Long wish list

As one gets closer to the day of the Union Budget, one’s expectations from it are soaring. In all likelihood, next week’s Budget will have some big-bang announcements. The government may try to bring in a lot of structural changes to turbo-charge the economy. Rebooting...

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Violent play

Children use role-play to deal with complicated situations and to understand them better. Young children act out real or imagined situations, not just as themselves, but also as other people or characters such as friends, family members, characters in story books or superheroes; in doing...

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CHARCHA AT WRONG TIME

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known to have had his own style of connecting with the masses. If anything, he excels at that, while his own strengths in governance are a matter of serious debate. His latest happened two days ago, Monday, when he held...

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All-seeing State

According to a recent judgement of the Supreme Court of India, we the citizens are entitled to enjoy privacy as a fundamental right. But the biggest violator of this right, apparently, is the State itself. In a world where our smartphones are snooping on us...

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New head for BJP

The ruling BJP is formally changing its head. While a nomination process will be gone through Monday, how it will end is a foregone conclusion. JP Nadda, functioning as working president for the past few months under the tutelage of the party chief, is all...

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Bullying citizens

I am 50 years old and I have not seen a mass movement and agitation like the one against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register. It is very different from anything that we have ever seen. I...

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Commissioner system in UP

Against the backdrop of the anti-CAA agitation and to improve the law and order situation in the state, Uttar Pradesh has decided to implement the long-pending plan for a police commissioner system in the state, starting with Noida and Lucknow. ADGs Sujit Pandey and Alok...

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Challenges galore

The slowdown has shown no signs of ebbing. Every shred of data that keeps coming to public domain looks more depressing than the earlier. Government data released Wednesday showed India’s exports dropped 1.8 per cent to $27.36 billion in December 2019, the fifth straight month...

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Unhealthy milk

Some years ago an NGO was asked by the state government to run a gaushala in Patiala. They did, on condition that the food would be supplied to the cows by the municipality. The municipality gave the contract for chara (green fodder) to a person....

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Danger Within

The arrest of Davinder Singh, a DSP with Jammu and Kashmir Police, on suspected terror links is a strange case. Davinder had, in 2004, been named by Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the Parliament attack of 2001 and hanged to death. Afzal said Davinder...

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