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Gujarat model for madrasas

Modi and Madrasa… Sounds odd? The one an anathema to the other? That’s what the Congress, RJD, SP, BSP and other divisive parties like the TMC besides self-appointed messiahs of the Indian Muslim community would like us to believe.

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Dumbing down of Indian politics

Our ruling dispensation draws heavily upon the symbols and rituals of Hinduism to justify its authority. But leaders of this brand of politics do not seem to be conversant with discourses on statecraft in Brahmanical texts of ancient India. Consider Santi Parva, the twelfth episode of the Mahabharata, in which the patriarch Bhishma tutors a dithering monarch of Hastinapur, Yudhishthira, on the responsibilities of a ruler. Wending a leisurely way through the intellectual thickets of statecraft, geography, metaphysics, the cosmos, mythology, genealogy, history, and Sankya and Yoga philosophy, Bhishma finally speaks of the obligations of the ruler.

 
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Connected by vote and hope

It is said our land of birth keeps calling us. From Rabindranath Tagore’s short story “Kabuliwala” to Ashutosh Gowariker’s film "Swades" literature and cinema have underlined it

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Can cash compensate for loss of dignity?

On the birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, April 14, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment notified the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Rules, to speed up the process of dispensation of justice. Under the new rules, it scrapped  the provision of conducting medical examination in cases of non-invasive sexual harassment of SC/ST women and also increased relief to victims, ranging from Rs 85,000 to Rs 8.25 lakh. 

 
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The right to die

The health ministry's draft Bill permitting passive euthanasia, or withholding medical treatment or a life support system required to keep a terminally ill patient alive, should be broadly welcomed. It has been framed on guidelines set out by the Supreme Court in 2011, drawn up following an emotive case involving an appeal by a human rights activist to withdraw food and treatment to Aruna Shanbaug - a nurse who had been in a vegetative state for three decades after being assaulted by a hospital assistant in 1973. Though the Supreme Court turned down that appeal, it allowed passive euthanasia in a landmark judgement. The apex court argued that stopping treatment did not amount to a "positive step to terminate life", as is the case with active euthanasia involving, say, the administration of a lethal injection or poison.

 
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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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