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  • Karan Affairs: In Defence Of My Nepotism
    Karan Johar
    If I am a product of nepotism, fine. If the talent I've launched is a sign of nepotism, fine. But I'm not alone. You are doing it too. With your headlines, in your political parties, in a thousand industries across the country.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: The Controversy Over The Finance Bill And Its Many Amendments
    Mihir Sharma, Bloomberg
    Relatively quietly, India's government has just undertaken an unprecedented power grab -- one that should worry not just citizens and taxpayers but also foreign investors. And it comes in the most unlikely of places: the annual federal budget.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: Cast In Modi Mould, Adityanath Is What UP Needs
    Mohandas Pai
    A strong person who holds his own, he seems cast in the Modi Mould. For a largely lawless state, a strong Chief Minister focused on governance is essential. In his first press conference, he clearly stated he would rule with a strong hand, protecting all citizens, without discrimination and focused on development.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: Why Congress Feels No Need To Sack The Gandhis
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Above all, the party President must be - and seen to be - elected. Rahul is on record as personally favouring endorsement by the party over right by birth to lead the party. His problem, as indicated earlier, will be to find an opponent - like Lee Kwan Yew, he may be forced to nominate his opposition! But the post needs to be transparently seen as ...
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  • Blog: At 11 Tonight, The Dinosaurs Arrived. Look What We Did
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    So for one hour tonight, at 8.30, people are asked to turn off their lights. It's Earth Hour, and in the last ten years, this initiative by the WWF is perhaps the world's largest environment event encompassing 7,000 towns and cities and millions of people. The initiative was started as an awareness campaign on climate change. While that is still th...
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  • Opinion: Mani Shankar Aiyar's Rebuttal To Chandan Mitra On Yogi Adityanath
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    While Mitra, despite his contempt for the "English-speaking elite" (he even edits, and, if I am not mistaken, also owns an English newspaper - whose most famous contributor was that notorious Imperialist, Rudyard Kipling) only sees in Yogi Adityanath, in his best St. Stephen's English, "an astute political mind" and a "talented speaker" (both of wh...
    Opinion
  • Opinion: Stripped, Sanitary Pad Removed - How Left Activists Were Abused
    Brinda Karat
    "I was stripped. I told them (female jail staff) to at least let me keep my underwear on as I had my period. They abused me, forced me to crouch, and removed my sanitary pad and underwear." This is the statement of a leading SFI activist of Bengal. The National Human Rights Commission under retired Chief Justice Dattu has instituted an inquiry into...
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  • Opinion: A Review Of Chief Minister Adityanath's Early Days In Office
    Mihir Swarup Sharma
    Choosing the direction of his government is entirely Adityanath's prerogative. If he believes that it should be oriented towards the three traditional Hindutva concerns - Ram, Cow and Muslim - then he has every right to push it in that direction, subject, of course, to the checks on executive authority that the constitution provides. Who knows? A g...
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  • Opinion: What Westminster Attack Shows About London Police And MPs
    Andrew Whitehead
    The shock in London at yesterday's attack is profound. The loss of life is grievous, and the mowing down of foreign students and visitors as they crossed one of London's most renowned bridges adds to the sense of bewilderment and anger. But it is the target which has caused greatest alarm. An attack on the Houses of Parliament is also an assault on...
    Opinion
  • Opinion: Adityanath, No Stranger To Criminal Cases, Promises Safer UP
    Milan Vaishnav
    In his maiden appearance after being named Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath proclaimed that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government would maintain a laser-like focus on the twin themes of combating corruption and restoring law and order.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: Yogi Adityanath Is Best Man For The Job, Deal With It
    Chandan Mitra
    All things said and done, this was undoubtedly the best and most unorthodox choice the BJP could have made in UP. In Narendra Modi's long-term scheme of things, he needs someone who can retain UP for the BJP for many years to come. Although the Ram Mandir issue may have lost some traction, it is important to try and build a "Hindu vote" - something...
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  • Blog: What It Means To Declare River Ganga A Being With Legal Rights
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    In an evocative order, the Uttarakhand High Court has declared the rivers Ganga and the Yamuna, "legal and living entities, having the status of a legal person with all corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person". This means now the Ganga and Yamuna can represent themselves in court over any violation they face.The judges said ...
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  • Blog: Yogi Adityanath Is Amit Shah's Choice. Here's Why
    Akhilesh Sharma
    There have been reports in a section of media that the RSS played a key role in the surprise appointment of hardcore Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh while ignoring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah's preference for someone with an administrative experience and without a distinct caste id...
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  • Opinion: Adityanath Selection Exposes Limits Of Modi's Power
    Jyoti Malhotra
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his first mistake by helping appoint Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. By installing a man as polarizing and malignant as the five-time MP and head of the Gorakhnath Peeth, Modi has told us that the gloves are off. That, just like Adityanath himself promised, the installation of a Hindu Rashtr...
    Opinion
  • Opinion: What Yogi Adityanath Choice Says About Modi-Shah, RSS
    Swati Chaturvedi
    A 44-year-old monk Yogi Adityanath, often surrounded by gun- toting followers, will be the Chief Minister of India's politically most important state, Uttar Pradesh.
    Opinion

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