Politics

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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Ladakh peace deal: Enter the Dragon

Ladakh peace deal: Enter the Dragon

February 13, 2021

A satisfactory outcome of any negotiation is when you end up with more than what you had before, or the other party loses more than you do. Maybe it is time that the powers that be in Delhi learnt the art of negotiations again and preferably from the Chinese who seem to best thei...

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Biden Yemen policy reset major setback to Saudi Arabia

Biden Yemen policy reset major setback to Saudi Ar...

February 8, 2021

While it was certain that the new President of the United States Joe Biden would modify and even reverse several of the most controversial decisions taken by his predecessor Donald Trump, the pace and the range of these radical alterations in US policy, notably the foreign policy...

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Govt jobs or protests? Nitish Kumar asks Bihar to choose

Govt jobs or protests? Nitish Kumar asks Bihar to ...

February 7, 2021

Within days of news that Uttarakhand Police were going to keep track of ‘anti-national’ social media posts while conducting police verification for passport applications, reports emerged from Bihar indicating that the state government had apparently decided to go even furth...

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How farmers’ protest in India became a global issue

How farmers’ protest in India became a global is...

February 4, 2021

It took just one question from American pop star Rihanna to apparently leave the Indian government shaken to its core. On February 2, global icon Rihanna posted a one-liner and asked her 101 million Twitter followers “Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest” whil...

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Vaccine Maitri: India shows the way to cooperative approach in combatting pandemic

Vaccine Maitri: India shows the way to cooperative...

February 2, 2021

French scientist Louis Pasteur discovered the boon of vaccination by using a weakened virus way back in the 19th century with the first vaccine that he developed for chicken cholera. Since then, such vaccines have become the first line of defence against many communicable disease...

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