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New marriage bill can cast the criminality net wider, draw more Indian women to courts & cops

Modi govt's bill to increase women's marriage age to 21 has been tied in knots, with questions being raised whether it can empower women or is just a quick fix.

Kohli-Ganguly tiff shows what hasn’t changed about Indian cricket. Smells like Chappell era

Back in 2005, Ganguly was standing where Kohli is in 2021. He was sacked as the captain of the national squad and eventually dropped from the team.

Lesson from year-long protest: No govt, not even Modi-led BJP, can afford to annoy farmers

From the siege of Red Fort to ‘toolkits’, pizza langar to foot massage – the farmers’ year-long protest was like no other in India.

World’s still stuck with a ‘Delta wave’ hangover. For Omicron, we need to stick to basics

Booster shots are like trying to stop a fire by pouring a mug of water repeatedly at one spot. Ensuring everyone is vaccinated is better in the long run.

Poached leaders and anti-Modi rhetoric won’t be enough for TMC’s national goal in 2024

Trinamool Congress may have emerged as the favoured political party for leaders in search of one, but TMC and Mamata Banerjee still have a long way to go.

SC to smog tower to AAP-Centre data slugfest – Delhi’s air pollution is a no-brainer

Govt proposals to reduce air pollution, such as Graded Action Plan or lockdown, come either just before the smog season or when cities are already choking.

‘People’s Padma’ Awards shows the best of India, and not just the elite

From nominating deserving people to getting a chance to attend the awards ceremony, the Modi govt has changed the way Indians interact with the Padma Awards.

COP26 is not just about India’s commitment to climate change. It’s also a message to the US

India’s headlining commitments on climate change came with another message that shouldn’t be skipped over.

WHO-Covaxin-Modi govt is a triangle of confusion. No one knows what’s going on

The fact that it’s taken so long for Covaxin to get approval casts doubt on not only Bharat Biotech, but also the regulatory process in India.

NCB is high on NDPS — the law with loopholes. Rhea Chakraborty to Aryan Khan

From being a law that represented India's will against supply of drugs to being used as a tool to prosecute a select few, the NDPS Act has changed.

On Camera

YourTurn

Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Texas attack shows a long, violent struggle for America’s soul is inevitable

The shock of Covid 19—both economic and cultural—has strengthened the maniacal conspiracy culture with which the American Right is suffused.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.

Defence

German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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