Category: English Editorials

The escape from freedom (The Indian Express)

Written by Avijit Pathak Even though Delhi Government’s decision to install CCTV cameras in school classrooms has generated an interesting debate, it is important to see beyond the classrooms, and reflect more intensely on the meaning of living in a society that normalises and sanctifies surveillance. As an ideology that seeks to become hegemonic, the...

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Towards social politics (The Indian Express)

Written by Badri Narayan Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently made a case for social politics or politics that is sensitive to social activism. Modi’s intervention is timely since Indian democracy has been shifting towards the politics of power and state-led control and governance. At the time of the national movement and even during the early...

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Her own space to pray (The Indian Express)

Written by Faizan Mustafa, Jagteshwar Sohi The Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL filed by Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, president of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha (Kerala), seeking entry of women into mosques. A division bench of the Kerala High Court on October 11, 2018, had also dismissed this petition as the petitioner failed to...

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The great dollar gamble (The Indian Express)

Written by M Veerappa Moily Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden budget attempts to kick-start growth. But what will happen if this is at the cost of fiscal discipline? The government’s decision to opt for sovereign bonds or external borrowing is intended to one, lower the cost of interest and two, bring about fiscal discipline. The...

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The greatest game (The Indian Express)

Written by Sandeep Dwivedi Books will be commissioned, movies made, web series scripted and even Broadway might show interest. The story of cricket’s most nerve-wracking game ever, the 2019 World Cup final, is destined to live forever. Beyond the Super Over drama, the Ben Stokes “Hand of God” moment; Lord’s on Sunday had a field...

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A three-point plan to improve tech policy formulation (Livemint)

Rahul Matthan Technology regulation is hard. Governments struggle to keep up with all they need to do to stay abreast of new technology. No sooner do they figure out what restrictions to impose on a particular business than that business itself becomes yesterday’s news and they find themselves having to deal with a whole new...

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The advent of inclusive family welfare policies (Livemint)

For some time now, an inclusive society has been at risk of turning into just another shibboleth—something that everyone is in favour of, but few take as a categorical imperative to be acted upon. Change, however, has been in the air as well. Last year, the Supreme Court quashed a colonial-era law that criminalized homosexuality....

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The wheels to a low-carbon transport system (The Hindu)

Sohail Ahmad, Felix Creutzig Congested streets and polluted air are common experiences in India’s metropolises, although the average Indian contributes only minuscule amounts of transport-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to global climate change. Patterns of road transport, however, diverge wildly between cities and districts. Delhi tops the charts and emissions are more than twice as...

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Chinese check: on economic troubles (The Hindu)

The Chinese economy is seeing the first signs of trouble after long years of sustained growth that rode on cheap labour and high volumes of exports. Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday revealed that the economy grew by 6.2% in the second quarter, its slowest pace in 27 years. This is...

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One for the ages: on Wimbledon 2019 (The Hindu)

No player in the last decade has so thrillingly disrupted the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal binary quite like World No.1 Novak Djokovic. Back in 2008, when Federer and Nadal met at Wimbledon in that iconic final, the contest had a definitive feel to it — to crown that era’s best. The two met again this year,...

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