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The Hindu | Editorial

Lokpal, at last

18/03/2019

The selection of Justice P.C. Ghose as the first Lokpal has come after an unjustified delay of five years. Nevertheless, it ought to be welcomed as a milestone in the cause of fighting corruption in high places. The concept of an institutional mechanism, or an anti-corruption ombudsman, has been ar...

Papering over: tough balancing act for BJP in the Northeast

18/03/2019

The BJP is acutely aware that its presence has been patchy across regions and social groups, historically. Its storied victory in 2014, with 282 seats in the Lok Sabha, came primarily from the States in the north and the west. Barring Karnataka, the BJP has yet to have any notable presence in the s...

Lapse and collapse: on Mumbai`s pedestrian bridge accident

17/03/2019

The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Mumbai`s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, leaving six people dead and several injured, underscores the irony of India`s race to development on creaking urban infrastructure. It was only in September 2017 that there was a stampede at Mumbai`s Elphinstone ...

Christchurch massacre: a wake-up call

17/03/2019

New Zealand was shaken to its core on Friday when at least 49 people were killed by a gunman in two mosques in Christchurch. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the suspect, livestreamed the massacre on social media after releasing a white supremacist manifesto that called for removing the "invaders" and "re...

A fresh warning: what GEO-6 means for India

15/03/2019

The sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook from the UN Environment Programme has come as another stark warning: the world is unsustainably extracting resources and producing unmanageable quantities of waste. The linear model of economic growth depends on the extraction of ever-higher quant...

Softer, slower: on Brexit vote

15/03/2019

With the overwhelming vote on Thursday to seek a delay to the exit from the EU, Britain`s Parliament might have actually given Prime Minister Theresa May another chance to push her existing deal for Brexit. A day earlier, a majority of the MPs decided to rule out, under all circumstances, Britain`s...

China`s block: on not listing Azhar as global terrorist

14/03/2019

China`s decision to block the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council is both a setback to India`s post-Pulwama diplomatic strategy and a reality check on ties with China at present. After the February 14 attack, claimed by the JeM, the govern...

Horror in Pollachi: on sexual assault case

14/03/2019

The Tamil Nadu government`s decision to transfer the `Pollachi sexual abuse case` to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) gives the case rightful priority, and the agency must swiftly unravel the sexual assault and blackmail racket that has victimised a number of young women. The case had its ...

Heavy-handed order: on contempt law

13/03/2019

The Meghalaya High Court`s order finding the Editor and Publisher of Shillong Times guilty of contempt, and asking them to "sit in a corner" till the rising of the court and imposing a fine of â,¹2 lakh each, is a heavy-handed response to comments in the newspaper on the court`s earlier orders. Wha...

In slow mode: on manufacturing and inflation data

13/03/2019

Manufacturing activity in the country continues to remain becalmed. The latest Index of Industrial Production data show that output across the broad sector expanded 1.3% in January, a clear loss of momentum from the 3% pace in December and a drastic slowdown from the 8.7% growth seen in January 201...

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