Editorials

Ignoring the proportionality principle

The High Court’s verdict in theShakti Millsrape case disregards several judicial standards & precedents The Bombay High Court last month handed down a judgment upholding the validity of Section 376E of the Indian Penal Code, which authorises the award of either a life sentence or the death penalty to perpetrators …

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The tremor of unwelcome amendments

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill is a twin attack on accountability and the idea of federalism “Amendments” have haunted the Right to Information (RTI) community ever since the RTI Act came into effect almost 14 years ago. Rarely has a law been so stoutly defended by activists. It is …

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Inclusion over exclusion

A A A Fears of a vocal section should not override the rights of NRC claimants to due process With the Supreme Court-led process of updating the National Register of Citizens in Assam nearing its deadline of July 31, the complexities involved in the gargantuan exercise have dawned upon the …

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Unpresidential slant

Trump’s racist tweets risk damagingthe fabric of American society further A visceral debate on racism and immigration has again gripped the United States, after President Donald Trump attacked four Democratic Congresswomen of colour, asking them to return to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”. His …

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Green shoots of economic growth

Without factoring in agriculture, the vision of a $5-trillion economy will remain a distant dream India’s dream of becoming a $5-trillion economy by 2024 is now in the open with a ‘blue sky’ vision envisaged in the Economic Survey this year. The document lays down a clear strategy to augment …

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The NEP and liberal arts education

The draft’s endorsement of critical thinking would have gained credibility if it had promoted liberal values A few months ago, a school principal told me about her conversation in the morning assembly with children of the middle (Grades VI-VIII) section. She had asked them for suggestions to turn the school …

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Ecstasy and the agony

The small town of Aluva in Kerala is emerging as a hub for narcotic traffic and use. The State is stepping up its efforts to curb the problem, but easy availability and access to drugs is spurring the trade, reports M.P. Praveen Dressed in a grey shirt and black trousers, …

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Meagre rise in profits of banks

The working results of scheduled commercial banks for the first six months of 1969 are yet to be published by many banks as there has been some delay in finalising the accounts. But the earnings of two major institutions, which have been published, seem to indicate that even with a …

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Hockey at Madras. Y.M.C.A. vs. Y.M.I.A.

A rather tame game was witnessed in this match, which came off last evening [July 17] on the Y.M.C.A. grounds, the visitors eventually scoring an easy win by 4 goals to 1. They no doubt proved a bit too good for their rivals, but it was by no means a …

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Rising above sports fandom

Wimbledon ensures that reporters conceal their loyalty towards a player To be a Rafael Nadal fan is to be an underdog. It feels unreasonable, for Nadal is an 18-time Grand Slam champion and a serial winner. But in a universe full of Roger Federer supporters, I have often felt like …

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