Editorials

A day in the digital desert

Being teleported to a different time without my laptop, phone, or TV felt good The other day I ran into a perfect storm. The friend I’m staying with in London left for a long trip to India early that morning. Half awake, with the Uber growling outside, he grabbed my …

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The purpose of keeping a diary

On August 2, 1914, Franz Kafka wrote in his diary, “Germany has declared war on Russia. Went swimming in the afternoon.” The war he referred to was World War 1, which went on to kill 15-16 million people over the next four years, precipitated the end of the Ottoman Empire …

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Diversity in unity

By allying with Ajit Jogi, Mayawati signalsthe BSP can’t be taken for granted Things are never as easy as they seem from a distance. If the Congress entertained hopes of being at the centre of a national-level alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party, then it was relying heavily on the …

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Overnight flip-flop

The government must explain why it cancelled the Swaraj-Qureshi meeting Within 24 hours of announcing a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in New York next week, India called it off. The reasons cited for this overnight flip-flop are recent attacks in …

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All in the arithmetic

Without an alliance, the Congress may find the going difficult in Rajasthan Going by the electoral trend of the past 25 years in Rajasthan, it should be the turn of the Congress to form a government in Rajasthan after the Assembly elections later this year. The people of Rajasthan have …

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Seeking a managed exit

A year after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his new Afghanistan policy, the stalemate continues Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani was in New Delhi on September 19 for a day-long working visit. A short press release indicates the low-key nature of the visit. The reason is simple — the growing sense …

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Ravaged by a caterpillar

First detected in Karnataka only in May this year, the fall armyworm, a native of the Americas, has already spread as far as West Bengal and Gujarat, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Priyanka Pulla reports on the deficiencies in India’s quarantine regime It is a hot day …

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Lawlessness in Ramnad.

Information reached Madura last evening [Sept. 18] that a serious rioting was committed in Kamuthi on Tuesday [Sept. 17]. Kamuthi is an important business centre inhabited mostly by the Nadars, and is situated in the interior of the Ramand district, 56 miles from Madura and twenty miles from the nearest …

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Indian Coasting Vessels.

The ‘Bombay’ is one of a fleet of small steamers built and building to the order of the Government of India for service of Indian coasts. Six of these vessels are being constructed in dockyards. They are of composite construction and are built of materials produced almost exclusively in India …

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Protecting persons with HIV/ AIDS

A law to safeguard rights and prevent discrimination The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act of 2017 safeguards the human rights of people living with HIV and AIDS. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a notification to bring the Act into force …

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