Editorials

Checking the new abnormal

The U.S. experience shows that anti-lynching laws are not enough — this must be a political battle Dismayed by the increasing number of cases of lynching across the country, the Supreme Court observed last month that “it is the responsibility of the States to prevent untoward incidents and to prevent …

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Engaging Naya Pakistan

The victory of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the recent general elections in Pakistan poses both challenges and opportunities for India. The challenge would be to engage a newly minted Pakistani Prime Minister who is yet to reveal his way of conducting diplomacy. The opportunity, even so, lies in …

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Life after rescue

West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district has become a hub from where girls are trafficked into the commercial sex trade. Shiv Sahay Singh reports on thestruggle for compensation and dignity of those fortunate enough to have been rescued Serina (23) was rescued from a brothel in Kalyan, a Mumbai suburb, …

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Reforms for Burma.

to the exclusion of the province from reform proposals and suggests that as the Viceroy and the Secretary of State have recently said Burma is not India, the Local Government might proceed to ascertain the views of the people on the application of reforms to Burma, Simla having asked for …

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Numbing numbers

At upwards of four million, the number of those excluded from the second draft of the National Register of Citizens published on Monday has sparked great anxiety about the legal status of so many individuals. As with the first list published on December 31, 2017, the publication of the final …

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War workers after War

Extract: The Government of Bengal has issued [in Calcutta] a resolution containing instructions to the heads of departments for employment in Government service of persons now employed in connection with the war. In filling up vacancies at the end of war, preference will be given to men who have rendered …

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War Graves

Extract: A meeting of the Imperial War Graves Commission held [in London] on July 24th at which Lord Islington, Sir William Garstin, Mr. Rudyard Kipling and others were present adopted the recommendations of the Committee consisting of Lord Islington, W.P. Schreiner, Sahibzada Ahmed Aftabakhan and Sir Pattani which had been …

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Drafting a data protection Bill

Extract: The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, recognises privacy as a fundamental right. It has provisions to protect personal data as an essential facet of information privacy. The objective of the Bill is to balance the growth of the digital economy and use of data as a means of …

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Discounting logic

Extract: Among the ideas in the draft policy are a sunset clause on discounts that can be offered by e-commerce firms and restrictions on sellers backed by marketplace operators. The aim may be to prevent large players from pricing out the competition though unfair practices, but taken too far such …

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Managing perceptions

Extract: From the very beginning it was clear that the entire issue had less to do with the correctness of the Supreme Court judgment and more to do with the way it was interpreted, and sometimes deliberately misinterpreted. The judgment had not altered or read down any of the key …

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