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Harassed and exploited, India's nurses deserve better

They go beyond the call of duty sometimes to save a life and sometimes just to comfort a patient. But the ubiquitous Indian nurses, called ‘sisters’ in this part of the world, are among the most underpaid and overworked in their profession.

A leader in place, Afghanistan is on the right track

The suspense over Afghanistan’s presidential elections is finally over. The two contenders have shown sagacity in working out a unity government which is just what Kabul needs now.

BJP must stick to governance and development issues; steer clear of anti-Muslim rhetoric

The BJP must take cue from the PM’s remarks and steer clear of anti-Muslim rhetoric

Who let the details out?

The debate over the Ranjit Sinha diary case shows that India needs to strengthen its witness protection setup.

Britain gets credit for smooth handling of Scotland debate

Both Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom got a chance in recent days to focus minds on life in a balkanised Britain thanks to opinion polls that warned that the ‘Yes’ campaign was inching ahead, after trailing for months.

Independent investigation needed in Jadavpur molestation case

A student is allegedly molested inside a university campus. The normal reaction of any functioning university management would be to conduct an enquiry. The normal reaction of any self-respecting police force would be to investigate the allegation. But neither an enquiry nor an investigation has taken place in the Jadavpur University case.

Foreign investments: India's real work begins now

This $55-billion commitment from Japan and China is just a statement of intent. For these commitments to translate into actual spending on the ground, the government will have to remove several roadblocks that caused the investment cycle to collapse in the first place.

Disorganised build-up to Asian Games could hurt India’s chances

India are hoping to match or better the 65 medals, including 14 gold, they won in the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. But another disorganised build-up could hurt the chances.

Opportune moment: Lessons for Cong in bypoll results

Victories and defeats are a part of every democracy and the Samajwadi Party seems to have learned it quicker than the Congress has done. Here the Congress has a few lessons to take from the Uttar Pradesh-based party.

Bypolls message for BJP: Don’t give up on the development agenda

While many local issues of the respective constituencies may have influenced the electoral outcome, it is true that at least in UP the party did make a mistake by jumping off the development platform.

Envoy’s comments on Hafiz Saeed shows that Pak does not take terrorism seriously

India’s decision to call off foreign secretary-level talks last month took Islamabad by surprise, but it didn’t stop the latter from maintaining a conciliatory tone.

The new great war for civilisation

Arab countries may want to join the fight against ISIS, but forging a grand coalition will not be easy.

Playing with fire: Why is BJP letting loose leaders like Maharaj?

Sakshi Maharaj, the BJP’s Unnao MP, and Union minister Maneka Gandhi are not terror experts. Yet no one in the government or the party they represent seems to be reminding them of that reality.

Hindu by birth, ‘sickular’ by choice

Be scared even if you are a Hindu on the moderate side, which for troll purposes comes under the ‘sickular’ brand name these days. You deal with the nameless, faceless fringe elements by ignoring them, but how do you escape when the same voices come from the mainstream.

Saradha probe: Stop casting aspersion on CBI

Just as society expects fairness from the CBI, the agency, on its part, has the right to expect not to be commented on adversely whenever any party or politician is in trouble.
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