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Opinion

  • Over the past two decades, thanks to the telecom boom, India’s teledensity has risen from single digit levels to almost 90%. This has been accompanied by economic opportunities, the creation of millions of jobs, and the emergence of mobile app-based companies across retail, education, travel, media, entertainment and just about anything else.
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    Deciphering the telecommunications crisis – editorials

    The dramatic developments of Friday in court in the case involving the quotas of the telecommunications companies (telcos) to the telecommunications department are the last legal turn in a sector that has evolved in attacks, each caused by a radical change in the policy regime or legal intervention It is not about who is right…

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  • The logic of protests requires a receptive government, to acknowledge dissent, and open dialogue to build a fresh consensus. However, the government has not only chosen to disregard the protests; it has chosen to also use these as a counterpoint to consolidate majority
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    Anti-CAA protests have hit a wall. Here’s why: analysis

    The widespread and sustained protests against the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Law (CAA) have altered the political landscape in multiple ways, at least dissipating the sadness that had fallen on the opposition (political and civil society) after the elections of Lok Sabha . The thousands of protesters, greeting the Tricolor and reciting the preamble of the…

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  • The site of the Pulwama attack, February 14, 2019. Prior to the surgical strikes, India followed a policy of hardening defences to prevent terrorist attacks and diplomatic responses whenever they did take place and led to large loss of life
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    After Pulwama, India made a doctrinal change: analysis

    Hours after the Balakot air attack on February 26 last year, then Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale read a brief statement that implicitly marked a powerful doctrinal change in the way India would handle Pakistan-sponsored terror in the future. Many aspects of the sequence of events that began with the Pulwama terrorist attack on February 14,…

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  • Under Modi, there is both continuity and change in the India-Africa relationship
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    Why the India-Africa bond is important: analysis

    Two words, continuity and change, summarize India’s historical and current commitment to Africa. I have always felt that an Indian diplomat must have practical experience in Africa. I set out to look for a position in Africa; One of my most enriching experiences was my stay in South Africa. My direct association with Malawi and…

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  • Across several universities, innocent students have been targeted, and the law-enforcement personnel have either been passive spectators or active aggressors
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    Gargi’s violence must not go unpunished – editorials

    The terrible incident of sexual abuse at Gargi College in Delhi is an absolute criminal act, which deserves heavy punishment. While 12 students from other universities, who had apparently entered Gargi, were arrested, several questions remain unanswered. Why is it that strangers were not properly examined before they were allowed to enter university? How is…

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  • The SC order will force political parties to be more transparent. But it is also important to underline the limits of the order and the scope of misuse
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    Untangling politics and crime – editorials

    Expressing concern about the growing intersection of crime and politics, the Supreme Court (SC) has ordered political parties to publish the details of their candidates, with criminal charges, on their websites and social media platforms, and in newspapers . The parties must also clearly describe the nature of the charges and explain why these candidates…

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