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A theocratic government can turn people secular

A theocratic government can turn people secular

On June 18, as Iranians headed out to vote in their presidential election, the ballot – unlike in India – did not have NOTA (None Of The Above). 52% i.e. a majority, did not vote. Since Iran’s Supreme Leader called voting a religious duty, should this also be seen to mean that a majority in the Isla...

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Clubhouse: The latest toxic pastime?

Clubhouse: The latest toxic pastime?

The latest social networking site to catch the fancy of aficionados—and some ascetics—is the barely-year-old Clubhouse. Over the last month, a flurry of invitations has been going out following the app’s Android release, and on June 16, the company announced a “Clubhouse Creator First” programme in ...

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Why a third COVID-19 wave is inevitable

Why a third COVID-19 wave is inevitable

When on March 24, 2020 PM Modi used the analogy of Mahabharata war to say COVID19 would be won in 21 days, he was both right and wrong. Right because that lockdown did help reduce spread. Wrong because pandemics are not one night stands, but a series of waves that require constant vigil.Over a year ...

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We need to prepare for a third wave

We need to prepare for a third wave

The last month, and particularly its second half, has been hard on everyone. It isn’t easy to go back into lockdown mode. In worrying about physical health and stopping the spread of Covid-19, certainly no government and hardly any private facility has the time to think about mental health. Given th...

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Central Vista Project: A long overdue innovation

Central Vista Project: A long overdue innovation

This write-up examines the ongoing redevelopment of the Central Vista, a 3-km long expanse between Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate.The key features of the project are as follows:-1) Construction of a new parliament building.2) Redevelopment of the Central Vista Avenue.3) Construction of central se...

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Are schoolchildren safe from predators?

Are schoolchildren safe from predators?

One would think that, with schools closed for the best part of a year and classes being held over videoconference, schoolchildren would be safe from sexual harassment. But, in May this year, a commerce teacher from PSBB school was accused by several of his female students of this very crime and has ...

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There needs to be one price for COVID-19 vaccines across nation: SC to Centre

There needs to be one price for COVID-19 vaccines across nation: SC to Centre

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the Central government on its dual policy for procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and said that there needs to be one price for the vaccines across the nation.The Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat called for a uniform p...

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Israel-Palestine is hugely relevant to India

Israel-Palestine is hugely relevant to India

What is it that makes Israelis not simply despise Palestinians—whom most of the educated world thinks of as people thrown out of their own homes by an occupying power—but squeeze them into smaller and smaller areas and then carpet bomb them, celebrating the murder of their children?What is it that m...

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How the RSS/BJP failed worst when Indians needed them most

How the RSS/BJP failed worst when Indians needed them most

The sixty lakh member strong Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s organising and information dissemination capabilities are legendary. Sources have claimed they can organise a crowd in any corner of India within hours. A message originating in a Delhi troll farm is said to reach millions of phones in the c...

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Shailaja Pandinala gets candid about Vote Haaki

Shailaja Pandinala gets candid about Vote Haaki

Shailaja Padindala is one of the most exciting cultural presences around and has proved this once again with her video ‘Vote Haaki’ which is rocking youtube. Ashley Tellis caught up with her to ask her some questions about her method and her politics.Your film Memory of a Machine raised issues of ch...

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