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Afghanistan

Afghanistan after the US drawdown

The Afghanistan war was one of the opening salvos in a struggle that will not end with the war’s official completion. The coming drawdown in US forces from Afghanistan...

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What is Indian secularism?

Secularism is more than laws, concessions, and special considerations. It is a state of mind, at best almost an instinctive feeling, such as India has known for...

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Getting objective about it

Getting objective about it

In January 2009, PBS, a US television network, ran a documentary titled The Story of India. Hosted by Michael Wood, this six-part series narrated a compressed history...

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Let us keep our Republic

Let us keep our Republic

Before she was selected by John McCain as his running mate in the 2008 US presidential elections, Sarah Palin was a little known governor of a distant American state....

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Liberalise education

Liberalise education

Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass North observed that “economic history is overwhelmingly a story of economies that failed to produce a set of economic rules...

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Vote!

Vote!

In the aftermath of the terrorist strike in Mumbai in November 2008, many people expressed their anger and frustration at the political leadership. An idea that...

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The case for freedom

The case for freedom

A visitor from the 17th century on a trip to the year 2009 would be rather surprised to learn that the United States of America is in distress. He would, of course,...

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Human capitalism

Human capitalism

Even before joining the Indian government to lead the national ID project, Nandan Nilekani — then chairman of Infosys Technologies — was engaged in a number...

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Let them come (even sans visa)

Let them come (even sans visa)

Earlier this summer, a woman in Latin America did not get the visa in time to make her trip to India to attend a conference. In itself, this would have been a minor...

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Fewer troops in the Kashmiri heartland

Fewer troops in the Kashmiri heartland

After the successful conduct of assembly and parliamentary polls in Jammu & Kashmir, the alleged incident of rape and murder of two women in Shopian saw the...

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