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  • maharashtra, crop, loan waiver, maharashtra government, croap loan waiver scheme, farmers

    Monitor schemes to see MSP succeed

    It’s that time of the election cycle again, when farmers become the focus of government solicitude. After years of acute distress and farmers’ agitations, the agricultural sector is now getting the TLC or tender loving care it deserves. Better four years late than never, minimum support prices (MSP) for kharif crops have increased sharply, but…

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  • Limits of Delhi, AAP and Lt Governor

    The asymmetry of power between the Centre and the State government of Delhi has been partially addressed by the Supreme Court. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has been freed of the Lt Governor’s stranglehold on the administration and elected representatives can now govern as they see fit. The Supreme Court’s interpretation of Article 239 AA,…

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  • Emergency vs the ‘Undeclared’ one

    The spike-studded Emergency boot is now on the other foot, or so the Lutyen’s intelligentsia would have the Indian electorate believe. At this very moment, we are told, a ‘maha-Emergency’ is in force. Democratic insitutions are being insidiously subverted and the Constitution given the go-by. Survivors of the Emergency, who suffered through its excesses, may…

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  • Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP

    PM Narendra Modi’s green mission is lost in haze

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a self-declared environment buff. His government’s policy on environment, however, is as hazy as the toxic dust cloud which enveloped Delhi in the first half of June, trapping megajoules of heat until the streets sizzled. For a week, Delhi’s collective lungs sucked in more hot dust than oxygen. There’s no…

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  • A ‘guru’ not at peace with himself

    Spiritual leaders are a repository of pain and angst. Devotees lay all their troubles, heartaches, guilt, anger and jealousies at the guru’s feet and emerge unburdened. Not once do they stop to wonder how the guru deals with it all. Or whether he might have his own sorrows. Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, who sought to alleviate the…

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  • The charkha has come full circle

    The charkha has come full circle. Traditional Indian fabrics, decimated first by brute force and then by manmade fibres, may be the best bet to save our planet. Plastic microfibres from synthetic garments and furnishings, research studies say, has contaminated drinking water, sea-water and marine life to a frightening extent, threatening fragile eco-systems even on…

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  • Pragmatic move of ex-Pesident Pranab Mukherjee riles Congress

    Pranab Mukherjee (may his tribe increase) was an old-school politician. Sagicious, gracious and on occasion, loquacious, the former President of India can teach the Congress babalog a lesson or two in realpolitik and liberal democracy. Mukherjee will doubtless dismiss the angst expressed by a section of Congress leaders, over his acceptance of an invitation to…

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  • Rahul: More courage than common sense

    Rahul Gandhi, greying elegantly at 47, has undoubtedly outgrown his Peter Pan image. In the past six months, he has found his voice, a measure of poise and confidence enough to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi head on. Throwing his hat into the ring for prime ministership in 2019, however, argues more courage than common…

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    Court Clogging: Need to introspect on judicial overload

    Are Indians becoming overly litigious? The pendency of cases in the courts – 32 million – seems to argue that we are, as does the rapid growth in the number of lawyers per capita. Much of the pendency can be attributed to two factors: the low judge to population ratio and the fact that the…

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  • Saroj Khan, Casting couch, Sri Reddy controversy, Sri Reddy stripping act, Telugu Film Industry, Saroj Khan on Casting couch, Saroj Khan quotes

    Casting Couch: Working up the ladder with erotic assets

    Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan may not have heard of British sociologist Catherine Hakim, but the two appear to agree on one thing: using sexuality to succeed in the workplace is acceptable. Khan’s take on the Bollywood casting couch is pragmatic. If an ambitious young artiste chooses that particular route to success, why treat her as…

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  • Rahul Gandhi 2.0 is taking shape

    In the wake of the plenary, some have offered their resignations from party posts so that “youth and talent from across the country” can find a place at the party’s high table. The see-saw effect of electoral politics comes into play when a ruling party sinks under the weight of perceived misgovernance and unfulfilled expectations….

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