More female teachers and role models may help bridge gender gap in schools

The endeavour to connect Pacific and Indian Oceans could be an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Taj Mahal, you belong to no religion, you represent our faith in love

Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat and Rajasthan’s proposed ‘media gag’ got the channels interested

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A monumental bailout

Bank recapitalisation plan is a necessary but not sufficient condition for reviving growth. It must be accompanied by structural changes.

My knowledge of dispute resolution leads me to believe that disputing parties need come to an acceptable ‘mean’ — that is, they have to be reasonable and pragmatic rather than sticking to ‘extreme’ positions.
Valley dialogue with a difference

I welcome the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma, former director of the Intelligence Bureau, as an emissary of the Government of India to initiate a dialogue in Kashmir. But I won’t hesitate to say there is widespread cynicism in Kashmir on the outcome of a dialogue the government has set at a non-political level. Even then, […]

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Look beyond Af-Pak

US is reconsidering India’s role in Indian Ocean region. A rejig of US policy in South Asia is in order too

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To Vijay Sir, With Love

Watching ‘Mersal’ in a Delhi theatre is stressful and amusing for a fan

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Be your own editor

Young people must learn how to spot fake news. They also need to seek out more diverse sources of information

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Love conquers all

Despite the rash of threats, imprecations and last selfies, the Taj Mahal still stands. It’s even looking cleaner than usual

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The Tillerson tone

US and India may have begun a new conversation — but there are stumbling blocks ahead

October 27, 1977, Forty Years Ago

PM And The Soviets The joint declaration signed by Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and Prime Minister Morarji Desai confirmed the wide range of agreement and understanding reached as a result of Desai’s visit to the Soviet Union and outlined plans for continued economic assistance and cooperation. Some of the points were elaborated further by Desai […]

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Like Mao and Deng, Xi Jinping enshrines China’s miracle

The inability to understand how the CPC functions has meant that commentators have been predicting China’s imminent collapse ever since the Communist Revolution of 1949. But China has survived, grown and prospered.

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To love’s temple

Taj Mahal, you belong to no religion, you represent our faith in love. That’s why politicians of today don’t understand you.

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The confluence of two seas

The endeavour of India, Japan and US to connect the Pacific and Indian Oceans could be an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and enhance the bargaining power of small countries vis-a-vis Beijing.

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Telescope: Gabbar Singh returns

Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat and Rajasthan’s proposed ‘media gag’ got the channels interested.

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No signs of life

In Tamil Nadu, only the dead can have their likeness depicted in public places, and free speech is a casualty

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Bowing to necessity

The bank recapitalisation scheme reflects government’s failure to transform state-capital relations

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The Exemplar Effect

More female teachers and role models may help bridge gender gap in schools

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The booster shot

The move to raise spending and bolster growth is welcome. But private investment must pick up for economy to turnaround

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A true seeker

Girija Devi turned the courtly music of ‘thumri’ into a vehicle for love, longing and despair

October 26, 1977, Forty Years Ago

The final round of discussions between the Indian and Soviet delegations followed by Morarji Desai’s televised address to the Soviet people confirmed expectations that his visit has not only served to maintain close relations between the two countries, but actually strengthened them.

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Gabbar Singh fires up Gujarat, even as Modi rains down sops in his home state

As Modi, the BJP’s lone star campaigner in Gujarat, tries to explain that the GST was not “his decision alone” – it was the Congress party whose idea it was in the first place – goes on to assure traders that their old account books will not be investigated.

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#MeToo breaks conspiracy of silence, but social media hashtags aren’t enough

Perhaps the protests in India’s urban university spaces like JU and BHU as well as the ‘Pinjra Tod’ movement show that significantly more students are rejecting both silence and silencing to create collectivities against sexual harassment.

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Alienation of the Patels

Will they vote as a caste bloc in Gujarat, or will class play a role — for BJP, that’s the question

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Promises to keep

Centre’s initiative on Kashmir offers hope. Let the dialogue process also engage the Hurriyat

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No force-feeding please

Supreme Court must listen to Justice Chandrachud’s question on its national anthem order. Government must act on it too

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One of the people

Director I.V. Sasi’s films mirrored the transitions in Malayalam society, and set trends

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View From The Right: Ethos of festivals

The editorial in Organiser says: “Despite restrictions on firecrackers, the celebratory mood will remain upbeat. There is also a talk about denigrating or defaming the Hindu festivals and sentiments under the garb of various pretexts.’

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Cities at crossroads: Don’t waste the possibilities

Use of plastic to lay roads shows the way. Initiatives in states like Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh are worth emulating.

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Mahatma Macaulay

Robert Clive founded the British Raj, Lord Macaulay sowed the seeds of its end

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For the sake of the Indo-Pacific

Rex Tillerson’s India visit should occasion a review of Washington’s immigration policies. New Delhi needs to remove barriers to innovation.

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In Kafkaesque JNU, teachers & V-C at cross-purposes

JNU V-C M Jagadesh Kumar, has arrogated to himself the power to determine who is an expert in every field of study in the university, and to call only those he has named to be experts to Selection Committee meetings.

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J&K policy: Modi realises barrel of gun can never successfully mediate a solution in troubled state

Rajnath Singh’s announcement that former IB director Dineshwar Sharma will be the Centre’s pointperson for a dialogue with all Kashmiris shows that the will of the Kashmiris cannot be broken by the barrel of a gun, but that you have to meet them half-way, as equals, if you seek a face-saving formula for victory.

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October 24, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Congress Intrigues

Kerala Chief Minister AK Antony won the Kazhakkoottam by-election defeating the Opposition-backed independent, Sridharan Nair.

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Colonial Rajasthan

Ordinance that shields public servants is a throwback to an earlier time, fails the test of constitutionality

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Law And Immunity

Move to criminalise cyber speech will add impunity to power

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Roll it back

By seeking to protect the government against the law and the press, Raje regime reveals its own insecurity

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Not a single rupee?

PM Modi’s warning to states on development funds could accentuate anxieties of BJP’s retreat from its federal promise

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Raja Mandala: The road to partnership

India-US ties have deepened but remain short of fulfilling their potential. Trump regime could contribute to India’s rise as a regional power.