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Monday, August 10, 2020

Why the decision to cancel Visva-Bharati’s spring and winter festivals is disturbing

An emotionally integrated India offers the best defence against both internal and external threats and challenges

We will have to see how ‘wait and watch’ changes to the ‘spend and support’ the growth curve

Court must remember: It is supreme because it’s final not because it’s infallible

Pakistan’s education ‘reforms’ are privileging the madrassa system

August 8, 2020 8:46:47 am

Teachers labelled “liberal” and “secular” are the first to be rendered jobless under the looming reform. Nuclear physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy and another “science” teacher have been sacked from a Lahore university as a foretaste of what is to come.

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Sadia Dehlvi represented a city redolent of an old-world adab and tehzeeb

August 7, 2020 9:28:16 am

It is entirely appropriate that this bright sparkling woman, who revelled in her appropriation of Delhi in every conceivable way, should be laid to rest in the dust of her beloved city in her family graveyard at Shidipura near the Idgah.

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Life has triumphed over death in Hiroshima, but memories and stories remain

August 7, 2020 10:12:58 am

Shashi Tharoor writes: When the museum commemorates its 65th anniversary this year, 75 years to the day after the A-bomb fell, it will help the world to keep its own memories intact — so that humankind can, through these searing reminders, ensure it never suffers or witnesses the horror of nuclear bombing again.

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There is a reduction in terrorist recruits after August 5, 2019. That is a success story

August 7, 2020 10:00:26 am

Looking at terrorism in Kashmir from the perspective of victims of terror like the family of Tariq Mohand isn’t enough. This narrative does not take into account those who ruin their careers after being taken in by stories that romanticise the death of young boys.

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The new L-G

August 7, 2020 10:28:33 am

But changing occupant of Raj Bhavan can be no answer in Kashmir. It needs revival of political process, elected assembly

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Bank and the Covid pain: We must persist with a multi-year five-pillar strategy to raise credit to GDP ratio to 100%

August 7, 2020 10:09:28 am

Manish Sabharwal writes: God willing, we won’t test the RBI’s COVID worst-case scenario of 14.7 per cent bad loans but handling the inevitable COVID bank pain needs resisting short-termism. In the long run, we are not all dead.

August 7, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Assam Detenus

August 7, 2020 12:29:01 am

From Assam Detenus to Revitalising NAM, this is what made headlines on this day, forty years ago.

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City of woe

August 7, 2020 10:45:45 am

Blast in Beirut has taken a heavy toll in a city scarred from civil war, sectarianism, political corruption.

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Keeping powder dry

August 7, 2020 10:35:36 am

RBI leaves rates unchanged, signals room for further easing in times of continuing uncertainty.

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The new cool

August 6, 2020 6:59:59 pm

With government support and growing awareness, handlooms have captured the hearts and minds of conscious millennials

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A global solution for the digital world

August 6, 2020 4:58:05 pm

A multilateral approach is needed to resolve concerns over digital taxes.

Ebrahim Alkazi was meticulous about the craft of theatre, and a caring guru

August 6, 2020 8:47:22 am

It was fun watching Ebrahim Alkazi direct a play — his cheeky comments, how he directed actors’ movements on stage and handled crowd scenes, spectacular sets and space.

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August 6, 2020 8:49:57 am

For the Parivar, August 5 is the realisation of a dream, the end of a journey and the start of another. Article 370 and the Ram temple were two ideological issues that the BJP, in the NDA’s earlier avatar under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had been forced to place on the backburner due to coalition compulsions.

Abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A has created possibilities of development

August 6, 2020 8:46:06 am

As one sees the fundamental changes brought about in the two UTs, they remind us of the monstrous failure of the Congress leadership which lacked the courage and confidence to correct these wrongs and hence chose to tout pusillanimity as an act of great statesmanship.

Abrogation of Article 370, settling of Ram Mandir dispute, signals new beginning

August 6, 2020 8:46:48 am

By putting an end to decades-old problems that compromised peace and harmony for years, Modi comes out as a highly-skilled politician, who commands respect even among his opponents.

In times of great psychic vulnerability, we must also listen to our ‘outsider’ selves

August 6, 2020 8:49:28 am

The seeds of bogey-ism are only planted when we start calling COVID-19, for example, the “China-virus”, letting it drag a whole people in its wake, or when we infantilise Thunberg as an “autistic child”.

August 6, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Assam Talks

August 6, 2020 12:15:55 am

From price control to disorder in house, here’s a look at the Indian Express Front Page from forty years ago. 

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Master of the stage

August 6, 2020 12:12:01 am

Ebrahim Alkazi defined modern Indian theatre for a generation of artists

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With MGNREGA’s help

August 6, 2020 12:03:43 am

It has helped mitigate increased rural distress due to Covid. Now, focus on getting people back to normal work

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Brick and milestone

August 5, 2020 11:58:03 pm

August 5 is the culmination of movements that powered the BJP’s idea of India, how it takes it forward is the test

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Listen to the youngsters

August 5, 2020 8:21:24 pm

They desire investment in education, skill development, employment opportunities, not a law that changes minimum age of marriage for girls

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Article 370 and Territorial Pluralism

August 5, 2020 8:22:32 pm

As we celebrate the deity who gave up his throne to honour the promise made by his father, it may be time to adhere to the promise of federalism, autonomy that the Constitution made to Kashmir.

Ram temple movement has restructured discourse, recast polity

August 5, 2020 8:58:54 am

Going beyond the temple, every Hindu must realise that unless caste discrimination is abolished, a common consciousness and Hindu unity will remain a chimera. Muslims must realise that it is wrong to see the temple movement as anti-mosque or anti-Muslims.

PB Mehta writes: Ayodhya's Ram temple is first real colonisation of Hinduism by political power

PB Mehta writes: Ayodhya’s Ram temple is first real colonisation of Hinduism by political power

August 5, 2020 12:00:49 pm

They will say Ram is a national symbol, a symbol of Hindu pride. But did Ram consent to being converted to something as banal and nasty as the symbol of an ethnic nationalism? Ayodhya’s Ram temple is a monument to exclusion, a brute majoritarianism subordinating others.

Age old ruse

August 5, 2020 3:55:19 am

BCCI prods young players to come clean on age-fudging. But it may take more than that