Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
Not so easy to Act East
Not so easy to Act East

Delhi’s default impulses remain insular. Fighting this will be Modi’s challenge

To make a city smart
To make a city smart

Dressing it up with technology won’t be enough

City with the ravished soul
City with the ravished soul

A new book maps Karachi from its halcyon days to its current lawlessness.

Dealing with hot air
Dealing with hot air

Adaptation alone will not help in meeting the climate change challenge. We need cost-effective mitigation strategies.

AMU’s tragedy of errors
AMU’s tragedy of errors

There is a lesson to be drawn from the recent controversy: kangaroo courts of public opinion must stop delivering instant verdicts on minority institutions.

Saarc without a backbone
Saarc without a backbone

At Kathmandu, Modi could seize the chance, sketch a new regional imagination.

Friend, philosopher and imam
Friend, philosopher and imam

The question of hereditary imams raises complex legal and religious questions.

Two navigators, a clear course
Two navigators, a clear course

Modi-Abbott agreement is a departure from old habits of alliance or non-alignment.

Objects of state control
Objects of state control

Why does India’s family planning programme continue to depend on female sterilisations in sub-standard conditions?

Chinese Takeaway: Modi’s Indo-Pacific
Chinese Takeaway: Modi’s Indo-Pacific

The last time an Indian prime minister traveled to Fiji was in 1981, when Indira Gandhi arrived there.

A Modi doctrine?
A Modi doctrine?

It must pursue coherent goals and outcomes that may or may not appeal to the public.

The memory of loss
The memory of loss

The filming of ‘Garam Hawa’ was cathartic for its makers, each of whom had been irreversibly touched by Partition.

Hijinks  in Hisar
Hijinks in Hisar

Noise of the ashram standoff drowned out other news makers, including the prime minister.

A bitter sweet story
A bitter sweet story

Our policymakers need to shift focus from sugar to cane. Or, the farmer will continue to pay the price.

Left over on the table
Left over on the table

Many battles remain to be fought to fix the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.

Democracy’s pioneer
Democracy’s pioneer

Why has Nehru fallen on bad times? India needs to debate this with an open mind.

Don’t just look East
Don’t just look East

It’s time to act. Deeper economic engagement is the only route to strategic clout.

Can India be far behind?
Can India be far behind?

Politicians who claim that reducing emissions comes at a cost to development do not know the evidence.

Time for AFSPA to go
Time for AFSPA to go

Or use it in selected areas for restricted periods of time.

‘Closeness of the Indo-Germanic language family is not just heritage... it’s a mandate and assignment for us’
‘Closeness of the Indo-Germanic language family is not just heritage... it’s a mandate and assignment for us’

English has become a kind of global ‘lingua franca’.

Forcefeeding democracy
Forcefeeding democracy

Compulsory voting hasn’t had intended effects in countries that tried it out.

Revisiting an outrage
Revisiting an outrage

In the wrong hands, sterilisation remains an immoral, intrusive act.

More audacious than Rosetta
More audacious than Rosetta

Philae’s landing on 67P is a remarkable feat, but its real success will be when it inspires more ambitious missions.

Masses and audiences
Masses and audiences

In 2002, Gopalakrishnan introduced a system whereby anyone could pay a fee and watch movies.

End of strategic autonomy
End of strategic autonomy

India’s power on the world stage will be measured by its ability to engage with, and influence, others.

Shahi politics
Shahi politics

The imam’s statement paved the way for another public debate on how representative a Muslim leader Bukhari is.

If Ebola comes to India
If Ebola comes to India

The current Indian government strategy focuses primarily on government hospitals to contain and manage Ebola

Revenge isn’t sweet
Revenge isn’t sweet

A UN resolution in 2012 has called for a moratorium on the death penalty, which was adopted by 111 member states.

The cloud over Burdwan
The cloud over Burdwan

The actions of some of Modi’s political allies could jeopardise India’s foreign policy goals.

Treasure hunting
Treasure hunting

The world over, developed democracies keep making continuous but major reforms to tax administration.

Modi’s second coming
Modi’s second coming

The state affairs committee of parliament asked the government to clarify if Modi was going to address public rallies.

Out of My Mind: Steady and sure
Out of My Mind: Steady and sure

In an ideal world, the ministries would be rationalised. There should be a few super ministries with a small number of Cabinet ministers.

Fifth Column: Old idols in a new world
Fifth Column: Old idols in a new world

So what is this legacy that everyone is fighting over in the week of Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary?

Flip Side: Touring Australia
Flip Side: Touring Australia

Australians have their own peculiar language and slang words, and it may have been confusing for Modi when he met Tony Abbot.

From the Discomfort Zone: Digi-tech for social distress
From the Discomfort Zone: Digi-tech for social distress

Isn’t it ironic that we proudly say India is a secular democracy; we are Indians first and there’s unity in our diversity.

Inside Track: On pundit's order
Inside Track: On pundit's order

A cabinet minister became nervous on hearing about the ministerial reshuffle since he feared that PM might feel that his performance was not up to scratch.

Riding the train to reform
Riding the train to reform

The government must create an independent omnibus rail regulator to ensure coordination, standardisation and fair play.

Trapped in the web
Trapped in the web

India’s proposals on internet governance lack the firepower to carry them through.

Reaching out Down Under
Reaching out Down Under

Modi could begin by offering to help Australia with the MH-370 search.

Mining a slow death
Mining a slow death

To keep CAD in check, India needs to pay attention to the rising trade deficit in mining, not focus on gold imports.

Our love for Fawad
Our love for Fawad

It is interesting to juxtapose Khan’s popularity with the ‘love jihad’ campaign.

Selfies with  the PM
Selfies with the PM

And Modi looks different each time we see him.

The great Game Folio
The great Game Folio

A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.

Modi, moment, constitution
Modi, moment, constitution

He must spell out what he thinks of the nature of state, what it should be

Shared stories
Shared stories

The tale of African contribution and Indian receptiveness must be told

The Afghan peace prize
The Afghan peace prize

Pakistan and India need to acknowledge their shared stakes in peace in Afghanistan.

He imagined a  different Australia
He imagined a different Australia

Gough Whitlam’s vision of a productive and peaceful Indo-Pacific region remains a tantalising prospect.

Dressed by Oscar
Dressed by Oscar

De la Renta loved women. And they loved him back.

Centre according to Modi
Centre according to Modi

There are major changes afoot. But they have more to do with politics than policy

Power to the people
Power to the people

Even if villages are on the grid, a political push is needed to get them electricity

A dynasty is born
A dynasty is born

By the time Indira Gandhi was hit by tragedy, it was already clear that her family would inherit control of the party and the country.

A way out of alienation
A way out of alienation

The Maharashtra assembly election has again proved that Muslims do not vote as a block

China tells Nepal what to do
China tells Nepal what to do

Beijing wants a secure environment for its investments and an extradition treaty.

Out of my mind:  Snow White and the dwarves
Out of my mind: Snow White and the dwarves

It took three generations for the Congress to run out of talent. With the Shiv Sena, the memory of Balasaheb is the only asset.

Flip side: The festival seasoning
Flip side: The festival seasoning

In India, we have more festivals than there are days in the year, but Diwali is really when indulgence violates the urban ceiling act.

Fifth column: Real change please
Fifth column: Real change please

The Prime Minister has repeated often that he believes the government has “no business to be in business”, but his ministers are not listening.

Inside track: Uplifting desire
Inside track: Uplifting desire

The biggest problem Dikshit is facing is climbing the stairs. She wanted to install a lift, but her neighbour downstairs, IAS officer and author Upamanyu Chatterjee, was not agreeable to the idea as it would block his living room view.

From the discomfort Zone: Digital skeleton
From the discomfort Zone: Digital skeleton

So many artistic domains are getting massacred due to the over-usage of digi-tech, the killer of human passion, craftsmanship, knowhow and creative distinction.

Less LoC, more FTA
Less LoC, more FTA

Trade talks are crucial to normalising bilateral ties. Kashmir can wait.

Two laws on censorship
Two laws on censorship

Documentaries are held to a different standard than Bollywood films.