States and ladders
States and ladders

Cooperative federalism and fierce competition between states is the backbone of Make in India

The Rule Breaker
The Rule Breaker

Sushma Swaraj has displayed inexcusable lack of judgement

The art of distraction
The art of distraction

‘Lalitgate’ is an act of monumental political indiscretion. But it is also the case that lines between responsible investigation and vigilantism have blurred

This notion of honour

A welcome Supreme Court judgment is marred by its language and reasoning.

Chinese takeaway: Modi’s Geopolitics
Chinese takeaway: Modi’s Geopolitics

Delhi has had a great run so far, claiming strategic partnerships with all in the name of “multi-alignment”.

Crisis, opportunity
Crisis, opportunity

Greece is on the edge. There are lessons for India

Picturing the rural
Picturing the rural

Socio-economic census data provides valuable pointers — and reality checks — for policymakers

Copa coup
Copa coup

At Santiago’s Estadio Nacional, Chile’s triumph over Argentina was poignant

A passage to inner Asia
A passage to inner Asia

Modi’s visit marks a new start. But a long-term strategy is needed to overcome constraints on India’s role in the region

Foreign minister’s mis-steps
Foreign minister’s mis-steps

Sushma Swaraj short-circuited due process for Lalit Modi'

The return of the shadow
The return of the shadow

To fight authoritarianism, we must first acknowledge its presence

Next Door Nepal: No closure in Kathmandu
Next Door Nepal: No closure in Kathmandu

Draft constitution has widened the political divide

Sena’s new normal
Sena’s new normal

Shiv Sena has toned down. But other parties have imbibed its extermist tactics

Across the Aisle: ‘Export or perish’. Have we chosen ‘perish’?
Across the Aisle: ‘Export or perish’. Have we chosen ‘perish’?

Since April 2015, situation seems to have turned for the worse. A trend is discernible and it is worrying.

Fifth Column: What happened to ‘Lalitgate’?
Fifth Column: What happened to ‘Lalitgate’?

No. The media has not come out well of Lalitgate. But, nobody has come out worse than the Congress Party.

Out of My Mind: Jhappi Rajashahi
Out of My Mind: Jhappi Rajashahi

BJP is a relative newcomer to the role of the ruling elite and Narendra Modi has been an outsider to the jhappi rajashahi .

Reverse Swing: Hillary takes on a Republican rabble
Reverse Swing: Hillary takes on a Republican rabble

Let us prepare for Hillary, but as we do, let’s also enjoy the circus of the American election.

Inside Track: Maun Vrath
Inside Track: Maun Vrath

The BJP feels its best strategy is to ride out the storm, at least till after the Bihar assembly elections.

Emergency had a reason
Emergency had a reason

But it is time now to turn the page and abolish emergency provisions in the Constitution.

No Proof Required: It is the BCCI, stupid
No Proof Required: It is the BCCI, stupid

If I were in Sushma Swaraj’s position, I would have acted like she did.

Drones and doves
Drones and doves

Shrinking The Nation
Shrinking The Nation

From the Middle East to Malaysia, Muslim states are ‘expelling’ minority elements

Edit I A gamechanger
Edit I A gamechanger

Move to create a pan-Indian electronic trading portal for primary agricultural produce can end APMC monopoly

Edit I Learning opportunity
Edit I Learning opportunity

Maharashtra government has become a victim of its own identity politics

Edit I A few billions more
Edit I A few billions more

But beyond the stunning headline figure of BP’s settlement with US government, has anything changed?

The drummer’s silence
The drummer’s silence

Modi must heed the warning signs of his government’s diminishing credibility.

Welcome to Anti-Europe
Welcome to Anti-Europe

A political idea like the EU needs success stories. It has had too few.

Liberty, equality, autonomy
Liberty, equality, autonomy

US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage is inspiring in its reliance on constitutional rights.

‘We, Lalu ji and I, climbed up the pile of wood and jumped’
‘We, Lalu ji and I, climbed up the pile of wood and jumped’

Today, the attitude is — let’s do it only my way. There is little tolerance for opposition and there are obvious double standards in play.

Edit I No compromise
Edit I No compromise

SC order has righted a wrong. There must be justice for the rape victim, not a ‘settlement’.

Edit I His hat in the ring
Edit I His hat in the ring

Rajapaksa’s comeback bid could unsettle possibilities of ethnic reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Edit I Operation Sinai
Edit I Operation Sinai

Strategy against Islamic State must keep in mind the fluidity of the situation and the scale of collaboration needed.

All our love stories
All our love stories

On same-sex love, Bollywood needs to break the taboo, take the lead.

Behind The Scenes, In Greece
Behind The Scenes, In Greece

Negotiations between the country, its creditors are about politics, not economics.

Because of the 44th amendment
Because of the 44th amendment

It keeps our democracy safe. By ensuring that an internal emergency has lost its bite

The deal in Iran
The deal in Iran

Nuclear agreement marks a new era in Iranian politics. But political troubles await the Middle East

Telescope: In a corner
Telescope: In a corner

Lalit Modi may have driven a wedge between Modi government, its viewers

Edit I Press play
Edit I Press play

Modi government needs to move fast if it wants to dispel the impression that it is losing reform momentum.

Edit I It doesn’t add up
Edit I It doesn’t add up

The BJP candidate has done strikingly well in the Kerala bypoll. But for now, there are limits to the party’s rise in the state.

Edit I Cuba’s victory
Edit I Cuba’s victory

The tiny island nation has eliminated HIV transmission from mother to child. India can learn.

The digging-holes myth
The digging-holes myth

The view of MGNREGA as a makeshift work programme is far off the mark.

A Long Way To Go
A Long Way To Go

Forget gay marriage. In India, the constitutional debate is stuck at the lowest rung.

The Barsi excess
The Barsi excess

The only ground report on the forcible sterilisation campaign during Emergency appeared in a little-known magazine.

View from the right: Clean Up Cricket
View from the right: Clean Up Cricket

The Organiser cites a sentence from a Supreme Court judgment on the IPL spot-fixing scandal at the outset: “BCCI must ensure institutional integrity in the conduct of [the] game considering the expectations of millions of viewers.”

Edit I Building India 2.0
Edit I Building India 2.0

Government’s Digital India plan is ambitious. To be successful, it must address concerns about privacy and data protection

Edit I Skilling up
Edit I Skilling up

Increase in ITI enrolments is good news for a country that seeks to Make in India. It shows the way forward.

Edit I Seeking Saraswati
Edit I Seeking Saraswati

Let the river remain where it belongs, in India’s collective unconscious.

An act of moral will
An act of moral will

US court’s gay marriage decision subordinated judicial restraint to justice and equality — and so it should have

Mediterranean Edge
Mediterranean Edge

Diffusion of militant Islamic radicalism from the region cannot be ignored.

A need for vigilance
A need for vigilance

Emergency may not return in the same form, but we need to guard against illiberal tendencies.

Windows to  the past
Windows to the past

Before opening up the antiquities market, India needs to modernise the registration process and address its lack of institutional expertise.

The Great Game Folio: Chinese Submarines
The Great Game Folio: Chinese Submarines

The Chinese navy first showed its flag in the Indian Ocean nearly three decades ago, when it began to make ship visits to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Edit I Ways to remember
Edit I Ways to remember

Let’s commemorate the 1965 Indo-Pak war. But let’s not make it a gung-ho celebration.

Edit I Greek tragedy
Edit I Greek tragedy

Some volatility is inevitable. But the fallout from the crisis seems containable.

Edit I The American example
Edit I The American example

India could learn from the US Supreme Court’s affirmation of the right of all people, regardless of orientation, to marry.

Indian direct investment
Indian direct investment

The paradox is striking: While India has been trying to attract FDI, Indian companies are investing abroad.

On Your Marks
On Your Marks

UGC’s choice-based credit system is a gamechanger. But are colleges ready?

Let’s not be complacent
Let’s not be complacent

Grassroots democracy makes an emergency more difficult today. But largescale urban discontent is growing

Rear View: The sudden war
Rear View: The sudden war

India was surprised at Kargil. But its lessons may still be unlearnt

For the record: Lok Sabha has been forced to be accountable to Indira Gandhi
For the record: Lok Sabha has been forced to be accountable to Indira Gandhi

In a letter to the speaker, Sharad Yadav explained why he was resigning as an MP, on March 14, 1976. Excerpts:

Edit I Takeover bid
Edit I Takeover bid

HRD ministry’s draft bill, which seeks to strip IIMs of autonomy, frames the worsening crisis in higher education.

Edit I Well begun
Edit I Well begun

It has had an unexpectedly good start but it’s still too early to wish away monsoon fears.

Across the Aisle: Magna Carta does not assure liberty
Across the Aisle: Magna Carta does not assure liberty

Who is the majority? Is it the majority of persons belonging to a caste or a religion?

Fifth Column: Mistakes and more mistakes
Fifth Column: Mistakes and more mistakes

If lustre has begun to fade from image of PM who last year at this time was a rock star, he has himself to blame.

Reverse Swing- Dhoni & Co: Bangla-dazed!
Reverse Swing- Dhoni & Co: Bangla-dazed!

This streak of gamesmanship is new to Bangladesh, perverse proof of a new self-confidence.

Out of My Mind: The wounds of history
Out of My Mind: The wounds of history

The Partition is a wound that has not healed. It still incites passion.

Inside Track: On the Mat
Inside Track: On the Mat

On the International Yoga Day, there was no shortage of yoga enthusiasts. However, a shortage of mats was the problem.

Is Lalit Modi a fugitive?
Is Lalit Modi a fugitive?

From available evidence, he isn’t. So where is the need for Raje and Swaraj to resign?

Time For A Contraction
Time For A Contraction

A painful monetary course correction can lead to sustained long-term growth.

2015, like 1975
2015, like 1975

The danger of authoritarianism revisiting India is a very real one.

Why we must listen to Salian
2008 Malegaon Blast
Why we must listen to Salian

Going slow on ‘Hindu terror’ is dangerous. It’s also an insult to the memory of Hemant Karkare.

Unbalanced sheets
Unbalanced sheets

We need a holistic bankruptcy code. RBI’s Strategic Debt Restructuring Scheme is not the answer.

A Suitable Secularism
A Suitable Secularism

It needs to be reinterpreted for a new time.

Many little Emergencies
Many little Emergencies

We now have a crackdown we don’t see. It’s less ominous, but equally insidious.

A new moment, a new court
A new moment, a new court

Judiciary is reasserting itself, pushing political parties towards accountability.

Head of a gentle clan
Head of a gentle clan

A new biography recalls Eqbal Ahmad, who brought together people with a shared belief in justice and dignity.

Edit | Virtue of restraint

MQM funding controversy in Pakistan is only latest reminder of dangers of chauvinist hysteria on both sides of border.

Edit | In the Race
Edit | In the Race

But Bobby Jindal’s career and politics should caution us against appropriating him as an NRI success story.

IIM bil: Degree of unfreedom
IIM bil: Degree of unfreedom

Slogans of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Minimum Government’ won’t ring true if IIMs are being strangled.

Delhi And The Deal
Delhi And The Deal

India needs to come out in favour of the Iran nuclear deal before it’s too late.

When you crawl, unasked
When you crawl, unasked

It would not be necessary for an autocratic government to take any extra-constitutional measures today, so pro-establishment has the media become.

View from the newsroom
View from the newsroom

Emergency regime tried to intimidate ‘The Indian Express’ and failed, writes a special correspondent with the paper, 1975-78.

Food, scams, non-sequiturs
Food, scams, non-sequiturs

While ‘Lalitgate’ flares, prices in Parliament canteen raise heckles.

Edit I Card and carry
Edit I Card and carry

Electronic transactions must be encouraged — but there are better ways to do it than tax sops.

Edit I Difficulty with China
Edit I Difficulty with China

Its blocking of India’s moves in the Lakhvi case points to the indispensability of direct engagement with Pakistan.

Edit I Fashion victims, all
Edit I Fashion victims, all

Skinny jeans are certainly not the first or only style choice that can be injurious to health.

Two-speed regionalism
Two-speed regionalism

Agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal marks a new sub-regional framework.

Anthems And Ironies
Anthems And Ironies

They are expansionist and vainglorious — and vulnerable to political satire.

It’s about the Dear Leader
It’s about the Dear Leader

The Emergency’s enduring legacy is the cult of the supreme politician: bigger than party, government, nation.

Across the Aisle- Read Governor Rajan: Time to worry
Across the Aisle- Read Governor Rajan: Time to worry

Government is in denial about rural and farmers’ distress.