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There’s Seven For You, Three For Me

My book There’s Seven For You, Three For Me–Chronicles of a Taxman was launched on November 27, 2019. I am a former Commissioner...

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The Makings of Dalit Political Power

AMBEDKAR hailed from a family of military men. His father Ramji Sakpal was a Subedar Major in the British Indian Army. Ambedkar’s maternal...

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The Future of China-India Relations

Dr Liu Zongyi is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Strategic Studies, Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies and Shanghai Institutes for International...

Arun Jaitley
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The Pied Piper of BJP

A senior Congress leader, also an ex-chief minister, had once described India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as the BJP’s ‘Pied Piper’. The legend...

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Sparking dialogue on rural distress

A Rural Manifesto sparks a national conversation on rural distress, highlighting the potential solutions to putting the village economy on an even keel,...

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Misuse of reproductive technologies The making of the PCPNDT act

It was in 1975 with the Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India (CSWI), ‘Towards Equality,’ that the issue...

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How Babri Masjid fell, brick by brick

THE atmosphere in Lucknow was surcharged with the developments relating to the Babri Masjid. Both the Central Government and the State Government had...

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CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFERS Addressing gender discrimination by enhancing women’s worth

THE different perceptions of sex-selective abortion as gender discrimination have led to strategies for intervention, social change, and reform initiated by the state,...

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The case of the missing girl child

ACKNOWLEDGING sex-selective abortion as gender discrimination and its countering through various interventions and initiatives have become common in policy articulation and execution pertaining...

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The Cat is Out of the Bag

IN May 2007, upon the resignation of Dayanidhi Maran, I was asked by my party leadership to take charge of the Ministry of...