Resilient Nepal will reconstruct and rebuild. India must continue to lend a hand.
Constitution, not community’s code, should decide religion-based disputes.
Karnataka chief minister has seized control of the state’s biggest and richest civic body.
During Ashraf Ghani’s visit, Delhi must signal support informed by an appreciation of Afghanistan’s strategic dilemmas.
Deflation is not an unmixed blessing. Sometimes it can be more calamitous than inflation.
PM Narendra Modi broke with convention on at least three occasions on his recent visit to France, Germany and Canada.
The AAP went on with its rally because that is one activity its leader enjoys the most.
Rahul Gandhi's lies are serious and so must be analysed seriously.
For political parties, ‘people’ are an abstraction. Gajendra Singh’s death drives this truth home.
Going by their learned comments on farmer suicide, if the Congress had won the previous election, it would have introduced a right to happiness bill to satisfy all voters.
Post-conflict Sri Lanka needs to start talking of demilitarisation
European reaction to sinking of migrant ship has all the trappings of a farce.
Evidence of farm distress mounts. Government needs to broaden its policy focus.
John Hawkes professor Leela Gandhi talks about her new book, the inner life of democracy and what it means to be postcolonial in 2015.
But looking only at labour market policies will not solve low employment elasticity of growth
Arguments for state censorship of internet service providers in the name of net neutrality have an Orwellian feel.
Government’s treatment of Greenpeace is an example of a worrying trend.
News TV is relishing Rahul Gandhi’s return and his face-off with the government in Parliament.
CPM won’t separate struggle against neoliberal policies from fight against Hindutva.
How Chris Bayly redeemed modern Indian history from a damning critique.
CPM must overcome defeatism, refresh itself to dominate debate.
The demand of Rs 40,000 crore minimum alternate tax is the latest example of Indian tax terrorism.
An attempt on my life last year in Pakistan made me a hero for a powerless majority.
India and the US need to work together to usher in the change.
China, Pakistan have done better on security than economics. Can it be different?
Rahul’s challenge is not to become party president but to make a party out of Congress.
India must be prepared to deal with China’s plans to divert Brahmaputra waters.
Municipal policies keep street vendors and cycle rickshaws trapped in a web of illegality.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.
CPM must connect with the future. It will need hard rethinking, even harder ground work.
Mumbai’s long-standing tradition of openness and tolerance is fast eroding.
With Eduardo Galeano’s passing, Latin American history has lost a valued witness.
The growing public concern over pollution must enable a political moment where governments view action on air quality as a vote-getter
The exit of Narasimha Rao triggered the coalition era
Chinese president’s visit to Pakistan could be an opportunity to transform New Delhi’s relationship with Islamabad and Beijing.
If one compared the budget estimate for 2014-15 and 2015-16, the reduction was extremely harsh.
Nobody seriously believes that there will be another redrawing of India’s borders.
Now lo and behold, poor Babasaheb is being claimed by the BJP/RSS as a great Hindu!
Unlike others who have had to leave after completing their parliamentary terms, Amar Singh has so far managed to stay on.
Adopt more stringent fuel quality and emission standards — and push for the national automobile pollution and fuel authority.
Public accounting needs to reclaim its pre-eminence as a profession and as a calling.
N-deal with Iran opens another front in the international arena.
This year’s UN report on sexual violence in conflict documents the horror and suggests early warning systems.
Institutional capacity in finance SEZs will eventually reform the mainland.
While violation of approved conditions is rampant, enforcement of environmental laws is abysmally poor.
Rural distress is growing. Chand Committee report on MSPs shows a way out.
China takes the lead in Afghanistan. Why India need not feel threatened.
Tel Aviv’s unchecked nuclear capabilities, not Tehran’s pursuit of a bomb, have destabilised West Asia.
Otherwise, TV news is insular, uninterested in the world.
Facing up to him means confronting questions of our own complicity and guilt.
PM’s visit to ‘Komagata Maru’ museum highlights the trials of first generation Indian immigrants to Canada.
Every drop of rain that can be captured, should be captured. Every drop of wastewater that can be safely reclaimed, should be reclaimed.
For India, in a phase of urban transition, solutions to air pollution are both local and global.
Private funding is a supporting mechanism, but conservation must remain a public priority.
He will be relevant as long as concerns of most disempowered are unheard.
Dibakar Banerjee’s film rekindles a romance that has endured for 83 years.
If we use the corrected number for cars, we get a statistic of eight cars per hundred persons in Delhi.
The international community must create a viable alternative to the Lausanne deal with Iran
As they face similar threats from religious extremism and terrorism, India and Canada can significantly expand their intelligence-sharing on a bilateral basis.
Excerpts from PM Narendra Modi’s oped in German newspaper ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’, April 13
Far from infusing energy, it could further enfeeble the bureaucracy.
Railways revival could begin with reforms charted by Sreedharan, Debroy panels.
The old Land Acquisition Act of 1894 was an oppressive and exploitative colonial legislation.
When Modi promised to eliminate laws that came in the way of the justice system moving faster.
Some of Anil Vij’s earlier tweets can also be interpreted as innuendoes against M L Khattar.
AAP is of course not a political party in any ordinary sense.
How a misinterpretation of Hitler’s demand for German majority areas in Czechoslovakia influenced the Muslim League’s demand for Pakistan.
The best way to improve Delhi’s toxic air is to massively augment public transportation systems.
Extending beef ban is unreasonable. Decision on Marathi movies was needed
A similar tale of dynasty and power unfolds on both sides of the border.
Recent spate of Bollywood films offers a new premise: story can be the hero
PM has talked down to the judiciary. His reference to ‘five star activists’ intimidates.
When Ghani visits, India should welcome thaw between Kabul and Islamabad.
Paris, Berlin and Ottawa can each contribute substantially to the realisation of India’s new national goals.
Singapore, India must keep renewing their cultural and historical links, writes Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh.
Arvind Kejriwal looked sunny. And Partition is revisited from across the border.
A hasty Congress decline, as in Delhi, would consolidate anti-BJP vote in states with prominent regional parties.
SC order declaring that high courts will not entertain challenges to orders of the Armed Forces Tribunal curtails military litigants’ right to justice.
No amount of judicial reform is likely to yield results unless legal education is also cleaned up.
Even those who rush to indict terrorism at every turn seem to treat this incident with nonchalant indifference.
Beijing and Delhi have regularly tasked their armed forces with evacuation operations in different parts of the world.
New ideas are needed to protect India’s forests, reduce horrors of climate change.
In a society split down the middle, along political lines, religious bigotry rears its ugly head.
Our engagement with cities must not be only about problem solving.
Government would do well to identify and take the small steps to change.
Rao was not Sonia’s first choice. The timing of his rise to power could not have been worse.
There are clouds on the horizon. The first is, what will the US Federal Reserve do? Will it hike interest rates?
There have been no massacres of Christians, Muslims, Sikhs or Dalits since Narendra Modi took office.
Nigeria needs India’s attention and respect. Giriraj Singh notwithstanding.
T K Viswanathan, has written to both Narendra Modi and Pranab Mukherjee that the Delhi Fire Service had refused to give a fire safety clearance to the building.
Iran n-deal is a handsome reward of diplomacy, in contrast to military options
More women are needed in managerial roles. It’s even good for business
No quick-fixes can help public universities if successive governments exercise power unbridled by reason.
It is not incidental that Kipling was inspired to set ‘Jungle Book’ in Madhya Pradesh.
Why Govinda K.C.’s fast shook the government.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank could rearrange the global financial balance of power.
Yemen conflict is sharpening. India and Pakistan need to coordinate their response.
China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank extends its regional and global strategy.
Anti-slaughter laws don’t recognise the reality: the cow has a future only in states that permit at least selective culling.
The Dastangoi tradition is the confluence of many cultures and civilisations
Kailash Vajpeyi chose to walk a middle line that was often the most radical place to be
Government must step aside, not bully academic institutions into submission.
Her suffering will not go in vain. Solutions to tobacco are within reach.
A nuclear agreement could end the long confrontation between Iran and the West — and also open up diplomatic space for India.
A Gandhian partnership model involving women could help the electrification of villages.
The main task of the next cabinet secretary must be civil service reform.
As with 66A, SC could use the ‘void for vagueness’ doctrine to strike it down.
Different parties rule at state and national levels. It is not yet clear if this is a sign of maturing democracy or a crisis of governance
A chief of defence staff is a good idea. But first, let’s debate the challenges of higher defence management
Former Mizoram Chief Minister T. Sailo spoke up against the conduct of security operations during the Mizo insurgency
Do these changes being made by the Modi government not suggest that PM Modi is bringing them to benefit both the foreign and domestic corporates
SC’s resounding words while striking down 66A apply not just to internet but to all media.
Centre must learn from models of land acquisition satisfying both buyer and seller.
Last week, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was conferred the Bharat Ratna. Here, his former media advisor, Ashok Tandon, recalls the story of one of the Vajpayee regime’s biggest challenges — and achievements
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Prithvi Theatre and Café Samovar — which closes down this week — are the last bastions of the city’s warm, secular spirit
To invest more in agriculture, Union government has to reorient food and fertiliser subsidies by moving to cash transfers.
Jean Drèze’s question ‘Is Aadhaar voluntary or compulsory?’ is disingenuous.
Challenge is to come up with a method of determining compensation that makes farmers beneficiaries, not victims or obstructionists.
Chinese leaders have tried to imitate, not always accurately, Lee Kuan Yew’s statecraft.
Will drastic cuts in child health, nutrition outlays really be made up by states?
A new sense of vulnerability is driving the effort to reunify the two Maoist parties.
Supreme Court approved of any fair, transparent and non-discriminatory method of allocating natural resources.
No one should be surprised that many Dalits left Hinduism. Indeed the puzzle is that so many remained.
Singapore has become a model for China and most Southeast Asian countries. The beacon of change was Lee Kuan Yew.
Sharad Yadav was at the centre of a controversy last week over his comments on south Indian women.
Parties have split before. But AAP’s internal dissension doesn’t look fundamental.
I filed a petition against 66A. But SC judges made us all win.
Parliament condemned my statements on Gandhi and Bose without giving me a hearing, writes Markandey Katju.
A new book recounts the turbulence in the life and times of Benazir Bhutto.
Supreme Court has upheld civil liberties in Section 66A judgment — unlike during Emergency.
Tahira Mazhar Ali struggled to reclaim spaces for a secular, pluralistic Pakistan.
But will there be takers once states realise a Smart City isn’t a ticket to Central funds?
Women pallbearers of her coffin have signalled a new moment in Kabul.
The most shining moments of Section 66A judgment lie in its articulation of what freedom of expression means in India.
In upholding blocking rules, the Supreme Court has commented only on their legality — not their desirability.
In framing its land law, NDA ignores lessons from the Mahabharata.
Battling a mixed record on civil liberties, SC decision couldn’t have come at a finer time.
The Public Debt Management Agency is a good idea. It is time government managed its own debt.
World Cup has taken over TV — if we’re not watching it, news channels are talking about it.
The nation is looking increasingly parochial. Was pluralism only a Nehruvian concept?
Freedom to mock and ridicule the powerful has thankfully been restored.
Why did a lynch mob feel compelled to take photographs as it killed?
Cleverly, ruthlessly, Lee Kuan Yew ensured Singapore punched above its weight.
Cricket World Cup so far has been humdrum. But next three ‘finals’ have the potential to make this a cup to remember.
Gender concerns must be mainstreamed in conflict-transformation processes.
China has long seen Myanmar and Pakistan as gateways to the Indian Ocean.
PM is trying to find the right measures to check religious fanaticism and intolerance.
On coal, Manmohan Singh made the case for auctions. And also took the discredited allotment route.
Both countries must use economic cooperation to de-emphasise disputes.
Remembering the Pakistan Resolution, 75 years later.
Supreme Court does well to throw up the question. The search for answers need not be caste-centric
The V.P. Singh government was the biggest casualty of this confrontation.
If it wants to reduce electricity bills, Delhi government has no option but to offer a subsidy. But is that warranted?
The Finance Minister listed thirteen points for his Vision 2022.
Being the president of the Congress party used to be just a temporary job.
I understood again why India gave Narendra Modi a full mandate.
Ever since there was a hue and cry over his dressing, there has been a subtle change in Modi’s sartorial style.
Law Commission report frames crucial issues but reaches hasty conclusions.
Without knowing it, we have learned to live in a daily crossfire of the ridiculous and the absurd.
What connects a desolate Central Asian region to Pakistan?
Narayan Desai’s ‘Gandhi Katha’ was a response to the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002.
‘NH10’ confirms a growing trend of young Bollywood actors unafraid to break the mould.
The legality of Manmohan's summoning order will be tested on the touchstones of our constitutional and criminal jurisprudence.
The documentary and the global campaign have brought to the surface an old fault line along which global North-South relations are being reconfigured.
SC judgment points to new social justice frameworks struggling to take shape.
Massive open online courses could radically change higher technical education.
Sold as a voluntary facility, Aadhaar is turning coercive — despite judicial intervention.
Too often, radio is a medium for airing majoritarian, bigoted social beliefs.
Launch of ‘INS Arihant’ is only the first step in what promises to be a long and onerous process for the navy.
First, India must clearly articulate its vision of what constitutes a smart city.
We must draw up living wills on what should be done when there is an end-of-life event.
What is it that we gain from listening to the likes of Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Congress) and Sambit Patra (BJP) discussing Sonia Gandhi’s birthmark?
We need to rethink the nature of state intervention in the land market.
India must find a way to make the Pakistan army an interlocutor.
Lynching episode underlines the need to bring in a politics based not just on memories of shared ethnic pasts, but the vision of a common future.
India must invest more deeply in understanding the rumblings in China.
More openness, not more monitoring, is the answer to corporate espionage.
SC decision on polygamy significantly advances Muslim personal law reform.
How direct benefit transfers have run into implementation hurdles.
Like all true Gandhians, Narayan Desai lived a life of simplicity and dedication
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.
Finance minister is right in wanting to create a modern bankruptcy law and procedures. It is a reform long overdue .
And, as a Christian, suddenly a stranger in my own country.
Economic, social and cultural factors combine with coercion to tilt kidney donation numbers against women.
Land law amendments imply that state, not market, knows best.
Our kings didn’t build systems to mobilise savings or mop up revenues. We haven’t learned from history.
Was there an understanding with Gyanendra in 2006 to continue with the constitutional monarchy?
Pakistan is going against the grain of the modern state that legislates on the basis of ethic
To claim that heavenly law is supra-constitutional is to live in a fool’s paradise
A little Gandhian, a little socialist — can AAP be both, without conflict?
Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi’s release is part of a larger story
It is no wonder that the report considers the PDS broken and recommends its gradual replacement by cash transfers.
Sri Lanka has a real shot at an inclusive political settlement. Delhi can help it happen.
Like Rahul, I too have soul searched on a break. Now I know better than to try again.
Excerpts from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the commissioning of the ‘Barracuda’ in Mauritius on March 12.
How Europeans and Indians deployed myths regarding ancient Aryans in their various reform and nationalist projects.
The Tamil issue has subsided for now. For Modi government, what matters most are Delhi’s business interests.
It is not easy to recall the last time when an Indian Prime Minister articulated India’s objectives and policy for the Indian Ocean.
The Supreme Court judgment that a Dalit Christian or Muslim who converts to Hinduism will qualify for reservation benefits if his forefathers belonged to a Scheduled Caste amounts to an incentive to ‘ghar wapsi’.
Behind Avijit Roy’s murder lies a story of spreading extremism. A fatal flaw in the government’s counter-militancy strategy is its over-reliance on law and order agencies.
BJP-PDP alliance is marketed as a historic reconciliation. But it could firm up long-running processes of communal mobilisation.
NDA’s casual amendments do not address core issue of consent in land acquisition.
Do the accused have the right to express and publicise their views?
Whatever its name, Delhi needs a more purposeful engagement in Indian Ocean.
But budget could have gone further if it had listened to farmers.
There were complex and conflicting demands on the budget. It resisted the temptation to take the blatantly populist route.
He waged a long battle against superstition. He was the communist who also engaged with the caste question.
Debate over veto restraint is a distraction from the broader dilemmas of UN Security Council reform.
Union budget’s principal positive measure was the significant outlay for infrastructure.
Coal auctions are no panacea. The challenge of revitalising the priority sectors of steel, power and cement has become more difficult.
While most of India’s immediate neighbours are eager to join the Silk Road orchestra, New Delhi has chosen to stay out of the symphony for now.
BJP has become adept at quota politics but a deeper awkwardness remains.
It has left out key concerns of agriculture, environment and women.
Budget gave clearance for the take-off. But let’s watch out for turbulence.
The criminal justice system in many countries has acted with resolve to address sexual assault. A large part of that effort has been built on getting to know rapists.
I am an honorary member of both. I am also the selector who will unhesitatingly axe that which is plain ugly.
India’s Daughter holds up a mirror to Indian society and it does this with compassion and sensitivity.
The world will think India has some secrets to hide which are worse than what is already known.
Kejriwal called Hazare his guru during the Lokpal campaign, which he exploited to become a nationally known figure.
Can our political parties manage their internal affairs democratically, viably?
Beijing’s reaction to Modi’s Arunachal Pradesh visit was unusually strong.
It is wrong to ban ‘India’s Daughter’, wrong to extend ambit of cow-slaughter ban, and wrong to ban extremist political organisations.
Descriptions of the ‘monster’, the ‘evil one’, for the rapist tend to ignore that we are creating, replicating, encouraging misogyny and its violent expression.
The literary festival hosted by the city saw a coming together of creativity, eclecticism, ideas and dialogue.
Sharif owes big to Saudi Arabia, which sheltered him at the darkest moment of his political career.
The changing electorate and competitive federalism will be checks on their profligacy.
In a country like India, inflation targeting could create anti-farmer policy bias.
India needs prudent compromises to achieve its health coverage goals.
Sangh Parivar has zeroed in on Census 2011’s data on religion. But Modi government needs to go back to the Sachar report.
In television entertainment, it is goodbye Viranis, hello Shuklas and Mathurs.
Slain Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy wrote about the inspiring patriotism of his father, Ajoy Roy, a physics professor at Dhaka University.
Prime minister’s success in securing the release of a priest from the Afghan Taliban points to India’s new clout.
All of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, have had to deal with this external dimension to Kashmir.
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