Editorials

Ayodhya and the challenge to equality

In elections to three State Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh late last year, candidates of the Muslim faith won 11 of the 520 seats in play. That would seem a modest tally, by no means evidence of disproportionate political influence. The myth of a pampered minority, though, refuses …

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We need a leap in healthcare spending

The Central and State governments have introduced several innovations in the healthcare sector in recent times, in line with India’s relentless pursuit of reforms. However, while the government’s goal is to increase public health spending to 2.5% of GDP, health spending is only 1.15-1.5% of GDP. To reach its target, …

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The Coercion Bills. The Country’s Protest.

Reports have been received of a number of public meetings from all parts of the country protesting against the introduction of Rowlatt Bills in the Imperial Legislative Council. [At the Imperial Council in New Delhi on February 5] – Notice of the following further amendments to the Rowlatt Bills has …

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Israel rejects Nasser’s plan

Israel last night [Feb. 4] flatly rejected the ideas of President Nasser for a solution of the West Asia conflict as “a plan for liquidating Israel in two stages.” The first official reaction to President Nasser’s interview with ‘Newsweek’ magazine this week came in a statement from the Israeli Foreign …

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Timely review

Start-ups troubled by the so-called angel tax may soon receive some concession from the government. On Monday, the Centre set up a five-member working committee to look into revising the norms of the angel tax imposed on start-ups. The tax, which was first introduced in 2012 to curb money-laundering through …

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Unedifying episode

The Supreme Court has defused the situation,but concerns remain over stand-off in Kolkata In its ostensibly even-handed intervention in the stand-off between the Central and West Bengal governments over the manner of investigation of the Saradha Chit Fund case, the Supreme Court has de-escalated political tensions, at least for now. …

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A series of unfortunate missteps

K.T. Jaleel, who represented Kerala at the conclave, complained that he was not allowed to raise the issue there. The bitterness over the flood money still persists. Competitive federalism, in the context of interaction with foreign countries, promoted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has proved to be a double-edged sword. …

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Cracks in the framework

The Government of India has reportedly suppressed its own data on current employment, or rather job loss, in the country. It has, thereby, compromised the autonomy and the standing of the National Statistical Commission. This is the latest instalment in the rather sordid story of institutional decay in India, overseen …

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‘The 2019 election is going to be all about alliances’

The global investor on the coming general election, the anti-incumbency trend and why he thinks the Indian state is socialist In his latest book, ‘Democracy on the Road: A 25 Year Journey Through India’, investor Ruchir Sharma has catalogued the 27 national and State elections that he has tracked over …

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Question, but don’t arrest Kolkata police chief: SC to CBI

Hours after the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to make himself “available” to the CBI for questioning in the chit fund scam cases, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called off her dharna. The court, however, barred the CBI from taking any coercive steps, including …

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