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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Homeopathic knowledge about viral diseases can be harnessed to combat COVID-19

In six years, relationships with other South Asian countries have frayed, providing Beijing with an opening

Nepotism is a symptom of the inequality and entrenched privilege in our society

Ebrahim Alkazi’s legacy bears testimony to cultural links between Saudi Arabia, India

Why Shashi Tharoor is wrong

August 2, 2020 6:15:51 pm

India needs to revive, strengthen and reinforce the ideals of pluralism and decentralisation of power, not abandon parliamentary system for a presidential form of government

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Covid positive after 10 years of social distancing

August 2, 2020 9:28:56 am

The pandemic may change the world for the better or worse, but, as we go through these times, we must all find our own silver lining.

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No end to a tragic saga

August 3, 2020 9:29:40 am

The rest of India should imagine a lockdown without free speech and expression or access to newspapers, television, mobile telephones, Internet, hospitals, police stations, courts and elected representatives. That is the situation today.

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The road to Ram’s temple: If Congress party believed in real secularism, Ayodhya movement would never have happened

August 3, 2020 9:30:19 am

Let Muslims join in building the temple and when it is ready let both communities come together to build a mosque on the other bank of the Saryu river.

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Inside Track: Priyanka may have lost a prized Lutyens address but her new house has compensations

August 2, 2020 9:34:38 am

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may have lost a prized Lutyens address in the heart of Delhi, but her new residence, which she purchased many years back, does have compensations.

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‘If custodial torture has to stop, the D K Basu judgment has to be implemented in spirit’

August 2, 2020 9:23:04 am

Justice Basu says that as a judge he went on to deal with many cases of alleged torture. However, piecemeal actions are hardly the solution, the 85-year-old says.

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Rather than shoring up national identity, religion creates schisms

August 1, 2020 9:21:38 am

Pakistan has constitutionally ousted the Ahmadi Muslims from state nationality. They are not Muslims in Pakistan. They become Muslims the moment they step into, let’s say, India that has not apostatised them.

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Covid-19 underscores importance of tools that help alleviate poverty, build resilience

August 1, 2020 9:49:20 am

WhatsApp head Will Cathcart writes: With courage, ambition, and boundless potential, India can emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before — a leading democratic digital powerhouse that will lead the world in the 21st century.

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Text of education policy artfully navigates several thickets. Fears about document come from context

August 1, 2020 8:56:42 am

This government’s record on regulation is not inspiring. So the critical question will, less, be: Does one agree with the document?

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PM’s decision to attend Bhumi Pujan of Ram temple sets the debate on the full truth about a toxic secularism

August 1, 2020 9:05:40 am

Many Opposition leaders do not want an honest debate and hence have been asking the prime minister to refrain from attending this event.

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On Tilak’s hundredth death anniversary, what governments can learn from his two trials

August 1, 2020 10:19:59 am

Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s imprisonment by invoking the law of sedition failed to suppress the freedom struggle. The two trials teach us useful lessons in dealing with public protests.

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Passing the blame

August 1, 2020 12:50:31 am

Leadership crisis of the Congress is now manifest in a farcical battle of the generations

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Signs of life

August 1, 2020 12:44:31 am

Over 140 years after Giovanni Schiaparelli saw canals on Mars, Nasa seeks aliens in a lake bed

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Barbed wire

August 1, 2020 10:34:02 am

SC needs to ask tougher questions, of those who wield power — before it dismisses an 83-year-old citizen’s plea for freedom

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New Educational Policy envisages decolonising the Indian mind

July 31, 2020 10:12:15 pm

NEP-2020 provides us with a roadmap for reclaiming, re-articulating and restructuring the Bhartiya self for becoming a global leader (Vishwaguru) where equity, equality and fraternity will be celebrated.

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak and the Arctic

August 1, 2020 10:19:29 am

Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s emphasis on cultural-historical geography, evident in study of the Vedas, was an important intervention when geographical determinism was gaining dominance

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A symbol of injustice

July 31, 2020 8:14:10 pm

Statue of Manu, whose Manusmriti is to many a symbol of discrimination, in Rajasthan High Court undermines the constitutional morality the state is meant to uphold

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Fighting the infodemic

July 31, 2020 9:31:13 am

A unified database of COVID-19 patients would streamline immediate responses and warn of future effects

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National Education Policy needs close scrutiny for what it says, what it doesn’t

July 31, 2020 10:06:34 pm

National Education Policy 2020 requires closer scrutiny, in terms of its implications for the marginalised, disciplinary spaces, autonomy, and constitutional values, among other things.

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Poverty, not age of marriage, is responsible for women’s poor health indicators

July 31, 2020 9:12:57 am

To bring genuine change, we need free education beyond schooling for girls, coupled with job guarantees, especially for those from rural areas and vulnerable social locations.

Forty Years Ago, July 31, 1980: Assam notification

July 31, 2020 12:41:44 am

The Centre had paved the way for the end of the 10-month-long agitation in Assam and resumption of negotiations on the substantive question of the foreign nationals issue.

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RBI proposal on capping bank CEO tenure is not supported by any cogent evidence

July 31, 2020 9:58:34 am

It may be prudent for the RBI to publish an empirical study on the impact of CEO tenure on bank performance before translating this proposal into an enforceable regulation.

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Rajasthan High Court’s interim order in Sachin Pilot case raises serious questions

July 31, 2020 9:08:12 am

Let this case be used by the government to revisit the anti-defection law and legislatively remove its defects.

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Amma’s things

July 31, 2020 9:24:42 am

An inventory of her personal possessions reveals some of Jayalalithaa’s secrets, shelters some stories

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New policy, old test

July 31, 2020 9:25:09 am

National Education Policy’s stress on reforms is welcome. It will be tested on campus and in classroom where deep faultlines lie