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  • Decoding apex court Aadhaar card verdict

    For a record 38 days, a five-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench heard 31 petitions that had challenged the constitutional validity of the Centre’s Aadhaar programme and the 2016 law that enables the scheme and called it a violation of the right to privacy. On Wednesday, September 26, the SC in a 4:1 majority judgement ruled…

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  • Europe is swinging far right

    There is a powerful shift emerging in politics around the world and in Europe in particular. While broadly there has been a gradual rise in populism in recent years, it’s the right-wing part of the populist movement that has redrawn politics in Europe lately. The election of centrist president Emmanuel Macron in France and the…

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  • Falling rupee, soaring oil prices & rising worries

    It’s been a waterfall like slide for the rupee against the US dollar over the past few months. Last week, the rupee crashed below the 72-mark to end at a life low of 72.69 against the US dollar on growing fears of a rebound in oil prices and escalation of global trade war. The domestic…

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    Supreme Court unlocks expansive notions of freedom

    In a landmark judgment last week, the Supreme Court (SC) junked Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that denied a sizeable minority of the LGBT community the right to pursue its sexual orientation. In doing so, a five-member Constitution bench of the apex court unanimously articulated, through four separate judgments, that the Indian society…

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    RBI holds mirror to government on demonetisation

    Against all available evidence, the government continues to claim that demonetisation has met its objectives ‘quite substantially’. The Opposition, on the other hand, says demonetisation was a complete failure. Apart from causing a massive liquidity crunch which led to months of hardship, closure of businesses in unorganised sectors of economy and job losses to millions…

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    Making sense of mood of the nation surveys

    In 2014, Narendra Modi powered the BJP to an unexpected landslide victory. That was the first time in around three decades when any party won a full majority on its own in the Lok Sabha polls. It was an unexpected victory for the BJP and the NDA because no opinion survey or exit poll had…

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  • Harping on achievements, not omissions

    With 2019 general elections on his mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the last Independence Day speech of his term to launch the re-election campaign of his party from the ramparts of the Red Fort last week. Given the fact that the PM’s speech was telecast live on news channels and reached millions of captive…

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    Much achieved, more to do

    Two days before, France defeated the courageous Croatia in the FIFA World Cup final last month, India beat France to become the world’s sixth-biggest economy. Pushing France to the seventh position, according to the updated World Bank figures for 2017, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to $2.597 trillion against $2.582 trillion for France. Having…

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  • Assam NRC List: What lies ahead for missing 4 million?

    The final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a document meant to weed out foreigners from Assam, was published last week with the names of over 2.89 crore included in it. However, over 40 lakh people, nearly 10 per cent of the state’s population, were left out from the draft. The purpose of…

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  • Ecosystem of fear & hate fuelling mob lynching

    Murderous attacks on helpless victims have become fairly common in India. In the last three years, there have been 88 incidents of mob violence across the country in which 68 people have been killed. The grounds for killing the victims have varied, often fuelled by suspicion and rumours. While some people have been killed after…

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    MSP hike: Neither unprecedented, nor historic

    The Centre approving the decision to hike the minimum support price (MSP) of 14 crops for the 2018-19 marketing season earlier this month is a welcome relief for farmers reeling under severe distress due to collapse of agricultural commodity prices. In his press briefing, home minister Rajnath Singh hailed this as a ‘historic decision’. In…

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