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The Hindu | Editorial

Collegium controversy

17/01/2019

The controversial collegium system of judicial appointments is under public scrutiny once again. This time, the potential for embarrassment to the superior judiciary is much higher. Former Chief Justices of India, a sitting Supreme Court judge, and the Bar Council of India have taken exception to t...

Learning little

17/01/2019

The latest assessment of how children are faring in schools in rural areas indicates there has been no dramatic improvement in learning outcomes. The picture that emerges from the Annual Status of Education Report, Rural (2018) is one of a moribund system of early schooling in many States, with no ...

Escape options: on the Brexit vote

16/01/2019

After the British Parliament`s overwhelming rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May`s Brexit deal, chances are the government will postpone the March 29 deadline to leave the European Union. An extension of the exit date - hinted at by Britain`s Chancellor of the Exchequer and France`s President fo...

Sedition and politics: on the charge-sheeting of JNU students

16/01/2019

The filing of sedition and conspiracy charges against three former Jawaharlal Nehru University students and seven others nearly three years after a political event on its campus, is a needlessly heavy-handed response to campus sloganeering. That it took so long to ready a charge sheet, which has be...

Sedition, once more

14/01/2019

The slapping of sedition charges against noted Assamese scholar Hiren Gohain and two others for remarks made against the proposed citizenship law is a textbook case of misuse of the law relating to sedition. The FIR against Mr. Gohain, peasant rights activist Akhil Gogoi and journalist Manjit Mahan...

Half done: on the ban on plastic

14/01/2019

India won global acclaim for its "Beat Plastic Pollution" resolve declared on World Environment Day last year, under which it pledged to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022. So far, 22 States and Union Territories have joined the fight, announcing a ban on single-use plastics such as carry bags, c...

Sharing, and not caring: on the SP, BSP tie up

13/01/2019

Sometimes, it is impossible to make new friends without making new enemies. In reaching an early agreement on seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh for this year`s Lok Sabha election, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have thrown a serious challenge to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in a S...

Change in Congo

13/01/2019

After last month`s general election, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is anxiously awaiting the first ever transfer of power via the ballot since gaining independence in 1960. President Joseph Kabila, who had already deferred the polls by two years, postponed them again by a week days be...

Disquieting decision: on CBI tussle

11/01/2019

The removal of Alok Verma as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation is a disconcerting denouement to an unseemly episode. The controversy that began with a public tussle between Mr. Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana has ended with the former`s removal, although it is couched as a t...

Wall of shame: on Mexico border wall

11/01/2019

It began as a populist campaign promise that brought President Donald Trump`s supporters cheering to their feet and paved the way for his election. Now, the border wall with Mexico has become a morass of partisan bickering that has stalemated the U.S. federal government into a three-week-long shutd...

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