Editorials

A valiant attempt to mainstream the marginalised

The ‘good cop’ in ‘Article 15’ is aware of his privilege One popular trope in Hindi cinema is that of a ‘good cop’. He regularly performs swashbuckling tricks, takes the rowdies to task and doles out justice. Amitabh Bachchan played many of these angry cop roles in the 1970s. In …

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The act of verification requires time

The Readers’ Editor’s office requires effort and expertise to verify arguments and counterarguments What are the issues that a Readers’ Editor can address and what are the issues that are beyond his remit? The fine line between acting responsibly and overreach is clear to all the three concerned parties: readers, …

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Ecological perils of discounting the future

With growing environmental distress, policymakers cannot shy away from adopting best eco-management practices In a report last year, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) called the Chennai floods of 2015 a “man made disaster”, a pointer to how the encroachment of lakes and river floodplains has driven India’s …

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Relying on the Constitution is not enough

For Dalits, the institution has become synonymous with a grievance cell offering no immediate solutions Caste plays an important role in every facet of life, writes Suraj Yengde, a first-generation Dalit scholar, in his latest book, Caste Matters . Mr. Yengde grew up in dire circumstances in a family where …

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Looming challenges to India’s standing

In the coming five years, a host of geopolitical and economic issues need to be reconciled Prime Minister Narendra Modi has maintained a frenetic pace, renewing contacts with world leaders ever since the results of general election 2019. He was the cynosure of all eyes at the G-20 meeting in …

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The climax

India fell at the last-four stage, and cricket will now have a new World Cup winner The ICC World Cup awaits its Sunday climax with England taking on New Zealand in the final at Lord’s. However, closer home, disappointment lingers over India’s exit at the last-four stage. It is a …

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Aftershocks in Goa

By aiding defections, the BJP is shrinking opposition space in an unseemly fashion The near liquidation of the Congress legislature party in Goa, close on the heels of a rebellion of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) legislators in neighbouring Karnataka, is the latest aftershock of the national election results in …

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Game of chicken that can end in disaster

The confrontation between the U.S. and Iran in West Asia could snowball with damaging economic consequences On July 7, Iran announced that it would begin enriching uranium above a concentration of 3.67% permitted under the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached by Iran and …

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A case of confused thinking

The draft National Education Policy lacks the very abilities it emphasises — critical thinking and deeper understanding The draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 recommends a restructuring of school years and the curriculum, in a wide-ranging manner. If properly implemented, many of the suggested changes may help education. These include …

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Death by digital exclusion?

Many in Jharkhand have been denied food under the public distribution system as their ration cards have been cancelled in the mad rush for putting in place a digital system. While activists claim that some have died from starvation, the government denies this. Shiv Sahay Singh reports on the problems …

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