Editorials

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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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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