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Democracy without equality

Monday 14 October '13

We need to interrogate the politics and policies that fuel the increasing violence against women
Dharmapuri is not a faraway place

Thursday 18 July '13

The death of a young Dalit points to the persistence of casteist structures, and a politics that fattens on them
Report in, action awaited

Saturday 2 February '13

The urgency is understandable. But the Verma committee’s recommendations must not be rammed through with an ordinance
Remaking ourselves

Monday 31 December '12

Women are claiming the public space as equal citizens. This must be supported by law, social attitudes
Words and consequences

Monday 26 November '12

For the wrongful arrest of the two women in Maharashtra, the IPC sections meant to punish those responsible for such actions must be used against the erring police officials
Shadowboxing over coal

Wednesday 5 September '12

BJP and Congress might argue about allocations vs auctions, but both agree on the denationalisation of a vital natural resource
Everyone forgets the surrogate

Tuesday 17 July '12

Government must bring the assisted reproductive technologies bill to Parliament. More stringent regulation could have saved lives
And not a grain to eat

Thursday 17 May '12

What stops the government from using good harvests to reduce, if not eliminate, hunger?
Bhanwari Devi, utterly unequal

Wednesday 18 January '12

She may have used sex and threats to get her way, but her murder raises troubling questions about crime and political power
Playing with numbers, and lives

Friday 23 September '11

How many meals do you have to miss for the Planning Commission to consider you poor?
The Left will endure

Thursday 19 May '11

It is unlikely that a review exercise will to lead to the kind of ‘reformed’ Left that its critics want.
A case apart

Monday 19 July '10

The proposed legal amendments do not factor in the complex cruelties of ‘honour’ crimes...
‘He spoke his mind and expected others to do so too’

Monday 18 January '10

Recently, at Howrah station, a group of railway porters surrounded me to ask about the health of Comrade Jyoti Basu.
Rejigging NREGA, the wrong way

Thursday 3 September '09

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is once again in the news, for the wrong reasons. Arbitrary changes in the guidelines...
Act of justice

Thursday 10 January '08

With the UPA government notifying the rules, the Forest Rights Act, passed by Parliament in December 2006, can now be implemented. But has the last word been said in the fierce debate the act has touc...


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Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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