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Do we need the office of the Governor?

Do we need the office of the Governor?

To understand why we don’t, it is important to understand its origins in the colonial regime

By: Gautam Bhatia Among all the players who strutted and fretted across the stage during the recently concluded Karnataka elections, it is the Governor of the State, Vajubhai Vala, who emerged with least credit to his name. His decision to first invite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take a stab at forming the government […]

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Imran Khan’s 100 days

Imran Khan’s 100 days

By: Khurram Husain HERE is what I don’t get: all the people and parties criticising Imran Khan’s 100-day agenda presented over the weekend, how come they don’t have anything like a vision for what they will do once they are in power? There is lots to say about Khan’s 100-day agenda, and I deliberately call […]

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 Trump’s Jerusalem move

 Trump’s Jerusalem move

By: Amanat Ali Chaudhry What transpired on the fateful day of May 14 in Palestine could not have been put more symbolically and succinctly than it was in a cartoon published by The New York Times, in its international edition of May 16. Depicting the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, the cartoon showed […]

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A sobering lesson for Messrs Shah and Modi

A sobering lesson for Messrs Shah and Modi

Karnataka jolt

BY: Manini Chatterjee Anyone who likes a drink, or has been in the company of tipplers, knows only too well the different stages of inebriation that follow from every peg or pint imbibed. It begins with a sense of well-being that slowly turns into elation, and then comes the stage of over-confidence and feelings of […]

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How we grew arrogant enough to believe we have the right to kill

How we grew arrogant enough to believe we have the right to kill

After Santa Fe, we must be honest with ourselves about the role violence plays in our politics.

By: Malak Chabkoun In the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting, Texas’ lieutenant governor Dan Patrick blamed such attacks on gun owners who don’t lock up their guns, and on the “design of schools” which have too many “entrances and exits”. While licensed gun holders should certainly take care to safely lock up […]

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Ramazan: blessings and obligations

Ramazan: blessings and obligations

By: Dr A Q Khan The blessed month of Ramazan has come. Those with meagre or no resources will once again face the daunting task of increased prices and struggle to put food on the table for iftar and sehri. For those with adequate resources, such problems will not be as acute. Many businesses will […]

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A Peek Into a Dalit Newspaper Supplement That Made Waves 45 Years Ago

A Peek Into a Dalit Newspaper Supplement That Made Waves 45 Years Ago

With poetry and prose that echo through the ages, the translated works of Dalit writers, published in an edition of the Times Weekly in 1973, allowed them to achieve a kind of legitimacy that they had otherwise been ruthlessly denied.

By: Darryl D’Monte Soon after I joined the venerable Times of India in Mumbai as a junior assistant editor in 1969, I was asked to edit the Sunday Magazine. I started encouraging a number of Times journalists and freelancers to write offbeat and investigative features. This boosted the circulation of the Sunday edition. Courtesy: Darryl […]

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Ramzan Ceasefire In Kashmir Meaningless If Media War Continues

Ramzan Ceasefire In Kashmir Meaningless If Media War Continues

BY: SAEED NAQVI I have never seen the electronic media so totally defiant of the BJP government. Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s avowed intention to calm Kashmir by announcing a Ramadan ceasefire appears to have been dismissed as “appeasement of Pakistan and terrorists”. A guest peering out of one of the six windows on the TV […]

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RAMADAN, A PRECIOUS MONTH OF BLESSINGS

RAMADAN, A PRECIOUS MONTH OF BLESSINGS

BY: Mir Aashu Muslims around the world anticipate the arrival of the holiest month of the year. During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims from all continents unite in a period of fasting and spiritual reflection. Each year, Muslims spend the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observing a community-wide fast. The […]

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Gaza is Israel’s Soweto

Gaza is Israel’s Soweto

Israel's apartheid will collapse, just as South Africa's did.

BY: Robert Wintemute Police or soldiers fire live ammunition at unarmed protesters demanding equal rights, killing or seriously injuring many: Sharpeville, South Africa, 21 March 1960; Soweto, South Africa, 16 June 1976; Gaza, Israeli-controlled Palestinian Territory, 14 May 2018. Similar violence, similar system? The premise of the growing, international BDS (Boycott, Divestments, Sanctions) movement is […]

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