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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 th..

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 result not just of his stirring oratory but..

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. Those who work ceasel..

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 o..

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. Sesha..

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 ..

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 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 struggle with endemic problems. Fifty years lat..

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. Yet, the air was still and heavy with tension. On the evening of March 7, a couple of skirmishes, first over a lost goat and then over a mino..

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 (general secr..

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 developed and fully evolved form of democracy that is witnessed today i..

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 and cultural landscape. One manifestation of it is ‘an increasingly fragile national ego..

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 are over thirteen billion light-years from Earth. In fact, the farthest object studied is a galaxy known as , ..

Pranab Mukherjee's memoir elucidates how Narendra Modi 'earned and achieved' prime ministership

Former president Pranab Mukherjee said in his memoir that Narendra Modi became prime minister "through popular choice" unlike Manmohan Singh "who was offered the post by Sonia Gandhi". In his memoir ..

CM Jagan Reddy gained ‘undue advantage’ in transfer of high court chief justices: Andhra HC

The Andhra Pradesh High Court Wednesday observed that the recent transfer of Chief Justices of High Courts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana would delay proceedings in the three capitals case and the CBI cases pending against Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, givin..

‘Steeped in Communal Poison’: UP’s 'Love Jihad' Law Denounced by Over 100 Retd Bureaucrats, Diplomats

Uttar Pradesh has become the "epicentre of the politics of hate, division and bigotry" and the institutions of governance are "steeped in communal poison," alleged 104 retired civil servants in a l..

Rajinikanth says will neither enter politics nor launch political party

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth Tuesday announced that he would not be entering politics owing to his ill health and the situation. His announcement came two days before he was to of the launch of his political party. In a three-page statement on Twitter, the actor expressed regre..

SL Dharme Gowda, K'taka Upper House Dy Chairman, Dies by Suicide; Body Found on Railway Track

In a shocking late night development, Karnataka Vidhana Parishad Deputy Chairman SL Dharme Gowda has allegedly died by suicide. The JDS legislator was found dead on a railway track near Chickmagalur, his home town in the hills of central Karnataka. Confirming the news to News..

BJP ally RLP quits NDA over farm laws, Hanuman Beniwal claims Covid report fudged to keep him out of LS

Unhappy with the Narendra Modi government's stand on the new farm laws and its handling of the ongoing farmers' protest, BJP ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) today announced it is leaving the B..

Explained: What is MP’s proposed new law to stop forced conversions?

A special meeting of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet on Saturday (December 26) cleared the Madhya Pradesh Dharma Svatantra Adhiniyam, 2020, also known as the Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020. The stated aim of the Bill that will now be brought in the Assembly, is to stop ..