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On a self-imposed trial of three months, the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir has gone for what it believes to be a slam dunk.

 

Indian repression of local minorities and Kashmiris goes hand in hand under the BJP.

 
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It is ironic that a technological solution that could have plugged India’s porous welfare delivery system — and saved the State huge amount of funds — is itself proving to be extremely leaky.

 
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 By Ravi Shankar Prasad Aadhaar, the largest digital identity programme in the world, is now being acclaimed as a marvel of India’s technological innovation and prowess. India has developed it for good governance and for serving poor and marginalised people. It is in contrast to other biometric identity programmes in the world, which are mainly used for security, border management and so on.  
 
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The demand to abandon the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) is not new. After their electoral defeat in 2009, the BJP had called for the country to revert to paper ballots; and many political parties had supported this demand then. This issue has made a comeback after the results of the assembly elections held in five states earlier this year. This time the call for paper ballots comes from the other side of the political spectrum, with the Congress and AAP leading the charge.
 
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A debate in Rajya Sabha last week raised important questions. These, like the Election Commission’s proposals and recommendations, must no longer remain unaddressed.

 
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A stocktaking of the state of public toilets in the city is a depressing exercise

 
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Supreme Court must urgently hear and settle issues of privacy and exclusion raised in the context of the UID project

 
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Mental health has become a much-talked-about subject in India after having been relegated to the sidelines for decades.

 
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The Supreme Court's directive that the Centre cannot make Aadhaar mandatory for those who are beneficiaries of various social sector schemes, should not be taken as a setback for the Union Government.

 


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