Politics

With new OCI rules, India continues to distance from diaspora

With new OCI rules, India continues to distance fr...

March 12, 2021

Last week, in a sudden, though not very surprising development, the Indian government announced a flurry of changes to the rules governing the status and rights of the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders. Now, any OCI will have to get special permission from the Foreign R...

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Patchy progress in ‘world’s largest vaccination drive’

Patchy progress in ‘world’s largest vaccinatio...

March 6, 2021

India was rather late off the block in the roll out of the vaccination drive, that began after much dilly dallying only on January 16, almost a month after dozens of other countries had already been immunising their populations against the pandemic. There was another major differ...

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India, no country for Indians

India, no country for Indians

March 4, 2021

Whenever the data on migration for the year 2020 is compiled, one fact would be evident. After decades, the outward migration from India would show a dramatic dip. This is not because Indian migrants did not want to leave India in search of better livelihood, but only because for...

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Delhi Riots: Victims’ battle for justice & compensation continues

Delhi Riots: Victims’ battle for justice & ...

February 28, 2021

“I will do what I did again. I don’t have any regrets, except that I couldn’t save the lives of Dinesh Khatik, Ankit Sharma (riot victims) and many others,” Kapil Mishra, a local leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party in northeast Delhi, said this during launch of a book De...

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Islamogauchisme: French education minister fans Islamophobia

Islamogauchisme: French education minister fans Is...

February 26, 2021

At first appearance, the drama could very well be playing out in India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Ruling party members and none less than the education minister accuses campuses across the nation, especially the most prestigious ones, of being ‘infested’ by schola...

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Lyon school canteens going vegetarian: The meat of the matter

Lyon school canteens going vegetarian: The meat of...

February 23, 2021

Barely back in France from a visit to India, French ecological transition minister Barbara Pompili plunged headlong into one of the hottest discussions going on across France today – meatless meals in school canteens. “I regret a lot that on this issue we are falling into a p...

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Poaching for power in Puducherry

Poaching for power in Puducherry

February 22, 2021

Less than two months before Assembly elections are scheduled, the tiny union territory of Puducherry joins a long and ever-increasing list of state governments that have been toppled by the Bharatiya Janata Party ever since it won the Parliamentary elections in 2014. Ironically, ...

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After New START extension, time for Russia & US to look at other arms

After New START extension, time for Russia & ...

February 20, 2021

The Doomsday Clock ought to be set back, for the first time in several years, when the time for its review comes at the end of 2021, much to the relief of watchers of nuclear weapons scenario globally. The clock is maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, an association o...

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Bhima Koregaon: Justice delayed & denied

Bhima Koregaon: Justice delayed & denied

February 19, 2021

Nothing, it seems, can make a difference to the judiciary in the infamous Bhima Koregaon case in which 16 eminent Indian scholars and activists have been locked up for two years on the flimsiest of legal grounds. Last week, a report in Washington Post revealed that an American di...

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Loi Separatisme: French society sharply divided over controversial law passed by National Assembly

Loi Separatisme: French society sharply divided ov...

February 18, 2021

With a comfortable majority, 351 votings for, 151 against and 65 absentees, Loi Separatisme, one of the most controversial laws to have been proposed by the French government in years was passed by the Assemblée Nationale in a vote on Tuesday (February 16th) night. The bill will...

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