But tinkering with labour materials ratio or its coverage is not the right medicine
Game the system for love, money and a Bollywoodesque happy ending
Opening accounts and issuing cards create numbers but amount to little.
Obama’s strategic failures in dealing with the IS indicates how far US hegemony has been eroded.
Partly due to election fatigue, TV news’ coverage of the assembly election results was less than riveting.
Beijing is likely to restore order in the short term. But does it have a long-term solution to the crisis of governability?
There are good reasons why Prime Minister Narendra Modi should start paying serious attention to the new Indonesian president.
France is battling a bad case of collective despondency.
An editorial says that Modi, in his first Independence Day speech, had spoken about making India an industrial hub.
A new generation of Indian entrepreneurs is looking to leaders like Murthy, Nilekani and Gopalakrishnan on how to do it right.
Experience and government statistics show that machismo has never worked as a plan against Pakistan.
Mexico and India have enjoyed a close bilateral relationship for decades. It is set to gain a new impetus now.
Go on, complete the joke. It’s time someone declared open season on ‘love jihad’, writes Altaf Tyrewala.
Modi has a map for the future. Regional chieftains only have a Tughlaqesque politics.
From patent pools to platform pricing, his wide body of work resonates.
Caste played a diminished role in Haryana and Maharashtra. BJP must seize the opportunity, make its own politics more open.
BJP’s success shows that there is no alternative to Congress-style politics. Or that it is yet to emerge.
Maharashtra verdict is snub to parochial politics. Regional parties need a new plan.
BJP success hinged crucially on winning over leaders from other parties.
The creation of the ‘love jihad’ frenzy has little to do with fact or religion, writes Subhashini Ali.
The last time he came to London was in 1931 for the Second Round Table Conference.
Democratic feudalism has reduced our smaller states to fiefdoms over which a handful of families lay claim.
The latest arsenal of fireworks comes with some interesting variations. Here are the more popular ones.
The Congress seemed to have conceded defeat even before the results of the Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra were announced.
The modern harmonica of ten holes and two metal reed plates was invented by an European named Richter around 1825.
It has given 100 million work with dignity. What more could a government want?
Religion doesn’t need reform, its followers do.
RSS crafted the ‘Love Jihad’ campaign but will find it difficult to revive it.
An incurable romantic, poetry suited Begum Akhtar’s temperament.
A terror warning unleashes a frisson ahead of the SAARC summit.
The low idealist recoils from any movement that promises new beginnings.
What Swachh Bharat could learn from a port town in Kerala.
Election rallies are less about hope, more about hype — and hate.
We need to rise above the left-right divide to investigate the menace of ‘love jihad’ with thorough precision.
Why, for many in Pakistan, it is safer to think of Malala as an American spy.
Hong Kong protesters have relied on pop culture to get their message across.
He honed in on the yearning to defeat defeatism. How do you lock horns with that?
Imagine the majestic Kim hobbling around, looking a little worse for wear. It would humanise him for his audience.
The prohibition against inter-community marriages is not an invention of Hindutva. But Hindutva articulates and disseminates it most systematically, writes Tanika Sarkar.
Moves to dilute labour-material ratio in MGNREGA and focus exclusively on select backward blocks will adversely impact rural poor.
TV channels competed to provide edgy coverage of Cyclone Hudhud.
In Maharashtra and Haryana, a BJP strategy to reshape local identities from above
Our municipal corporations suffer from a lack of expertise
India is a mix and to deny this is to cheat ourselves of our inheritance, writes Saif Ali Khan.
Urban planning and flood management must be woven into India’s growth story.
Abbas Ali, INA veteran and social stalwart, lived a life of pragmatic idealism.
It is incumbent on experts, policymakers to construct models that stand up to the tests of reality
Kailash Satyarthi’s relative inconspicuousness in public life thus far speaks of a larger social failure
We need to reconsider our strategy for containing Ebola
Shiv Sena’s journey has culminated where it began — on an anti-Gujarat plank. But the context of state politics has changed
The Nobel prize winner will find it difficult to return to the country she wants to serve
As the Red Army crossed into the land of the Afghans, for the US Pakistan turned almost overnight from a pariah country into a ‘frontline state’ in the war on ‘godless Russians’.
A new politics, anchored in execution and keeping promises, is taking shape
The RSS has hated Gandhi but has had no option but to praise him in public, especially after his assassination.
Prachanda stepping in to take charge of the peace process does not inject any fresh hope.
The BJP’s problem is a severe shortage of capable people at the top.
The Congress dream has always been only to “alleviate” poverty.
Pakistan decides that India must pay the penalty, and so the shootout begins, as in the final.
But he developed two complications in quick succession — a stomach infection and then a lung infection.
There once were 10,000 megalithic stone dolmens scattered across the island depicting prehistoric architecture.
He’s made his US debut. Now Modi needs to get himself a diplomatic GPS.
But the IMD’s monsoon predictions are too wide to be useful to farmers.
It is better to show higher world poverty by raising the poverty line than to distort history by using obsolete and questionable data
The ‘eminent persons’ on the judicial appointments commission must be well versed in judicial processes.
Indian universities will not figure in global rankings unless there is a structural overhaul of the research system.
In choosing Modiano, Nobel Committee shrugs off criticism that it favours obscure Eurocentric writers.
Our fascination with surveillance-based discipline stems from a culture of control.
Jan Dhan Yojana would be better off without aggressive deadlines.
If Pakistan is going through one of its typical convulsions, simply blame the CIA, Mossad, RAW, the US.
The BJP, no longer a bit player in Haryana, is relying heavily on Modi in a multi-cornered contest.
India does a poor job of caring for its elderly. Government can start by introducing a midday meal scheme.
Modi brings five new emphases to the way India deals with the world.
For judicial office to attract the best talent, raise judges’ salaries and their age of retirement.
In Gujarat, as always, Muslims were present at garbas as organisers, entertainers and participants.
From Bhiwani to Bhiwandi, TV channels are riding pillion with political leaders.
The first challenge for new Afghan government will be keeping itself together.
Alteration in the electoral landscape had a larger impact on BJP’s UP bypoll performance than its Hindutva campaign.
Benefits of a personal relationship between leaders of nations are exaggerated.
The reference says more about India’s changing political attitude under Modi.
It won’t be easy. First, revisit the General Financial Rules.
State response to attack on Africans in Delhi has been ineffective and perfunctory.
By re-discovering Gandhi as only an icon of cleanliness, government has taken the first step towards dismantling his legacy.
Ill-thought-out assertions about the efficacy of monetary policy can unhinge private expectations of inflation.
Having helped create the IS, Ankara has reasons to fear a Taliban-like blowback.
The trademark austerity of southern India’s billionaires is fast disappearing.
Unlike so many past communiques, the India-US vision document is granular in content and far-reaching in aspiration.
It is critical to conclude the US-Iran nuclear deal so that a bust-up does not add to the mayhem in the Middle East.
Adityanath belongs to a distinct ideological tradition that is growing more assertive.
Sensible principles have become a casualty in the noisy pricing debate.
A diversified banking sector can help promote viable businesses, further social goals.
They will have to be integrated with the existing rail network.
Civil servants on their holiday gingerly handling a jhadu to satisfy the PM will not be enough.
Most children who die in India before they get to their fifth birthday die of preventable diseases like diarrhoea and malaria.
With ministers and bureaucrats and those who wield clout now wielding a broom, we are in for some sweeping changes.
His visit to the US fell between two important Jewish festivals, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Scientists here were working on Apple Mac computers, their screens exposing high-tech scientific sense; but all of that was overshadowed by her Italian design touch; even in a scientific lab.
Modi intuits link between communication and change. There’s no other game in town.
Private spending will resume when expectations on the future change, when the economy resumes growth, when incomes and wages stop falling.
If India has communal riots, Pakistan is brutal to Hindus in Sindh.
‘Haider’ is a befitting new step in a long tradition.
Children actually outgrow their mothers, no matter how much Narendra Modi may tell us otherwise.
The government has made sanitation a priority in important symbolic ways, and has stirred a level of enthusiasm never seen before.
‘Make in India’ must not be heard as ‘Make emissions in India’.
Northeast policy should dispense with archaic systems like the inner line
India-US rhetoric is promising. Now we need policy shifts in India and concessions from America
Last year alone, almost 5,700 lives were lost after a cloudburst caused floods in Uttarakhand.
Modi brings much-needed clarity, assurance to Delhi’s strategic calculus on US.
Bombay HC order on disclosure of religion expands individual’s freedom to choose.
The real question is not why government wants to push the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but what it wants to pack into this campaign.
With breakdown of alliances, artificial bipolarity of Maharashtra politics is over.
Can Jayalalithaa’s brand survive her absence from the helm of government?
A resurgence in inflation is a low probability event. Given low GDP growth, why is the RBI acting so coy about cutting repo rates?
Indian Americans have come far. Now they must become leaders in the US not just in business, science and engineering, but also in politics and law.
There has been much speculation on whether New Delhi might join President Barack Obama’s renewed war on terror.
The Ganga waterway project is ill-conceived.
Change will never come through the present system. The only way forward is a peaceful revolution.
A rose by any other name is still a rose; an illogical act by any other name is still an illogical act.
Washington wants to know if he can fix structural flaws in India’s economy.
SC order on under trials is a welcome start but doesn’t go far enough.
Its cooperation could be vital to the fight against the IS.
The Supreme Court verdict provides scope for largescale and speedy reforms in the coal sector.
The Xi-Modi interaction marks the first step towards dynamic India-China ties.
Mangalyaan is a tribute to the young leadership of India’s Independence movement.
Manmohan Singh’s PMO was dominated by officials from Kerala, including T K A Nair, Shivshankar Menon and M K Narayanan.
Could the honourable judges not have paid attention to the inextinguishable fires that burn underground.
In fact, so frenzied was the pre-visit coverage that there was talk of renaming it Times Now Square.
This immediately took me to another planet mentally, my first step on Europe, the country of Raphael, da Vinci, Michelangelo that I had studied with my pencils in art college.
Supreme Court itself has muddied constitutional interpretation beyond recognition.
Whittling away of innovator vs generic divide brings its own challenges.
An interpretation the conflicting signals Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to India produced.
A Prohibition Police will enforce Kerala’s new liquor policy. It’s a dismal scenario.
Lateral entry into government is needed to cope with new challenges. It must be made less ad hoc.
Court guidelines on encounters misread state of policing and police capacity.
Shift the focus from simply collecting waste and dumping it in a landfill.
The international community is trying to evolve a global counter-terror strategy. It’s important to get the strategic diagnosis right.
What an incident in Jamshedpur in the 1980s can tell us about the CBI director’s comment.
His journey to the US will be most interesting for its economic outcomes.
First, get government out of its management.
Court’s ruling on encounter killings falls short. It could reinforce the impression that on police misconduct, the judiciary stands with the establishment, not the people
It’s possible to drive the war industry out of business.
Modi goes to the US. ‘Bigg Boss’ contestants board a flight to nowhere.
It will be the economist, not democracy, who cuts down to size Pak’s Imran-Qadri duo.
Modi could look beyond Ahmedabad for a template for Swachh Bharat.
President Xi’s strategy of seeking enhanced friendship in the backdrop of a border standoff looks set to continue.
The onus is on Barack Obama to resolve the trust deficit between India and the US.
America is powerful but China is a neighbour that is rising rapidly and has territorial claims against India.
Modi’s success with China, US depends on ability to bring economics to the centre.
India needs a roadmap for gas pricing reform.
While the vote on Scottish independence has closed a chapter, it has opened another.
But India must know that correcting its trade imbalance with China is wishful thinking.
‘Mandolin’ Shrinivas’s mentor in his early days in Chennai remembers the genius.
Notes on the etiquette of gifting, lending and spotting books.
The Scottish referendum is a trigger for a larger debate on the devolution of powers within the UK.
Weighed down by internal bickering, the Congress will find it tough to meet the BJP’s challenge in Karnataka.
The demand for referendums on crucial issues is growing in Nepal.
The facts of the case remain cloudy. The image of the two murdered girls is its own truth.
Obama’s strategy on the IS is flawed, shows no lesson has been learned.
Xi Jinping’s visit set a positive tone for India-China relations.
While the Prime Minister talks about “minimum government”, his ministers seem not to have understood what this means.
Madrasas, yet again, have become schools of terrorism. Goan Christians were told to declare themselves Hindus.
High awareness of hygiene and sanitary conditions is another aspect that makes Japanese design so clean.
In Bhutan, it was B4B, in Nepal, HIT, in Japan it was ‘You Mori, me Modi’, and now the Chinese visit has given his linguistic talent new wings.
It is the Congress-NCP camp that is keenly waiting for the news of a Sena-BJP split. This would allow it greater flexibility in choosing post-poll partners.
The sprinter detected with hyperandrogenism must be talked to — and heard out.
If supply-side problems are the major ailment, why not cut rates — since monetary policy can affect output without affecting inflation
Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri say what Pakistan has is not democracy. What they promise is utopia.
Primary education can only improve if government embraces new ideas
In a dysfunctional polity, it was left to the CAG to move against corruption.
Scotland’s priorities, argue the proponents of independence, are poorly reflected in the constitution of the British government.
American TV shows tell us that adulthood as we have known it has become conceptually untenable.
The SC rulings in Sarla Mudgal and Lily Thomas have not stopped the horrendous practice of married men committing fraud.
What we need to learn from China is not the art of running a small firm well, but the art of supporting a small business.
BJP’s return at the Centre has reopened the question: what constitutes the middle ground of India’s democratic politics?
Reforms have favoured measurable quick fixes without attempting to understand the high incidence of pre-trial detention.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot was looking positively happy after his party cornered three seats in Rajasthan.
Government must aim for a younger, less permanent, more diverse civil service.
To gain India’s trust, Xi Jinping needs to follow his words of reassurance with concrete action
Only consistent trend in bypolls across states since the general election is the party’s loss of seats
Centre must grasp the differences and overlaps between LGB and T identities.
The party imploded in spectacular fashion, giving Indira Gandhi the chance to rise again.
Restructure the MGNREGS to raise overall efficiency and gains to rural households.
If the outcome is a narrow margin in favour of No, the battle will not end. If it is narrowly for Yes, the game is over.
Social welfare system created by Nehruvian socialist India is supposed to help our weakest citizens. It does the opposite.
The RSS has got their khaki knickers in a twist over what they are calling love jihad.
Mukherjee's visit to Hanoi was scheduled well before President Xi's South Asia itinerary was firmed up.
Many Indian cricketers carry a hookah in their bags and take puffs during their free time.