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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

‘Ulysses’ at 100: James Joyce’s epic transformed the form of novel

June 16, 2022 8:40:21 am

Mini Chandran writes: Hundred years since its publication, James Joyce’s Ulysses remains a challenging peak in the world of fiction, the legal battle for its publication a glorious chapter in the history of free speech

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China wants a larger BRICS to challenge the existing international order

June 15, 2022 9:12:47 am

Gurjit Singh writes: China cannot get India out of BRICS or the G20 as it has been trying to keep India out of other international fora. India needs to ensure that expansion is not on Chinese terms and that the countries admitted are equally receptive to India.

Hari Chand belonged to the golden era of men’s middle- and long-distance running in the country

June 15, 2022 9:09:21 am

Hari Chand became the greatest when he pulled off the gold double four years later in Bangkok to match Milkha Singh’s feat in the 200 m and 400 m from two decades earlier.

Given weakness in equity and currency markets, policymakers must tread carefully

June 15, 2022 9:12:47 am

With inflation surging in most economies, investors now expect more aggressive interest rate hikes by central banks to tackle the growing price pressures.

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A backlash against Chinese President Xi Jinping’s authoritarian style is unlikely at this point

June 15, 2022 9:20:12 am

Shikha Aggarwal writes: While Xi’s actions at maximising his authority have caused deep concerns within the higher echelons of the CCP, he by no means represents a novelty in Chinese elite politics in his quest for absolute power or his penchant for subverting norms.

Agnipath will lead to a leaner military, savings in pensions. But there are challenges beyond the bold step forward

June 15, 2022 9:20:45 am

Agnipath will lead to a leaner military, savings in pensions. But there are challenges beyond the bold step forward.

June 15,1982, Forty Years Ago: Forty Israel Besieges Beirut

June 14, 2022 11:45:23 pm

Israel said its invasion army had cut off Beirut and trapped about 5,000 Palestinian guerrillas inside the beseiged Lebanese capital.


Why India needs The Dalai Lama as its president

June 15, 2022 9:15:11 am

Vamsee Juluri writes: In these polarised times, a widely respected and loved spiritual figure like the Dalai Lama will inspire Indians and others to rethink their sense of duty not only to their government and country but towards each other


K-Pop band BTS turns 9: Why I-Pop is still far behind

June 14, 2022 7:43:18 pm

Streaming services ensure that music becomes popular across nations and languages. But antiquated copyright laws deter investment in talent in India.


On inflation, how the RBI failed, why it matters

June 15, 2022 9:17:52 am

Arvind Subramanian, Josh Felman write: Central bank has been behind the inflation curve, its mistake was never corrected or even challenged. It’s a failure of the institution and its guardrails.


A reform called Agnipath will ensure youthful and tech-savvy profile of armed forces while reducing burden of pensions and gratuities

June 15, 2022 9:22:50 am

Sujan R Chinoy writes: National unity, camaraderie and bonding, including in the armed forces, should not be predicated on caste, community, religion, language or provincial affiliation but on the more equitable notion of being a patriotic Indian. The Agnipath scheme fully addresses that requirement.

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With only 3 serious telecom operators, administrative allocation of spectrum space should take the place of auctions

June 14, 2022 9:43:02 am

Rajat Kathuria and Mansi Kedia write: One could argue that if all spectrum is assigned, direct revenue collections could be higher compared to the auction route, in which spectrum risks being unsold.

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Governance ki baat: 8 years on, a process of sustainable development and cultural awakening

June 14, 2022 4:10:54 am

Shivprakash writes: In the last eight years, PM Modi has instilled in every citizen a spirit of social consciousness, patriotism and a yearning for the progress of India.

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Demolition squad

June 14, 2022 9:07:30 am

The rampaging bulldozer is the state thumbing its nose at the court — and the rule of law. It needs a firm check

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Prosecution of army personnel accused of civilian killings in Nagaland is key to closure

June 14, 2022 9:39:11 am

M.P.Nathanael writes: The trial of the Army personnel will also go a long way in serving as a deterrent to others — there are several accusations of fake encounters by the Army and the police in the Northeast. The unbridled power provided by the AFSPA to the security forces does create conditions for heavy-handedness.

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Reverence by followers of one religion for the sages and seers of another has been part of Indian culture

June 15, 2022 5:48:47 am

Tahir Mahmood writes: The anguish of the Muslim masses on the condemnable incidents of insult to their Prophet is understandable, yet its violent expression also tarnishes his fair name.

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Sight & sound show

June 14, 2022 9:11:20 am

Congress mobilisation over ED notice to Gandhis points to party’s inactivity on other issues, is unlikely to unite Opposition

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Fade to black

June 14, 2022 9:13:40 am

In Kerala, CPM government sees red in protest flags. Across ideologies, great power comes with great insecurity

June 14, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Israel’s fresh attack

June 14, 2022 6:00:18 am

Israeli jets repeatedly bombed and strafed Palestinian positions on both sides of Beirut’s crippled international airport as ground forces resumed bitter fighting in defiance of a day-old cease-fire.

Demolition squad

June 14, 2022 7:44:07 am

The rampaging bulldozer is the state thumbing its nose at the court — and the rule of law. It needs a firm check.

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Sight & sound show

June 13, 2022 9:44:39 pm

Congress mobilisation over ED notice to Gandhis points to party’s inactivity on other issues, is unlikely to unite Opposition

Civilian killings in Nagaland: Govt must act against Army personnel indicted by SIT

June 13, 2022 6:48:02 pm

Prosecution of army officers accused of botched operations in Nagaland is key to accountability


The star who died young: Remembering Sushant Singh Rajput

June 14, 2022 3:42:17 pm

O P Singh writes: Sushant Singh Rajput could have done so much more, become so much more.

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June 13, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Antulay Loses Trust

June 13, 2022 4:00:43 am

The Congress (I) high command is likely to ask A R Antulay to relinquish the chairmanship of the Pratibha Pratishthan following the verdict of a division bench of the Bombay High Court holding him guilty of bartering cement for donations to the pratishthan.

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Govt has taken steps to tackle inflation. Normal monsoon and resisting urge to hike GST rates will provide relief

June 13, 2022 9:23:33 am

Sachchidanand Shukla writes: Policymakers in India have often acted with alacrity to protect the interests of farmers over the years. The MSP that is fixed by the government for kharif and rabi crops has been one of the key policy instruments.