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Discretion and its discontents

Administrative discretion is unavoidable. Problems, circumstances, administrators are all too complex to be straitjacketed into laws and regulations. “Where law ends (administrative) discretion begins” is how the father of administrative…

Overseas voting

A RECENT spate of laws bulldozed in parliament introduced Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and I-voting for overseas citizens in the next election. The opposition will likely challenge these laws in…

More land

"Make sure it is deleted". With those crisp and clear instructions, he cut the line. Will they never stop talking about land reforms, the Man wondered, even the Economist seems…

Message from Istanbul

That the unipolar world order is struggling is underlined by an increased push for multipolarity. The challenges to the US-led global system emanate less from competitors vying for space and…

National identity

It’s easy to say, “our immigration system is broken.” Or to declare: “we are a nation of immigrants.” But neither description goes very far to explain the realities of immigration…

Refugee crises

If there is any chaos as US-aligned Afghans scramble to flee their war-torn nation, blame lies primarily with the previous administration, and President Trump’s right-hand man, his racist, xenophobic advisor…

Any cat that catches the mice

IN any democracy worth its salt, simple violation of rules of governance, leave alone outrageous ones like the Modi government has inflicted on the country, would have forced an abject…