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  • Sabarimala and secularism

    How do you adjudicate between man and god? You don’t. Especially when neither is likely to be amenable to good sense in such matters which belong purely in the realm of individual faith. That would explain the less-than-half-hearted effort by the CPI(M)-led Left Front Government in Kerala to enforce the Supreme Court verdict in the Sabarimala case. Judicially voiding the age-old practice of barring the entry of menstruating women between the 10-50

  • There are no easy fixes for a market that is sinking

    What goes up, according to the law of nature, comes down. So, there is nothing unusual about corrections in equity market. But when the market starts falling like ninepins, accompanied by bouts of volatility, it becomes a cause of concern. This is precisely the case with Indian equity market over the last two months. When the market falls by 800 points one day, as it happened on October 11, and rebounds in

  • Devise policy for Muslim representation

    According to Census 2011, Muslims formed 6.57 per cent of Madhya Pradesh’s population. This means that the 230-strong Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha should have at least 15 Muslim members. However, the current Vidhan Sabha has just one.

  • Do not judge MJ Akbar in the court of public opinion

    The #MeToo campaign arrived in India with a bang and left a trail of devastation. A minister at the Centre has been compelled to resign, many editors and journalists have been asked to leave their posts, some important figures in Bollywood are under a cloud and there is pressure on companies to terminate the contracts of important figures in media, advertising and public relations. This may only be the beginning. There are

  • Striking at the secular character of Sabarimala

    The Modi government is playing a dangerous double game using a flawed Supreme Court judgment lifting the ban on the entry of women of reproductive age into the Sabarimala hill shrine by insisting that the Kerala government ensure enforcement of the order despite widespread opposition from an overwhelming majority of people. And an inept Pinarayi Vijayan government is playing into the hands of the BJP, in the process creating a dream opportunity

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    Challenges of building human capital in the new economy

    The controversy caused by the government’s rejection of the Human Capital Index (HCI) published for the first time by the World Bank has diverted attention from what needs to be done to get citizens ready for the workplace of tomorrow. In one line, India’s HCI tells us that children born in 2018 will only be 44 per cent as productive when they grow up compared to what they could be if given

  • A cataclysmic murder by Saudi Arabia

    Never before has the death of a journalist threatened to cause such an upheaval in the global affairs as has the death of the US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He entered the Saudi mission in Istanbul on October 2 — never to come back alive or dead. A fierce critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he wrote regularly in The Washington Post. Khashoggi was lured into the consulate for

  • Will Sena stand tall, stick to temple vow?

    The prospects of the proposed Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance is hanging to the thin and frail string of optimism and the pointer is the speeches of Shiv Sena Party chief Uddhav Thackeray and other senior leaders at the annual Dasara rally of the party at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. All leaders, particularly Thackeray himself, launched a bitter attack on the BJP rule in the nation — the State in general

  • Ways to avoid the fallout of Trump’s sanctions on Iran

    United States president Donald Trump has prohibited US Banks from undertaking receipts and payments with Iran beginning November 4th. Global trade in oil is mainly undertaken in US Dollars. The ships carrying crude oil are mostly insured by US companies. Trump wants to bring Iran to its knees by prohibiting US banks and insurers from participating in the trade of Iran oil and thereby strangulating its oil exports.

  • Trade war slows down Chinese economy

    There are telltale signs that China’s trade war with the US has begun to bite the Chinese. Much as the Chinese may feign bravado, there is a clear slowdown in the country’s hitherto-strong economy. Indeed, the Chinese economy grew 6.5 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, slower than the second quarter, official Chinese data has revealed. The GDP reading was the weakest year-on-year quarterly growth since the first

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    Mumbai varsity woes continue

    The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG ) report for the years 2006-07 to 2016-17 makes a starling revelations about the pathetic state of affairs in the University of Mumbai- once a premier national institution. It says 70% of colleges affiliated to the University lack basic infrastructure and facilities. No record of colleges having affiliation is available, resulting in many colleges not even bothering to apply for affiliation. In a serious indictment of

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    Uddhav takes on Modi yet again

    It is usual for Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to needle the BJP and its top leadership especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and yet continue to be in alliance with it. The latest salvo that he has fired was at the annual Dussehra rally in Mumbai on Thursday where he challenged the BJP’s Hindutva agenda. In the past, Uddhav, like his late father and party supremo Bal Thackeray had set the pace

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