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UNSHEDULED MODI-XI MEETING EXPECTED TO MELT ICE

In a highly unusual move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to China's Wuhan city on April 27 and 28 for an “informal” meeting with President Xi Jinping just a month ahead of his scheduled visit to the country for a summit of the eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The idea of an informal meeting between the two leaders came up for the first time on February 23 during Forei...

WILL DEATH PENALTY CHANGE THE PSYCHE OF A RAPIST?

The government’s decision to amend the laws to award the death penalty for rape of minor girls is ill-considered and may turn out to be counter-productive. It has approved an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) and other relevant laws to prescribe the death penalty for rape of children under 12- years of age. The demand for death penalty for child r...

Declining social norms

In the year that has gone by, arose a serious concern about dangerous turn to criminalization the society in Kashmir was taking, which was voiced strongly from this Newspaper. From killings of cops and their families to looting of banks, all acts suggested decline in social and moral standards. What has been more worrisome is the acceptance of this trend as ‘new normal’. The Kashmiri people fo...

Rajinder Sachar (1923-2018) helped puncture the myth of Muslim appeasement in India

Ajaz Ashraf There are many reasons to remember Justice Rajinder Sachar, who died in Delhi at the age of 95, on April 20. He was a former chief justice of the Delhi High Court, a civil rights ...

Simultaneous Elections for State Assemblies and Parliament is Cost Effective

These are tense times. Trust between the Opposition and the ruling party has vanished completely. Both suspect each other’s motives. The absence of engagement, formal and informal, has led them to fear the worst from each other. In such a dire climate, a give and take on a matter of huge importance, requiring close cooperation and coordination at the political and government levels is unthinkable...

COUP BY PAK COURT

If anyone thought that the judiciary in Pakistan was independent, he should think again. It is a handmaiden of the deep State, that is, of the Rawalpindi-based cabal of generals who virtually command it to do its bidding. Some years ago, after Pervez Musharrf was virtually forced out of the President's office by Pakistan's Supreme Court, people had begun to accord it respect for being bold a...