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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

Agnipath, Agnipath scheme, Agnipath scheme protests, unemployment crisis, Agnipath recruitment process, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

Government must bring violence in check. Then, show it is listening to anxieties stoked by Agnipath

June 18, 2022 8:26:21 am

The protests against Agnipath frame the unemployment crisis that has been deepening in the country. The aftermath carries a cautionary note — something as important as a new policy of recruitment for the armed forces should have been more thought-through.

Manoj Tiwary, Trinamool Congress, West Bengal government, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

For politician-cricketer Manoj Tiwary, it’s a unique tightrope. The challenge is to achieve a fine balance

June 18, 2022 8:21:07 am

Manoj Tiwary, a sitting MLA of Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, spends the day on the field in the domestic tournament of Ranji Trophy, and does his constituency work in the evenings.

World Trade Organisation, Covid vaccines, Covid vaccination, Covid-19 vaccines, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

Easing of IP restrictions on vaccines is welcome. But it will need to be accompanied by technology transfers

June 18, 2022 8:18:10 am

Waiver of IP rights will not amount to anything substantial if pharma companies in the Third World do not have the know-how to produce medicines and vaccines.

Sukhmani Malik writes: A month of Pinkwashing

June 18, 2022 8:51:36 am

In Pride Month, we must focus on the true meaning of pride, the distance travelled, not token celebrations and discounts


Rekha Sharma writes: The bulldozer in Prayagraj poses a challenge to the Constitution

June 18, 2022 12:44:46 pm

The demolition of Mohammad Javed’s house is a message: Nobody knows on whom the axe may fall next


Neerja Chowdhury writes | Presidential Poll: Choosing a president for our time

June 18, 2022 3:18:30 pm

As suspense continues over who will be in Rashtrapati Bhavan next, a more fundamental question: What kind of president does the republic need today?

5G auction, 5G services, 5G Technology, Digital Communications Commission, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

Government has eased terms of spectrum auction, but high reserve price and allocations for enterprises will pose problems

June 17, 2022 8:53:44 am

Considering that 5G has more of enterprise use cases, at least in the initial years, the network capital expenditure is likely to be relatively low early on.


There is a concerted effort to plug procedural gaps in death penalty sentencing

June 18, 2022 7:19:47 am

Anup Surendranath writes: The attempts to bring about procedural coherence and integrity will face significant challenges in the trial courts and the high courts and it is far from certain that these reforms will be meaningfully implemented in those forums.

Iran foreign minister’s visit reaffirms resolve of two countries to strengthen ties

June 17, 2022 8:34:43 am

Deepika Saraswat writes: The sanctions imposed by the US on Iran after Tehran withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 may have virtually destroyed India-Iran trade, especially India’s energy imports from Iran, but the geopolitical logic underpinning relations between the two countries remains firm.

Scholar and teacher Gopichand Narang believed in Urdu’s ability to build bridges

June 17, 2022 12:39:18 pm

Rakshanda Jalil writes: While Gopichand Narang lived a rich life, amply studded with awards and encomiums, his real contribution lies in a life-long commitment to a scholarship that was dynamic, innovative and alive to changing social realities.

Artificial Intelligence, Mary Shelley, Viktor Frankenstein, Google engineer Blake Lemoine, religious beliefs, LaMDA, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

Google engineer’s claim that LaMDA is sentient AI touches off questions about humanity’s relationship with machines

June 17, 2022 8:55:24 am

While LaMDA is unlikely to be a person, an artificial person is certainly on the way, according to experts, whether five, 15 or 50 years from now.

Israeli Invasion, MLA Shot Dead, Union Government, Union Government New Postings, International Monetary Fund, Manmohan Singh, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

June 17, 1982, Forty Years Ago: New Postings

June 17, 2022 3:29:15 am

The Union Government finalised a major reshuffle of secretaries. M. Narasimham, executive director, International Monetary Fund, will be posted as the secretary for economic affairs in the Union Finance Ministry.

‘Delhi resembled a war zone… No Congress member was carrying arms… Police pounced on us, pushing, pulling and dragging’

June 16, 2022 10:29:17 pm

A Congress MP writes on how the police treated party workers and leaders who were protesting ED action against Rahul Gandhi

Congress outrage over ED may not find much of an echo. But police action at its office strikes many a disturbing chord

June 17, 2022 8:51:19 am

If the health of a democracy is also measured by the safe, and indeed respectful, spaces that it provides for dissent, disagreement and protest, the last few years have not painted a rosy picture.

Lawmakers become law breakers, there is no one to appeal to

June 17, 2022 8:42:04 am

Kapil Sibal writes: When a bulldozer razes my home to the ground, it seeks to demolish not just the structure I built, but my courage to speak up


Congress protests against ED summons to Rahul Gandhi show its misplaced priorities and weakened capabilities

June 18, 2022 11:09:08 am

Suhas Palshikar writes: Congress could have tried to garner support from other non-BJP parties targeted by investigative agencies. Instead, it turned this into a simple agenda of protecting Rahul Gandhi

Indian Premier League, Indian Premier League Auctions, IPL, IPL news, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

A very big League

June 16, 2022 9:10:05 am

IPL’s soaring revenues will deepen its inroads into overseas markets and increase audience through streaming services

India Sri Lanka Relations, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka crisis, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu news, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

Drawing closer

June 16, 2022 9:10:18 am

Better connectivity between India and Sri Lanka could help them realise the full potential of their partnership

Indian economy, employment, employment opportunities, employment rate, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

The jobs push

June 16, 2022 9:10:01 am

What is needed is employment in manufacturing, especially for low and semi-skilled workers. Private sector must lead the way

Inflation, economic inequality, Wholesale Price Index, WPI index, Middle class income , effect on poor, Indian express opinion

Upsurge affects poor the most, govt must retool policy to ensure that inequalities do not deepen

June 17, 2022 5:43:55 am

Christophe Jaffrelot and Trishali Chauhan write: Inflation is here to stay because it has much to do with the decline in value of the rupee that has fallen to its lowest, which makes imports of oil and gas more expensive.

Indian National congress, Congress party leadership, Family politics, BJP, Narendra Modi, PM Modi, Anil Baluni, Indian express opinion

Family-based political outfits stifle opportunity, blind leaders to needs of people

June 16, 2022 8:51:54 am

Anil Baluni writes: We must push for more representation and participation of the people in democratic processes. The need of the hour is to bring more youngsters from diverse backgrounds into politics.

Punjab govt, Punjab government free electricity, Govt subsidy on goods, Public distribution system, C Rangarajan writes, Punjab AAP, Indian express opinion

What commodities should be distributed free or at a subsidised level

June 16, 2022 9:05:00 am

C Rangarajan writes | Three questions arise: What goods and services should be selected for such programmes? What should be their ideal mode of delivery? What should be a prudent fiscal limit for their funding?

Argentina Surrenders, Israeli Invasion, Indira Gandhi, Syria, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

June 16, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Argentina Surrenders

June 16, 2022 3:21:32 am

Argentina has surrendered. The Falklands have been liberated. The British pride, punctured by Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri by seizing control of the South Atlantic islands by force, has been retrieved.

IPL broadcasting rights seal a loss — of the world of communal TV viewing

June 15, 2022 5:45:03 pm

TV IPL ratings have been dropping significantly while the streaming digital rights are escalating. Watching sports is becoming a solitary experience. It wasn’t always so

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Agnipath, Agniveer, Indian Army, Latest Opinions, Indian Express, Indian Express Opinion

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Why Agnipath is not the reform the armed forces need

June 17, 2022 7:16:20 am

PB Mehta writes: Reform of the armed forces should be governed by a sound sociological, professional, institutional and strategic logic. Agnipath fails the smell test on all four