Rule of violence
Rule of violence

The state was created to preserve the sanctity of life and property. Both attributes are exposed to elements the state can no longer control in Pakistan.

This station of life: Notes from Howrah station in Calcutta
This station of life: Notes from Howrah station in Calcutta

Any Indian railway station is heartland of the middle class.

Except terror
Except terror

Law Commission provides a frail reason for carving out the terror exception vis-a-vis the death penalty.

The Climate In Bonn
The Climate In Bonn

India needs to revisit its position, nuance it, for a meaningful outcome.

Dal vs State
Dal vs State

Thirty years after its creation, the Bajrang Dal continues to challenge an already precarious rule of law

An Inequitable Justice
An Inequitable Justice

Uphaar verdict reinforces a dispiriting message: scales of justice tilt towards well-heeled

Indrani Mukerjea and her primetime jury
Indrani Mukerjea and her primetime jury

As they sit on daily judgement, they reveal their insecurity about their own paths to power — and a distrust of the outsider.

The idea  of KISS
The idea of KISS

A schooling initiative in Bhubaneswar doesn’t leave it to government, seeks to be the change agent.

Telescope: The murder on TV
Telescope: The murder on TV

How did Indrani plan it? What was on her mind? That and more, after a break.

Edit I Better late
Edit I Better late

Backpedalling on MAT must be followed by moves towards making the tax regime clearer and more predictable

Edit I The siege within
Edit I The siege within

Fear of land alienation is at the root of Manipur violence. Political leaders must engage all sections, address insecurities

Edit I Rise of the new
Edit I Rise of the new

Sri Lanka series marked the arrival of an Indian cricket team more confident and more hungry for opportunity

Myth of Muslim growth
Myth of Muslim growth

Once again, the debate on census population data on religion misses the point.

No Exception For Terror
No Exception For Terror

Differentiating between terror and other cases for death penalty is unsustainable.

Defending difference
Defending difference

That’s the real challenge, in Palmyra and elsewhere, in the face of the IS’s ideology of fear and destruction.

Aurangzeb vs Kalam
Aurangzeb vs Kalam

The renaming of a road is part of a wider pattern of strategic messaging by the NDA.

The 'India did it' general
The 'India did it' general

Pakistan is still on a journey to discover itself within the paradigm of jihadi governance Hamid Gul recommended.

Edit I Life and death
Edit I Life and death

The santhara case offers yet another opportunity to re-examine the legal status of suicide.

Edit I #NoSelfiePlease
Edit I #NoSelfiePlease

Disneyland and the Nashik Kumbh share a distaste for the social media phenomenon of our times.

The good word
The good word

Use of ‘development’ as a catch-all represents a shrinking of the imagination.

Game Changers
Game Changers

Why payments banks must not fizzle out like other attempts at financial inclusion.

Bend it like Surjit S. Bhalla
Bend it like Surjit S. Bhalla

On census, Christians and conversions, Surjit Bhalla has tortured his data to make it say what he wants to hear.

Faith and diplomacy
Faith and diplomacy

In being unafraid of bringing religion into foreign policy, Modi treads new ground in India. But there are dangers.

Edit I Reversal & opening
Edit I Reversal & opening

Modi government does well not to repromulgate the land ordinance. Now it must focus on other, more urgent, reforms.

Edit I Versus Narendra Modi
Edit I Versus Narendra Modi

Its debut rally was a riposte to Modi, the grand alliance in Bihar seemed to lack a voice of its own.

Edit I Taking it to the street
Edit I Taking it to the street

The urge to rename roads betrays embarrassing insecurities about the annals of history.

A package to Bihar
A package to Bihar

The state needs a stimulus. Only the Centre can provide it.

The War of the Poses
The War of the Poses

India and Pakistan are seriously in need of couples conselling.

What poetry has to do with math
What poetry has to do with math

We stand to gain much from developing an understanding of ancient India, its deep and diverse ideas.

Dismayed farmers, defunct policies
Dismayed farmers, defunct policies

The Centre needs to wake up. Otherwise India may return to the shortages of the mid-1960s.

Do the right thing
Do the right thing

Nation after nation has abolished the death penalty. India must summon the moral courage to follow them.

Hello, anyone there?
Hello, anyone there?

Call drops raise questions about Digital India. Spectrum shortage is at the heart of the matter.

Across the Aisle: At last, will we have an economic agenda?
Across the Aisle: At last, will we have an economic agenda?

In August, the rupee has depreciated by about 3.3 per cent against the US dollar. Such volatility and decline in asset prices are stressful.

Fifth Column: A message from Gujarat
Fifth Column: A message from Gujarat

The new leader from Gujarat is an unpleasant young man with dodgy political ideas and dodgy political heroes.

Reverse Swing: The great Indian wheelchair trick
Reverse Swing: The great Indian wheelchair trick

Indians hate to walk. At sprawling foreign airports, they often don’t need to.

Inside Track: Woke up late
Inside Track: Woke up late

Last week when TV channels announced that Sarma was holding talks with BJP president Amit Shah, Rahul sprang belatedly into action.

Out of My Mind: Puff the magic dragon
Out of My Mind: Puff the magic dragon

From now on China will be like any other economy.

Census, Christians, Conversions
Census, Christians, Conversions

Despite having the highest level of female education and the lowest fertility rate, why is the Christian population growth rate the same as that of the average Indian?

Dilma Rousseff vs Left vs Right
Dilma Rousseff vs Left vs Right

Brazil’s president has upset both sides of the spectrum. The stalemate seems set to continue.

Go on, break the cycle
Go on, break the cycle

Things can change between India and Pakistan if one side simply refuses to play the well-worn game

Notes From A Textbook Poll
Notes From A Textbook Poll

The man of the match in Sri Lanka: Mahinda Deshapriya, elections commissioner

Edit | A force for women
Edit | A force for women

As the all women police station comes to Haryana, the experience of other states offers lessons of possibilities, limits

Edit | To our health
Edit | To our health

The victory over birth-related tetanus owes more to a systems approach than to scientific innovation

Edit | Bolt for gold
Edit | Bolt for gold

And so, as in 2008, comes the obvious question: How fast can Usain Bolt run the 200m?

The shrinking, the rage
The shrinking, the rage

Patel demand for reservation is an eruption against growth that has not been inclusive or accommodative.

Falling Short
Falling Short

Special package will not have an enabling effect on Bihar’s economy.

GST, by other means
GST, by other means

A full-fledged GST will take time in the present political environment. But the Union government can begin by transforming its own indirect taxes into a GST at the manufacturing stage.

Because elites opt out
Because elites opt out

Is forcing government servants to send their kids to government schools absurdity or common sense?

Forests in the city
Forests in the city

They need protection. They are not wastelands, or receptacles of garbage.

Edit I Missing hand
Edit I Missing hand

The rebellion in Assam is a warning. Congress’s central leadership needs to engage state units, play a mediating role.

Edit I Ray of light
Edit I Ray of light

The film that set the road map for parallel cinema has turned 60.

When crisis comes home
When crisis comes home

India is not insulated from the global turmoil. If China goes into a swoon, India will follow.

About Sport And War
About Sport And War

Sangakkara reintroduced the indomitable spirit of Sri Lankan cricket to the world.

Patels and the neo-middle class syndrome
Patels and the neo-middle class syndrome

Gujarat, the first state to fight caste-based reservations, may also be the first to re-invent the system.

TeleScope: Protest TV
TeleScope: Protest TV

The Anna movement inaugurated a new era.

Don’t cut corners on pension reform
Don’t cut corners on pension reform

Strengthen the New Pension System to head off ‘one rank one pension’-like political crises.

Edit | Rule of unreason
Edit | Rule of unreason

Sharad Pawar is right. Prime Minister must intervene to facilitate field trials of GM crops.

Edit | Unstable still
Edit | Unstable still

As the spectre of violence rises again in Nepal, Koirala government must urgently widen talks.

Edit | Gujarat’s test
Edit | Gujarat’s test

The Anandiben government must control the violence, and engage the protesters. It cannot fail.

Netaji, unreformed
Netaji, unreformed

Despite overwhelming protest, critique and lobbying, there is little change in the way rape is trivialised.

A Pacific Beyond Fiji
A Pacific Beyond Fiji

India needs to widen its engagement with other island countries.

No proof required: Why inflation fell
No proof required: Why inflation fell

The RBI should screen each contender for the MPC with a simple question — how do you explain the past determinants, and the future trend, of inflation in India?

Risk and opportunity
Risk and opportunity

India can capitalise on the China-led crisis if it is able to pursue economic reform.

Edit I On edge
Edit I On edge

Contenders for Bihar must know that religious polarisation will jeopardise hard-won gains and yield diminishing returns.

Edit I No, your excellency
Edit I No, your excellency

Gujarat governor’s attempt to carve out an opposition-free zone in Ahmedabad violates the spirit of the Constitution.

Edit I Tears of Haliphat
Edit I Tears of Haliphat

It will be difficult to make the IS account for its crimes. But Palmyra will cry out for justice

India and the hidden hand
India and the hidden hand

Implosion of NSA-level talks underlines that Delhi needs to find language to speak to Pak generals. It won't be easy.

CEO-style Politics
CEO-style Politics

Modi model is marked by a closed circle of decision-making, adversarial approach.

Why Centre should leave land to the states
Why Centre should leave land to the states

Rear View: When India did not shine
Rear View: When India did not shine

The BJP — and the Congress — were caught off-guard by Vajpayee’s defeat in 2004.

Look who’s talking freedom
Look who’s talking freedom

Kobad Ghandy is right. Only some are free.

Edit I Tough road ahead
Edit I Tough road ahead

Delhi needs to ask itself if it has handled the latest face-off with Pakistan in a way that most serves India's best interests.

Edit I A time to revise
Edit I A time to revise

Despite no-detention policy, thousands of children are being left behind in learning outcomes. We need to reconsider it.

Out of my mind: The elusive goal
Out of my mind: The elusive goal

The forthcoming meeting of the NSAs is suitably high level but does not involve the elected heads of government who met at Ufa.

Across the Aisle: Will someone please read the tea leaves
Across the Aisle: Will someone please read the tea leaves

It is sad that Mr Modi has chosen to be silent on the economy, when the people expect him to speak.

Fifth Column: India deserves better
Fifth Column: India deserves better

Nitish Kumar objected to the manner in which Narendra Modi announced the amount of investment the Central government is planning for Bihar on the dodgy grounds that it sounded as if Bihar was being auctioned off.

Inside Track: Rahul Gandhi’s Questions
Inside Track: Rahul Gandhi’s Questions

Congress members are curious whether the widely distributed questionnaire is part of Rahul’s efforts at democratising the party or a subtle way of finding out who is in which camp.

Reverse Swing: Lanka lessons for Modi
Reverse Swing: Lanka lessons for Modi

What the Prime Minister can learn from the recent elections in the Emerald Isle.

His own player
His own player

Sangakkara defied the traditions of play in Sri Lanka, and in the subcontinent

What’s in a bulb
What’s in a bulb

Onion prices touch off worries. But government must not use a temporary supply shock as a pretext to bring back controls

Sirisena is not the answer
Sirisena is not the answer

Sri Lanka may get a stable government, but it will not be the promised new country.

An unwise posture
An unwise posture

Delhi is letting slip its opportunity to talk to Pakistan on terror. Has it considered the costs of setting the wrong red line?

Under the rule of the army
Under the rule of the army

Pakistan government’s room for manoeuvre is clearly limited by the irresistible rise of the army.

Why silence us?
Why silence us?

On Hurriyat’s meeting with Sartaj Aziz, Modi government needs to return to the Vajpayee approach

Reversal & opening
Reversal & opening

Modi government does well not to repromulgate the land ordinance. Now it must focus on other, more urgent, reforms.