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Willing To Wound But Afraid To Strike?

Willing To Wound But Afraid To Strike?

Oct 24, 2016

Has Akhilesh lost an opportunity to break away from the party’s old guard and power brokers? The jury is still out as the drama heads to a denouement

If Supreme Court Separates Religion From Politics, Can Parties Cope?

If Supreme Court Separates Religion From Politics, Can Parties Cope?

Oct 21, 2016

A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court presides over a hearing that is potentially a ticking time-bomb

Pros And Cons Of VIP Security

Pros And Cons Of VIP Security

Oct 19, 2016

Extending VIP security to individual citizens for a price is a questionable and subjective practice that needs an urgent review.

Go-Mutra Is No Longer A Joke

Go-Mutra Is No Longer A Joke

Oct 17, 2016

Now that cow urine is costlier than both milk and petrol, isn't it time for the government to initiate a more scientific investigation?

Why Keep Income Tax Data Secret?

Why Keep Income Tax Data Secret?

Oct 14, 2016

Disclosure by a single ‘Hyderabadi’ of undeclared income worth Rs 10,000 crore has not caused much of an outrage. But it has revived the debate on the desirability of releasing Income Tax data in the public domain.

When The Mood Of State Decides Victim Compensation

When The Mood Of State Decides Victim Compensation

Oct 13, 2016

Victims of rapes and riots, murders or mayhem continue to be at the receiving end of a whimsical and irrational policy of relief and rehabilitation. Nor is such policy uniform.

From JNU, With Love

From JNU, With Love

Oct 12, 2016

While Kanhaiya Kumar's memoir is eagerly awaited, an eminently readable novel based on life in JNU appears to have fallen off the radar.

Love Letters Of A French President

Love Letters Of A French President

Oct 10, 2016

As a collection of Francois Mitterrand's love letters are about to hit the stand, a re-look at his torrid affair and literary flair

HRD Ministry Scores A Self-Goal

HRD Ministry Scores A Self-Goal

Oct 08, 2016

The one-man judicial commission trusted with an inquiry into Rohith Vemula's suicide shoots itself in the foot

Litterbugs, Beware!

Litterbugs, Beware!

Oct 06, 2016

Littering is a more complicated issue that requires much more than a quick-fix and deterrent punishment

Draupadi Is In Rajya Sabha, But Where's Ram?

Draupadi Is In Rajya Sabha, But Where's Ram?

Oct 05, 2016

There are reasons to believe that Draupadi will sizzle in the Rajya Sabha and perform much better than most other nominated members. But why has the BJP left out Ram?

Will Nitish Kumar Have The Last Laugh?

Will Nitish Kumar Have The Last Laugh?

Oct 04, 2016

His 'draconian' law enforcing prohibition has invited both scorn and ridicule. But the Bihar chief minister appears unfazed by criticism.

Swachh Bharat Mission is Two Years Old. And We Have Five Questions

Swachh Bharat Mission is Two Years Old. And We Have Five Questions

Oct 02, 2016

An RTI reply from Gujarat last month said the state had no information on the Swachh Bharat Cess being collected since last year.

Five Questions To Central Bureau Of Investigation

Five Questions To Central Bureau Of Investigation

Sep 29, 2016

Suicide of a family and the top official held by the CBI for graft leaves little to differentiate police from the premier probe agency, which narrowly escaped being declared unconstitutional two years ago.

‘This Is Slavery Based On Caste’

‘This Is Slavery Based On Caste’

Aug 25, 2016

A crusader for Dalit rights, Bezwada Wilson, on reclaiming for the Dalits a life of human dignity in a structurally apathetic society.

Deep Throat

Deep Throat

Aug 24, 2016

A regular column on the essential buzz

Deep Throat

Deep Throat

Aug 12, 2016

A regular column on the essential buzz

Jack Of Clubs And The Cardsharps

Jack Of Clubs And The Cardsharps

Jul 01, 2016

It’s reshuffle season. His grip over ministry, party, boss and khakidom has slackened. Even so, the loose cannons may not get Arun Jaitley.

"4,000 MP Cops Are Using Tapping S/W"

Jun 23, 2016

Digital forensic engineer and consultant Prashant Pandey on the rampant use of illegal software to tap phone conversations and obtain call data

The Book Handed Down

The Book Handed Down

Jun 09, 2016

Gimlet-eyed essays on the Constitution ask crucial questions

Mutton Or Beef?

Mutton Or Beef?

Jun 07, 2016

Thirteen questions the two contradictory Dadri forensic reports, one dated September 29 and the other dated October 3, throw up.

Deep Throat

Deep Throat

Jun 02, 2016

A regular column on the essential buzz

Too Many Claims, Too Soon

Too Many Claims, Too Soon

May 26, 2016

Attending BJP’s briefing on the achievements of the Modi government, which turned two, was a learning experience

The Perils Of Being Manohar Parrikar

The Perils Of Being Manohar Parrikar

May 10, 2016

It is not edifying to see the defence minister of the country first promising clinching evidence against political rivals and then mumbling that it would take him two more months to get the evidence.

"We Are Not Saying At This Point That Sonia Is Guilty"

May 06, 2016

A feisty Subramanian Swamy on the Bofors, the Rafale deal and Sonia Gandhi

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