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The conversation India refuses to have – columns

Accused of a crime that carries the death penalty, the woman will not reveal her truth. She is too ashamed to say that her husband, an upstanding, respected lawyer, used to rape her. Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors is a fictional show. But its central theme is all too real for hundreds of thousands of women, opening up a conversation ...

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After anarchy in the US, reimagining the middle ground – columns

Indians are not the only ones claiming gloating rights over the anarchist violence in America. From Turkey to Zimbabwe, this is the world’s schadenfreude moment — a sort of payback for the countless times America has lectured the world on democracy. As Dr Faheem Younus, a Covid-19 expert, known for his people-friendly interventions, wryly tweeted, “This is why I had ...

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January 6: A black day for US democracy – analysis

January 6 will be remembered as a black and bleak day in the annals of the history of the United States (US), when the world’s oldest and most powerful democracy allowed its legislative heart — the US Capitol — to be stormed by supporters of President Donald Trump. Encouraged by a sitting president who has lost the election for a ...

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India’s retrospective taxation blunder is still extracting heavy costs – analysis

A retroactive law is truly a monstrosity. Law has to do with the governance of human conduct by rules. To speak of governing…today by rules that will be enacted tomorrow is to talk in blank prose”. This quote by Lon L Fuller, an American legal philosopher, aptly summarises India’s retroactive tax misadventure. In 2012, India amended the Income Tax Act ...

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The new architecture of a new India – analysis

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, cleared Delhi’s Central Vista project. A new Parliament building is being built, but it is not just about a single building, or even the upgrading of office buildings along Rajpath. There are several good reasons why India needs to invest in modernising the physical infrastructure of the government, create iconic new buildings, and renew its ...

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Only a strong social security net can ensure economic growth – analysis

The lasting legacy of Covid-19’s impact on India won’t be the large number of fatalities it has caused, it will be how governments across India watched silently as a crashing economy caused a devastating impact on the lives of millions of poor. Going against the call by leading economists to increase spending by targeting direct support to the poor, just ...

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To deal with an aggressive China, its opponents must hang together – editorials

Home / Editorials / To deal with an aggressive China, its opponents must hang together That China’s blockade of Australian coal has led to hundreds of Indian sailors being stranded in China is a reminder that, when it comes to the Middle Kingdom, its opponents need to band together. editorials Updated: Dec 31, 2020, 20:10 IST Ultimately, Beijing carries out ...

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Winter shelters for the homeless: Don’t cut corners – editorials

For the last few days, the northwestern part of India has been in the grip of a cold wave or severe cold wave conditions. This situation is likely to continue in the National Capital Region for the next three days. With the mercury dipping, the homeless in Delhi have been using free-of-cost night shelters set up by the Delhi Urban ...

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Infection rates are falling in India, but there is no room for complacency – editorials

In the past week, India has, on average, reported 292 new Covid-19 deaths every day, and 21,072 new infections daily — both the lowest in around half a year. Since the peak of India’s first wave in mid-September, both these numbers have dropped nearly 80%. Also in the last week, the positivity rate — the proportions of samples tested that ...

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In Kashmir, the return of democracy – editorials

Local elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are a significant moment in the political evolution of the new Union Territory. Ever since the state assembly was dissolved in 2018, and the state was subsequently bifurcated and turned into a Union Territory, it has witnessed a political vacuum — where voters haven’t really got an opportunity to express their aspirations and ...

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