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Making a powerful case for dissent

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BusinessLine Something drastic was required to jolt to life the shrinking, zombie-like Opposition benches in the Lok Sabha after the stunning BJP victory, so huge, it can muzzle any voice of dissent. And a powerful voice of dissent did resonate through the por... More »

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Power of perception may see BJP through

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BusinessLine Both branding gurus would do well to analyse how Prime Minister Narendra Modi began this Lok Sabha campaigning session slightly on the back foot, but then surged ahead to the Advantage Modi mode. Just a few months before the general elections, not... More »

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Tamil Nadu enters a new political era

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BusinessLine The political rhetoric plummets to new lows as we approach the second phase of polling. Campaigns are getting shriller and our netas more abusive. While one in UP says a BJP woman candidate’s undergarments are khakhi, another in Rajasthan warns of... More »

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Courage includes compassion and grace

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BusinessLine If her black head scarf did not say it all, the expression of pain, compassion and kindness in her eyes did. Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, was celebrated last year as a symbol of a progressive and unconventional young woman leader (s... More »

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Indian media stoops to a new low

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BusinessLine Indian media, particularly television news channels, has sunk to a new low after the Pulwama terror attack. Within a couple of hours of the horrific attack, in which more than 40 CRFP jawans lost their lives, TV anchors were screaming how “Pakista... More »

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The Pulwama tragedy raises more questions

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BusinessLine The horrific and heartbreaking terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama that killed 40 men has sparked a wave of understandable outrage in the country. The fidayeen was an Indian Kashmiri youth and a member of the Jaish-e-Mohammed headed by Azhar... More »

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Building trust in the North-East States

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BusinessLine In the midst of students organisations protesting against the Citizen Amendment Bill, I visited Imphal and some villages in Churachandpur district to take a look at the battle that poor tribals wage for basic education for their children. With me ... More »

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The political circus over Sabarimala

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BusinessLine An increasing number of people are opening their eyes and questioning the not so-easy-to-dismiss paradox involved in giving gender equity to Muslim women through the Triple Talaq Bill, but denying the right to all Hindu women to enter Sabarimala. ... More »

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Band-aid or not, farm loan waivers count

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BusinessLine The outcome of the recent polls in five States, in which the Congress managed to wrest three important States from the BJP, has shifted the focus once again to farm distress, and poll pundits have shown how big a part it played in Congress’s victo... More »

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Are the winds of change beginning to blow?

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BusinessLine As we await the results of polls in five States, one wonders if the Indian electorate has anything to celebrate. Given the rising unemployment, acute farm distress, rising fuel prices does it matter at all for the aam aadmi which party comes to po... More »

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Karnataka bypoll results dampen BJP’s Diwali

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BusinessLine The 4:1 victory scored by the Congress-JD(S) alliance in the Karnataka bypolls for three Lok Sabha seats and two Assembly constituencies, would have certainly dampened the festival spirit for the BJP high command. Even though the south is not the ... More »

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The raging #MeTooIndia maelstrom – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine The surging #MeTooIndia movement received a set back on Sunday afternoon with renowned journalist and Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar striking a defiant stance against over a dozen complaints of sexual harassment. Against growing e... More »