Shiv Visvanathan
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The writer is a social nomad

POLITICS

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Decency in protests has trumped the parochialism of the Modi regime

It is a time where the government that has been pontificating for years, gets a lesson in politics. For all its brutality, the government is speechless.

POLITICS

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As Modi magic fades, it is time to heed to young voices on CAA

A new generation of student leaders objected to the exclusion of Muslims from the CAA. They were a new citizenry showing empathy and cosmopolitanism that the BJP does not comprehend.

POLITICS

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Why a second look at science is needed to understand politics

Many scientists do not equate scientific concern with national interest.

VARIETY

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How SC has taken a new approach to RTI

In accepting to be under RTI, the court is virtually telling the citizen, RTI brings along with it the burden of citizenship as interpretation.

POLITICS

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On 'yuva' netas from old clans

The BJP targeted Rahul Gandhi as a symptom of dynastic politics, but it has little to say about the Chautalas, the Pawars or the Reddys.

VARIETY

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How Mahatma Gandhi can still show the way

Once Gandhi is read as a scientist who used his body as an eternal test tube, the idea of satyagraha acquires a different kind of vitality.

POLITICS

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The threat to autonomy

One senses that irony and authoritarianism go hand in hand. It is a story to be recounted years from now as part of the anecdotes of authoritarianism.

POLITICS

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Before mob violence becomes populist rhetoric: Individualize Tabrez’s story, do not just reduce him to a statistic

Tabrez is much more than a statistic of mob lynching. We need to individualize his story, go into each detail of the incident and hold the perpetrators responsible.

POLITICS

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The other side of the coin: This is how the liberals reacted to Narendra Modi’s victory in the 2019 General Elections

Several people have been making a mockery out of the way liberals reacted to Modi’s victory. Much of it is based on how the media covered it.

POLITICS

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Post Pulwama: What India can learn from the terrorist attack

Any idea of India must contain its sense of China and Pakistan. Only with such a scenario can we survive in peace and confidence.