Fencing data

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has submitted a list of recommendations pertaining to the protection of privacy of personal data to the Department of Telecommunications. It is encouraging that the regulator has taken up a matter of vital importance in a data-driven and...

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Tears in Karnataka

Karnataka’s chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is evidently caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Having done some hard bargaining and appropriated the post to head a Congress-JD (Secular) government after the recent assembly elections, he has been balancing conflicting interests and doing a...

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The return

Nawaz Sharif has returned to Pakistan and into prison giving a fresh twist to politics in that country. His dramatic return, with less than a fortnight to go for general election in Pakistan, definitely has the potential to take wind out of the sails of...

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Gay rights

The issue of homosexuality in society that has been debated for long is back in the Supreme Court. Hearing has begun by a Constitution Bench on a curative petition after legal fights in this matter have taken twists and turns since 2009. The case is...

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Synced polls

A sharp division is evident as the Law Commission started eliciting opinions from political parties over the proposal for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state Assemblies. Unanimity of opinion is unlikely in the present circumstances, also as some major issues need to be thrashed...

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Policing reforms

The job of the judiciary is to adjudicate on matters, not to frame policy or implement them, both being the jobs of the executive. Lately, however, this seems to be changing. For instance, today, more often than not, the Union Government is seen to be...

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Empathy deficiency

Forty-three per cent of the respondents to a query put by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on twitter approved of trolling and online abuse. It is no less than a blessing that those who were not in favour of trolling had the majority in this...

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Confusing year

The roll-out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) — an amalgamation of some 40 taxes and cess in a chaotic market spread over 35 states and Union Territories – was touted as the most-comprehensive market reform in the country. However, it is also seen that...

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Indians with guns

Life in the United States has, for long, been punctuated by the play of laws relating to firearms and for which several Presidents were at the receiving end. Now surprisingly it seems that India, too, carries with it slurs of a similar kind as some...

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