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  • Bangalore: Exploring the multi-layered history of the city

    If the soul of a city is uncovered by walking the streets, then definitely it holds true for Bangalore as it reveals itself beyond its IT hub and impersonal glass buildings. Kalyani Majumdar explores the multi-layered history of the city. As you look past the traffic and catch sight of rows of pink and yellow…

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  • Army morale has to be protected

    The Supreme Court deserves to be commended for its order that no coercive action should be taken against Major Aditya Kumar of Garhwal Rifles, in connection with the death of three civilians in an Army firing in Shopian last month. This amounts to staying the FIR that had been filed against the major and his…

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  • Maldives Crisis: Time India asserts itself

    Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has gone berserk in a last-ditch effort at self-preservation to fend off an opposition campaign for his ouster. Ordering the arrest of his half-brother and long-time former President Abdul Gayoom as also of the Chief Justice of the island country Abdulla Saeed and another apex court judge Ali Hameed while proclaiming…

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  • Silver linings in Budget, implementation is the key

    WHILE there is a plethora of schemes to improve the  living conditions of those in  the rural areas, neither  industry nor the middle  class have got the attention  that they were hoping for. The annual budget for 2018-19 is, true to predictions, a budget to pacify the anger among the country’s farmers who have been…

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  • BJP: Old allies falling by the side

    As general elections draw closer, the first fissures in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have surfaced, with the Shiv Sena national executive passing a resolution to be announced that it would fight all future elections on its own. The party had long been suspecting that when elections to the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra…

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  • Supreme Court Crisis: Unfortunate turn of judicial events

    The manner in which four senior judges of the Supreme Court – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Kurian Joseph – revolted against the administration of the apex court, principally Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and held a media conference to go public with their complaints has no parallel in post-independence Indian judicial…

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  • Indian immigrants on tenterhooks

    US President Donald Trump’s first year in office has been a mixed bag for India. Though the apprehensions which he evoked at the start of his innings are still lingering in many minds for good reason, there is a measure of satisfaction in India over Trump’s tough stance towards Pakistan. While Trump’s arch-rival Hillary Clinton…

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  • Rajinikanth’s brand equity is very strong

    Regardless of whether one sees cine idol Rajinikanth as a credible politician in the making or not, there is no denying his mass appeal and charisma. In the days of AIADMK stalwart, late J Jayalalithaa and during the heydays of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, Rajinikanth nurtured the ambition to lead the masses on the political…

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  • Churning process is on in Tamil Nadu

    It is no secret that Sasikala and  her clan’s recorded assets have  gone up manifold in the years  that Jayalalithaa was at the  helm and that Dhinakaran used  that amassed wealth to  part-finance the hugely-expensive election campaign in the  R K Nagar by-election. Five years after then chief minister J Jayalalithaa jettisoned her closest aide…

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  • Late surge salvages BJP’s dwindling stock

    Looking back at the results of the Assembly elections in Gujarat, there is no doubt that the voter in that state was angry and disillusioned with the BJP for a variety of reasons, but he was far from enamoured with newly-anointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi. There is no denying that whether it was Anandiben Patel…

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  • Bated breath and election blues in Gujarat

    The campaign for the Gujarat Assembly elections has ended, with both the BJP and the Congress firing pot-shots at each other like never before. What has separated this election from earlier contests is the ferocity with which the two sides combated each other. Buoyed by the support of youth leader Hardik Patel, who spearheaded a…

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  • Rahul Gandhi faces baptism by fire

    Taking up the mantle of Congress presidentship in a party that is characterised by spinelessness and sycophancy, Rahul Gandhi is beginning his innings with unusually low public expectations. That, undeniably, may prove to be a blessing in disguise for the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, who was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his…

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