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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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Taj Mahal — latest casualty of extremism

A 32-page booklet titled ‘Uttar Pradesh tourism: It’s high potential’ released by the state’s tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi does not mention the Taj Mahal despite the fact that the site attracts over six million tourists a year.

Face it, fix it: #MeToo movement shows the entire world has a Weinstein problem


The Harvey Weinstein saga continues to roll out scandalously in Hollywood. More than 50 women have now gone public with allegations of sexual harassment.

Gone girl

The recent Supreme Court verdict provides rare relief to the female victims of early marriage. The verdict says a man who has sex with a wife less than 18 years can be charged of rape.

The Supreme Court verdict on firecrackers needs to be lauded not criticised

What are residents and citizens of a democratic country to do when an unrecognised national medical emergency creeps up on them in stealth mode and their elected legislators fail them, their local and central governments fail them and everyone, from makers to enforcers of the law looks the other way?

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India-China civil-society dialogue on climate change, sustainable development

China has initiated early actions on the Wuhan summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that stressed the need for people-to-people dialogue for the development of not only India and China but the whole world.


India’s growth story is treading on thin ice

By all estimates, the Indian economy has entered a phase of recovery. After a period of subdued growth that was marred by a spate of disruptions, India has regained the fastest-growing major eco...