where government estimates of the size of this year’s crop seem highly optimistic, there’s no debate over sugar output. And its prices have hardly risen; nor do they look like going up.

Opinion: City forests can secure Delhi’s future

May 26, 2022 9:51:36 am

Reena Gupta writes: Delhi’s administrative boundaries are limited and the space allocated for forests is also limited, yet every year
the government sets an ambitious target of increasing the green cover.

Release of an ‘unburnable’ edition of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a message to those who are afraid of ideas

May 26, 2022 9:49:12 am

There is a particular irony in the burning of books, the censorship of thought and the fear of slogans. Ideas, as the anarchist V remarked (in V for Vendetta), are bulletproof. Yet, they are not invincible.

Why it’s important to know background of those killed in 2019 Hyderabad police encounter

May 25, 2022 8:47:36 pm

The widespread public sanction for retributive police violence can increase the impunity of the errant law-keepers, often at the expense of the most vulnerable.


Opinion: India is a nation of meat-eaters — they are mostly men

May 26, 2022 10:00:13 am

M A Kalam writes: Besides smashing the ‘vegetarian India’ myth, NFHS data also reveals how entrenched patriarchy dictates who is allowed to eat what.


Opinion: Supreme Court’s ruling on GST deepens the churn in the tax regime

May 26, 2022 10:19:02 am

M Govinda Rao writes: Placing Centre and states on equal footing in the GST Council could expedite reforms through negotiation.

Gyanvapi mosque: Why Supreme Court’s transfer of case to district judge sends the wrong signal

May 26, 2022 9:50:57 am

Rekha Sharma writes: Supreme Court order inadvertently casts aspersions on competence of subordinate judiciary. District court should not be weighed down by SC observation

Opinion: What wins votes today is ‘trust capital’

May 26, 2022 10:04:10 am

Badri Narayan writes: Unlike charisma, which denotes the magical pull of a political leader, trust capital is acquired slowly by building connections and delivering on promises.

How to charge an absurd amount of money for a terribly mundane item: Slap a snobby logo on it

May 25, 2022 9:49:52 am

Chinese social media users have recently trolled the Italian luxury label Gucci, which created a non-waterproof umbrella in collaboration with Adidas.

PFI rally in Alappuzha sends out disturbing signals of a politics that threatens to deepen faultlines, shrink shared spaces

May 25, 2022 9:41:56 am

The PFI, formed in 2007, has a dismal record of fostering polarisation and promoting violence. The outfit first caught national attention in July 2010, when eight of its activists chopped off the hands of a college professor, T J Joseph, for allegedly insulting the Prophet.

Quad seems more cohesive and ready to act on initiatives agreed upon previously. But complex challenges remain

May 25, 2022 9:40:28 am

Undoubtedly, what has given the Quad a sharper edge in its objective of ensuring a “rules based order” and an “open and free” region — not so coded references to Beijing — is the launch of the US Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

Opinion: Decolonising science in Indian education

May 31, 2022 11:37:00 am

Pranav Sharma writes: The National Education Policy attempts to discard the shackles of Western hegemony, produce scientific, global knowledge from and for India.


Opinion: The message from the government’s wheat export ban

May 25, 2022 9:04:43 pm

Madan Sabnavis writes: It is not prepared to let market forces operate in the agricultural sector.


Opinion: How the Quad can become more than an anti-China grouping

May 25, 2022 9:34:56 am

Jagannath Panda writes: It potentially represents amalgamation of eastern and western ‘like-minded’ countries committed to rules-based liberal order.

Johnny-Depp-Amber Heard case: Should a society amuse itself with TikToks about trauma?

May 27, 2022 5:48:43 am

Rohan Banerjee writes: A trial about alleged domestic violence and abuse can be triggering for the victims of such crimes and must be handled with respect and sensitivity.

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May 24, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Bhajan Lal is CM

May 24, 2022 4:15:52 am

In a two hour drama on May 23, Bhajan Lal was sworn in as the Chief Minister by the Haryana Governor, B D Tapase, for being the leader of the “largest single party” in the assembly.