Category: English Editorials

Clean power (The Hindu)

The effort to clean up India’s thermal power plants running on coal has never really taken off, despite the Ministry of Environment notifying emission limits for major pollutants such as suspended particulate matter, sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide and mercury in December 2015. Considering that the cumulative impact of these pollutants on the health and well-being...

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The employment test (The Hindu)

Pulapre Balakrishnan Attuned as we have become to political grandstanding on the purpose of democracy, we may not have imagined that something so prosaic as statistics can alter our perception of how it is actually working for us. The emergence over the past few months of data on employment, speaking precisely the lack of it,...

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Scrap The Angel Tax, Don’t Just Dilute It (The Economic Times)

The government’s reported move to ease the rules on angel tax is welcome, but insufficient to allow free flow of venture capital to startups. Any cap for exemption from angel tax is arbitrary. And instead of frequently tweaking rules to address industry’s concerns, the government should scarp the levy to fuel entrepreneurship. Audit trails are...

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Saudis Mean Business To Mutual Benefit (The Economic Times)

India registered a diplomatic win vis-a-vis Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before he began his visit. New Delhi conveyed its reservations about the prince travelling directly to India from Pakistan. With MBS returning to Riyadh from Islamabad before coming to New Delhi, India ensured that it was not hyphenated with Pakistan. The Pulwama attack...

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Soldiering on, after Pulwama (The Indian Express)

Written by Abhinav Kumar Another bloody strike in Kashmir has left the nation in shock and disbelief. The 40 CRPF bravehearts who were killed in a suicide car bomb attack near Lethpura, Pulwama, on February 14, came from all corners of the country. As the nation mourned, in a predictable display of defiance, a section...

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Ruse Of Gender Justice (The Indian Express)

Written by Sushmita Dev All government policies must be judged keeping two things in mind: The circumstances at the time of introducing a legislation and the actual impact of a law. The Supreme Court (SC) judgment of 1985 that allowed Shah Bano to claim maintenance under the Code of Criminal Procedure was applauded as a...

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A promissory note (The Indian Express)

Written by Avnee Dhamija, Navdeep Mathur If one does a simple web search for corporate fraud, financial scandals, aggressive marketing of toxic products or other forms of corporate malfeasance, we get a list of some of the biggest names in the industry. Be it oil companies, financial institutes, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, auditing firms, consulting giants, or...

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A promissory note (The Indian Express)

Written by Udayan Mukherjee Something important happened at Sharad Pawar’s residence last week. Not that the Opposition leaders met again — there have been plenty of these recently. But, there was talk of a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) — something a lot of citizens, particularly those disillusioned with the performance of the current NDA government,...

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EDITORIAL | The BJP is quietly stitching its own grand alliance (Hindustan Times)

A key campaign plank of the Bharatiya Janata Party is that it can provide strong and stable leadership as opposed to a chaotic “grand alliance” of the opposition. But here is the irony. The BJP may have had a majority on its own in 2014, but it still runs a coalition government of the National...

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EDITORIAL | Pulwama: A similar pattern of politicisation (Hindustan Times)

The aftermath of a terror attack in a democracy follows a pattern. All political parties initially express shock, anguish and anger. There are announcements of firm intent and national unity — and emphasis on how this is not the time for politics. This attempt at bipartisanship at the top does not last too long. The...

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