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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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In defence of reformed capitalism – columns

The farm protest has acquired the character of a mass movement. Its staying power, its deep roots in the rural hinterland of Punjab, and to a lesser extent Haryana, and its organisation, need to be lauded. The protests have helped bring the issue of agriculture and its future to the national centre-stage. This newspaper has defended the agricultural reforms, is ...

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Parliament should sit more often – columns

In a normal year, the winter session of Parliament would have just ended and, like the rest of us, Members of Parliament (MPs) would be enjoying a well-earned holiday. This year, however, unlike the rest of us, they’ve been on vacation practically all the time. In 2020 Parliament convened for just 33 days. A glaring contrast to the 120 days ...

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The perils of a prolonged deadlock with farmers – columns

“I belong to a farmer’s family and since childhood, I have experienced the tough life of farmers…a lie is being spread these days in the name of MSP and mandis”. This was part of a letter by Union agriculture minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, reaching out to the agitating farmers. The farm groups rejected the overture. Who will blink first? Past ...

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For the Congress, why status quo is untenable – columns

The Congress is in crisis and this crisis has four distinct elements — of leadership, of effective messaging to take on the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of organisation, and of social coalition. But to understand the scale of the crisis first, just examine what has happened in the electoral arena since 2019. The Congress, in the second consecutive ...

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Parliament and the virtues of listening – columns

Presiding over the bhoomi pooja, or the laying of the foundation stone, of the new Parliament building, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi said democracy was a matter of “talking and listening”. Unfortunately, the bhoomi pooja has taken place at a time when the government is doing the talking and not showing much willingness to listen. The PM’s voice was the only ...

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In the cold winter, keeping the Gods warm – columns

The odd thing about winter in the plains of northern India is it suddenly hits you. For weeks, it’s balmy and then you wake up one morning shivering. Overnight the temperature has plummeted. Well, that happened last week. After unusually warm temperatures in the late 20s, the maximum on Thursday was just 15.2 degrees. The minimum was a freezing 4.6. ...

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Picking up the trade thread in Indo-US ties – columns

India and the United States (US) quietly brought down the curtain in recent days on nearly two years of intense trade talks that had brought the two countries the closest to an agreement in years. They can be called the Trump Round of talks for US President Donald Trump’s unmistakable imprint on them, from start to finish. External affairs minister ...

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India and the US should have a dialogue on democracy – columns

A major theme of United States (US) President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy platform has revolved around improving democratic cooperation. Writing in the journal Foreign Affairs in March this year, Biden declared: “During my first year in office, the United States will organize and host a global Summit for Democracy to renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of ...

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