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Editorials
A stinging censure
The Election Commission’s order on Varun Gandhi is a damning indictment of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. It strongly censures Mr. Gandhi for making two inflammatory and ...

The French public as a barometer
When the citizens of France are angry, they express themselves in no uncertain terms. On March 19, demonstrations involving up to 3 million people were held in 213 locations across the country. The protests were substantially larger than those ...

Leader Page Articles
REALITY CHECK
A stench that is all too familiar
By Siddharth Varadarajan

Varun Gandhi’s bigotry against Muslims is hardwired into the DNA of the BJP and the sangh parivar. That is why he is still his party’s candidate for the elections.

News Analysis
STATECRAFT
The Congress dharma and dilemma statecraft
By Harish Khare

The Congress has inevitably run into a spot of bother with its allies in the Hindi belt because the coalition partners compete for the same electoral patch. The breakdown of equations is built into a fragmented polity having to produce a majority at the Centre.

New Age Islam battles fundamentalists in cyberspace
By Praveen Swami

Journalist Sultan Shahin’s path-breaking website completes its first year.

Cambridge college to teach imams about cohesion
By Riazat Butt

It has 19 modules including those on understanding U.K. law and government, religious pluralism, Islam and gender, and managing mosques and charitable institutions.

Corrections and clarifications
** The seventh paragraph of a report “Congress violating coalition dharma: SP” (March 22, 2009) was “He said had the 10 Samajwadi MPs not voted for the UPA government on the nuclear deal issue, Manmohan ...

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