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In an earlier article in The Pioneer, ‘When judges become Generals’ (July 12), I had been fairly critical of the Supreme Court Bench of Justice Madan Lokur and Justice UU Lalit on some of its interim directions in the case of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur.

 
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We live in exciting times. Marshall McLuhan would have termed this as a brand new world of allatonceness — a world where time has ceased, space has vanished.  
 
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In sharp contrast, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati, who won gold and bronze medals, respectively, at the Rio Paralympics, have received a muted response—only the sports ministry, the Tamil Nadu and UP governments have offered them cash rewards.  
 
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The surrogacy debate appears to have been hijacked by libertarians of various hues without due diligence on the very many issues that need to be addressed. To begin with, it is important to understand that surrogacy is not a natural biological process. Therefore, the procedure ought not to be accepted without proper scientific evaluation of the consequences thereof.  
 
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According to the latest census report, released earlier this year, 41 per cent of India’s population is below the age of 20 and nine per cent is above the age of 60. What does youth look like? It looks like India. In my work and travels across the country, I have observed three key trends — the young are initiative led, they will not accept the status quo and they will push for change. And the internet is their pet tool to engage and organise. 

 
 
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When B.R. Ambedkar was asked why he was so passionate about the issue of temple entry for Dalits, he replied: “The issue is not entry, but equality.” It did not matter to Ambedkar that he, himself, was indifferent towards religion, or that temple entry was hardly the solution to Dalit oppression. What did matter to him, however, was that one of the most powerful tools by which an unequal society expressed and reinforced its hierarchies — through the denial of equal access to religious and sacred spaces — had to be smashed.  
 
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Cooperative tools and exponential technologies are reshaping our globe. India no longer has to sit on the sidelines and wait for the future to unfold. We are now empowered to do our bit in changing the world. With a vision to develop affordable and accessible innovation for inclusive development, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has now sharpened its focus on the 800 million Indians living at the base of the economic pyramid.

 
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Couples of all ages have flocked to fertility specialists in the hope of having a baby and shaking off the stigma associated with being childless in India, the world's most populous country.

Couples of all ages have flocked to fertility specialists in the hope of having a baby and shaking off the stigma associated with being childless in India, the world's most populous country.
 
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Do you care what caste your Uber or Ola driver is? Do you even know the name of the person waiting on you at a restaurant, let alone his or her caste? Or the name of the delivery boy who brought hot pizza for you into your house? What about the nurse administering injections to you at a hospital? Unless you are a caste or sexist bigot, the answer universally is ‘no’.

 
 
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More male babies were victims of foeticide than female in 2014, the latest year for which data are available, according to national crime data, indicating the extent of under-reporting.

 


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China is yet to reciprocate to India’s territorial concerns on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor'
 
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The possibility of a Taliban attack targeting Emirati officials is not going down well with analysts writes Monish Gulati
 
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Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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A bunch of years ago, the problem was a declining state. Across swathes of social, economic and security interventions, the state was in retreat.  
 
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It will also feature glimpses of Indian traditional, folk and tribal art such as Gond, Madhubani and Pattachitra paintings.

 
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spotlight image So the lady’s not for turning. Well, we knew that, didn’t we? Brexit means Brexit, no “partial membership”, no “half-in, half-out”. This was the section of Theresa May’s speech most heavily briefed in advance – but still gloriously welcome to the hard Brexiteers when she finally uttered t
 
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spotlight image It is unfortunate that Taiwan has a neighbor across the Taiwan Strait that wants to annex it, but, even more frustrating, Taiwanese also have to put up with people who echo China’s rhetoric and intended to intimidate Taiwanese into obedience.
 
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Read the transcriipt of UN Secretary-General's End-of-Year Press Conference, held in New York on December 16, here...
 
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spotlight image It is wrong to look only at Israel while fighting rages across the Middle East, writes the former Shin Bet chief.
 
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When is a scam not a scam? The short answer obviously would be, when it is approved by the Government in power. But then, the question arises: Is that necessarily true?  
 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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