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  • The forgotten promise of India

    09-07-2020 23:54:00

    Fundamental rights explicitly guaranteed by the Constitution are being casually eroded in the garb of religious freedom laws

  • Feeding into the feedback

    26-06-2020 21:56:00

    The democratisation of social media carries with it the understanding that its users will be responsible. For this reason it is less regulated than print or television media

  • The myth of the rational voter

    25-06-2020 23:21:00

    Conditions exist in India today to test the theory that voters reward performance and punish failure

  • The Black Lives Matter protests and the swift change they are triggering

    12-06-2020 21:36:00

    Remarkably, the protests have had an impact across borders. In the United Kingdom, the statue of a slave trader was uprooted and dumped in the river

  • Perils of repressing dissent

    12-06-2020 00:49:00

    Criminalisation of protests is unsustainable for democracies in the long run. The sooner India realises it, the better

  • Middle age conundrum: The wisdom and the agony of advancing years

    29-05-2020 20:50:00

    That is what age is. The body doesn't know how to heal itself because you weren't supposed to be here in the first place

  • The next stage of Covid

    28-05-2020 23:27:00

    India's focus needs to move away from the feel-good metrics about recovery rate to the spike round the corner

  • Twists and turns

    20-05-2020 23:37:00

    Mr Rybczynski explores the history of the screw and its evolution. Much of this is modern (18th and 19th century) and, therefore, is well documented, including the story of the first company

  • Recording our time in history

    15-05-2020 22:05:00

    Writing requires experience, and the material to credibly insert into your text, and experience can only come with age

  • A community behind the curve

    15-05-2020 00:18:00

    With resources more scarce than ever, it is vital the government implemented the Sachar Committee's recommendations in earnest

  • And when the lockdown lifts?

    01-05-2020 20:59:00

    The assumption from the state is that the citizen will 'misuse' individual liberty and get up to mischief if not threatened or coerced

  • Faith and freedom

    30-04-2020 23:22:00

    US report on religious rights is a moment of truth for India

  • Soothsaying for trades

    17-04-2020 21:35:00

    Nurses will see an increase in pay. Covid-19 has no cure and is essentially treated by nursing. The nurse is as important here as, and possibly more important than, the doctor

  • Covid-19 has given Modi an opportunity to wield the power of his popularity

    16-04-2020 23:35:00

    Our informal economy and Centre-state coordination are helpful factors, but harsh measures could leave a deep impact on society

  • Virulent times for the faceless millions, now on the road to uncertainty

    03-04-2020 20:44:00

    Would we in the upper class place ourselves in the hands of the government in times such as these? And if not, why do we expect that the poor would? The Indian state is weak and lacks capacity