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Anti-Semitism Makes Comeback

An undercurrent of anti-Semitism remains unnoticed because the global media is more willingly focused on Islamophobia SAEED NAQVI WAS Shylock victim or villain? The question never arose when Geoffrey Kendal came to school in the 1950s and 1960s to perform Shakespeare. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ was a great favourite because it appealed to us at several levels. There was the …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Section 144 And Mal-intent SECTION 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which among other things prohibits an assembly of three or four persons, cannot be imposed without very good and credible reasons and for long periods. But the provision had been used by the state government to deny the right to peaceful protest. Section 144 had been imposed in North …

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It’s Negotiation Time For Trump, Modi

For Trump to come to India, just months before his presidential election in November is a big deal AJIT RANADE THEY are the two largest democracies in the world, separated by some 10,000 miles. America’s war of independence two and half centuries ago began with a tax revolt, and dumping of tea in the Boston harbour. That tea was from …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Anti-CAA Clamouring Yogendra Yadav is an intellectual and is primarily an activist and academic and has held high positions as Senior Fellow at CSDS and was the former member of UGC. Above all under the anti-corruption movement launched by Anna Hazare he came across Arvind Kejriwal and when the AAP was formed he was a member of its national executive …

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Kerala Budget And Gandhi Assassination

I must state that I chose it consciously to make a political statement on the dangers Indian society, and polity, and the economy are facing today Dr T M Thomas Isaac The cover of my Budget Speech was as much a subject of animated discussion as the Budget itself.  The striking painting by Tom Vattakuzhy showing the death of Mahatma …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Loss Of A Fashion Giant In the untimely passing away of Wendell Rodricks, India has lost one of its foremost fashion designers. A Padma Shri awardee, Wendell designed clothes for myriad number of personalities from the Bollywood world. He also was keenly interested in the revival of old Goan clothing, the Kunbi saree being a famous example. He also had …

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Budget Needs Few Course Corrections

While India remains one of the largest recipients of FDI, foreign investments in sectors such as infrastructure are very modest FRANK F ISLAM In her marathon two hours and 46 minute speech introducing India’s 2020 Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman painted an optimistic picture of the Indian economy. She stated at the outset that her Budget’s goal is to boost …

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Pitfalls In Path Of PSU Privatisation

DEVIDAS TULJAPURKAR The Economic Survey for 2019-20, in Chapter 7 on page 158 puts it on record that “PSBs are clearly not efficient today”. This is the statement issued by the owner of these banks. If the argument is being offered as introspection, then it is fair enough. But it appears this argument is being advanced to prepare the ground …

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Warmth Of Selfless Heart

KAJAL CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA While roaming from one area to another, Lord Buddha reached the outskirts of a kingdom and settled under a tree. Hearing the news, the subjects as well as the Royals of the kingdom rushed there. Some gifted him precious clothes, some delicious food items. The wealthy merchants and even the King came up with diamonds and golden …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Time To Emulate Voters Of Delhi The people of Delhi should be congratulated for rejecting the unimportant and stupid issues outright and giving importance to the real issues like development, education, healthcare etc by wisely voting for the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for a third consecutive time with a thumping majority in the recently held assembly elections. Kejriwal’s …

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