Editorials

The operative word must be bilateralism

Using their convergence of perception on many issues, India and the U.S. can work closely in reshaping the global order Global politics is changing at a fast pace. Thus a setting where there was a chariot of peace, joint co-operation, multilateralism and liberalism whose strings were controlled by institutions such …

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In Haryana, it’s BJP versus the rest

The Assembly election verdict will indicate the political future of State-based parties As Haryana gets ready for its 14th Assembly election, to be held on October 21, it is time to see how it compares in electoral terms with other States. Differences and similarities Haryana’s ‘exceptionalism’ becomes evident when we …

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Taking national data seriously

India must not trade away its national data rights at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations In a digital economy, data is the central resource. The Prime Minister recently compared data to property at the advent of the industrial era. Data is being considered as a nation’s new wealth. How …

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The great liberator (From an Editorial)

As the nation gathers to pay homage to the Father of the Nation on his hundredth birthday, it is natural for those who have grown up in the post-Gandhi era to ask what his unique contribution was. There were other great national leaders who campaigned for independence and there were …

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A sound review

Supreme Court’s order on anti-atrocities law is a caution against entering legislative domain After last year’s amendments aimed at nullifying the effect of a Supreme Court judgment that was seen as diluting the law against atrocities on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the apex court’s decision recalling the earlier verdict …

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Raining misery

Better infrastructure for water managementto break the droughts, floods cycle is needed If Bihar is struggling to stay afloat in the ongoing monsoon, its distress can be traced to poor infrastructure and a lack of administrative preparedness. Even large parts of the capital, Patna, have been paralysed without power and …

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The Magufuli ‘bulldozer’ effect

Tanzania, which has long enjoyed a reputation for democratic stability, is taking an authoritarian turn As Tanzania nears the 2020 election, its anti-corruption crusade seems headed to a one-man dictatorship. President John Magufuli, leader of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), or Party of the Revolution, made waves when he …

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Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

India needs to have a non-coercive sanitation policy forthose who continue to use the outdoors October 2 was not only Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, but also the fifth, and perhaps final, anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Speaking in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared India “open defecation-free”. But …

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Furthering this neighbourhood friendship

There is scope for India-Bangladesh ties to move to the next level, based on cooperation, coordination and consolidation Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will make her first official visit to India from October 3-6, post the general elections in Bangladesh (December 2018) and India (May 2019). She will address the …

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In pursuit of an ideal criminal process

It is time to rethink the power of arrest and the concept of cognisable offences Let us say we were creating the law on criminal process from scratch, for a just utopia. The law would need to empower police to arrest persons who are probable, not merely possible, suspects. Inbuilt …

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