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Modi works for a neighbourhood that embraces India

A distinctive feature about PM Modi’s reign in power so far has been his government’s focus on the South Asian neighbourhood. His endeavour stems in part from a need to undo a disarray in neighbourhood policy.

Reforms in labour laws welcome, back them with social security plans

Reforms in labour laws is a step in the right direction. Now back them with universal social security plans.

India has come under attack for ditching a pact to facilitate global trade, but New Delhi is far from playing party-pooper, having taken a stand to provide a modicum of decent life to its poor who still often go hungry. Vote: Are Western powers arm-twisting India?
The success of Narendra Modi’s Nepal policy depends on how he tackles political change in Kathmandu, writes Prashant Jha.
In the West, hearings regarding appointment of judges are open to everyone. This should happen in India too
The word ‘inclusive’ has been figuring prominently in India’s policy documents for years now but still inequality persists in this country. Among several things that facilitate inclusion, credit is one of the critical factors that can enable the poor to improve their economic status.
Sixty-four years after the UPSC conducted the first competitive examination for recruiting civil servants, we now witness the shameful spectacle of potential public servants making a bonfire of question papers on the street, writes Shailaja Chandra
It is known that over one-third of India’s fruit and vegetables valued at over Rs 13,000 crore is wasted annually in the absence of adequate refrigerated storage infrastructure and logistics deficiencies, writes Kunal Bose.
The introduction of four new vaccines into the immunisation programme is a huge boost for the public health system.
Bombing a house with civilians in it is immoral. But silence in the face of such actions, in and outside Israel, is consent by default, writes Yuli Novak.

The two presidential candidates must ensure that the democratic transition does not come to a premature halt.

Narendra Modi has a chance to lead, even change, the nation’s discourse. Right now, we are ripe for a thousand unspoken conversations: Secularism, inclusiveness, development, gender, poverty. But instead of a dialogue we have competitive shrillness.
Rahul Gandhi wants to take apart the Congress’ structure and put his own architecture in place. But where are even the first signs of that process? Barkha Dutt writes.
When a bunch of rowdy Shiv Sena MPs, some with colourful criminal records, attempted to shove a chapati down the throat of a fasting Muslim caterer at the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi last week, it suggested many things about a political party that has essentially not been able to grow out of its limited local appeal.
Tamil Nadu netas may stand by the veshti but it’s Sri Lankan leaders who celebrate it as an international costume.
At a meeting on making public transport more affordable, officials proposed that the excise department should charge Rs. 1-2 on the sale of every bottle of liquor and the fund accumulated would be used to subsidise bus fare.
A democratic government’s job is only partly about running ministries and departments; the other part is about making laws and running parliament efficiently. There the NDA government has started with a few hiccups, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
Is it fair that governments unhesitatingly increase the tax on cigarettes with almost every budget they pass? No doubt this happens all over the world, says Karan Thapar
A slew of recent studies are showing that paracetamol, the world’s favourite painkiller, is not as wonderful and safe as it was thought to be. Concerned with the findings, pain experts have begun reconsidering their universal endorsement of this wonder-pill as the first drug of choice for all painful afflictions.
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