No land’s people

Cooperation among governments and tolerance among citizens will help us find a solution to the refugee crisis A large number of people in the world today are stateless and are thus deprived of the rights that the majority enjoy. This problem is particularly significant in the Indian context now — …

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The progressive way

Enacting just laws is more desirable than tinkering with personal laws for the sake of ‘uniformity’ In a consultation paper released recently, the Law Commission of India has boldly said that a uniform civil code (UCC) is neither feasible nor necessary at this stage. The response must come as a …

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When Dravidianism and Hindutva met

Political parties in Tamil Nadu today must heed Periyar’s message in rejecting Hindutva overtures In 1944, an unusual meeting took place between the pre-eminent leader of the non-Brahmin movement, Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, and a major leader of the Hindu Mahasabha, Balkrishna Shivram Moonje. Periyar and Naidu’s friendship On September 19 …

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2+2 is less than the sum of its parts?

India risks going down the ‘slippery slope’ of becoming a U.S. acolyte in conflicts not of its choosing The much heralded 2+2 Dialogue between the U.S. and India finally fructified on September 6. The 2+2 format, involving the Defence and Foreign Ministers of the two countries, unconventional though it may …

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The Green Agriculture project synergises biodiversity conservation, agriculture production, and development India is signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity. As four of the 35 biodiversity hotspots are located in India, it is biodiversity-rich. However, climate change and development without consideration for biodiversity are leading to loss of biodiversity. India’s …

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The rupee problem

Ad hoc steps to check the currency’s decline must not deflect from the deeper problems The rupee, which is currently the worst-performing currency in Asia, is finally receiving some help from the authorities. The Union government, after a meeting with Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, on Friday announced …

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Lethal filth

The law should be enforced vigorouslyto eliminate manual scavenging in its entirety The death of five young men who were employed to clean a septic tank in an upmarket residential community in New Delhi is a shocking reminder that India’s high-profile sanitation campaign has done little to alter some basic …

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A constant value in a changing world

This newspaper always draws the line between news and views A reader wrote to us wondering whether discussions on technological disruptions and their impact on the news ecology are a ploy to deflect attention from the failings of the news media. He listed a set of “non-stories” — speculations at …

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Covering the last field

Reinvigorate the crop insurance scheme to provide social protection to every farmer Excess rains and floods in Kerala, deficit rainfall in eastern and north-eastern India, and associated large-scale crop losses have again highlighted the need for providing social protection to poor farmers. A highly subsidised Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana …

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