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  • Mandir and masjid can coexist

    On December 6, the demolition of the Babri Masjid would be 25 years old. Instead of making amends for what the Congress government did in 1992 with the connivance of then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government is bent upon building a temple at the site where the masjid once stood.

  • Challenge before Rahul Gandhi

    Political parties all over the world have come to be closed shops. What is known as the “High Command” usually dictates on who will be installed as the president. Rahul Gandhi has been “elected” as the Congress president.

  • Can Padmavati be a rallying point for press freedom?

    The press has been able to consolidate its freedom after several struggles. And today it is generally free from government pressure. There are still other forces which do not allow it to be completely free. Yet among all the democracies in the world, the Indian press is considered independent.

  • Mahatma Gandhi

    Reopening the Gandhi assassination case was long overdue

    I think the Supreme Court's order to appoint an amicus curiae in Mahatma Gandhi's assassination case is important. More about how it happened and why are two points which need to be pursued.

  • Boundaries that divide us

    The government of India has appointed Dineshwar Sharma, former Intelligence Bureau Chief as interlocutor to find a solution to Kashmir's problems.

  • EC's reputation is on the line

    The Election Commission has never done it before and had developed an independent status since TN Seshan. He had given it a stature which was admired by the electorate.

  • The supreme courage of Gauri Lankesh

    A gathering for a memorial a few days ago turned out to be disappointing. I thought that the meeting held to bring attention to the murder of Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, would draw many journalists, particularly the senior ones, to the venue.

  • A part-time chief minister

    Utttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said that he would be taking five days off in a month to attend to his duties as head priest of the Gorakhnath Temple. Television networks ran this part of his speech only once.

  • Are refugees outsiders?

    Communist leader Jyoti Basu ruled West Bengal for two and a half decades. He fought relentlessly against the communal forces. It is surprising how the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has penetrated and practically taken over the state.

  • Steps to empower women

    For some reasons, mainly male chauvinism, the Women's Reservation Bill has not yet been passed by parliament. It was introduced in the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 when the then Prime Minister, Deve Gowda, was in office.