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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Evil under the sun

Tavleen Singh writes: The message to Muslims who chose India over Pakistan in 1947 is that they made a bad choice. They must now learn to accept that although they chose to remain Indian, they should now learn to live in India as lesser citizens.

Inside Track: Learnt from a Master

Coomi Kapoor writes: Shah traces the story of Modi’s success as a poll strategist not to the Gujarat chief ministerial or 2014 campaigns, but way back to 1987, when Modi was given charge of the BJP campaign in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation polls.

Time for a re-set 

P Chidambaram wirtes: We cannot depart from the path of an open, liberal and market-based economy. That would be suicidal. Yet, we must take stock and, considering the global and domestic developments, re-set our economic policies. That requires the courage, clarity and speed of 1991

What Arivu’s fight and faith taught me

Everybody desecrates the past. Everybody endangers the future

Who is to blame? And is being divided over everything the only way?

Calibrated, coordinated action is needed by Centre & states to address the issue of high fuel prices

April 30, 2022 9:44:24 am

Governments at both the central and state level could perhaps consider building in some counter-cyclicality in the taxes levied — cut taxes when prices are high, maintain stability when prices fall.

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April 30, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Zail Singh’s claims

April 30, 2022 3:11:16 am

Home Minister Giani Zail Singh told the Rajya Sabha that the communal clashes in Amritsar had arisen out of a conspiracy aided and abetted by certain foreign powers.

Kerala move to study Gujarat scheme stokes political controversy. But states must share ideas to improve governance

April 29, 2022 9:21:10 am

It is a sign of polarised times that even a courteous exchange of views or the sharing of ideas that can benefit citizens get caught up in political polemic.

Umran Malik: From Kashmir, a son of a fruit-seller, who is yet to play for the country, offers hope

April 29, 2022 9:19:18 am

Malik injects a never-before feeling: A visceral thrill at watching a ball rush through the air.

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April 29, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Britain Steps Up Heat

April 29, 2022 3:36:42 am

Britain has set the stage for a military showdown with Argentina by announcing that a full sea and air blockade would be imposed on the Falkland Islands in the next 48 hours.

Making room for the victim in the criminal justice system

April 29, 2022 9:16:53 am

Upma Gautam and Priya Das write: The bail application in non-bailable cases should be decided after weighing the relevant considerations and affording an adequate opportunity of hearing to the victims

Acceptance of those on autism spectrum begins with understanding

April 29, 2022 9:47:21 am

Chetana Sachidanandan writes: As parents, as teachers, as friends and family, we must learn how to open our arms and minds to differences amongst us

How to shock-proof India’s power sector

April 29, 2022 10:39:39 pm

Shalu Agrawal and Karthik Ganesan write: The efficiency of thermal plants must be increased and regulators empowered to bring down losses

Delhi High Court’s comments on Umar Khalid’s political vocabulary strike a jarring, and disquieting, note

April 29, 2022 9:18:00 am

These are times, too, when the courts are not as vigilant against the misuse of law to cramp citizens’ freedoms, and when they all too often give the executive the benefit of doubt.


Managing the fiscal shock of the Russia-Ukraine conflict

April 30, 2022 11:43:49 pm

Madan Sabnavis writes: There has been considerable speculation on whether the fiscal targets will be altered due to the evolving conditions. The government, however, is quite sure of the numbers and has not spoken about the need to revisit them.


Instant justice is not the way of a civilised society

April 29, 2022 6:49:37 pm

V N Rai writes: The tendency of law enforcement agencies to pronounce verdicts and dispense punishment, without going through due process, signals a setback to the quest for a more humane justice system.

Elon Musk’s Twitter: His buyout gives him outsize influence over public conversation

April 28, 2022 8:54:45 am

Elon Musk’s foreseeable plans for Twitter — reducing content moderation, in particular — frame the contours of a future conflict with national governments that are becoming more rigorous in their efforts to regulate social media.

Unemployed Indians: For a country in the midst of a demographic transition, this is the biggest challenge

April 28, 2022 8:54:24 am

While successive governments have taken steps to address the issue, the jobs crisis is in large part the result of the absence of a labour intensive manufacturing sector which can not only absorb the millions entering the labour force each year, but also those moving out of agriculture.

The post-pandemic world needs better public schools

April 28, 2022 8:53:21 am

Ameeta Mulla Wattal writes: Many families have found themselves unable to support their children’s education. Good quality and more government-supported schools could be the answer


How the Pakistan army lost the plot

April 28, 2022 8:53:44 am

Anju Gupta writes: It is trying to distract from its failures domestically and abroad

Tackling the inflation hydra

April 28, 2022 8:52:34 am

Dharmakirti Joshi, Pankhuri Tandon write: There is little that the RBI can do in the near term.

Faiz teaches us to question. His work shouldn’t be erased from syllabus

April 28, 2022 8:54:04 am

Chapal Mehra writes: The removal of Faiz’s poetry from school textbooks, along with other content about humanism, democracy, and diversity, defeats the whole purpose of education

South African floods underline that climate change will hit the poor the most

April 28, 2022 8:55:07 am

As in other parts of the world, the way forward lies in improving the accuracy of warning systems, and building the resilience of people, especially the poor. This should be the focus of adaptation strategies.

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April 28, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Arson In Amritsar

April 28, 2022 3:54:27 am

Curfew was imposed at a number of places on April 27. At least one person was killed and 25 injured when police opened fire to quell rioting in the Golden Temple area.


Atmanirbhar internet is about self-sufficiency, not protectionism

April 28, 2022 8:52:51 am

Hitesh Jain writes: It will keep digital services in India from being at the mercy of Big Tech.

April 27, 1982, Forty Years Ago: UK’s Assault

April 27, 2022 4:20:38 am

She said some 180 Argentines have been taken prisoners during the assault that began on April 25 with a landing on the largest port, Grytviken followed by the securing of the Leith labour on April 26.

TN govt’s move on V-C appointments is pushback against governor’s overreach. But a larger issue is at stake

April 27, 2022 9:48:11 am

Tamil Nadu must find a way of talking about the university’s future that steers clear of short-term political one-upmanship.


On inflation, RBI has been behind the curve

April 27, 2022 10:48:33 pm

Ishan Bakshi writes: It has erred on forecasts. MPC members must make public their individual projections.


What the bulldozing of a food cart in Jahangirpuri says

April 27, 2022 11:12:05 am

Sanjay Srivastava writes: Its fate could be a portent for anyone who doesn’t submit to the demands of a single identity.

In the midst of hate, let’s not be defeatist

April 27, 2022 9:44:09 am

Rajni Bakshi writes: We must remain open to possibilities for empathy and dialogue.