Women voters and the 2019 Indian elections

Justice Adarsh Goel, retired Supreme Court judge, was appointed chair of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for a period of five years in July 2018. He stepped into the shoes of Justice Swatanter Kumar, who passed several landmark decisions including a ban on 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles; the demolition of illegal hotels in Himachal Pradesh; and a ban on plastic items in Delhi, Haridwar and Punjab.

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Climate change in a de-globalising world

Justice Adarsh Goel, retired Supreme Court judge, was appointed chair of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for a period of five years in July 2018. He stepped into the shoes of Justice Swatanter Kumar, who passed several landmark decisions including a ban on 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles; the demolition of illegal hotels in Himachal Pradesh; and a ban on plastic items in Delhi, Haridwar and Punjab.

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Narrativizing Bharatvarsha: The Bibidhartha-Sangraha in Colonial Bengal

It is almost unanimously accepted that the path economies take to attain high competitiveness—where firms embrace international competition—goes through innovation. To increase competitiveness, this path enables innovators to acclimatise swiftly to perennial gales of technological change. Enterprises that are competitive in open global markets are key drivers in a nation’s competitiveness. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are critical to incentivising innovation, which, in turn, is key to sustaining economic growth. Scholars have found this statement to hold true based on rigorous empirical testing across a cross-section of countries and time periods.

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Anti-Statism in the Indian Media and Academia: An Investigation of Sources

The past year has seen several controversies in India’s higher education sector. These pertain to the selection of institutions for full or partial autonomy or recognising “Institutions of Eminence”. The debate essentially centres around one question: Should institutions of excellence be about good students, with little focus on infrastructure, or should they be about world-class facilities that only a select few can afford? In other words, is education a merit good or should education policies follow the public choice theory?

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Why we must preserve language diversity in the era of cultural homogeneity

Few months ago I was invited to Barcelona by the Autonoma University to give several lectures on democracy, peace and nonviolence. In a panel that I shared with Dr. Cristina Narbona,  from the  Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, I mentioned that one of the major problems of liberal democracies in today’s world is to lack political leaders with a moral capital. By that I meant, citizen-politicians who are more concerned with the art of organizing a society rather than governing people with lies, corruption and force. If the political price of ruling others, instead of organizing a society with them is to humiliate those who disagree with you, then the price is surely too steep and there is no place for democracy.

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Working for the working women

It is almost unanimously accepted that the path economies take to attain high competitiveness—where firms embrace international competition—goes through innovation. To increase competitiveness, this path enables innovators to acclimatise swiftly to perennial gales of technological change. Enterprises that are competitive in open global markets are key drivers in a nation’s competitiveness. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are critical to incentivising innovation, which, in turn, is key to sustaining economic growth. Scholars have found this statement to hold true based on rigorous empirical testing across a cross-section of countries and time periods.

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When there’s a fire, manage the leakages

It is almost unanimously accepted that the path economies take to attain high competitiveness—where firms embrace international competition—goes through innovation. To increase competitiveness, this path enables innovators to acclimatise swiftly to perennial gales of technological change. Enterprises that are competitive in open global markets are key drivers in a nation’s competitiveness. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are critical to incentivising innovation, which, in turn, is key to sustaining economic growth. Scholars have found this statement to hold true based on rigorous empirical testing across a cross-section of countries and time periods.

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A Nineteenth Century Prehistory of Pakistan

First, the court (comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud) said that legislators, who continue practice whilst they also hold elected positions cannot be barred from practicing. The Bar Council of India had earlier said that professions like medicine and law, however demanding they may be, are compatible with public service. The court acknowledged that MPs and MLAs are not full-time employees of the State Government.

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A 70- year old dream

The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran came together for a key summit in Tehran on September 7. The situation in Syria, of course, dominated the meeting of President Hassan Rouhani with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Vladimir Putin . The summit discussed at length the tragic situation in the town of Idlib, dominated by an array of jihadist organisations and home to nearly 1.5 million civilians displaced from other parts of Syria. However, it also covered all issues pertinent to closer economic cooperation between the three nations to ward off the impact of the unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran by the US.

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