Editorials

The house that Naipaul built

It is not his travel writing that makes him one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, it is his fiction The joke, considered by some to be factual, runs like this. An Englishman, an admirer of the descriptive writing of the blind Ved Mehta, goes to a literary …

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Undoing a legacy of injustice

The Delhi High Court order striking down the Begging Act heeds the Constitution’s transformative nature In 1871, the colonial regime passed the notorious Criminal Tribes Act. This law was based upon the racist British belief that in India there were entire groups and communities that were criminal by birth, nature, …

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Stooping to conquer

BJP exhibited its superior floor management in the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman’s election It was never going to be easy for the Bharatiya Janata Party to get a candidate of its choice elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. The ruling party and its allies fell short of …

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Endless war

The global community fails Yemen by not pressuring Saudi Arabia to cease the attacks The attack on a bus in a crowded market in southern Yemen that killed at least 45 people, most of them children, is the latest atrocity in the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia that began …

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The Andamans’ new colonisers

The Indian bull frog, a recent arrival from the mainland, is steadily occupying the islands’ ecosystem and threatening the local economy. Mohit M. Rao reports on the bizarre man-frog conflict brewing in the islands A narrow road bifurcates the hyper-green paddy fields of Webi village in Middle Andaman, in the …

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The economics of tax havens

Tax havens, which help rich corporations and businessmen avoid paying high taxes on their income, have been vilified for supporting the illegal accumulation of wealth. Organisations like Oxfam have often characterised tax havens as “anti-poor” since they help the rich avoid paying taxes to governments. Several governments have also come …

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Dangerous rhetoric

Political parties must stop feasting onthe complexities of Assam’s demography In the week since the final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam was completed, the political rhetoric has got irresponsibly away from the issue at hand. Those associated with the preparation of the NRC, including its Supreme …

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Thirty years after the 8888 uprising

Myanmar’s stability and development depend on how the issues of equality and federalism are addressed August 8 marks the 30th anniversary of the people’s uprising in Myanmar. The ‘8888’ uprising (or the eighth day of August 1988) is one of Myanmar’s most important historic days in the context of the …

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Our privacy’s worth

A response to some criticism of the Srikrishna Committee report In “A fundamental error” ( The Hindu , August 1), Apar Gupta and Ujwala Uppaluri allege that the Srikrishna Committee has undermined and reinterpreted the legal principles in the right to privacy judgment. Neither the report nor the Bill does …

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The essentiality of mosques

Why the Supreme Court needs to reconsider the Ismail Faruqui verdict The importance of mosques in Islam has come into focus again. During the hearing of the Babri Masjid case, advocate Rajeev Dhavan asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its judgment in Ismail Faruqui v. Union Of India (1994). The …

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