For now, he has reason to smile. But does Nitish model need rescuing from Nitish?
For U.R. Ananthamurthy, literature, at all times, was a satyagraha.
In its orchestration and inflammatory appeal, the current campaign shares similarities with Hindu revivalist projects in the 1920s in UP.
If there is to be Israeli-Palestinian peace, Gaza must be its foundation.
Exposure to television and digital media grew by leaps and bounds between 2005 and 2012.
Under the UGC Act, the HRD ministry has the power to declare any institution a “deemed to be university” (DU).
The change of mind in Pakistan via-a-vis India is real. But foreign offices of both countries remain addicted to deadlocks.
No one loves an Arab vacuum like jihadi extremists, and a bloody vacuum was precisely what Obama allowed Syria to become.
A government shorn of Western educated ministers could change the status quo.
Why it may be time to revoke the AFSPA in areas like Manipur.
The priority ought to be to collectively deliberate on how to confront the present and clear danger posed by the IS.
Some Nepalese leaders, unhappy with Modi’s new approach, are preparing to raise the ‘ek madhes, ek pradesh’ demand.
Gandhi (1982), an epic but intimate biographical film, was Richard Attenborough's greatest triumph.
Families have a preferred number of sons at any given fertility level as well as a preferred fertility level.
From Pakistan to Japan, China to US, he will be tested on ability to stick to them.
Flexible Asian coalitions that don't include America or China should become a critical element of India’s strategy.
‘Neo-liberals’ emphasise sewers, sanitation and toilets, not ‘neo-communists’.
Citizen groups are chipping away at Bangalore’s urban chaos, one street corner at a time.
The noir moment seemed to perfectly illuminate Lauren Bacall.
The JD(U), RJD, Samajwadi Party, BSP, JD(S), BJD, fragments of the old Janata could come together and form a party.
Originally scheduled for July 3, Modi’s trip was re-scheduled for August 4. The visit has now been fixed for August 31.
The Prime Minister had to select his team from the ranks of his own party but he is now making a serious effort to change the way his party thinks.
The appeal to provide them Pampers has been rejected, but there are some suggestions worth considering.
Americans see everything big, from them I learnt about how important it is to design industrial products for mass scale manufacture.
No evidence to show labour laws are the only, or even main, constraint to growth.
A new international cinema, of gentle fantasies of post-colonial harmony.
The gap of learning between India and Pakistan is significant because it goes beyond the argument of population ratios.
Survey data confirms perceptions of a trust deficit between Muslims and the police.
Three months is a short time, but government has emphatically regained control of its turf.
Why TRS supports Modi government’s decision to suspend dialogue with Pakistan.
So far, ideology has not been the defining feature of Modi’s tenure.
Products matter less than the narratives that surround them.
The impact of social media on electoral outcomes in the Lok Sabha polls was marginal.
Farahnaz Ispahani's forthcoming book is on Pakistan’s religious minorities.
Police attitudes towards Muslims will not change unless there is political recognition of the problem.
America needs its president to illuminate and lead, not sink into petulant aloofness
Modi’s gamble won’t work unless Delhi gets act together on J&K, border management.
CSAT questions address students from urban and privileged backgrounds.
Modi is a seasoned politician but the rising tide of expectation poses a big challenge to his popularity.
For more than a decade, African-American gains since the 1960s have been undergoing a reversal.
Janmashtami was on our screens this week. Will other Hindu festivals follow?
India’s response to the meeting between Pak envoy and Hurriyat is misplaced.
A small start has been made. Technology could show the way forward.
Justice is now politics by another name or quite simply about luck. That’s the real crisis.
National efforts need to come together into a coordinated global response.
Are Imran Khan and his PTI truly democratic? A look at the evidence
Will agreement between presidential candidates keep Afghanistan from tipping over?
Government’s handling of the constitutional amendment bill has set up a face-off between executive and judiciary.
Residents of Gaza deserve a better future, citizens of Israel deserve quieter days.
If Nepal’s former radicals persist with the democratic path, will their Indian counterparts shun violence?
Society, not just government, must take responsiblity for India’s development
The Indian river linking project will be crucial to meeting future water needs
The JAC must not disrupt the institutional ideology of the Supreme Court.
We can easily build toilets. The problem is that our system does not allow for easy operation and usage.
After the 1977 election, she seemed to have reached the road’s end.
Jawaharlal Nehru thought Pakistan would not last very long and would eventually come back into the fold.
So it came as music to my jaded ears to hear the Prime Minister remind us of all the things we like to disregard.
The German machinery company is the loser too. Not only does it not sell more machines, its engineering is being copied.
New body must retain the Commission’s mechanisms for Centre-state discussion
The JAC does not address any of the concerns that purportedly plague the collegium.
The media should encourage a fresh regional perspective on the Northeast that captures its reality.
Excerpts from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech at Red Fort.
PM of the first majority government since 1984 must put some fears to rest
The CSAT is not unfair. Class 10-level skills are not too much to ask for
There is no reason to abolish the collegium system at the high court level, writes Rajindar Sachar
On his 39th death anniversary, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman still embodies the spirit of collective freedom
In ‘To Have and Have Not’, Lauren Bacall drew on feminine and masculine qualities that suggest an excitingly capable woman
As Imran Khan and Tahir-ul Qadri face off with Islamabad, will the past be repeated?
Why the communal incidents in western UP may, in fact, be engineered.
Judicial appointments cannot be left to the preferences of JAC members.
Prime Minister Erdogan is now president. Can he bridge the country’s political divide?
Meanwhile, Vidya Balan and the government are trying to toilet train the nation.
Divisive political mobilisations have left UP crackling with communal tensions.
A new juvenile justice act must also target cultural notions of discipline.
The judicial appointments commission is unlikely to fix problems and will also be prone to manipulation and favouritism.
An improvisational genius The only thing faster than Robin Williams’s mouth was his mind.
Because this government’s actions are brewing potential education sector troubles
After the Islamic State’s killings, who will give the community refuge?
Judges should be marginally outnumbered in the judicial appointments commission.
Philanthropy for medical research in India has been insignificant — until now.
Financial inclusion mission needs sustained supervision by finance ministry.
Teaching Gita doesn’t go against Indian secularism. Teaching Gita alone does.
The LG should ask the Delhi Assembly to elect its leader by secret ballot.
Appointments commission proposed by the UPA suffered from vices of both pre-1993 and existing systems.
Only cadre officers, that is, those who have been absorbed into the IPS, can hold certain jobs like SPs in the districts.
RBI has touched some critical areas to improve the functioning of the financial markets and support the liquidity conditions for banks.
The Ministry of External Affairs is lucky in having two Cabinet ministers looking after it, the PM as well as Sushma Swaraj.
With Indian batsmen substituting for ninepins, being an English bowler this series has to be the most rewarding job in the world.
Continuity is the last thing the average Indian wants because continuity means his children have no hope.
Most angel investors look for short-term investment and quick earnings.
The only way to keep writing about terror organisations — and live.
A blanket ban would not violate religious rights of any individual or community.
The judicial appointment commission has not worked well in other countries.
Who would have thought he would fail to communicate his thoughts, his ideas of reform, his vision for a new India?
India and Singapore must come together for reasons of the past and the future.
Defence establishment has turned insular. It needs to reinstate value of diplomacy
State governments could set the ball rolling on contentious reform.
Appointments and transfers of judges affect the independence of the judiciary and judicial review.
Another elected government is sought to be destabilised. Beneath the noisy political chaos is a country in denial about its loss of direction
Why not add another compulsory 'vernacular' language component to the CSAT?
Gaza’s tragedy: All sides have given up on problem, are only trying to win argument.
Behind the CSAT furore lie vested interests of the teaching shop industry.
The thesis of ‘committed’ judiciary has been abandoned, but its practice continues unabated. That is the real problem, writes RAM JETHMALANI.
Miangul Aurangzeb was a proud Pakistani and a friend of India.
And a TV show that ventured outside the home draws to an unlamented close.
In reneging on the Bali deal, India helps neither itself, nor the world.
Nowhere good, if two recent sci-fi films are to be believed.
Because we cannot risk another judicial decision on appointments, writes FALI S. NARIMAN
Nitish has joined hands with Lalu. Together, they might just provide an alternative to an ascendant BJP.
The treaty is the successor to a series of agreements negotiated between the British Raj and the Kingdom of Nepal.
Government must guard against bureaucracy settling back into paralysis.
Rescue ‘sustainable development’ from its relegation to the environment sector.
If ever there was a compelling case for RBI to cut rates, it is today with CPI and WPI month on month inflation below 5 per cent for last six months.
It shows the gap between bureaucratic intent and practice. It speaks of excessive reliance on generalists in technical matters.
On Nepal, Modi has much to be satisfied about. But the challenges begin now.
It was a decision Indira Gandhi made only because she was forced to.
Justice Shah’s proposal ensures judges’ ‘external’ independence from government, but not their ‘internal’ autonomy.
With BRICS, we seem to have mistaken an acronym for real policy.
This agitation is not against English but against the dominance of English. It is against the presumption that the national talent resides within the tiny pool of English speakers.
HSGPC is a response to perceptions of SAD dominance over the SGPC.
Tittle tattle could become tit for tat if Sonia retaliates with her own ‘tell-all and more’ book, as she has threatened.
Managers today mistakenly believe that once they’ve performed in their key result areas, they’ve achieved the business strategically.
Once the members are elected, the quality of performance of the elected legislators leaves a lot to be desired.
P K Mishra seems to have more clout than either Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra or Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth.
But Modi must carefully step away from Nepal’s domestic debates on the Hindu state.
Suchet’s portrayal was more than the sum of the character’s distinctive props.
A headlong rush into PPPs will only leave a trail of disputes, renegotiations, corruption.
Political will to let it mature has been absent. That is not its own failing.
Historiography needs to go beyond Eurocentrism and saffronisation.
General Suhag has 30 months to push the army modernisation project.
France’s burqa ban stokes a debate on rights and duties in the modern state.
For the first time, the interests of farmers, livelihood losers and SC/ST communities have been given high priority.
2013 law expanded rights of losers of livelihood and land, but failed to recognise economics of land.
2013 law freezes land acquisition by imposing lengthy procedures and high costs.
Pakistan plays a role in the story of ISIS founder Abu Musaab al Zarqawi.
Nasa’s Mars rover Opportunity is breaking new ground.
Modi-led BJP is pursuing an illogical and regressive anti-trade-facilitation stance at the WTO.
Israelis and Palestinians must stop circling the grindstone of violence, remember the future
PM’s style has sparked enthusiasm in bureaucracy — and some unease.
It is important to look at what went wrong with the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
Our demand to demilitarise the Strip is not only for Israelis; it’s also for you, Fathi. We prefer happy neighbours to suffering neighbours.
Sectoral agencies are trying to chip at the Competition Commission’s mandate, causing confusion.
They must follow some protective protocols that are standard and mandatory.
India’s silence on critical global issues fits poorly with its global aspirations.
Government has quickly descended into a mix of trifles, alibis and risk averseness.
Higher Muslim representation alone won’t address the minority’s mistrust of police.
If India succeeds in stalling talks, Modi will only be endorsing UPA’s very bad food procurement and economic policies .
Swaraj's message was clear: Delhi wants to depart from past practice of missing opportunities.
His approach resembles that of Indira Gandhi. But he must note: in Delhi, what one controls, slips away.
On euthanasia, courts should step back, let Parliament decide.
That’s the only way to fight Hindu fundamentalists.
We in the news media fall down in covering the big trends.
Nilekani’s efforts to convince the NDA of Aadhaar’s benefits appear to have paid off.
For nuclear development, India must be part of a stable liability regime.
The troubles looming for the BJP/NDA coalition are already on the surface.
In 2014, of the 1,122 new recruits for the civil service, only 53 came from those who wrote papers in Indian languages
Modi believes that there will be unnecessary delays if objections are put as file notings, as these files shuttle back and forth.
What the UK is doing to my Pakistani relatives who live there.
Focusing on private asset creation will only exacerbate its design and implementation failures.
Ignorant chatter over his meeting with Hafiz Saeed detracts from its value
Budget 2014 talked of developing career centres. We need to make them work
The long-term challenges to its success are geopolitical rather than economic
Please dear Finance Minister file your wealth tax returns online as an exercise to see how devious are the ways of Indian officialdom.
In ‘To Have and Have Not’, Lauren Bacall drew on feminine and masculine qualities that suggest an excitingly capable woman