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  • Covid-19: Mumbai in dire need of a special action plan

    Covid-19: Mumbai in dire need of a special action plan

    Such is the concern at the highest echelons of the government that a central team was dispatched to Mumbai on Thursday to take stock of the situation. Clearly, the time has come to think in terms of a national-level special action plan for Mumbai and its suburbs.

    Unmake (Covid-19) in India: The fight throughout

    Unmake (Covid-19) in India: The fight throughout

    The ‘heavy-handed’ pre-emptive approach was right there from the start, when India became among the first few to officially curtail travel to and from China. An upset China officially protested through diplomatic channels, even pressuring New Delhi to reverse its decision. India later faced similar pressure from Seoul when it placed travel restrictions.

    View: After Delhi riots, government has to revisit its approach on CAA

    View: After Delhi riots, government has to revisit its approach on CAA

    A way forward will also have to come from the political space. If politics can divide, it can also bridge divisions. And the onus to do so falls on the government as Parliament takes up the issue after Holi. It’s important to realise that the consequences of inaction — or ‘mis-action’ — could be far worse.

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    Trade big ones from small

    Two varying statements from the US — one seemingly promising, the other comparatively punishing —along with a delayed, but stiff Indian retaliation to the US announcing higher tariffs on Indian steel and aluminium last year,...

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    The 2nd battle of Lutyens

    The battle for 2019 is underway. And it’s not happening in the far reaches of election-bound states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, but in the corridors of power in New Delhi. Three key fights...

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    There’s no half-way mandir

    RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat’s call to the government to pass a law or promulgate an ordinance to build a Ram mandir in Ayodhya is a clear message of intent. But, politically, it’s still a fair...

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    Turning a new chinar leaf?

    The imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir can never be an ideal outcome of any political process, especially since the strategic endeavour of the Indian State has been to strengthen and deepen democracy...

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    The rebalancer of power

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be judged by history as the prime minister who orchestrated India’s strategic shift to the US. Foreign policy practitioners prefer to call it ‘rebalancing’. But the fact is that he made...

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