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Story Posted on 04-11-2018


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God, Big Bang, Extraterrestrial intelligence, Stephen Hawking

Brief Answers to the Big Questions: When Stephen Hawking asserted there's no God

What is the purpose of the universe? Hawking rules out God, but doesn’t offer a substitute except to call it “nature”.


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Sexual harassment at the workplace, Sexual assault, #MeToo, MJ Akbar

MeToo: MJ Akbar, my friend whom I admired, and for whom I now have some advice

The editor-writer-politician was once an awe-inspiring figure. Today, hit by a series of serious harassment charges, he evokes the opposite response.


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Economy, Global hunger index, Narendra Modi, World Bank

The unease of doing business in Narendra Modi's India

World Bank report hiking up India's rankings in fact highlights worrying gaps and inconsistencies in the govt attitude towards poverty, jobs and progress.


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Karnataka, Bollywood, Porn industry, Sunny Leone

Why India loves porn, but secretly hates actor Sunny Leone

The brouhaha over casting Leone as an epic queen shows how confused we are about internet versus reality, sex versus worship.


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Imran Khan, Tehreek-e-labbaik, Pakistan, Asia bibi verdict

Pakistan burns over Asia Bibi: High time liberal Muslims spoke up for their minorities

The author wishes to stay anonymous owing to the contents of the article.


 |  Wild Ways  |  5-minute read
Avni, Man elephant conflict, Environment, Wildlife

We could not save Avni. Can we now save her cubs, please?

Despite several protests, the suspected man-eater was killed in a midnight encounter. There was no state-approved vet present.


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NHRC, Collegium, Supreme Court, Election commissioners

Why the Supreme Court is right in reviewing the appointment process of Election Commissioners

A democracy is only as effective as its institutions, and depoliticising key constitutional and statutory appointments is crucial.


 |  Desert Dunes  |  3-minute read
Anti-incumbency, Sachin Pilot, Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan elections

In Rajasthan, both Congress, BJP face dilemma of veterans versus fresh faces

Lobbies within both parties want to stick with old-timers, while others advocate fielding new candidates. What will Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah decide?


 |  The Bigger Picture  |  4-minute read
China, Japan, Xi Jinping, South Asia

What this China-Japan 'friendship' means to India and the South China Sea conflict

Japan knows India is the best possible regional counter-weight to a rising China. At the same time, it has to work with China to counter global uncertainties.


 |  Tarar Square  |  8-minute read
Imran Khan, Blasphemy, Asia bibi verdict, Pakistan

Asia Bibi verdict: What is happening in Pakistan now is blasphemy

Allah’s Quran does not have a worldly punishment for blasphemy. It teaches forgiveness.