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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

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Changing to a presidential system is the best way of ensuring a democracy that works

July 25, 2020 9:04:02 am

Shashi Tharoor writes: It has never been clearer. The disrepute into which the political process has fallen in India, and the cynicism about the motives of politicians, can be traced to the workings of the parliamentary system.

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The big fight

July 25, 2020 4:00:20 am

Even as India-China tensions on LAC continue, Delhi must also calibrate response to new edge of US-China dynamic

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We need to create open protocols, networks. India can lead the way in breaking stranglehold of platforms

July 25, 2020 9:29:40 am

We know how dependent we are on some of the foreign platforms, despite the claim of being a software powerhouse of the world. This situation is the very antithesis of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat and a threat to the country’s digital sovereignty. We can change that.

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Confessions of a dreaded don are a reminder of crime-politics nexus in Pakistan

July 25, 2020 9:20:53 am

Khaled Ahmed writes: Uzair is hopefully the last of the Baloch dacoits of Lyari, Karachi’s largest district. If he gets his comeuppance, it will be the end of a classic Sindhi interface with the Baloch legend that linked Karachi to Balochistan on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border.

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Locked in

July 25, 2020 3:55:23 am

Women’s needs, like those of all vulnerable groups, must be placed at heart of emergency response to Covid crisis

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Dreams laid low

July 25, 2020 3:50:07 am

If not for the pandemic, this would have been the first weekend of the Tokyo Games

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Women are bearing a disproportionate burden of pandemic, its consequences. This needs to be addressed

July 25, 2020 9:42:04 am

This is not the first time women have been left to fend for themselves and it is not the last time that they would be forced to identify their mode of survival whether in “ghare” or “baire” — within or outside her home.

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Service that RSS volunteers have rendered during lockdown, without publicity, is commendable

July 25, 2020 9:14:44 am

Volunteers (swayamsevaks) may think that the daily gatherings of shakhas are closed and that regular programmes are not being carried out. This is not so. Shakhas are being organised and RSS works are going on. Just their appearance has changed”. Even during the coronavirus, the RSS has remained dynamic.

Forty Years Ago, July 25, 1980: Stick For Traders

July 25, 2020 3:00:28 am

Finance Minister R Venkataraman threatened to “use the stick” to compel traders to bring down prices of consumer items.

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Beyond the Iran-China deal

July 25, 2020 7:04:57 pm

As Tehran pivots to the East, it will seek to maximise its leverage and freedom of action rather than play second fiddle to Beijing

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Behind the high walls

July 25, 2020 7:03:53 pm

The normalisation of racist violence in our prisons is worrying

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Covid crisis underlines false urban-rural binary, neglect of urban areas

July 24, 2020 9:31:06 am

In contrast to the imagination of the city as a hub of social and economic activity, it is now perceived as the centre of disease and distress.

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Peace accords in Northeast require more decoding than we have been inclined to do

July 24, 2020 9:54:25 am

Sanjib Baruah writes: Armed groups in Northeast India have a long track record of successfully claiming a share of development funds — with the complicity of elected and appointed public officials — both before and after signing “peace accords”. Nagaland may be the leader in this regard, but not an exception.

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Why we must protest both Vikas Dubey murder, risking of Varavara Rao’s life

July 24, 2020 9:59:10 am

The fact that Dubey was yet to be charged under any law while Rao has been charged under a special law should not blind us to the essential similarity they share — the state took unfair advantage of its custodial power over them. But the real danger such cases pose is that they always carry in their background the suggestion of popular support, which sometimes ripens into an explicit claim.

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Results of sero survey offer hope. Next phase needs less fear, better governance

July 24, 2020 9:32:26 am

The next phase requires a widespread understanding of the disease, of less fear and better governance. And a schedule of relaxations and tightening of rules which aim to meet infrastructure constraints and not merely to promote virtue.

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Sayed Haider Raza: An artist who was a grateful heir to the plurality, richness and depth of Indian civilisation

July 24, 2020 10:03:06 am

Raza was full of love and lure of the world, especially nature but he also enacted his gratitude to the world and civilisation he belonged to. He was a grateful heir to the plurality, richness and depth of Indian civilisation.

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Removing blinkers

July 24, 2020 9:36:54 am

Citizenship test row points to UK refusal to confront colonial past, which obstructs meaningful engagement with present

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Seize the deal

July 24, 2020 9:36:38 am

India must move forward on trade agreement with US, while negotiating degrees of access, addressing structural issues

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Watch it!

July 24, 2020 9:36:20 am

With fans like an insistent hostage-taker in Ukraine, no one can afford to ignore documentaries anymore

Forty Years Ago, July 24, 1980: Abdullah’s Suspicion

July 24, 2020 1:50:25 am

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi disowned any plan to topple the Sheikh Abdullah ministry in Jammu and Kashmir.

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My struggle with COVID-19

July 23, 2020 8:25:27 pm

It took seven days to get diagnosed. The community can be involved to isolate a person with symptoms at an early stage, when he is most likely to pass on the infection

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Fair & Lovely may have dropped ‘fair’ but it does not discourage process of pigmentation change

July 23, 2020 8:28:13 pm

A well-known Bollywood cinematographer once told me that the entire lighting for a film had one central purpose – to ensure the main actor’s skin tones are light. Everything else revolved around that.

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Bengal pitch

July 23, 2020 4:05:56 am

Mamata Banerjee makes subnationalist appeal at virtual rally — she will be watched for how she takes battle to BJP

India should monitor ties between China and Iran, but must guard against hasty conclusions

July 23, 2020 8:52:12 am

The pursuit of a closer security partnership with the US does not mean that India should follow the US lead on its other important relationships.

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Eclipsing Sushant

July 23, 2020 4:02:03 am

The controversy over the life and death of a young actor is no longer about him

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