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Why an Early Election Has Become a Political Compulsion for Narendra Modi?

The “secular” realm – jobs, prices, the economy, living conditions – is trumping the world of perverse ideas delivered slickly through clever propaganda disseminated by fanatical Hindutva outfits and a section of the fawning media. Rulers seldom know what’s happening, do they? They have the intelligence apparatus and their party …

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Viral Craze Priya Varrier’s Wink Is A Relief When Love And Sex Become Burning Issues

She is forward. She winks. She flirts. She puts the tease into eve teasing. In real life, the moral police would probably come down on her like a ton of bricks. It’s the wink that launched a thousand memes. Priya Prakash Varrier has taken the internet by storm. The wink …

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As Elections Near, Rattled Sangh Parivar Plays Polarisation Game to Recover Lost Ground

There is no mistaking a new sense of urgency in the BJP and the larger Sangh parivar. The results in the Gujarat elections and Rajasthan bypolls point to rising popular dissatisfaction with the party. Eight state-level elections, including in Rajasthan and Karnataka, are on the way and by May next …

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‘Housing For All’ Means Nothing For India’s Migrant Workers

Earning less than a living wage, migrant workers resort to living in the open, in shared and cramped rented rooms, or within the workplace. The Union Budget, announced on February 1, has committed to provide assistance for building 3.7 million houses in urban areas in 2018-19 under the Pradhan Mantri …

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With New Cracks In The Judiciary, Will Politics Reclaim Its Hold On Ayodhya Issue?

The apex court, by directing the case to come up as a title dispute, which is a narrow legal facet of this case, has thus continued to manage the conflict. The Supreme Court is all set to hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi matter Thursday. The 130-year old title dispute poses …

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Despair Looms Large In Kashmir As Civilians Continue To Face ‘Targeted Killings’

Locals claim that contrary to official statements, the deaths near encounter sites are not necessarily a result of cross firing or “collateral damage”, but are “targeted killings” that occur a considerable distance away. The year has begun on an ominous note in Kashmir with more killings of unarmed civilians. On …

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Budget 2018: India’s Healthcare System Needs More Money And An Urgent Overhaul

This is the last full budget of the present government and the last opportunity for it to demonstrate its commitment to India’s health and nutrition. The deaths of children in a public hospital in Gorakhpur due to alleged disruption of oxygen supply highlighted the systemic failures in public health provision. …

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Beware Downside Risks In ‘Economic Survey’ Of India

The Economic Survey, the blueprint for 2018 Budget, is out. It gives one a feeling that all is well. A series of major reforms undertaken over the past year will allow real GDP growth to reach 6.75 per cent this fiscal and will rise to 7 to 7.5 per cent …

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Games Politics: A Scholar’s Mantra To Boost Sports In India

Former sportspersons and professionals rather than politicians and bureaucrats should drive Indian sports federations if the country’s standards are to improve, says Geoff Schoenberg, a Research Fellow at Australia’s Deakin University, whose post-doctoral work is specifically focused on sports governance in India. “One of the common things I heard from …

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From Dabeli To Khandvi: Gujarat Is A ‘Street Food’ Paradise

During my recent visit to Gujarat, I explored the state by road — covering the Kutch region, as well as the Ahmedabad to Modhera stretch on the other side. Gujarat has always been on the international map for its art and culture, and this is topped by the hospitality and …

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