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Analysis: why the PDP-BJP alliance ended

Analysis: why the PDP-BJP alliance ended

By: Nistula Hebbar The alliance, which was put together with much careful crafting, could not, in the end, carry the weight of the hugely contradictory ideological positions. The end of the BJP-People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government in Jammu and Kashmir has two dates attached to it. For detractors of the alliance within the BJP, it […]

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Thinking About a Trade War

Thinking About a Trade War

By: Paul Krugman Until fairly recently, I didn’t really think we were going to have a trade war. What I thought would happen, instead, was a bit of kabuki: America’s major trading partners would make cosmetic concessions – perhaps with some lucrative payoffs to Trump businesses on the side – that would let Trump proclaim […]

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Democracy’s great fall

Democracy’s great fall

By:  Farrukh Khan Pitafi Now you see elections. Now you don’t. Listen to key stakeholders, the caretakers, chief election commissioner, chief justice, even the army chief and you come across the assurances that the elections will be held on time. Switch on your television and listen to televangelist-turned-political pundits and you come across 1,001 reasons […]

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Elderly abuse a growing problem

Elderly abuse a growing problem

SPECIAL: UNITED NATIONS WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY : 15TH JUNE

By: Kavita Suri A few days back, Geeta Kapoor breathed her last in the SRV Hospital in Mumbai. She spent the last days of her life waiting for her only son Raja who had left her in a hospital last year and never returned to pick her up. Our own Ashoke Pandit, well known producer-director […]

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Terms of forgiveness

Terms of forgiveness

Individuals like Mariam Khatoon, Yashpal Saxena and Imam Rashidi show the way to a more humane society

By: Harsh Mander Amidst the clamour for retribution, we must listen carefully to the gentle voices that talk of forgiveness and compassion. These alone light the way to locate, deep within ourselves, our own capacities for goodness. When spoken by those who have suffered most grievously from hate, by people who have lost their loved […]

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Israel has three options in Gaza

Israel has three options in Gaza

Israel might either reoccupy Gaza, launch another massive military assault or lift the siege.

By: Adnan Abu Amer When Palestinians launched the Great March of Return on March 30, Israel sensed an opportunity for confrontation. It started sniping down one unarmed protester after the other, while blasting propaganda about how these Palestinians constituted a “threat” to its security and how it had the “right to defend itself”. To date, […]

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Polls Are Best Kept Apart

Polls Are Best Kept Apart

Simultaneous elections will go against Constitution’s basic structure.

By: Shantaram Naik Prime Minister Narendra Modi contends that he has mooted the idea of holding simultaneous polls in the country. The step may appear to be purely reformist but in reality, it’s an unconstitutional measure and should not be pushed down the throats of people. In his address to the joint session of Parliament […]

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What ‘Normalising’ the Sangh Means for National Security

What ‘Normalising’ the Sangh Means for National Security

BY:ALI AHMED Taking cue from old soldiers once under his ceremonial authority, a former supreme commander would have done well to fade away. But just as some retired generals these days attempting to prolong their fifteen minutes of fame, the former supreme commander in question, Pranab Mukherjee, early this month chose to reenter the limelight […]

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What is behind the Eid ceasefire with the Taliban?

What is behind the Eid ceasefire with the Taliban?

The crisis in Afghanistan is deepening and President Ashraf Ghani needs to engage the Taliban.

By: Ahmed Rashid For the first time ever, the Taliban has announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government over the Eid holiday period. They have ordered their forces to cease operations although they said they would continue attacking US forces in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s move follows Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s earlier demand from the […]

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Unbearable whiteness of being

Unbearable whiteness of being

By: Shad Moarif IN a recent Guardian report, Zara, a 29-year-old Pakistani fashion buyer in London, confesses to following rigorous skincare routines because “I would be pitted against my darker-skinned cousin as the ‘prettier one’, which equipped me with the wrong notions of beauty when entering puberty and the wider world”. As an adult, Zara […]

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