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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


Mrinal Pande writes: Maharashtra rebels in Guwahati — Horsetrading amid floods

June 24, 2022 8:43:56 am

Mrinal Pande writes: Did no one pause to think of how the images of the homeless rushing to safe spaces with their minimal possessions would play against the backdrop of MLAs thumping each other on the back and smiling for the cameras in plush hotels?

‘Suzhal: The Vortex’ is mediocre. But it reveals something important about the binge-watching culture

June 25, 2022 8:44:06 am

Rajesh Rajamani writes: Until web series invest in better storytelling methods, watching one will resemble a heavy drinking session that can be fun while it lasts but is sure to give a bad hangover the next morning

Droupadi Murmu’s nomination: The political message

June 23, 2022 8:00:49 am

By proposing a tribal woman for President, BJP gains symbolic political capital in several states where it is looking to expand its presence

The story of the origins of King Tut’s curse resonates in the age of fake news

June 23, 2022 5:00:52 am

This development is a fitting twist to a tale that has engaged the attention of cranks for a century, showing, once again, the human propensity for seeing a pattern in random events.

In Sri Lanka, on 21st amendment, political consensus may be elusive amid economic turmoil

June 23, 2022 4:45:33 am

The objective of the 21st Amendment, the draft bill for which was cleared by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s cabinet earlier this week for tabling in Parliament, is to shear the presidency of much of its executive powers.

NDA choice of Murmu, response from across the aisle, underline how Opposition continues to fumble playing catch-up

June 23, 2022 4:30:12 am

In Yashwant Sinha vs Droupadi Murmu, Murmu’s candidature looks unassailable, and not just because the poll math tilts in favour of the BJP-led NDA.

June 23, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Air India Crash

June 23, 2022 4:05:37 am

Five of the passengers are yet to be traced. As many as 24 were sent to various hospitals, with at least two of them in serious condition.

Opinion: The WTO agreement on fisheries is flawed but significant

June 23, 2022 8:55:47 am

Prabhash Ranjan, Sunayana Sasmal write: Negotiations over the global commons are not easy. But the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies is an important milestone in trade governance.


Mohammed Saqib writes: BRICS summit needs to focus on breaking Western hegemony

June 23, 2022 8:59:08 am

Mohammed Saqib writes: The Ukraine crisis could be an occasion for the member nations to commit themselves to the original goal of the bloc


Sudheendra Kulkarni writes: A suitable President, in a time where constitutional values are under siege

June 23, 2022 10:45:29 pm

Sudheendra Kulkarni writes: A rubber stamp Rashtrapati may suit the needs of an all-powerful prime minister. But the majesty of Rashtrapati Bhavan lies less in its grand architecture and more in the extent to which its occupant ensures, without fear or favour, the supremacy of constitutional governance


Eknath Shinde’s rebellion spotlights Shiv Sena’s stubborn problem: Its decision-making process

June 23, 2022 2:14:44 pm

Girish Kuber writes: Shiv Sena has failed to grow into a mature political party. In the past too, this led to the alienation of leaders, from Chhagan Bhujbal to Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray.


What school textbook deletions tell us about the ruling establishment’s idea of democracy and its understanding of social sciences

June 23, 2022 8:56:33 am

Suhas Palshikar writes: The idea seems to be that by not mentioning inconvenient facts, the regime can not only run away from reality, but more importantly, ensure that students do not develop the critical faculty to look at society and politics.

June 22, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Presidential Polls

June 22, 2022 5:00:19 am

Though an hour-long meeting of the central parliamentary board of the Congress-I unanimously approved the choice of Zail Singh, it was decided that the formal announcement to this effect would be made by the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

The good people at Australian National Dictionary Centre are attempting to right a historical wrong. It won’t be easy

June 22, 2022 8:15:06 am

The attempt at decolonising language is part of an ongoing process of reclamation and repatriation of languages the world over.

States must bring on their books all off-budget borrowings, take measures to reduce debt to more manageable levels

June 22, 2022 8:13:56 am

Over the past few years, some states have also been pushing part of their borrowings off budget, circumventing their ceilings. While there is little clarity on the extent of these obligations, the central government has now taken cognisance of this.

Richard Marles writes | India and Australia: Partners with shared interests and entwined destinies

June 22, 2022 8:23:22 am

Richard Marles writes: Both nations share a vision for an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region.


Rajeswari Sengupta writes: Why the communication gap between the MPC and RBI is troubling

June 22, 2022 8:15:37 am

Rajeswari Sengupta writes: It could potentially erode the credibility of the inflation targeting framework

Sukanta Chaudhuri writes: Education plan for disbanded Agniveers is alarmingly vague

June 22, 2022 8:20:41 am

Sukanta Chaudhuri writes: Agnipath risks becoming little more than a handout. This would be a poor tribute to the Agniveers’ abilities and motivation, and poor provision for their future


Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay writes: Why PM Modi mentioned Abbas Ramsada in his blog

June 22, 2022 8:24:41 am

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay writes: The reposting of a tale from the past was well-choreographed — it came in the wake of controversy over Nupur Sharma’s remarks


DS Hooda writes | Agnipath: Put it to a four-year test

June 22, 2022 8:21:50 am

DS Hooda writes: The first four years of the scheme should be devoted to assessing the new system’s impact on the military’s operational capability. Our primary concern should be that the ethos and effectiveness of the military are not diluted.

Deletions in social science textbooks: History in the service of politics

June 21, 2022 4:52:38 pm

Revision of school curriculum is necessary. But changes proposed by NCERT in history textbooks undermine critical inquiry

June 21, 1982, Forty Years Ago: The Israeli invasion

June 21, 2022 5:00:19 am

Meridor had no comment on efforts by the US presidential envoy, Philip Habib to negotiate some kind of disengagement of Israeli forces encircling the Palestinian stronghold in the Muslim sector of the Lebanese capital.

Introduction of ‘open’ category for transgender athletes in swimming is a step forward — and backward

June 21, 2022 9:13:30 am

A gold is a gold, and though the numbers of trans-women in elite sports are far too low at the moment, it can serve as a platform to fast-track trans visibility.

Election results in France put Macron in a precarious position. He must build alliances or risk more instability

June 21, 2022 9:12:24 am

Given the fragility of European unity, it is incumbent now to build alliances — social and political — for a stable France and Europe.

NCERT’s textbook ‘rationalisation’ exercise raises questions of political intent, is at odds with progressive thrust of NEP

June 22, 2022 8:12:18 am

In contrast to the lack of transparency in the NCERT-driven project, much of the NCF procedures are in the public domain. But it seems to be taking a partisan route, at odds with the NEP’s scrupulous ideological agnosticism.