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FDI in banking can revitalise sector

Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s suggestion that foreign investment be allowed in the beleaguered banking sector is just the help it needs. It will boost the economy and lead to efficient use of resources.

CCTV cameras in police stations: SC order in right spirit but may not work on ground

The apex court order to have CCTVs in the centres may be an attempt to check police brutality, but it is not practical as torture often takes place in barracks, quarters and safe houses away from cameras.

Farmer revolt: What the economists say

The authors of the letter posit five fundamental reasons why these three Acts, tied together by the government, are deeply detrimental in their repercussion on the small farmers of India. I reproduce below excerpts of these arguments:

Vaccine: Yes, India Can!

Yes, we do indeed—as the science appears to indicate—have the weapon to beat the pandemic into submission. But it will take a while before we learn how best to use it most effectively and which segments of the human race we need to protect.

The Supreme Court as a Court of Appeal

A-G KK Venugopal has suggested that the apex court only hear cases of constitutional and national importance. Instead, there should be a Court of Appeal above High Courts, with four benches of 15 judges each.

The Endless Struggle: Bhopal Settlement Violated in the Labyrinth of Law

The victims of “the largest peacetime industrial disaster” have not only been deprived of full compensation, but face additional threats and new insecurities. The callous indifference of the bureaucr...

Graduates and teachers constituencies in legislative councils don’t make sense anymore

Elections of graduates and teachers constituencies in six state legislative councils are just over. These elections raise a number of points.

Anti-Conversion laws: Future of religious freedom grows bleaker

The world has seen wars over religious freedom. But India seems to be regressing with the implementation of various “anti-conversion” bills as it carries out the agenda of the government in power.

One Nation, One Election: Trapped between desirability and feasibility

The theme has been an abiding one for the prime minister. While supporters say it will save public money and reduce administrative burden, critics say it is against the principle of cooperative federalism.

Farmer Anger: Flashback & Fast Forward

When I started penning this week’s editorial on the surging farmers’ agitation sweeping across the land, I had an eerie feeling that I had encountered the words and phrases and analytical flourishes bubbling inside my head somewhere before and not that long ago.

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