Judicial appointments row, stoked by Katju revelations, is not about reform.
The argument for sending juveniles to jail is based on flawed assumptions.
The PPP approach, for instance, hasn’t taken off in India so far. How can that be remedied?
Dutch passivity after the downing of MH17 underlines it.
Most Hindi serials fail to reflect political and social upheavals outside the home.
To be credible, their promise to fight terrorism will need to be accompanied by a realignment of Pakistani nationalism.
Online crowd-financing platforms could be a major boost for India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Six months and six lessons at the movies.
India’s government is cowering behind the BRICS position on the conflict
Because framing of debates is one of the processes of impoverishment
The Akalis accuse the Haryana government of dividing Sikhs, but the HSGPC controversy is also of their own making.
Use them only when there is reason to expect they will deliver superior infrastructure.
India and Nepal have a new opportunity to collaborate on development and energy security.
Time is ripe to conclude FTA talks with Canada, which could reinvigorate others.
India’s expenditure on vaccines should count as sound investment in a healthy future.
Sex tests for athletes essentialise sexual differences, result in discrimination.
We need to scrap the loyalty test, restore dignity to the office.
Opposition to the Emergency was growing, even though the authoritarian regime seemed able to suppress it.
Budget signals change for those who voted in Modi: business and overseas investors, entrepreneurs and youth
The Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation offers an innovative model of funding NGOs.
British historians cannot agree about the civil war after four centuries of debate.
The mindset of India has remained mired in economic and political ideas that should have died with the fall of Berlin wall.
Behaviour change through product usage is not always easy.
The Congress is in a tizzy because of a mischievous tweet by Subramanian Swamy captioned ‘National Herald Part II’.
Vaidik interview with Hafiz Saeed is still to see the light of day, but portions of it have been leaked by ISI. Here are unofficial excerpts:
With economic and social reforms on the way, 2014 will be remembered as the year India comprehensively rejected its old mindset and changed course for the better.
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
In 1968, India’s per capita income was around $100 per person per year.
The statistics are offered as evidence that these were false cases brought by disgruntled wives.
Craft, the second-largest employer in India, has no place in the budget
Ramadan is an Arabic word, and is pronounced with a “d”, not a “z”.
The Namami Ganga initiative must build on what has been achieved. And go beyond involving organisations of the ruling dispensation’s extended ideological brotherhood.
The trigger for amending the Juvenile Justice Act cannot be moral panic.
India needs to break out of the status quo on internet governance.
We must catch up with the global revolution in education.
By accident of geography or literary searching, Gordimer found her themes in the injustices of her country’s policies of racial division.
The finance minister missed an opportunity to spell out the government’s views on its design.
Mooted under UPA rule, the proposal is gaining some traction with the NDA government.
It aims to provide a fair system of global financial governance.
In FATA, Pak army may be on verge of a paradigm shift. But it might be too late.
We need to ask why government’s ambitious project to build a line to link Kashmir Valley with nation’s rail network remains besieged
If parties do not nurture them, women’s political representation will remain tokenistic
The present version of the bill is deeply flawed
Under Modi, subject is changing to economy. His challenge will be to rein in Hindutva hardliners
Centralised planning is an idea whose time may have gone
The Supreme Court has not declared fatwas illegal. It has situated them within the law.
States are being upended by the market, Mother Nature and Moore’s law.
Bangalore police is trying not to let its lack of numbers show.
Resolution of Delhi-Dhaka dispute paves way for more regional cooperation in Bay of Bengal littoral.
SC has asked for reasons for removing governors. Does NDA have any?
It has faced criticism on inflation, the judiciary, Indians stranded abroad, minor misdemeanours by junior ministers and the Budget, which has been all over the newspapers.
Budget analysis has become such an arcane exercise because of the use of terminology and phraseology that confounds the aam aadmi.
Raje has not forgiven Modi for ignoring the ministerial claims of her son Dushyant Singh, a three-time MP.
The last government left behind a legacy of bad laws that should be immediately torn up and thrown away.
Blue jeans have changed the way we want to look and feel — casual, comfortable and fashionable.
It carries little that is surprising. State budgets matter much more.
On the social sector, budget doesn’t offer a coherent framework.
At BRICS summit, a chance for India to start on a path that leads to the UNSC.
The Fortaleza summit should address the undermining of the multilateral trading system.
Government doesn’t get it. Problem is not decision making, but state capacity.
New work on constitutional law is indebted to Granville Austin.
If the presentation of the budget were better, most experts would not be missing the big ideas for the small trees.
Budget makes downpayments on fixing India’s five geographies of jobs.
Budget will articulate government’s worldview, priorities, five-year agenda.
Why we need to widen our discussion on healthcare.
The budget will reveal whether the BJP is committed to this transformative programme.
The Union budget could kick off the next generation of reforms.
Since the BJP came to power, news channels have lost their fizz.
Rail budget has statements of intent that are not backed by a roadmap or timeline.
The global community must urgently combat the spectre.
The above account mentions the fortress of Bihar as the target of Bakhtiyar’s attack.
Granville Austin documented the triumphs and strains of working a truly democratic constitution.
The Indians and Chinese have, for centuries, migrated to distant corners of the world.
We must build an institutional framework to secure Indians abroad.
UPA’s version was inadequate. NDA must improve upon it.
With Modi backing Aadhaar, government can save Rs 1.6 lakh crore in wasted subsidies and cut tax rates.
Roads should be used only where rail is less cost-effective.
Indian railways needs an organisational restructuring and clear strategic objectives.
In his budget speech, he should not just focus on the numbers, but also explain why we need to break with the old policies
Initially, Indira Gandhi’s monstrous act was met by a lack of resistance.
Though the Left’s losses are all-India, its route to revival passes through West Bengal.
Ten ways to ease the log jam in the system, across sectors
Healthcare delivery and medical education need an overhaul
Reviving the Khilafat has been a dream of the Islamist movement, if not of many Muslims themselves.
The wait for admissions at Delhi University, boasting the country’s premier educational institutions, becomes longer every year.
It was this licence raj that prevented Kapil Sibal from allowing 1,500 new universities to be built.
Sushma Swaraj visited Bangladesh recently, only official and semi-official media were part of the accompanying press party.
Escorts have privacy, choice and the liberty of time on their hands, according to my cross discussions with the concierges.
The food security act is a perfect example.
The scheme should be refocused towards creating durable assets in agriculture.
Modi government’s potato policy will prove counter-productive.
It might be possible to redesign toll collection to reduce transaction costs.
That is the predicament of the Congress, as doubts arise within about its policy and practice of secularism.
Why European teams seem more equal than others at the FIFA World Cup.
RBI governor must realise that financial regulation reforms proposed by FSLRC are necessary.
Despite the bureaucratic mindset, there are also tremendous positive effects.
Why my publisher’s pusillanimity carries a warning for us all.
How Maharashtra government’s quotas do disservice to minorities.
Altaf Hussain is no longer the figure he was. Yet, the MQM draws support because its alternative is the Taliban.
Pakistani serials have familiar themes, but greater subtlety.
If India and the US are to build a truly strategic partnership, we must each commit to it and defend it in equal measure
How our overheated language politics affects learning outcomes.
MGNREGA must be tweaked in implementation, not design.
Why crime data on legislators and electoral candidates must be carefully unpacked.
Hospitals must have standard protocols in patient interest, as they have in Maharashtra.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.
The Modi government, in its very first test on its approach to cases of sexual assault, has been found wanting.
If Indian Railways is expected to deliver subsidised services, a framework for budgetary support ought to be in place.