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Talaq to Talaq

The Supreme Court’s striking down of talaq-e-biddat or the practice of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering talaq thrice consecutively is a historic decision that should go a long way in empowering Muslim women. At the same time, it should catalyse more reforms in the personal law of Muslims as well as of other religious faiths. The split 3:2 verdict will help Muslim women in breaking through the

End, beginning

The long-anticipated merger of the factions of AIADMK in Tamilnadu led by former Chief Minister O Paneerselvam and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami came about on Monday after some last-minute hitches. While Palaniswami continues to be the State’s Chief Minister in a deal hammered out over several days, Panneerselvam has been inducted as the Deputy Chief Minister. In an interesting reversal of roles, while Panneerselvam assumed the party reins as co-ordinator, Palaniswami and K P Munusamy (a

Infosys infighting

The acrimonious exchanges between the just-resigned CEO and managing director of Infosys, Vishal Sikka, and the board of directors on one side and chairman emeritus Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of the company, is reminiscent of the ugly spat between Cyrus Mistry and the Tata Sons management, principally Ratan Tata, last year after Mistry was given the marching orders as chairman of Tatas Group. In the current case, Sikka has quit

Period of slowness

Both the RBI and the recently released Economic Survey do not seem very upbeat about the economy in their reports. The biggest cheerer, however, has been the normal south-westerly monsoon this year. Otherwise the economy’s prospects would have looked gloomier. Both manufacturing and mining growth has slackened due to excessive inventories and there has been a near stagnant output of oil and oil refineries’ products. What is very worrying is

Edappadi on the ball

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami must have an extraordinary sense of timing. A day before V K Sasikala’s birthday, he has come up with two announcements that virtually shuts shop on her and her associates plans to stay in hold of the AIADMK. Also, the decks have been cleared for the merger of the two factions of the AIADMK with Palaniswami announcing that a judicial probe will be conducted into the

Insidious attempts

Reports that even as the nation was celebrating 70 years of Independence, Chinese troops tried to cross the Line of Actual Control near Pangong Lake in Ladakh, are disconcerting but it is some relief that there was no firing from either side. There was only a scuffle as their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops. After Chinese troopers found their path blocked by Indian soldiers who formed a human

Pragmatic speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conciliatory approach towards the people of Kashmir, acknowledging that bullets or abuses will not help resolve their problems and a change needs to take place by embracing all Kashmiris, was a significant aspect of his Independence Day address yesterday. This should set at rest speculation that his government is set to remove in any precipitate action the special status that Kashmir enjoys. At the same time,

Romp in Island

The spectacular Indian victory in the three-Test cricket series in Sri Lanka meets the oft-repeated criticism that the Indians are tigers at home but lambs abroad. Virat Kohli’s boys, by remaining on top of the ICC rankings table, have redeemed themselves admirably and shown that they are a formidable team that deserves to be backed and supported. Chief coach Ravi Shastri too has vindicated the Board of Control for Cricket

Shocking apathy

The traumatic demise of 33 innocent children due to negligence in Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur town of Uttar Pradesh in a span of 72 hours has understandably shocked the conscience of the entire country. While there are credible claims that the deaths were caused by disruption of liquid oxygen supply, the State government has been denying this. The local administration in Gorakhpur, the Lok Sabha constituency

Braving out against Beijing

Tensions between the two Asian giants have sent ripples all over the world. The standoff between India and China at Bhutan’s border has been accompanied by a frenzied global diplomatic campaign by both countries to project their point of view. India’s hard line on the issue of protecting its smaller neighbour has apparently taken the Chinese by surprise, hence the aggressive public posturing. The question is: will this long-drawn border

Some ado about something

Much as many in the BJP may find outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari’s remarks on the alleged climate of intolerance in the country as being in poor taste and overdrawn, there is no running away from the fact that there is a widespread feeling of insecurity among the minorities. Some of it has to do with the attitude of some Sangh Parivar outfits like the Bajrang Dal and the VHP, which