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"She found in Panditji the companionship and equality of spirit and intellect that she craved."
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Grey areas concerning the scope of the President’s powers persist.
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Saffronising education again?
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Patel succeeded in challenging Nehru over the post of President.
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Of course, this would require repealing Indira Gandhi's Emergency-era travesty, and giving our President real power.
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The Mumbai property's market value is a cool $400 million.
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Bhakti in politics rarely ends well.
There couldn't have been a more apt time for a book like An Era of Darkness to be written. Just as judges look at past precedents to arrive at a conclusion on a present case, we needed a book that tel...
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As we were getting ready to leave our lecture-hall in Manchester University, the secretary of our course announced that exiting on to Oxford Street would be difficult as a “huge” demonstration was imminent. My friend and course-mate, a senior police officer from India, enquired how big the demonstration was likely to be and guffawed when informed that between 50 to a 100 people were expected to gather. “Is that a demonstration?” he asked, “that is the average gathering at a bus stop in Delhi every day!”
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An exponent of Kathak, Kathakali and Bharatanatyam, Tara Balgopal has had a stamp released in her honour.
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All those who expect the government to move faster on reforms after GST need to have a little bit of patience. There is a balance which needs to be maintained between “popularity” and “good administration” and that is not always easy.
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The re-emergence of violence in Kashmir shows once again the frailties of the Indian union. The truth is that forcing diverse people into a union, in the guise of “unity in diversity”, doesn't work. What would work is to give them freedom of self-rule with an ironclad agreement -- Nehru's "binding cement" -- of a strong federal government.
Raghuram Rajan's exit from the RBI demonstrates the rot in India's bureaucracy. Far from being merit-based, it is seriously politicized. Bureaucrats have become sycophants. Self-respecting independent thinkers have no place in India's system. Even the most capable survive or thrive only through their handling of political masters. The quality of their work stands for very little. It is no fault of the bureaucrats. The problem is systemic. It starts from the top.