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  • Farmers listen to a speaker as they take part in a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms at the Delhi-Haryana state border in Singhu on Friday.
    Dec 04, 2020 17:02 IST
    Any change in agricultural markets should use the farm development model of Punjab and Haryana and after improving upon the flaws, new enactments should be made. ...read more
    Lakhwinder Singh
    Lakhwinder Singh
  • Seventy-one years have passed since India adopted its Constitution, guaranteeing equality to all its citizens, including its largest minority population — women.
    Dec 04, 2020 11:36 IST
    It was BR Ambedkar who stated that a Constitution was only as good as the individuals who implemented it. Thus, a modern democratic nation-state must aspire to develop institutions that enshrine within themselves constitutional values as originally conceptualised in their foundation...read more
    Reshma Arif Khan
    Reshma Arif Khan
  • MSPs have also incentivised foodgrains over other crops, giving rise to imbalances of water and land resources and shifting land away from crops such as pulses and oilseeds, necessitating costly imports.
    Dec 03, 2020 23:50 IST
    Instituting MSPs through law will lead to inflation and distort markets ...read more
  • After years of flirting with politics and dropping hints about his own political ambitions, Rajinikanth, Tamil cinema’s biggest living icon – he remains that, although he has competition from some of the younger actors -- has finally announced that he will launch his own political party in January.
    Dec 03, 2020 23:40 IST
    There is little doubt that irrespective of whether he succeeds or not, Rajinikanth’s entry will shape the nature of politics in an important state that sends 39 MPs to the Lok Sabha....read more
  • India correctly called Trudeau’s comment “unwarranted”, but it would seem from the formulation used by the ministry of external affairs spokesperson that it was diplomatically engaged with Canada on this issue
    Dec 03, 2020 23:37 IST
    The Canadian PM’s remarks about the farmers’ protest, a domestic issue in India, are inexcusable. That Trudeau made them to pander to his closely-aligned political, sectional opinion neither diminishes their intrusiveness nor provides a veneer of justification. ...read more
    Vivek Katju
    Vivek Katju
  • As electricity markets become more effective, the true value of flexibility, the value of RE, and the need for capacity adequacy will become better known.
    Dec 03, 2020 23:56 IST
    The three issues — retirement, pollution control, and making plants flexible — are inter-related. They need to be addressed in an integrated fashion by distribution companies based on long-term system-level considerations of demand, supply and availability of new technologies....read more
    Daljit Singh and Rahul Tongia
    Daljit Singh and Rahul Tongia
  • It is the recognition that any kind of farmer revolt can spiral out of control that has forced the government to the dialogue table
    Dec 03, 2020 21:37 IST
    The protests symbolise citizen response to executive overreach. Farmers are politically too important to be brushed aside ...read more