Editorials

Is the NITI Aayog relevant today?

It is introducing new ideas and bringing about a greater level of accountability in the system The NITI Aayog was formed to bring fresh ideas to the government. Its first mandate is to act as a think tank. It can be visualised as a funnel through which new and innovative …

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When Brecht speaks as Ambedkar

Citing literary sources, turning to parables, prose, plays, poetry is the wherewithal of political discourse Policemen and policewomen are not mindless digits in khaki. They have all been to school. Many of them are MAs, some PhDs. And they have families, friends just like anyone else who has not been …

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Alleged Extortion.

At the [Calcutta] High Court to-day [September 19] Justices Fletcher and Walmsley disposed of a reference made by the Sessions Judge of the Assam Valley Districts in a case in which Bhalok Neog, a constable and three others were charged with conspiring to extort money. It was alleged that on …

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Lucknow Political Murder Appeal.

The Judicial Commissioners delivered judgment yesterday [September 18] in what is known as the Lucknow political conspiracy murder appeal. The judgment is an extremely lengthy one in the course of which the learned Judges held that the statement of Shankerlal was true. There was no doubt in their minds that …

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Bonds to rescue the rupee

On raising money from NRIs to boost currency What are NRI bonds? These are bonds issued by the Reserve Bank of India to non-resident Indians who are interested in investing their money in India. Since these bonds offer higher returns than other similar investments, they can be used as a …

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Impatient move

Lack of consensus in the Rajya Sabha isno reason to issue an ordinance on triple talaq The Union Cabinet’s decision to take the ordinance route to enact a diluted version of its law making instant triple talaq a criminal offence is a sign of undue impatience. This is a matter …

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Upping the ante

The U.S. ratchets up the trade warwith China, but to what end? The rules-based world order for international trade appears to be in for a rougher ride yet after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced this week that it would be slapping $200-billion worth of Chinese exports with …

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How far does a PhD go?

As the job market is tight for those with PhDs in science,it is important that they develop other skill sets The number of PhD graduates has proliferated over the decades — while there were only a dozen doctorates till 1920 in India (the first was awarded in 1904), there were …

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Preparing for the floods

Kerala has a unique opportunity to put in place climate-resilient water management The recent floods in Kerala saw heroic rescues from raging rivers swollen by unprecedented rains — and the opening of shutters of major dams. There were allegations of ‘human blunders’ while the government said it could have done …

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Guilt by association and insinuation

A recap of the Saibaba case shows just how urgently the UAPA needs to be read down In the 1950s, the U.S. was gripped by an anti-communist hysteria that is now known as “McCarthyism”, after Senator Joseph McCarthy, its chief propagandist. McCarthyism was characterised by blacklists and harassment, investigations and …

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