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Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape

Professor, JNUp@makarand.com
The writer is director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The views are personal.

By Makarand R Paranjape

It is now time to celebrate J&K and Ladakh’s integration

A major benefit of integration is that Indian laws are now applicable throughout J&K and Ladakh.

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Why Pilot’s moves may cause turbulence

Will Sachin Pilot split the Congress, forming a new political outfit that will attract other “young Turks”? Or will he actually join the BJP as Scindia did?

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How RSS predicted China’s true colours

On an examination of the documents, most impartial observers will come to the inevitable conclusion that the RSS was right about China and the Congress was wrong.

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When dreams die young

What drives an otherwise normal and healthy person to take his or her own life? It is an extreme form of self-harm, which cannot be explained by ordinary standards of logic or reason.

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Modi 2.0: The story so far

In the fast-changing post-Covid-19 global order, the world is facing an unprecedented leadership crisis. India is relatively better, with Modi's ratings still high both domestically and internationally.

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How migrants are the real Covid heroes

Even government supporters must acknowledge that enough could not be done to address the tribulations of our migrant workers.

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How India can become global knowledge hub again

In the past, our country has been a knowledge giver to the world for millennia, a beacon of light and hope.

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Palghar lynching: Covid can't be communalised

This does not mean that we should stop ourselves from naming perpetrators of crimes or super spreaders.

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Covid 19: India at the crossroads

Even if the lockdown is to be extended, a window, planned, phased, and supervised, may be accorded for the resumption of some economic activities.

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When Shivraj Singh Chouhan came back on the big stage

Chouhan, more popularly known as “Mamaji” for the various schemes he introduced to benefit the women of Madhya Pradesh, resumed the CM’s gaddi after a hiatus of a little over 15 months.

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How will Congress survive the contagion spreading in its ranks

Fortunes of leaders like Jagan Mohan Reddy and Himanta Biswa Sarma have soared after leaving the Congress. Will Jyotiraditya also strike gold?

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How Trump's visit was big on impact

The true impact of 'Namaste Trump' will far exceed the hype or the fine print.

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Kejriwal's charisma wins Delhi for AAP

Kejriwal’s comeback is all the more significant because he repeated his 2015 feat so convincingly.

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Why Jaipur Lit Fest ignored Modi’s imprint on Bodo accord

It's a problem when something as important as the Bodo Accord is ignored and only Shaheen Bagh is exalted, so disproportionately.

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Why Deepika Padukone's JNU visit could have cost Chhapaak at the box office

A reputation for fairness and reliability can come crashing down if one is not judicious in the causes one takes up.

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Recent violence has disrupted JNU’s ethos of heated, but peaceful dissent

Though there were occasional scuffles between student groups, the campus was largely known for debates and discussions to resolve any issues. Violence was never seen as a solution.

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In 2020, this is how Nirmala Sitharaman can spruce up the economy

As the whole country gears up for the FM's second Budget next month, some believe that the economic slowdown has bottomed out.

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Jamia protests: Misled students pose a threat. But who exactly is misleading them?

Mobs do not go on a rampage on their own. They are provoked, instigated.

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Maharashtra tiger flaunts new stripes

Like the tiger that has tasted human blood, the Sena has also turned rogue.

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JNU protests aren't just about the fee hike. Read between the lines

The earlier attempts to use JNU as a platform against the Modi sarkar failed. But this one has had more traction, even partial success.

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Why Modi's decision on not joining RCEP makes a lot of sense

India has a trade deficit to the tune of $184 billion with the 15 member countries.

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Why the BJP looks set to retain its Midas touch in Maharashtra and Haryana

Exit polls suggest BJP will retain power in the two states. But what do the numbers portend for the Congress?

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Why the triumph of RSS is unprecedented

No matter how much the RSS is misunderstood and demonised, whether by left liberals in India and abroad, its contribution to the making of modern India is indubitable.

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How Modi weaved magic in Houston

There has been no doubt that the Prime Minister is India’s greatest leader since Mahatma Gandhi.

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The contrasting legacies of two 9/11s

We have to choose between the contrasting messages. The one delivered by a Hindu monk in 1893 and the other by jihadi Muslim bombers in 2001.

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Shimla,the Raj & Bharat: Raising the Indian tricolour at the Viceregal Lodge made me realise the true meaning of Bharat Parv

After centuries of slavery, our freedom does not merely confer on us a cluster of rights, but a huge constellation of responsibilities.

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The Dalai Lama legacy: India needs diplomatic policy on the succession issue

Indo-Tibetan ties have never been as strong as they are today. A principled and strategic intervention in the succession issue is a challenge and opportunity not to be missed.

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Keeping up with Karnataka: Why the people of the state deserve better than 'rebels' and 'turncoats'

It is difficult to believe that all these resignations are politically innocent or unmotivated.

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Amit Shah has the will to thaw Jammu and Kashmir ice

Ultimately, the issue is not only legal but political. The government and the BJP must demonstrate the political will to eliminate Article 370. As the adage goes: “Where there is a will, there is a way.

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Can the media stop baiting the RSS?

The RSS was a threat to Indira Gandhi’s authoritarianism, but to accuse it of being fascist or anti-national is wrong and Indian media needs to realise this.

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