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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Liberal Victimhood: It hides structural oppression of the marginalised, appropriates their protests

On crime against women, bad questions, poor answers

Demoralised teachers are ill-suited to deliver Delhi’s new curriculum to students

Bengaluru's new pet licensing laws are beset by the familiar failing of public policy

India is middle income now: Raise the poverty line
India is middle income now: Raise the poverty line

Regardless of the poverty line used, it appears that India is on track for the fastest pace of poverty reduction in the period between 2011/12 and 2017/18

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June 30, 1978, Forty Years Ago: PM’s salvo

When it came to Charan Singh, there were three ministers, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, George Fernandes and Biju Patnaik, who advocated a softer line

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Just change track

To make trains run ‘on time’, Railways has changed the rules. It is a model that can fix India’s problems

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In the grey zone

Pakistan needs to acknowledge a grim reality: It faces international isolation because of its security policies

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Do no harm

There is little government or RBI can do on falling rupee. Lessons of May-August 2013 shouldn’t be forgotten

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Revisiting Benazir

A new biography looks back at the time when charisma reigned, as did corruption

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From 1975 to 44

Emergency did not end dynasty in Indian politics. But it kicked off its journey into irrelevance

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Science, pseudoscience

Statements from those in high office purvey superstition masked as rationality.

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In 2018, the 1992 test

Many of those charged in the Babri Masjid demolition case are lawmakers. That’s what makes the case a litmus test for rule of law in the country

The More Things Change

Economic priorities set in Planning Commission in 1970s-80s continue

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Bound together by GST

One year on, GST regime has advanced cooperative federalism, helped unify India economically

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Mother smother

Rajasthan’s Cow Ministry is planning a bovine safari. It must be careful lest its noble initiative is taken in the wrong spirit

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Time’s up

Women actors of Malayalam film industry are courageously breaking a silence, asking for due process on sexual abuse

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An over-regulator

Draft law on revamping higher education governance raises fears of micro-management, more curbs on autonomy

Forty Years Ago, June 29, 1978: HM vs PM

The Janata Party, which is yet to recover from the crisis over the Raj Narain affair, seems to heading for another crisis — this time over Mrs Gandhi’s trial for her crimes during the Emergency.

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A perverse comparison

Indira Gandhi made mistakes. But equating her with Hitler speaks of disturbing motives.

Where women are without fear

A new survey says India is the most dangerous country for women. It should be an occasion, not for defensiveness and denial, but for serious reflection and the joining of forces for women’s equality.

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The darkest hour

Emergency was an attack on democracy. Let’s not evoke it lightly

As per the Constitution, the President can declare Emergency only on the recommendation of the Union cabinet. (Express archive photo)
Telescope: Can history be far behind?

In New India, on screen and off it, the past overtakes the present

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The skew in education

Poor quality government schools make higher education out of reach for non-elite . That’s the real problem, not public-funded universities.

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