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J&K: Focus on relief work, not politics

The men in uniform did not wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the J&K floods a ‘national disaster’ — they just went ahead and did their duty

A trend emerges, but don’t read too much...

The causes of the BJP’s relatively poor showing lie chiefly in the relentless Hindutva propaganda of the Sangh Parivar and the Modi government’s inability to hold prices down

Stiff penalties welcome if roads become safer

The government’s resolve to tackle drunk driving is clear in the huge penalties being envisaged. Unless this is tackled, drunk driving will turn out to be the biggest bugbear of Indian roads.

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.