Instant reward: On Karnataka defection politics

Instant reward, not punishment, is what people willed for Karnataka lawmakers who defected from the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) to the BJP and sought a fresh mandate in by-elections held on December 5. Their defection and subsequent resignation from the legislature led to the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, paving the way for the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in July, led by B.S. Yediyurappa. With the BJP winning 12 of the 15 seats to which by-elections were held, the party now has 117 MLAs and a comfortable majority in the Assembly. The party had fallen short of a majority in the 2018 election that threw up a hung legislature. The post-poll alliance of the JD(S) and the Congress was a legitimate move to end the impasse, but it was destined to be unstable. The JD(S) strength was less than half of the Congress strength, but its leader H.D. Kumaraswamy became the Chief Minister. The BJP, particularly Mr. Yediyurappa, turned
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Doping to win: On Russia sports ban

Monday’s decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ban Russia from global sporting events for a four-year period is arguably the biggest sporting crisis the country has faced till date. The anti-doping watchdog’s move will hurt Russia the most at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics where the nation’s flag, name and anthem will not be allowed. Russia will inevitably approach the Court of Arbitration for Sport with an appeal, for which it has three weeks, but if the sentence is upheld it could bar the nation from participation in several high-profile global sporting events including the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar. The saga has its roots in the scandal that erupted on the eve of the 2016 Rio Olympics, when whistle-blower reports nailed Russia for running one of the most sophisticated doping programmes. The allegations centred around the active collusion of Russian anti-doping experts, the sports ministry and members of the country’s
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A patently unconstitutional piece of legislation

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Wholly subordinated to the majoritarian nation

Varghese K. George
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Viswanathan Anand on chess as patterns and contextual memory

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The man who dignified and illuminated the craft

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The elements of engaged journalism

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You are mistaken, Mr. Bajaj

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Black day Rajiv Gandhi moments before he was killed by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai.
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The spirit of survival

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Checkmating a silent killer

Tiny Nair
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Love, care, respect: the bottom line of a marriage

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