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When citizens act against their interest | Opinion – analysis

As the world continues to grapple with the most extraordinary health crisis of recent times, more than 200,000 people have been fined for not wearing masks and more than 8,000 fined for not maintaining the required physical distance in public spaces in Delhi between September 7 and November 16. And this represents only those who were caught. It appears that ...

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Kenya walked into the dragon’s trap. It holds a message for South Asia | Opinion – world news

Zambia has finally received a six-month reprieve from China Development Bank on repayment of its debt due in October, the government in Lusaka announced last month after a desperate SOS that it was on the verge of a default. Lusaka had already been attempting to restructure and refinance its Chinese debt when SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, first reached ...

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How Bihar has exposed the limits of each party | Opinion – analysis

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), despite polling almost the same number of votes as the Mahagathbandhan (MGB), has managed to retain power in Bihar. What does this tell us about the state of various political formations in the state? The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is the single-largest party for the second time in a row. Last time, it lost power ...

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Why Tejashwi failed to break the glass ceiling | Opinion – analysis

Exit polls predicted a landslide for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Mahagatbandhan (MGB) of Opposition parties. The only quibble was the quantum of the RJD victory. These findings gained greater credence since those covering the ground reported deep resentment and anger against the incumbent Nitish Kumar. We were told that Tejashwi Yadav’s plank of economic justice that covered themes as ...

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China’s quest to control Tibet’s spiritual space | Opinion – analysis

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) first acknowledged the importance of the religious authority of Tibetan lamas in 1992 when it approved the elevation of Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a boy recognised by the Dalai Lama as the 17th Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Three years later, China asserted its claim of sovereignty in the centuries-old tradition ...

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Donald Trump and the future of the Republican Party | Opinion – analysis

Donald Trump upturned the political applecart in 2016 by assembling a coalition of anger. Now he’s arousing them to new heights of fear and loathing. He is losing parts of the coalition as a result but hopes enough fence-sitters and fellow-travellers who stayed home in 2016 will rally to him. In addition, the Republican Party is using every administrative trick ...

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2020 marks the arrival of the Indian-American voter | Opinion – analysis

The 2020 United States (US) election has seen the four-million-strong Indian-American community come of age politically and put them on the US’s political map. What will a great night for the community on November 3 look like? For Democrats all over the country, a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris victory, which would catapult one of their own to the second-most powerful position ...

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Strengthen the NCW to effect real change | Opinion – columns

Over the last month, the National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma has come in for much criticism over her social media messages before she took office. The messages were derogatory to women. This is condemnable and clearly suggests that due diligence was not exercised before appointing such a person to what is a national body entrusted to ensure ...

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The challenge ahead for terror-hit France | Opinion – analysis

France has faced its own share of terrorist attacks, including from among its own radicalised Muslims. The latest cycle, which has left the country in shock, began with the beheading of Samuel Paty, a school teacher on October 16, killed by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee who was enraged because Paty had shown caricatures of Prophet Mohammed during his lecture on ...

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Genes may decide the coronavirus disease path | Opinion – analysis

The world has already experienced three coronavirus attacks in the 21st century, beginning with Sars in 2002, Mers in 2016 and now Covid-19. While the first two have been far less infectious but more lethal with fatality rates of 10% and 34% respectively, the Sars-CoV-2 has proved more infectious, but much less lethal with a case fatality rate (CFR) of ...

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