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    Manika Raikwar Ahirwal
    Teen years are a tumultuous mix of confusion, anger, love, hope, dreams and jumping hormones, and no can understand what is going on, not the child and more than often, not the parent either. Especially important then to not back away from any topic, no matter how embarrassing or difficult. Don't give them some dry or dismissive adult answer, tell ...
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  • Opinion: No Party Picks A Politician's Child Without Thinking Of Winning
    Derek O'Brien
    Is this first break deserved? No party contests an election to lose, even a single seat is not wasted. Therefore, if a ticket is given to a son or daughter of a senior politician or a late politician, it is rarely out of charity. It because the party believes the candidate's talent, worth, emotional appeal or tug to nostalgia will win him or her - ...
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  • Opinion: What Trump's TPP Withdrawal Means For India
    Dhruva Jaishankar
    In one of his first acts upon assuming office, Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum confirming the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This move did not come as a surprise. As a presidential candidate, Trump had vociferously campaigned against what he described as bad or unfair trade agreements that the United States ...
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  • Blog: Replacing 9 Textbooks With 1 Tablet In Mumbai
    Aditya Thackeray
    A brief look at it tells us that 3,76,791 students study in 1,231 schools of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai dotted across the city. The students learn in languages ranging from Marathi to English, Semi-English, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Kannada and more.The deeper one looks at this system, the more surprises it throws up.
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  • Blog: Chennai's Roads Were Hell Today. How Parents Like Me Suffered
    Sanjay Pinto
    I left my wife and kids in the pizza place and walked till I reached a group of protesters who were blocking the road towards the Gemini Circle. Here again, they did not look like students. I tried to reason with them and begged them to let my car pass as my 6-year-old daughter was not feeling well. The response was shocking- ''We will not let an a...
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  • Opinion: Modi's Takeover Of The RBI And Where It Has Left Us
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    The renowned historian, Prof. Satish Chandra, in his magisterial work, Medieval India (1206-1526), quotes Ibn Battutah who visited the court of Muhammad bin Tuglaq as saying the ruler's gravest fault was that he "depended on his own judgement and rarely took advice from others."
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  • Opinion: There Is No Sidhu Factor. Good Luck To The Congress!
    Ashutosh
    Sidhu's move to the Congress is to Punjab what the Kiran Bedi moment was to Delhi. In 2015, when her name was announced as the BJP's choice for Chief Minister, political pundits considered it a master stroke.
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  • Opinion: With Tweet, Congress Finally Admits Priyanka Gandhi Is In Charge
    Swati Chaturvedi
    So the Congress is finally acknowledging that Priyanka Gandhi is very much in politics and calling the shots that matter such as being the chief negotiator in the critical alliance with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party. Ahmed Patel, Congress leader and Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi is a taciturn politician who is known to s...
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  • Opinion: Melania Trump Refuses To Act Like A First Lady. Good For Her.
    In her apparent refusal to adhere to a path first ladies have followed for decades, she may lessen the burden placed on future presidential spouses.
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  • Opinion: BJP's Problems In UP Include An Upset Adityanath, Varun Gandhi
    Swati Chaturvedi
    At the BJP headquarters in Delhi on Sunday, Shiv Prakash, the sangathan mantri or liaison loaned from the RSS to the party, found himself the sudden target of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's wrath. As names of candidates for UP were being discussed in the presence of Varun Gandhi, Kalraj Mishra, Ram Lal and other leaders crucial for Uttar Prade...
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  • Opinion: Nitish Kumar's Game In Mingling With The BJP And Modi
    Jyoti Malhotra
    Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar is turning out to be a cannier politician than previously imagined, reaffirming the anti-BJP coalition with RJD's Lalu Yadav and the Congress on the one hand, and making overtures to his former political enemy, the BJP, on the other, thereby signalling to his coalition partners not to ...
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  • Opinion: How Akhilesh's Win Impacts Amar Singh, Dimple, And Rahul Gandhi
    Swati Chaturvedi
    As a jubilant Tipu aka Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, was given the Samajwadi Party (SP) symbol of the cycle, he was crowned Sultan in an order from the Election Commission which established that his father, Mualyam Singh, is now dethroned.
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  • Opinion: As Usual, Government Ignores Principles For Budget On Feb 1
    Derek O'Brien
    Every year the Union Budget is presented on the final day of February. This year, it has been brought forward to February 1. As it happens, this is only three days prior to elections in Punjab and Goa and just 10 days before the first vote is punched in Uttar Pradesh. Potentially, this advancing of the budget could jeopardize the election process, ...
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  • Opinion: Universal Basic Income For India Suddenly Trendy. Look Out
    Jean Dreze
    A recent headline in Quartz, an otherwise serious media agency, claims that Jammu and Kashmir is the first state in India to "commit to a universal basic income" (UBI). A glance at the original source quickly negates this claim: it is based on nothing more than "seeds of a thought" (sic) from the Finance Minister of J&K about possible cash transfer...
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  • Opinion: Modi's Vibrant Gujarat <i>Tamasha</i> Is A Giant Flopshow
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    The Americans have the right word for it - razzmatazz, the most appropriate word to describe the Vibrant Gujarat summits, started by Chief Minister Modi in the year after the post-Godhra pogrom and now into its eighth edition - long enough to evaluate whether this is serious business or just razzmatazz.
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