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Saturday, August 13, 2022

India@75: As we celebrate the nation, we must also reflect on the mixed nature of our democracy

The individual as a political unit finds herself, and her rights, dwarfed by an expanding state and faltering institutions.

Why family needs to be at the heart of India’s health system

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the overcrowding of hospitals with anxious patients, the stress on families, desperate for credible advice, brought to the fore the need for family doctors and a resilient primary health system

Nitish's break-up with BJP: Bihar is set for Mandal 2.0 politics

The coming together of the JD(U)-RJD and Congress also sends a message to regional parties in other states -- they need to come together to halt the Modi-Shah juggernaut.

India’s big problem of low-quality employment

The paradigm driving employment and labour policies must change to enable generation of better-quality livelihoods

What Parliament taught me about the value of laughter

Disarm your opponent with humour and faint praise, and never attack them with anger or derision

Signal from Sangrur

Simranjit Singh Mann’s win in Punjab bypoll carries a message that the state’s mainstream cannot afford to ignore

June 29, 2022 8:26:44 am

Simranjit Singh Mann’s victory comes at a time when the Shiromani Akali Dal, the oldest party of the state, seems to be at its weakest

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G7 meet framed a West preparing for a prolonged conflict. Global community must find ways to mitigate its fallout

June 29, 2022 8:28:04 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated New Delhi’s position in unequivocal terms — there must be an immediate cessation of hostilities in Ukraine, and dialogue and diplomacy are the way forward.

The old establishment is out of office, but still powerful

June 29, 2022 8:40:26 am

Balbir Punj writes: It continues to control public discourse in India. This is a problem


G7 is trying hard not to be yesterday’s club

June 29, 2022 12:45:13 pm

Mohan Kumar writes: The grouping has declined but is still powerful. India’s participation in the meeting as an observer serves to advance its foreign and security policy objectives

5G technology will soon be here. India must prepare

June 29, 2022 8:37:41 am

Aruna Sharma writes: The need of the hour is to unlock the full potential of India’s optical fibre industry and enable India to emerge as a major manufacturing and technology hub while achieving atmanirbharta in its 5G journey

In overturning Roe v. Wade, US Supreme Court has shown lack of constitutional courage

June 28, 2022 9:18:17 pm

The disregard for legal precedent, as well as the elimination of a constitutional regime that weighed both federal and pregnant persons’ interest has serious implications for sexual and reproductive health rights

Agnipath is part of a larger process of defence reform and modernisation

June 29, 2022 1:18:57 pm

Manish Tewari writes: Agnipath and Agniveer recruitment reform must be seen alongside defence reforms that include appointment of a CDS, reorganisation of armed forces into theatre commands to promote jointness and synergy


Mohammed Zubair’s arrest is an inversion of justice

June 30, 2022 7:29:33 am

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: This arrest has to be seen as part of the larger pattern: ED and CBI raids whenever political convenient, use of UAPA charges against innocent students, communally targeted bulldozing of properties, control over the media

Ishan Bakshi writes: Market reality is catching up to the tech startup ecosystem

June 28, 2022 11:37:01 am

Ishan Bakshi writes: Whichever way you slice the data, there aren’t that many consumers with significant discretionary spending capacity, and those with capacity aren’t increasing their spending.

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Upending of Roe v Wade reverses progress made on women’s rights in America, and possibly elsewhere

June 28, 2022 9:13:24 am

Around the world, the US has been seen to lead the march towards greater individual rights. The struggle to keep the individual at the heart of an expansive rights-based framework could now get tougher.

Sushil Kumar Modi writes: The online marketplace is skewed in favour of big players and hurts small businesses and consumers

June 28, 2022 5:52:54 pm

Sushil Kumar Modi writes: It is time that a set of comprehensive rules and regulations, which are inclusive, eliminate conflicts of interest and prevent any anti-competitive practices is put together.

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June 28, 1982, Forty Years Ago: The Israeli invasion

June 28, 2022 3:51:59 am

Israel’s invasion army warned the people of Beirut to use the two-day-old cease-fire to get out of the city. In leaflets dropped over the encircled capital, the Israeli army said its war against the Palestinians was not yet over.

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Wimbledon will sorely miss star players – including and especially Federer

June 28, 2022 9:17:54 am

The regular feature missing at Wimbledon this year will be Federer. It’s too much of a change for this ancient venue steeped in customs to take.

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GST faces challenges. There is need to bridge trust deficit between Centre and states, uphold cooperative federalism

June 28, 2022 9:12:03 am

The consultative and consensual nature of decision-making that has helped guide the Council’s decisions so far must be adhered to. Addressing the contentious issues will, first and foremost, require bridging the trust deficit between the Centre and states.

Sandip G writes: Why the underdog story of Madhya Pradesh beating Mumbai in Ranji Trophy is the perfect metaphor for the tournament

June 28, 2022 8:55:47 am

Sandip G writes: The Ranji Trophy is the ultimate survivor, which may live as long as Indian cricket itself. But it is remembered only when a truly spectacular event occurs, or when there is an underdog story to be told.

Overturning of Roe v Wade: A catastrophic constitutional rewind

June 27, 2022 6:13:03 pm

Sanya Kumar and Rakshanda Deka write: It will impact American constitutional jurisprudence and the global human rights discourse. It also sends a larger message about the ease with which women can be stripped of their right to choice and bodily autonomy


Julio Ribeiro writes: Shiv Sena without a Thackeray at the helm will not be the same

June 28, 2022 6:11:55 pm

The foot soldiers of the Sena, even after Shinde’s revolt, are with the Thackerays. It is to be seen how they react when the full import of what will happen if the Thackerays cease to head the Sena kicks in

BRICS’ latest outing navigated tightrope on Ukraine. It is yet to live up to its promise of an alternative economic or trading bloc

June 27, 2022 9:16:56 am

The New Development Bank, or the BRICS bank, is yet to catch speed as a multilateral lender of standing.

June 27, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Israel’s invasion

June 27, 2022 4:10:42 am

During the lull, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation studied new American proposals for neutralising the Palestinian military presence in Lebanon.


Ashutosh Varshney writes: Backsliding in America

June 27, 2022 3:52:10 pm

Ashutosh Varshney writes: Arc of rights must broaden further, instead of retreating. Overturning of Roe v Wade outlines democratic challenge

Had it not been for Court, justice would be elusive for Gujarat 2002. That’s why its latest order, its use by police, is disturbing

June 27, 2022 9:13:17 am

The cases stemming from Gujarat 2002 raise serious questions about a range of abdications by institutions and actors.


Praveen Chakravarty writes: On GST, the problem is trust deficit

June 27, 2022 9:07:44 am

Praveen Chakravarty writes: GST centralised India’s indirect taxation. It is time to start a national discussion on reversing the course by giving states powers for direct taxation

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In SC’s name

June 26, 2022 10:36:49 pm

Had it not been for Supreme Court, justice would be elusive in cases of Gujarat 2002. That’s why its latest order, its use by police, raises disturbing questions.

Ruchi Gupta writes: The crisis in Maharashtra shows the anti-defection law to be ineffective, even counterproductive

June 27, 2022 3:43:23 pm

Ruchi Gupta writes: Instead of providing stability, the law is undermining our democracy. Scrapping it would provide institutional leverage to express intra-party dissidence

The impact of US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade will be felt acutely by marginalised people, including low-income women and women of colour

June 28, 2022 9:00:12 am

Payal Shah writes: As the US eliminates the right to abortion, global community should act in solidarity for reproductive rights