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Justice Rajinder Sachar: A man of clear principles and Constitution defender

Justice Rajinder Sachar (b. 1923), a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court  who passed away on Friday (April 20), will be long remembered as an empathetic and caring  people’s judge, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor. 

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Women's empowerment: A long walk from darkness to dawn

The state of the Indian woman today is one more nuanced than the negative international perception. Change has occurred, but it did not have the same impact everywhere. Thus, some segments as well as society as a whole still need a further shift in the status quo. The journey, for it is still dark must continue, till dawn, writes Chahrazade Nesrine Douah for South Asia Monitor.

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Modi’s Balochistan bomb

After first being stunned into silence by what it believes was a transgression into its internal affairs by the Indian Prime Minister, the Pakistani establishment seems to have hurled itself into confused animation.  
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Whistling in the dark

Three weeks after the Americans had elected him as their next President, Barack Obama met a group of reporters and shared his thoughts on pitfalls of decision-making. In the course of that interaction, he made this point: “One of the dangers in the White House, based on my reading of history, is that you get wrapped up in groupthink and everybody agrees with everything, and there is no discussion and there are no dissenting views.”

 
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The Vajpayee legacy

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on April 21, 2003, about his just-concluded visit to J&K, PM Vajpayee spelt out his perspective on the way ahead to deal with the complex issues concerning the State. He spoke of major economic projects in areas like the development of road and rail infrastructure and promoting employment for the youth. 

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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