A heartfelt hug

The decision of the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, to walk across to the prime minister's seat in the Lok Sabha and embrace Narendra Modi last Friday apparently took even his mother, Sonia Gandhi, by surprise. His supporters were quick to hail the "spur-of-the-moment" act as a political masterstroke.
Manini Chatterjee Jul 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Multiple battles

So much has been written on pervasive corruption in public life and so few concrete steps taken to combat it effectively that the finance minister's plea for the passage of the amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, merits serious attention.
Amitabha Bhattacharya Jul 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Pure darkness

The idea of purity, when applied to human beings, is usually a weapon of the powerful to ensure exclusion. Or both exclusion and suppression. Once a powerful group rules on purity and impurity, it finds social agreement, and the social consensus about the pure and impure evolve as beliefs. Just as it was 'believed' that the shadow of people from certain castes would pollute others, so it was a domestic and social 'law' that a menstruating woman was impure. 
Jul 23, 2018 00:00 IST

For Gain

Unity pays. So say the findings of an important study, which arrived at this conclusion after taking into account data from 109 countries over several decades. It is not just the size of the sample that makes the study impressive. The inference, in these distinctly polarizing times, is also inspiring. 
Jul 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Only hope; Controversial law; Series lost

Only hope

• Sir - Most new metro railway projects in and around Calcutta are flounder... | Read»

Controversial law

• Sir - The Union government has opposed a plea which sought to strike down... | Read»

Series lost

• Sir - The Indian cricket team lost the bilateral one-day international se... | Read»

Jul 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Their own persons

Three stalwarts of the National Democratic Alliance government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee are with us today. And are yet far. They are Atal ji himself, George Fernandes and Jaswant Singh.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi Jul 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Without an iota of hate

Although the National Democratic Alliance government predictably defeated the no-confidence motion against it, it did not do so well in the war of values
Jul 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Plastic free; Thrilling game; Parting shot

Plastic free

• Sir - The announcement made by the chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patna... | Read»

Thrilling game

• Sir - Novak Djokovic should be congratulated for winning the Wimbledon me... | Read»

Parting shot

• Sir - It is disheartening that the army is considering abolishing the age... | Read»

Jul 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Hashtag: Talk to Me, I am Human

But will you? Are you willing? Do you wish to? What about? Should I be afraid? Should I be pleased? Should I be apprehensive about it or should I await it? Your talking to me? What will you tell me?
LAZY EYESankarshan Thakur Jul 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Menu in P'cherry, French cries

Allez Fraaaaanceeee!...Allez Les Bleus!!... Allez Parissssss!!! The chants filled the beach, pubs and restaurants of Pondicherry on the night of the Fifa World Cup finals.
Tauhid Khan Jul 22, 2018 00:00 IST


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