Category: English Editorials

Saffron error: Pragya Singh’s candidacy (The Hindu)

Pragya Singh Thakur may not be the first person to contest in an election despite facing serious charges, but her candidacy on behalf of the BJP in the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency stands out as exceptionally controversial. She is arraigned as the prime accused and principal conspirator behind the September 2008 blast at Malegaon, in...

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Humanise the law: draft Indian Forest Act (The Hindu)

Modernising colonial era laws is a long-delayed project, but the draft Indian Forest Act, 2019 is woefully short of being a transformative piece of legislation. The original law, the Indian Forest Act, 1927, is an incongruous relic, its provisions having been drafted to suit the objectives of a colonial power that had extractive uses for...

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Either way, the news is bad (The Hindu)

S. Akbar Zaidi When Asad Umar, Finance Minister of Pakistan, returned from Washington after attending the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank a few days ago, the first task he had in front of him was to deny the strong rumours that he was being demoted to be the...

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What we can learn from Mueller report (The Economic Times)

The redacted version of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller III, charged with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents in the 2016 presidential elections, has been made public and given to the US Congress. It absolved the President, to his relief, of collusion with the Russians, but found he attempted...

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RIL: Moving into a considered future (The Economic Times)

The big picture to emerge from Reliance Industries’ (RIL) latest results is one of an oil and petrochemicals company diversifying away from its old businesses into fast-growing new ones, accompanied by reduction in debt and still robust margins. Net profit for the March quarter rose 9.8%, to cross Rs 10,000 crore. Refining margins, while significantly...

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Given the charges against her, Pragya Thakur’s choice was avoidable (Hindustan Times)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set an unhealthy precedent in inducting Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur into the party and making her its candidate in Bhopal . Ms Thakur is the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. On September 29, 2008, a blast in Malegaon, Maharashtra, killed six and injured around 100. Ms Thakur,...

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Jet is case of throwing good money after bad (Hindustan Times)

A wave of sentimental nostalgia greeted the news of Jet Airways’ temporary grounding after banks (which now effectively own it) preferred to wait for its sale instead of pumping in more money. In truth, the airline, which turned 25 last year, has been, for at least a decade, unrecognisable from the one that delighted Indians...

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Let’s look at employment through a livelihood lens (Livemint)

With news sources replete with ideological battles over jobs and job losses, fundamental questions about the changing nature of work are rarely asked. However, in sociology, many scholars have noted a shift from traditional salaried work (which arrived on the scene in the Western world post the Industrial Revolution and, even more so, with the...

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Why a global constitution is an idea whose time has come (Livemint)

Kaushik Basu In my book The Republic Of Beliefs: A New Approach To Law And Economics, I was eager to demonstrate how the methods that have emerged from the long and fruitful dialogue between these fields could, with a little help from game theory, be applied to multilateral disputes and multi-jurisdictional conflicts. So, I included...

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Modifying the Nyuntam Aay Yojana to make it workable (Livemint)

When a manifesto presents a game changing idea, like the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), or the Congress’s minimum income guarantee scheme, it is likely that whoever wins the elections will adopt it in some form because of its immense political potential, going forward. Recall Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act. It is, therefore, important...

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