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India’s film heritage ‘lies in shambles’, govt set to probe own preservation scheme

The decision comes after a team visited Pune to inspect the scheme’s implementation, and found a whole host of problems despite the expenditure of Rs 30 crore.
Dalit activists protest against the alleged 'dilution' of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes act | PTI

Hard fact: Despite quotas, Dalits, tribals are nowhere in Delhi’s corridors of power

Even OBC representation in higher bureaucracy is no more than 2.89 per cent; retired officers claim Dalits & tribals continue to face discrimination in career.
Agriculture

The more the farmers distrust the government, the more they will resist reform

In a low trust and low capacity state, voters can resist reform, because they believe the government is either unwilling or incapable of implementing it successfully and equitably.
scales of justice

Government & judiciary are mutual watchdogs, not mutual admirers: Chelameswar

Senior SC judge's scathing letter to the CJI and fellow apex court judges highlights concerns about the executive's interference in the judiciary.
India Gate, New Delhi | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Only a political startup can crush India’s anti-prosperity machine

India’s rulers have changed, but the rules have not. Without smashing the anti-prosperity machine, we are not going to become free and prosperous. Poverty is not our destiny. India should have been a rich, developed nation by now, but it is not. That we in India are not at least 10 times richer than we should have been is a matter of great disappointment. People can and do create prosperity when they are free to produce and trade. But governments interfere in wealth creation. The role of governments, politicians and bureaucrats The politicians and bureaucrats do this out of ignorance, greed and a hunger for power. They do not understand why nations are poor and what can be done for prosperity. They centralise decision-making and make it discretionary and, therefore, create wealth-usurping opportunities for themselves. Their desire for power makes them use the force of the state to discriminate between people and thus...
Blistered feet

The Maharashtra farmers’ march reminded us of what Tagore & Premchand tried teaching us

Our encounter with farmers has a quality of suddenness, as if it was not meant to be.
A person giving biometrics for Aadhaar

निराधार है यह ‘आधारोफोबिया’, सिर्फ ‘चीज और वाइन क्लास’ के लिए चिंता का विषय

अगर सरकार आप पर नजर रखना चाहे तो उसे 'आधार' को आधार बनाने की कोई जरूरत नहीं पड़ेगी. लेकिन गरीबों को अपने अधिकारों के लिए उसका सहारा लेने की जरूरत जरूर पड़ेगी.
National flag

Keep calm! Now, bureaucrats to take a call on national anthem in movie halls

The government tells the Supreme Court that playing of national anthem in cinema halls is optional; forms an inter-ministerial panel to frame rules in six months.
भारती निर्वाचन आयोग का मुख्यालय

चुनाव आयोग को भारतीय नेताओं के चंगुल से बचाने की है जरूरत: एस वाय कुरैशी

दिप्रिंट का सवालः क्या पूर्व आइएएस अधिकारियों को चुनाव आयोग का कर्ताधर्ता नहीं बनना चाहिए, ताकि इसकी स्वतंत्रता बनी रहे ?
Graphic with Talk Point question

We must save the Election Commission from the clutches of Indian politicians

When it comes to political power, the government says- to hell with national interest! It refuses to let go of its power and influence.

On Camera

aap

Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.