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Culture and symbols: Why India needs the Central Vista Redevelopment Project

In 2019, the government mooted the idea of expanding the Central Vista to make way for an integrated administrative complex, where most of the ministries, now housed in shabby buildings that have gone past their expiry dates, ..

Covid 2.0 and The Failed State

On May 16, 2014, Narendra Modi powered himself and his party to a historic win, marking a return to a single-party majority after 25 years of coalition governments. His feat was a resul..

Who Pays The Homemaker | Outlook India Magazine

Can I have some money? Just two sentences. A simple conversation. Perhaps played out daily across millions of households in India. But heavy with symbolism. The way society—and men—looks at non-earning women. The homemakers. The pillars of families..

Ambedkar Jayanti 2021: Ambedkar’s legacy – From architect of Constitution to a political necessity

Legacy of Dr Babsaheb Ambedkar: For long, BR Ambedkar was a stalwart in the scholarly world. He was an eminent jurist, economist, writer, philosopher and a social reformer. He was the chief architect of the Constitution of India. He was also ..

T. N. Seshan, the Unyielding Force That Cleansed India's Elections

This interview with former chief election commissioner T.N. Seshan, originally published on January 21, 2013 on Business Standard, is being republished. Seshan, 86, who led..

Electoral bonds don’t help clean up election funding

The Supreme Court has not addressed the original petition against electoral bonds filed some years ago—on Friday, it refused a stay on issuing such bonds before the assembly elections—but when it does, it will be taking a call on whether these bonds have made election fun..

Mirage Of The Manifesto

Every year, ahead of the Tamil month of Aadi (July 15 to August 15), retail stores in Tamil Nadu—selling everything from textiles to jewellers to home appliances—flood the market with “Aadi thallupadi” (discount offers), promising the lowest prices of the year to tempt customers. During ..

With the Creation of Bangladesh, a Longstanding Dream of the RSS Was Achieved

The year 1971 was marked with several ‘big victories’ – in politics, cricket and in war – all of which had long term implications for India. The national mood was buoyant, even if the country continued to strug..

15 days & counting in Telangana town: politics and distrust keep pot boiling

On Monday, as the weekly market at Bhainsa, a town in Nirmal district of Telangana, opened for the first time in 10 days, people rushed to replenish supplies. Y..

These are the eight leaders who call the shots in RSS

All eyes are set on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) top decision-making body Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), which held its two-day meeting beginning Friday, as there is a strong likelihood of Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi stepping down as the RSS sarkaryavah (ge..

Salient Features of the Indian Political System: Things to Know about the Indian Constitution

India, i.e Bharat, as stated in her constitution is a ‘Union of States’ and follows a democratic parliamentary system of governance. Naturally, the salient features of the Indian political system are varied. The well devel..

Authoritarianism, majoritarianism played role in 2019 polls: Hamid Ansari in new book

“More recently, a version of nationalism that places cultural commitments at its core and promotes intolerance and arrogant patriotism has tended to intrude into and take over the political a..

How Far Space Telescopes Have Come, How Far They'll Go

Space telescopes are good examples of what modern technology can offer, and we're just getting started. Today, astronomers are able to study objects in our universe that ..