Shiv Visvanathan
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The writer is a social nomad

POLITICS

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What are the lessons learnt from the Scindia saga

It is not just that Scindia’s role is badly enacted but the silence of other Congress leaders is also frustrating. Even Rahul or Sonia or the CM could do with a few more lines of explanation.

POLITICS

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How Delhi's 'return to normalcy' after the riots is not normal

Civil society has to respond, rise to the occasion inventively and to respond to a regime that does not understand the spirit of the preamble.

VARIETY

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Why the act of citizenship is political and creative

Democracy as protest creates ambush and lethal surprises which warns regimes that democracy never lets politics to be taken for granted.

VARIETY

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Lessons Shaheen Bagh can teach us

The protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act ambushed the government and surprised India.

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.