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It’s unseemly to pick on Rahul Gandhi for wearing Burberry T-shirt. Politicians aren’t monks

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It is unseemly to pick on Rahul Gandhi for wearing Burberry T-shirt during Bharat Jodo Yatra. Politicians are not monks. PM Modi wears expensive Movado watches and Maybach glasses; socialist George Fernandes loved Lamy pens; Communist Jyoti Basu his single malts. Cut some slack, call out politicians for real misdemeanors.

SC bail to Siddique Kappan is right. ‘Process is punishment’ a millstone drowning citizens

Supreme Court did the right thing by granting bail to Siddique Kappan. It also made it clear that there was no justification for denying him liberty for two years. That it took this long is a travesty and needs honest reflection. ‘Process is punishment’ cliché is a millstone drowning citizens.

20 per cent duty on rice exports no cause for embarrassment. India must do more

The 20% duty on rice export is no cause for embarrassment or complaint. We’d wish more is done to discourage export of non-Basmati rice. It brings little value and costs too much water. Wean farmers away from producing surplus paddy for export, incentivise shifting to more remunerative, less water-guzzling crops.

Sending Bhadoriya’s Shaurkya Chakra to his family by post is a travesty. Fix accountability

The eternal glory of Lance Naik Gopal Bhadoriya, who fell fighting terrorists, needs no medal. But then, to send his family his Shaurya Chakra by post demeans India and his work. Narendra Modi government has placed high value on military service. Fix accountability for this travesty now and make amends quickly.

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