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Violence over beef, cow slaughter not new

The Narendra Modi government has been repeatedly attacked over a string of violent incidents triggered over beef and cow slaughter, but the intolerance does not seem to be a new phenomenon that has spawned following the 2015 killing of Akhlaq in

Education helps prevent child marriage

 The Right to Education Act has not only ensured primary education for children, but also helped to empower them. The modern children are no more the ready recipient of the cultural imposition of early marriage by their family and society. Th

Pakistan’s war on minorities continues

The Baloch Regiment of Pakistan Army doesn’t have ethnic Baloch and the Sindh Regiment is with no Sindhis; this is the way Pakistan treats its religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities. This was revealed by Zulfiqar Shah, a Sindhi human ri

Is the government spending enough on dalits?

The Narendra Modi government has set aside Rs 52,393 crore in 2017-18 for the welfare of the dalits. On the face of it, the amount is substantial. However, an analysis of the past actual allocation shows that there has in fact been a dip in spen

President’s post above politics: Kovind

“I will always try and it is also my belief that the president’s post should be above politics,” said NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind who filed the nomination papers on Friday.  

Unaffordable sacredness of our cattle

A lot of debate that we witness in the media on the cattle question these days suffer from the disease of speculative utopian imagination of a ‘cow-nation’ and relentless abuses for those beef-eating ‘others’.

Writing “I am poor” on homes violates human rights

“I am from a poor family” written with red paint on a yellow background outside homes that draw ration under the NFSA in Rajasthan’s Dausa district is a clear case of human rights violation.   Pover

Israel attaches huge importance to Modi’s visit: Carmon

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s July 5-6 visit to Israel will be of “huge importance”, stressed Israeli ambassador Daniel Carmon who added that his country is ready to offer New Delhi whatever it requires for joint defence product

Trial by media is the very antithesis of the rule of law: HL Dattu

Media trials, under the guise of debates, have become the new normal today. These ‘media debates’, which seem more like screaming matches, completely overlook the nuances of the issue being discussed, said justice HL Dattu, chairperson

Bihar, UP push India towards becoming world’s most populated country

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are the three states that have the highest total fertility rate (TFR), propelling India towards becoming the world’s most populous country in the next seven years.   Chin

Strongest world growth expected since 2010: Fitch

 At a time when the government is claiming that the dip in the GDP is due to global economic slowdown and not because of demonetisation, the recovery in the global growth is in fact strengthening and it is expecting its strongest world growth

Indirect taxes must equal direct taxes: Expert

 “Out of the total taxes collected in the country, 65% is collected as indirect taxes and only 35% are direct taxes. This ratio is completely opposite to the taxation in developed world . We need to fix this ratio and try to make it at

After ‘zero’ rating, Sanjiv Chaturvedi emerges as hero again

Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the IFS officer who is perennially in news courting controversies with his fight against corruption, has some reason to smile: the Uttarakhand government has given him an ‘outstanding’ rating in his performance evalu

Inside Chandigarh’s first police station for women

It’s 11 in the morning and the road leading to sector 17 in Chandigarh towards the Home Guards building is quiet, almost deserted. But as one enters the building, it is bustling with people. A big board in red and blue with ‘Women Poli

The parched hill stations of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand’s picturesque hill stations are facing an acute water crisis this summer, a time when hordes of tourists put a huge strain on the available infrastructure.   Hoteliers are forced to purchase water s

Kovind said BJP wants to shed upper caste party image: WikiLeaks

 Ram Nath Kovind, the presidential candidate of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), said in 2005 that his party is determined to help dalits and shed the image that it is only an "upper caste party".  &nbs

Battle over cattle

More than a century ago, a team of officials from Brazil toured some villages of Kheda district, in central Gujarat. They had come to procure breeding bulls of the famous Kankreji breed, notes Bhailal Patel, a charismatic institution-builder who w

Sukma deaths no violation of human rights, according to CRPF

Readers will recollect the dastardly attack on CRPF personnel that occurred in Chhattisgarh on April 24, 2017. Left-wing extremist (LWE) groups attacked a team of 90 CRPF personnel who were sanitising a stretch of the public road being construct

Kovind was not such a closely guarded secret after all

Ram Nath Kovind, Narendra Modi, NDA, President   “Ram Nath who?” That was the reaction from some newsmakers, when Ram Nath Kovind’s name was announced for the post of Bihar governor in 2015. The sam

Taslima Nasreen’s visa extented for one year

Acclaimed Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, who had to leave her home after Islamic hardliners issued her a death warrant and the government expelled her for her controversial book ‘Lajja’ 23 years ago, has been granted a one-year



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