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SC separating quotas from merit is timely. It should settle the reservation debate for now

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Supreme Court should be applauded for its landmark judgement separating quotas from merit. Its call to socially contextualise merit couldn’t have been more timely considering the new learning faultlines the pandemic has created. It also deflates all the hype about competitive exams. This should settle the reservation debate for now.

Bihar govt’s move to amend prohibition law is overdue. Hooch tragedies show its failure

Nitish Kumar government’s move to amend Bihar prohibition law to dilute irrational and draconian penalty provisions is overdue. Frequent hooch tragedies exposed the failure of this law while courts choking with bail applications underlined its arbitrariness. Kumar must cut his losses and stop investing political capital in a failed law.

Shifting the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame an ugly controversy. It’s needless pain for veterans

Shifting the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti has set off an ugly controversy. True, India Gate arch commemorates soldiers who served the Empire. Amar Jawan Jyoti, though, was set up after the 1971 war. The new war memorial is welcome; but extinguishing the old torch is needless pain for veterans.

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