Editorials

A KITE for India

In 1859, when Charles Darwin presented his famed theory of evolution by natural selection, inherent in its essence was the abiding notion of survival of the fittest. To evolve, compete and do better has been the cornerstone of the survival of any species. This has also helped ensure that countries …

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A game-changing diaper?

The use of disposable diapers in baby care is becoming common in urban areas. Diapers are also increasingly being used by the elderly who experience uncontrolled urination due to certain geriatric health problems. But there is a downside to all this. Diapers contain super-absorbing polymers, or SAPs, which can absorb …

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Extend NRC to all of India

Before you start vomiting your liberal prejudices about human rights, let me tell you something: there are more than 10 million people in the world who don’t have any citizenship. In today’s day and age, citizenship itself is a great privilege. And Indian citizenship, needless to say, is the greatest …

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In Cave 16: the Kailasa temple

A walk through one of the largest rock-cut temples in the world According to a legend cited in the 10th century book Katha Kalpa Taru, some time in the 8th century, the queen of the Rashtrakuta ruler Elu made a vow that she would not eat till a magnificent temple …

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The empty rituals of daily lives

Just as religious rituals move the practitioner away from the immensity of faith, secular rituals move citizens’ attention away from real issues Serious religious thinkers have tended to distinguish between ritual and religion. Some, of course, have distinguished between spirituality and religion too, mostly because they have associated religion with …

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The state of statelessness

It is to experience the worst imaginable nightmare, not a natural disaster but a man-made malaise It is frightfully disturbing to learn that 40 lakh people, currently living in Assam, find no place in the draft of the National Register of Citizens. Therefore, they could be deprived of their Indian …

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Do not miss that run

At the height of summer, naps at the beach can be alluring and many of us may find ourselves tempted to take prolonged vacations from exercise. But two new admonitory studies involving both older and younger adults (who temporarily cut back on their physical activity) indicate that the metabolic consequences …

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Corrections and clarifications

>>The headline of the story regarding the passage of a Constitutional Amendment Bill providing for a National Commission for Backward Classes as a Constitutional body (Aug. 3, 2018) should have been: “Constitutional status for BCs panel.” >>A sentence in “Congress stance on NRC affects India’s sovereignty: Jaitley” (Aug. 2, 2018) …

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Impasse ends

Now, a fresh memorandum of procedure for judicial appointments must be agreed upon Good sense seems to have prevailed at last. The Centre has cleared the elevation of Justice K.M. Joseph to the Supreme Court, seven months after the five-member collegium first recommended his appointment. The Centre had no option …

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Hope in Harare?

Zimbabwe needs to move on quickly from the post-election violence this week His victory as President in this week’s general election confers popular legitimacy on Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s military-installed leader since November 2017. The two-thirds majority for the ruling Zanu-PF party in Parliament will tighten its control over state institutions. …

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