Editorials

Korean consensus?

Kim Jong-un’s visit to China is likely to force next steps after the Singapore summit The visit to China of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, is significant for two distinct reasons. It is evidence of the continuing calm in the Korean peninsula for …

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Mass messaging

The BJP is recklessly reinforcing ethnic and religious fault lines in the Northeast Protests in the Northeast, especially in Assam and Tripura, over the Centre’s move to push through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament highlight the dangerous pre-election adventurism of the BJP. The Bill seeks to confer Indian citizenship …

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Why Adam Smith favoured public education

Contrary to popular opinion, he was not a free market apologist The authority of Adam Smith is frequently invoked by supporters of the free market, who argue for extending the market forces to all conceivable goods and services and eliminating any kind of government intervention in markets. However, Smith’s The …

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The Great Game is not a zero-sum deal

India and China can work together, bilaterally and in multilateral groupings, to build a secure Afghanistan There is an air of uncertainty about the U.S.’s intentions in Afghanistan. The likelihood of an American pullout raises the spectre of instability in Afghanistan, South and Central Asia. If this happens, security could …

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Judicial evasion and the status quo

In high stakes cases, the Supreme Court must ensure that judgments are timely and clear On October 26, 2018, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India, was confronted with a straightforward legal question: whether the decision taken by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) …

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Sabarimala through the ages

The focus needs to shift from the entry of women to ecological destruction of the Western Ghats Public opinion on the question of women’s entry into Sabarimala is polarised. While some cite “age-old traditions” to explain why women aged 10 to 50 should not enter the temple, others believe that …

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Mrs. Gandhi’s call at Commonwealth conference

Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi to-day [January 8] told the Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ conference that equality and freedom from racial discrimination were the corner-stones of this multi-racial group of countries with different points of view and problems. The Commonwealth would not only be a living association but dimensions would be …

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Reinstated, conditionally

Supreme Court rejects the Centre’s contention in the CBI Director’s case, but softens the blow In setting aside the orders divesting Alok Verma of his functions and duties as Director of the CBI, the Supreme Court has strengthened the principle that the head of the agency should be insulated against …

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Quota questions

Moves for reservations on economic grounds are more about politics than social justice Rattled by the erosion in upper caste votes in the recent Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP government has attempted to recover this traditional vote base through an unapologetic political manoeuvre. It has …

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Staggering backwards

The Modi government’s reservation gambit is neither sound policy nor smart politics India presents a classic case of proto-politics. Nothing that is institutional has an appeal and the insatiable clamour for quick surprises is a constant. While on Sunday at a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) event as part of its …

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