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How personal wealth shapes political lives | Opinion – columns

British Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson has said that he plans to resign from his post. The reason for this is not that he is on a politically slippery slope but that he cannot survive on the salary and allowances he gets as PM. He feels that he can earn much more through lectures and writing. Just for the record, Johnson ...

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Domestic Violence Act: The Supreme Court took a progressive turn, writes Gautam Bhatia – columns

In 2005, Parliament enacted the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence (DV) Act. The DV Act was a critically important law that recognised and codified a set of rights intended to protect women from domestic violence and domestic abuse. The Act recognised that domestic violence is triggered — and enabled — by the vast differences of power that exist within ...

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Bihar: What we know, and what we don’t know – columns

From being widely seen as a straightforward contest, where the victory of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the return of Nitish Kumar as chief minister (CM) were but certain, the Bihar election has become a far more complex, and an open contest. This is because of a range of factors — the diminished popularity of the CM, a churn ...

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The Hindu factor in the US presidential polls – columns

Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice-president, was depicted as Durga in a visual tweeted by a relative on the first day of Navratri. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s face was superimposed on lion’s, with a snarl; and President Donald Trump was shown as Mahishasura, laying at their feet with a trishul to his throat. It was pulled down without ...

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The BJP’s high-risk strategy in Bihar – columns

For the last nine months, Bihar has lurched from one disaster to another — from a pandemic to lockdown-induced reverse migration, from economic distress to floods. Which is why in a state whose people love their politics, a tightly-fought election lifts the spirits. Which is also why large crowds at rallies, in defiance of Covid-19 protocols, should come as no ...

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India must wage an immediate, unified war against pollution – columns

The smog is back in Delhi again. Until last month, the sky was so clear that one could see the stars shining brightly. This is worrisome. It is usually closer to Diwali that Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) witness such bad weather conditions. If this is the situation right now, what will things like be in November? The ...

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Chanakya: The politics of Delhi’s air pollution – columns

It seems only apt that a column that usually restricts itself to politics, digressing occasionally into related areas such as economic affairs and foreign policy, focus on Delhi’s bad air problem, which surfaces around this time every year. For, while the factors responsible for it may be meteorological, economic, and scientific, the reason it remains unsolved is entirely political. Delhi ...

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Covid-19: My dilemma in the festive season, writes Karan Thapar – columns

Am I a killjoy or do I have good reasons for being apprehensive? The truth is, I just don’t know. I can recognise valid arguments on either side of the issue I want to raise and it’s placed me in a quandary. So let me share my thoughts, and you can decide for yourself. Now, it might seem paradoxical but ...

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Confront the mental health challenge | Opinion – columns

The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated several problems for women, one of them is mental health. The loss of income and mobility have compounded this. Social and physical distancing are not an option for many women in India. They are not in positions of power within the household, they have no access to finances and, therefore, they are at greater risk ...

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What’s common to TV news and the Opposition, writes Barkha Dutt – columns

Most of us will agree that my former medium, television news, has been reduced to tawdry entertainment. So, I am anything but a supporter of what passes off for prime time these days. If anything, I believe, television anchors have become parodies of themselves, self-caricatures if such a thing is possible. And I’d dismiss it all with a scornful laugh ...

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