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The very idea of the NRC is wrong -Prabhat Patnaik

avite saint; nor is he a leftist internationalist. According to Donald Trump people see him as the “British Trump” and, judging by the cabinet he has picked as prime minister, with a hard-Right home secretary, and the company he kept during the Brexit referendum which included Nigel Farage, the far Right leader of UKIP, he can be safely placed within the Rig

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Kashmiri press went offline but still reported on Article 370 -- despite all the odds -Ipsita Chakravarty

scrapping the state’s special status, carving it up into two Union Territories and revoking Article 35A, which gave Jammu and Kashmir the power to define permanent residents and grant specific Rights, including the Right to own land. As the government cut off all communications, including phone lines and broadband internet, the Valley seemed to disappear in a blip. Newspapers in the Valley were un

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India's water problem has a simple solution -Mihir Shah

increase the supply of water. Luckily, there are simple solutions on the demand side, which have not even been looked at. The formation of the Jal Shakti ministry is, indeed, a promising step in the Right direction. Hopefully, the prime minister will provide greater substance to this initiative in his Independence Day speech. The single largest fact about India’s water is that 90 per cent of it is consumed in farming. And that 80 per cent of

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A reality check on India's renewable energy capacity -Shouvik Chakraborty

rdquo; Along with Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, Mr. Modi also won the Champions of the Earth Award last year. True, the expansion of renewable energy capacity in India is a step in the Right direction. There are benefits not only from an environmental perspective but also in terms of generating more employment opportunities. However, the question is whether the government has put forth enough efforts to take advantage of the extremely f

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New Andhra Pradesh Cultivators Act Unlikely to Solve Tenant Farmers' Problems -G Ram Mohan

any noteworthy changes. On July 25, soon after coming to power with an absolute majority, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party-led state government passed the Andhra Pradesh Crop Cultivators Rights Act, 2019. The promises made to farmers by the YSRCP in the run up to the polls had elicited great hope and enthusiasm, especially against the backdrop of rampant farmer suicides in the state. The new Act promises several measures that will p

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Lessons by Shamnad Basheer -Nandini Khaitan

haar posed in his view. Post the Novartis case, Basheer said he was happy with the operative part of the order (declining the patent) but sad that the order did not get the theory of patent law quite Right. Ever the professor! Please click here to read more.

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Shamnad Basheer, My Friend And One of the Country's BRightest Legal Minds -Mahtab Alam Shamnad was not just an expert in intellectual property Rights, but a relentless crusader who worked towards ensuring diversity and representation of marginalised communities in legal practice. The untimely and tragic death of professor Shamnad Basheer was a bolt from the blue for many of us. As I scuttled to get more information on what initially seemed impossible to believe, I realised that apart from the loss of a friend, the co

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Incisive interventions that blunt the RTI's edge -Suhrith Parthasarathy

e referring merely to a system of popular sovereignty founded in universal adult franchise? Or are we suggesting something more — perhaps an assurance, grounded in the Constitution, of a set of Rights, of the Rights, among others, to a freedom of expression, life and personal liberty, and equal opportunity and status? These are questions, as Astra Taylor argues in her remarkable new book, Democracy

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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

ia Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra talks to Sugandha Indulkar about The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 and related issues, with today being World Tribal Day. * What’s the precise positioning of the tribal welfare departments at the Centre and states on FRA? This is a seminal legislation. The preamble to the Act itself states

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Data doesn't support Amit Shah's claim that Article 370 deprived J&K of development -Rukmini S

longest time, Hindi belt states lag far behind Jammu & Kashmir on education and various other indicators. There is no doubt that the Narendra Modi government’s decision to remove special Rights for Jammu and Kashmir’s administration and to convert the state into two Union Territories is ideological and political. The removal of Articles 370 and 35A has been a lynchpin of the BJP’s political agenda since its Jana Sangh days.

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