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  1. Himanshu Rathee

    Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech: Future perfect? - 16 August 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu In talking of a New India free of casteism, terrorism, corruption and nepotism (the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs) by 2022, in his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was...
  2. Himanshu Rathee

    Risks to growth: mid-year economic concerns - 13 August 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu Five months after the Economic Survey 2016-17 was released, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has presented the second volume of the annual economic review-cum-prognosticatory report. With the intervening (take part in something so as to prevent or alter a result or...
  3. Himanshu Rathee

    Pursued by danger: on the Haryana stalking case - 8 August 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu The issue of women’s safety comes under the national limelight with shameful regularity. The recent incident of a woman being pursued at night by men in a car in Chandigarh is a reminder that neither law nor public odium (general or widespread hatred or disgust incurred by...
  4. Himanshu Rathee

    Contested polls: On Venezuela Constituent Assembly vote - 3 August 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu After months of political protests and government crackdowns, Venezuela held elections to a new Constituent Assembly to rewrite the Constitution. President Nicolás Maduro claims the new assembly was required to calm the unrest that has beset (trouble persistently) Venezuela...
  5. Himanshu Rathee

    Breaking addiction: On FDA proposal to reduce nicotine levels - 2 August 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has struck panic among tobacco companies by announcing a comprehensive proposal to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. This is aimed at striking at the root of the problem of smokers getting addicted, and...
  6. Himanshu Rathee

    Dangerous escalation: On Russia’s expulsion U.S. staff - 1 August 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to cut the U.S. diplomatic presence in the country by 755 signals a serious escalation in tensions between the two superpowers. His move came three days after the U.S. Senate passed a sanctions Bill targeting Moscow and allies. The...
  7. Himanshu Rathee

    Uncertainty ahead: On Pakistan political crisis - 31 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu The disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office, by the Pakistan Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, leaves a huge political vacuum in the country. This is the third time Mr. Sharif’s premiership has been cut short. If his first two terms...
  8. Himanshu Rathee

    Cinema & censorship - 30 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu In a system that sets much store by retaining the power to censor films in the name of certifying them, random attempts by petitioners seeking cuts or even a ban often add to the pre-release anxieties of filmmakers. While rejecting the petition filed by a person claiming to...
  9. Himanshu Rathee

    The state’s domain - on changes in district hospital system - 29 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu The potential of India’s district hospital system to dramatically expand access to quality secondary and tertiary health care has never really been realised. The majority of patients today use the facilities created mostly by for-profit urban hospitals. That asymmetry could...
  10. Himanshu Rathee

    The shift in Bihar — on Mahagathbandhan break-up - 28 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu Nitish Kumar’s impending (be about to happen) split from the Mahagathbandhan, or Grand Alliance, in Bihar had been the subject of speculation for months so that when it came, the only surprise was the swiftness and finality (the fact or impression of being final and...
  11. Himanshu Rathee

    Questions of age - On SC's ruling on POCSO Act - 27 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu The Supreme Court has shown due restraint in declining to apply the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act to mentally retarded adults whose mental age may be that of a child. It would have been tempting (appealing to or attracting someone, even if...
  12. Himanshu Rathee

    For a hygienic track - CAG report on Railways - 26 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu Among the most affordable transport systems in the world, India’s railway network carries millions of people every day, linking the remotest destinations. Yet, in a fast-growing country with rising ambitions, the system is caught in a time warp, unable to scale up its...
  13. Himanshu Rathee

    Winners all: On women’s cricket in India - 25 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu The buzz around women’s cricket in India was never as heightened as it was during the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. It reached a crescendo (a progressive increase in intensity) when India met England in the final at Lord’s in London. India lost, agonisingly (causing great...
  14. Himanshu Rathee

    The boycott ban: on Maharashtra's law against social boycott - 24 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu Maharashtra’s new law prohibiting (formally forbid (something) by law, rule, or other authority) the social boycott of individuals, families or any community by informal village councils is a step in the right direction, given the pervasive nature of the problem. The...
  15. Himanshu Rathee

    H1N1 returns: what can be done to control the virus - 23 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu So far this year, 12,500 people have been infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus, of which 600 have died. According to official data, Maharashtra alone has registered 284 deaths, which by itself is much more than the total mortality figure of 265 in the country as a...
  16. Himanshu Rathee

    The bind in Bihar: the challenges ahead for Nitish Kumar - 22 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu An alliance forged (put together) out of immediate self-interest as opposed to shared, long-term goals allows only for fleeting moments of togetherness. The very same high-risk political strategising that drove Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar into the arms of Rashtriya...
  17. Himanshu Rathee

    Target Tehran: on USA's sanctions on Iran - 20 July 2017 - The Hindu

    Source - The Hindu The U.S. administration’s decision to slap sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals and entities on Tuesday, only a day after it certified to Congress that Tehran was compliant with the conditions of the nuclear deal, sums up its strategic resolve in taking on the Islamic...