• THE OUTSIDER: ON ADULTERY LAW

    There is no doubt at all that a reconsideration(पुनर्विचार) of the law on adultery is long overdue(विलंबित/पुराना). By agreeing to have another look at the constitutional validity of Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, under which men can be prosecuted(अभ..

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  • STARTING OVER: ON RAHUL ELEVATION

    Rahul Gandhi spent so many years stepping(कदम उठाना) up to become president of the Congress party that once he was elected unopposed, the biggest surprise remained the timing: in the middle of an Assembly election campaign in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home turf. Indeed(..

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  • A MASSIVE VICTORY

    Given Nepal’s mix of the first-past-the-post system and proportional representation, the final picture of its new Parliament may take some time to be clear. But it is already evident(प्रत्यक्ष/स्पष्ट) that the Left Alliance is on course to win more than 70% of the 165 pa..

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  • COUNTERING HATE

    It is an ongoing investigation and very little can be said with certainty about the back-story of the murder of a Bengali migrant(प्रवासी) worker in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district. But from videos shared on social media and initial information from the police, a few things are clear. Mo..

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  • CAPITAL CRISIS

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite warnings at home and abroad, will worsen(बदतर होना) the Israel-Palestine conflict. Jerusalem, which houses holy places of all three Abrahamic religions and is claimed by both Israelis and P..

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  • UNWAVERING CAUTION

    For the Reserve Bank of India there is just one economic indicator that dominates its policymaking calculus: price stability. With inflation-targeting as its main mandate(आदेश) — the consensus(सर्वसम्मति/अनुकूलता) position that was articulated(स्पष..

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  • NEW INDIA FORMULA ?

    The Centre has moved swiftly to notify the presidential order setting up the Fifteenth Finance Commission, within five days of the Cabinet’s approval. The constitutional body is tasked with recommending a fiscal road map and a sharing of resources between the Centre and the States. On Monday, former ..

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  • BAIL IN DOUBTS

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has wisely sought to allay(शांत करना/कम कर देना) fears about a “bail-in” clause in the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017. Introduced in Parliament this August, it has caused great anxiety(व्याकुलत..

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  • CAPTURING CRIME

    The National Crime Records Bureau data for 2016 on two important aspects, violent crime and crime against women, should prompt(प्रेरित करना/तात्कालिक) State governments to make a serious study of the underlying causes. Not all States are equally affected; Uttar Prade..

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  • FRAGILE MOMENTUM: INDIA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH

    Turning around a large ship is never easy. So it must give policymakers a measure of satisfaction that the slowdown seen during the last fiscal year and in the first quarter has been reversed. Data released on Thursday show that economic growth as measured by the gross domestic product rebounded to 6.3% in..

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