Daily Archives: October 3, 2019

The great liberator (From an Editorial)

As the nation gathers to pay homage to the Father of the Nation on his hundredth birthday, it is natural for those who have grown up in the post-Gandhi era to ask what his unique contribution was. There were other great national leaders who campaigned for independence and there were …

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A sound review

Supreme Court’s order on anti-atrocities law is a caution against entering legislative domain After last year’s amendments aimed at nullifying the effect of a Supreme Court judgment that was seen as diluting the law against atrocities on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the apex court’s decision recalling the earlier verdict …

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Raining misery

Better infrastructure for water managementto break the droughts, floods cycle is needed If Bihar is struggling to stay afloat in the ongoing monsoon, its distress can be traced to poor infrastructure and a lack of administrative preparedness. Even large parts of the capital, Patna, have been paralysed without power and …

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The Magufuli ‘bulldozer’ effect

Tanzania, which has long enjoyed a reputation for democratic stability, is taking an authoritarian turn As Tanzania nears the 2020 election, its anti-corruption crusade seems headed to a one-man dictatorship. President John Magufuli, leader of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), or Party of the Revolution, made waves when he …

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Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

India needs to have a non-coercive sanitation policy forthose who continue to use the outdoors October 2 was not only Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, but also the fifth, and perhaps final, anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Speaking in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared India “open defecation-free”. But …

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Furthering this neighbourhood friendship

There is scope for India-Bangladesh ties to move to the next level, based on cooperation, coordination and consolidation Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will make her first official visit to India from October 3-6, post the general elections in Bangladesh (December 2018) and India (May 2019). She will address the …

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In pursuit of an ideal criminal process

It is time to rethink the power of arrest and the concept of cognisable offences Let us say we were creating the law on criminal process from scratch, for a just utopia. The law would need to empower police to arrest persons who are probable, not merely possible, suspects. Inbuilt …

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Decoding the corporate-Hindutva alliance

It spells double danger — threatening India’s secular and democratic standing and miring the economy deeper in crisis Hindutva “nationalism” unlike anti-colonial nationalism does not comprehend economics. The reason is simple. Central to anti-colonial nationalism was an understanding of colonial exploitation. This is why it distinguished between all previous rulers …

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‘Cutting off power in an accident is key in EVs’

Bosch’s devices prevent car occupants, rescuers from suffering electric shock With a rising number of electric vehicles (EVs) expected to hit the road in the coming years, drivers are increasingly becoming uncertain about safety measures, especially as to what they should do in the event of a collision. Damaged cables …

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