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Democracy is down, but not out

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BusinessLine It used to be accepted wisdom that authoritarian governments would collapse under the weight of their own contradictions, and democracy would triumph. But as the Roaring ‘20s approach, the great fear is democracy’s about to be swamped by authorita... More »

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Why BJP lost Jharkhand – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine With voter behaviour being a complex phenomenon, it is simply erroneous to attribute an election victory or defeat to a singular factor. Even so, some factors, such as the personality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are decidedly more critical th... More »

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A sledgehammer to swat flies

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BusinessLine It is possible to make a lawyerly argument that Jakob Lindenthal, the German exchange student at IIT-Madras who was directed to leave India on Monday, had it coming. In participating in a students’ protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act ... More »

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PMUY: When implementation goes awry

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BusinessLine There is many a slip between a policy pronouncement and its rollout on the ground. Illustrative of this maxim is the much-hyped Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme launched in May 2016 that promised to provide free cooking gas connections ... More »

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India’s youth need reassurance – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine There seems to be no backing down on nationwide protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, as youth across the country are taking to the streets expressing solidarity with Jamia Milia Islamia University, demanding justice for st... More »

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Fake news is fair game in UK polls

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BusinessLine The latest UK election held on Thursday was an important one. The country is at a crossroad, thanks to the mess over Brexit. While the national and international interest in this election is on account of Brexit, it has also become significant for... More »

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Trump on a strong wicket

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BusinessLine The first act in the Donald Trump impeachment drama ended Friday and it coincided with the latest US jobs data. Trump’s fortunes may be at a low ebb but the US jobs market is on fire with unemployment at a 50-year low of 3.5 per cent. Which will h... More »

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A punishment which serves the greater good

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BusinessLine The rape, murder and burning of the veterinary doctor in Hyderabad has citizens calling for justice, with suggestions that the alleged rapists be annihilated in the same way they killed the young lady. As repeated incidents of rape and similar bra... More »

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Speaking half-truth to power – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine There is an element of irony in Rahul Bajaj’s emotion-laden outburst on Saturday that industrialists are inhibited from criticising the Narendra Modi government, in the way they did with the UPA-II government. The irony arises from the fact that B... More »

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Academics under attack – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine India has figured prominently on yet another not-so-flattering ranking. An international advocacy group that tracks assaults — both physical and mental — in the higher education sector in the world has bracketed India, Turkey and China as the top ... More »

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The ‘new normal’ in politics

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BusinessLine It’s with a sense of bewilderment that many in Maharashtra see the ease and brazenness with which their political representatives switch allegiances. Voters who supported the BJP now watch in horror as the person pilloried in pre-election campaign... More »