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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

International Day of Yoga: Healing the mind and body, and building communities

June 21, 2022 12:49:04 pm

Sarbananda Sonowal writes: Yoga can turn us into karma yogis, and help create harmonious communities where every member performs their duty.

Disha Nawani and Vivek Kumar write: After Covid, schools must be rebuilt prioritising students’ needs

June 21, 2022 12:48:37 pm

Disha Nawani and Vivek Kumar write: Learning assessments should be sensitive to children’s experiences during the crisis.

India buys more coal from Russia, and urea from the US — diversifying supply sources is good policy

June 21, 2022 9:11:56 am

The growing trade with Russia may not be to the West’s liking. While the invasion of Ukraine deserves the widest condemnation, financial sanctions and not buying from Russia don’t really help.

Amit Bhandari writes: China’s role in Pakistan’s economic crisis

June 21, 2022 12:48:14 pm

Amit Bhandari writes: If China does not help solve a problem it has a role in creating, other lenders may also refuse to contribute.

World Yoga Day: Yoga is about making connections, not breaking them

June 20, 2022 5:39:39 pm

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra writes: At a time when the mind constantly wanders in the blind race of materiality, yoga is very useful for mental peace and contentment


Arun Prakash writes: Agnipath, between the lines

June 21, 2022 8:51:13 am

Arun Prakash writes: Turmoil points to two larger absences: India doesn’t have a National Security Doctrine. Armed forces have remained outside ambit of reform.


Madan Sabnavis writes: The jobs puzzle

June 21, 2022 8:54:19 am

Madan Sabnavis writes: While the government’s intent to add over a million jobs in the next 18 months is laudable, the task is audacious and challenging from both an administrative and financial point of view


Ashok Gulati and Ritika Juneja write: An oil palm plan for home

June 20, 2022 8:46:02 am

Ashok Gulati and Ritika Juneja write: It could help reduce import bill. But policymakers will need to develop a long-term vision, handhold small cultivators.

Ashok Bhan writes: An act of accommodation

June 20, 2022 8:50:12 am

Ashok Bhan writes: Proposals of delimitation commission in J&K ensure greater fairness and balance.

Uma Nair writes: The Power Of Voice

June 20, 2022 8:43:47 am

Uma Nair writes: Rita Mukherjee, founder of AIR’s Yuva Vani, was a pioneering broadcaster

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June 20, 1982, Forty Years Ago: The Israeli invasion

June 20, 2022 8:52:13 am

Israeli helicopter-borne troops landed on Dahrai-Qadib ridge in north Lebanon, 60 km north of Beirut, reliable Lebanese sources said. The landing area was near the road linking Tripoli, the major town in the area on the coast with the Bekaa plain in central Lebanon.

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Monsoon’s increasing unpredictability is cause for concern, poses a challenge that policymakers must step up to

June 20, 2022 8:55:25 am

Excess rainfall after a long dry spell last year along with the hit to wheat yields from the sudden rise in temperatures after mid-March, was the clearest evidence of the challenges posed by climate change: To policymakers, breeders and, of course, farmers.

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Attack on gurdwara in Kabul underlines the challenge that lies ahead for Delhi’s Afghanistan policy

June 20, 2022 9:11:34 am

Delhi’s Afghan policy has been in tatters since the US and Taliban began talking in 2018. The cowardly attack on the Sikhs has blindsided it once again.

AA Rahim writes: How Agnipath is similar to the repealed farm laws

June 19, 2022 7:46:29 pm

The spontaneous protests across the country show unemployed youngsters have nothing to lose in the fight for their pride


Partha Sen writes: The inflation tightrope

June 20, 2022 8:38:23 am

Partha Sen writes: As RBI raises interest rates, foreign portfolio outflows will slow down, with rupee appreciating. That’s not good for external balance


Javed Anand writes: Reading RSS chief’s remarks — The vishwaguru fantasy

June 20, 2022 8:48:25 am

Javed Anand writes: Mohan Bhagwat’s homilies on manavta run parallel to Hindutva’s continuing onslaught on minorities

Inside Track: Suspect choice

June 19, 2022 8:40:26 am

Coomi Kapoor writes: Some suspect that the BJP’s surprise decision to field Ghanshyam Lodhi, and not Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, as its candidate for the Rampur Lok Sabha by-election is part of a secret understanding with former Rampur MP Azam Khan.

P Chidambaram writes: More minus than plus in jobs

June 19, 2022 4:49:27 pm

P Chidambaram writes: Jobs should have been the singular focus of the Modi government. It was not; it wasted 8 years. It used its social and political capital to divide the people of India


Tavleen Singh writes: Bring out the bulldozers?

June 19, 2022 4:12:37 pm

Tavleen Singh writes: We know for certain that the angry young men who set trains and buses on fire last week and blocked roads and railway tracks were doing this out of a passionate desire to serve the nation by joining the army.


Why Ukraine doesn’t figure in our classroom

June 19, 2022 8:39:38 am

Samira Verma and Abraar Ahmed write: If the conventional education system is failing, I believe that artists – visual and performing – need to shoulder the responsibility and shake the complacency of the general populace.

If you can lean in, you can lean out too

June 19, 2022 8:44:25 am

Rinku Ghosh writes: While Sheryl Sandberg’s predecessors were hailed as change-makers, she was denounced as a mid-life maniac.

As PM Modi’s mother turns 100, he writes: My mother is as simple as she is extraordinary

June 18, 2022 6:40:01 pm

In my mother’s life story, I see the penance, sacrifice, and contribution of India’s matrushakti

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June 18, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Presidential Polls

June 18, 2022 4:06:01 am

Ten opposition parties have formally suggested to the Prime Minister that Vice-President M. Hidayatullah “offers a very good choice for a consensus candidate” for the presidency.

Sriram Veera writes: The way we watched the game

June 18, 2022 8:12:10 pm

Watching sports is becoming a solitary experience. It wasn’t always so

Krishna Kumar: The end of childhood

June 18, 2022 8:55:01 am

We live in times when insecurity and fear of being harmed is endemic to childhood