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Life is Beautiful, So Should Death Be

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The right to life and the dignity of death

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Vladimir Putin: Yes Tsar

VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS just been elected Russian president once again; he won 75.9 per cent of the votes. The only mystery here is why he stopped at that number. If Putin wanted, he could have got 100 or…

Raid Movie Review

This movie is a duel at the Colosseum of Uttar Pradesh. It is a showdown between a taxman and a feudal lord in his Palace. Both are played by good actors, and each are handed weapons of their choice…

French Connection

FRANCE IS A long-standing partner of India. From crucial defence purchases to nuclear technology, Paris has often helped New Delhi overcome barriers imposed by technology denial regimes. The recent…

UP Brings BJP Back Down to Earth

THE BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY is acquainted with shock defeats. A year of its massive victory in the 2014 General Election, it was routed in Bihar. Since then, it has gone from victory to victory,…

Emotional Closure

MR AND MRS AT, both in their eighties, moved from Pune to Mumbai to live near their only son. Two years later, Mrs AT needed hospitalisation thrice in two months, first for medical problems and then…

A Private Matter

SOMETHING HEARTWARMING has happened in legal opinion in India changing on how we can manage death and dying. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has declared Advance Directive (AD) and refusal…

Life is Beautiful, So Should Death Be

A GOOD DEATH IS one where there is dignity. Where it is painless, at home, and among loved ones. At least that’s what I think,” says Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya over the phone from West Bengal. “It’s…

Reimagining Her Majesty’s Club

COME MAY 19TH and the Commonwealth might be bouncing along the road to a truly multiracial destiny. The 2.4 billion people of its 53 member countries, almost a third of the world’s population, are…

Can the Indian Left Reinvent Itself?

Outside AKG Bhavan, the CPM’s headquarters in Delhi’s Gole Market area, barricades are in place with armed policemen on duty. India’s biggest Communist party in mainstream politics has been at the…

Police Story 2

THIS IS A sequel to my last column, on police reforms. A word of caution. If an issue is raised in a column, that doesn’t mean every possible aspect of the issue will be thrashed out in it. An entire…