Parties have split before. But AAP’s internal dissension doesn’t look fundamental.
I filed a petition against 66A. But SC judges made us all win.
Parliament condemned my statements on Gandhi and Bose without giving me a hearing, writes Markandey Katju.
A new book recounts the turbulence in the life and times of Benazir Bhutto.
Supreme Court has upheld civil liberties in Section 66A judgment — unlike during Emergency.
Tahira Mazhar Ali struggled to reclaim spaces for a secular, pluralistic Pakistan.
But will there be takers once states realise a Smart City isn’t a ticket to Central funds?
Women pallbearers of her coffin have signalled a new moment in Kabul.
The most shining moments of Section 66A judgment lie in its articulation of what freedom of expression means in India.
In upholding blocking rules, the Supreme Court has commented only on their legality — not their desirability.
In framing its land law, NDA ignores lessons from the Mahabharata.
Battling a mixed record on civil liberties, SC decision couldn’t have come at a finer time.
The Public Debt Management Agency is a good idea. It is time government managed its own debt.
World Cup has taken over TV — if we’re not watching it, news channels are talking about it.
The nation is looking increasingly parochial. Was pluralism only a Nehruvian concept?
Freedom to mock and ridicule the powerful has thankfully been restored.
Why did a lynch mob feel compelled to take photographs as it killed?
Cleverly, ruthlessly, Lee Kuan Yew ensured Singapore punched above its weight.
Cricket World Cup so far has been humdrum. But next three ‘finals’ have the potential to make this a cup to remember.
Gender concerns must be mainstreamed in conflict-transformation processes.
China has long seen Myanmar and Pakistan as gateways to the Indian Ocean.
PM is trying to find the right measures to check religious fanaticism and intolerance.
On coal, Manmohan Singh made the case for auctions. And also took the discredited allotment route.
Both countries must use economic cooperation to de-emphasise disputes.
Remembering the Pakistan Resolution, 75 years later.
Supreme Court does well to throw up the question. The search for answers need not be caste-centric
The V.P. Singh government was the biggest casualty of this confrontation.
If it wants to reduce electricity bills, Delhi government has no option but to offer a subsidy. But is that warranted?
The Finance Minister listed thirteen points for his Vision 2022.
Being the president of the Congress party used to be just a temporary job.
I understood again why India gave Narendra Modi a full mandate.
Ever since there was a hue and cry over his dressing, there has been a subtle change in Modi’s sartorial style.
Law Commission report frames crucial issues but reaches hasty conclusions.
Without knowing it, we have learned to live in a daily crossfire of the ridiculous and the absurd.
What connects a desolate Central Asian region to Pakistan?
Narayan Desai’s ‘Gandhi Katha’ was a response to the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002.
‘NH10’ confirms a growing trend of young Bollywood actors unafraid to break the mould.
The legality of Manmohan's summoning order will be tested on the touchstones of our constitutional and criminal jurisprudence.
The documentary and the global campaign have brought to the surface an old fault line along which global North-South relations are being reconfigured.
SC judgment points to new social justice frameworks struggling to take shape.
Massive open online courses could radically change higher technical education.
Sold as a voluntary facility, Aadhaar is turning coercive — despite judicial intervention.
Too often, radio is a medium for airing majoritarian, bigoted social beliefs.
Launch of ‘INS Arihant’ is only the first step in what promises to be a long and onerous process for the navy.
First, India must clearly articulate its vision of what constitutes a smart city.
We must draw up living wills on what should be done when there is an end-of-life event.
What is it that we gain from listening to the likes of Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Congress) and Sambit Patra (BJP) discussing Sonia Gandhi’s birthmark?
We need to rethink the nature of state intervention in the land market.
India must find a way to make the Pakistan army an interlocutor.
Lynching episode underlines the need to bring in a politics based not just on memories of shared ethnic pasts, but the vision of a common future.
India must invest more deeply in understanding the rumblings in China.
More openness, not more monitoring, is the answer to corporate espionage.
SC decision on polygamy significantly advances Muslim personal law reform.
How direct benefit transfers have run into implementation hurdles.
Like all true Gandhians, Narayan Desai lived a life of simplicity and dedication
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.
Finance minister is right in wanting to create a modern bankruptcy law and procedures. It is a reform long overdue .
And, as a Christian, suddenly a stranger in my own country.
Economic, social and cultural factors combine with coercion to tilt kidney donation numbers against women.
Land law amendments imply that state, not market, knows best.
Our kings didn’t build systems to mobilise savings or mop up revenues. We haven’t learned from history.
Was there an understanding with Gyanendra in 2006 to continue with the constitutional monarchy?
Pakistan is going against the grain of the modern state that legislates on the basis of ethic
To claim that heavenly law is supra-constitutional is to live in a fool’s paradise
A little Gandhian, a little socialist — can AAP be both, without conflict?
Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi’s release is part of a larger story
It is no wonder that the report considers the PDS broken and recommends its gradual replacement by cash transfers.
Sri Lanka has a real shot at an inclusive political settlement. Delhi can help it happen.
Like Rahul, I too have soul searched on a break. Now I know better than to try again.
Excerpts from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the commissioning of the ‘Barracuda’ in Mauritius on March 12.
How Europeans and Indians deployed myths regarding ancient Aryans in their various reform and nationalist projects.
The Tamil issue has subsided for now. For Modi government, what matters most are Delhi’s business interests.
It is not easy to recall the last time when an Indian Prime Minister articulated India’s objectives and policy for the Indian Ocean.
The Supreme Court judgment that a Dalit Christian or Muslim who converts to Hinduism will qualify for reservation benefits if his forefathers belonged to a Scheduled Caste amounts to an incentive to ‘ghar wapsi’.
Behind Avijit Roy’s murder lies a story of spreading extremism. A fatal flaw in the government’s counter-militancy strategy is its over-reliance on law and order agencies.
BJP-PDP alliance is marketed as a historic reconciliation. But it could firm up long-running processes of communal mobilisation.
NDA’s casual amendments do not address core issue of consent in land acquisition.
Do the accused have the right to express and publicise their views?
Whatever its name, Delhi needs a more purposeful engagement in Indian Ocean.
But budget could have gone further if it had listened to farmers.
There were complex and conflicting demands on the budget. It resisted the temptation to take the blatantly populist route.
He waged a long battle against superstition. He was the communist who also engaged with the caste question.
Debate over veto restraint is a distraction from the broader dilemmas of UN Security Council reform.
Union budget’s principal positive measure was the significant outlay for infrastructure.
Coal auctions are no panacea. The challenge of revitalising the priority sectors of steel, power and cement has become more difficult.
While most of India’s immediate neighbours are eager to join the Silk Road orchestra, New Delhi has chosen to stay out of the symphony for now.
BJP has become adept at quota politics but a deeper awkwardness remains.
It has left out key concerns of agriculture, environment and women.
Budget gave clearance for the take-off. But let’s watch out for turbulence.
The criminal justice system in many countries has acted with resolve to address sexual assault. A large part of that effort has been built on getting to know rapists.
I am an honorary member of both. I am also the selector who will unhesitatingly axe that which is plain ugly.
India’s Daughter holds up a mirror to Indian society and it does this with compassion and sensitivity.
The world will think India has some secrets to hide which are worse than what is already known.
Kejriwal called Hazare his guru during the Lokpal campaign, which he exploited to become a nationally known figure.
Can our political parties manage their internal affairs democratically, viably?
Beijing’s reaction to Modi’s Arunachal Pradesh visit was unusually strong.
It is wrong to ban ‘India’s Daughter’, wrong to extend ambit of cow-slaughter ban, and wrong to ban extremist political organisations.
Descriptions of the ‘monster’, the ‘evil one’, for the rapist tend to ignore that we are creating, replicating, encouraging misogyny and its violent expression.
The literary festival hosted by the city saw a coming together of creativity, eclecticism, ideas and dialogue.
Sharif owes big to Saudi Arabia, which sheltered him at the darkest moment of his political career.
The changing electorate and competitive federalism will be checks on their profligacy.
In a country like India, inflation targeting could create anti-farmer policy bias.
India needs prudent compromises to achieve its health coverage goals.
Sangh Parivar has zeroed in on Census 2011’s data on religion. But Modi government needs to go back to the Sachar report.
In television entertainment, it is goodbye Viranis, hello Shuklas and Mathurs.
Slain Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy wrote about the inspiring patriotism of his father, Ajoy Roy, a physics professor at Dhaka University.
Prime minister’s success in securing the release of a priest from the Afghan Taliban points to India’s new clout.
All of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, have had to deal with this external dimension to Kashmir.
With the budget, BJP-PDP alliance, Modi may be charting a new course.
Finance Commission initiated shift to greater federalism. But let’s hasten slowly.
Defence ministry shows a troubling inability to spend budgetary allocations.
A new regional dynamic is shaping India’s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Delhi needs a new strategy for this critical sub-region.
Like his predecessors, Narendra Modi may yet discover that the road to peace has led to a minefield.
For the budget to succeed, government needs to build institutional capacity to carry through proposed public investment, step up divestment.
BJP-PDP is the most difficult alliance in J&K. It could also be the most durable.
Budget should have rationalised food-fertiliser subsidies to raise agri-investment.
After nine months of tinkering, with this budget, the government has begun institutional change. Yet, reneging on the promised fiscal consolidation is a problem.
This budget makes a radical new promise — policy will pray at the altar of jobs.
Finance minister’s focus on growth and equity is incomplete. He should have acknowledged the trade-off between the need for energy and the imperative of environmental protection.
Abhijit Sen can take heart that he may not be alone when he wrote his four-page dissent to the Report of the FFC.
Every country which is rich today was once poor and agrarian. It got rich by using land for industry.
Lalu once hoped that his eldest daughter Misa would marry Yadav’s eldest son Akhilesh.
The land law is not the only bad piece of legislation that the last government bestowed upon us.
Home ministry’s affidavit in Priya Pillai case is a study in irony.
It is increasingly difficult for Pakistan to punish those who kill for religious reasons.
Change is not easy, and the Congress flirts dangerously with obsolescence if it cannot reinvent urgently.
Budget 2015-16 will be watched for how much it breaks from the past.
Indian Railways should decentralise by using PPPs in a big way.
Rail budget missed the opportunity to lay out an agenda for the future.
If promoting obscurantism is a concern, TV is far more guilty than films.
Post-reform India has had three gamechanging budgets. Will Arun Jaitley’s be the fourth?
Rail budget makes many right moves. But beware of rail ministry’s ‘implementation bug’.
Union budget will be watched for the incentives it offers to encourage private investment.
A PDP-BJP coalition could help heal the rift between Jammu and Kashmir.
Real challenge for railways is to keep pace with a fast expanding economy.
A victim of sexual harassment speaks out about why most women choose to remain silent.
It will increase the price of coal and eventually the price of power.
The Organiser editorial interprets Modi’s recent speech on religious freedom not as a message to Hindutva outfits.
Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal rolled back the years with a return to protests, and TVs.
Budget offers government a chance to tap gold stocks, monetise them.
Aggressive bidding and transparency in the auction process have rescued the sector from the uncertainty caused by the cancellation of allocations.
By the turn of the 20th century, the subcontinent had nearly 15,000 km of railway track, in comparison to just 600 km in China.
There is no going back to corruption in coal allocations.
Government must avoid the temptation to bypass the legislature.
Both form and content of GST Constitution amendment bill need to be re-thought.
The revival of a university in Nalanda is a noble mission. But the past seven years have seen a hijacking of the project by a small clique.
To sustain the abhiyan, we should draw inspiration from beloved saint-reformers like Sant Gadge Maharaj.
A renewed commitment will improve India’s record on combating childhood diseases and help set the global agenda on child health.
Land markets are skewed by policies that urgently require correction.
Why Rajasthan’s recent ordinances limiting who can run for local office are flawed.
A Hindu majoritarian cultural agenda seems to be entrenched in the state.
India should be wary of acceding to US demands on emissions cuts.
Despite AAP’s Delhi win, if strategies are put in place to deliver on promises by his third year, Modi may well preside over a 10-year transformation of India.
Mr Narendra Modi and his ministers started by believing their election rhetoric that the Indian economy was in the doldrums.
Long ago, when they were buddies, Pravin Togadia rode the bike with Narendra Modi as pillion.
How many of us are aware that the Election Commission requires every political party to affirm that it is socialist?
It is true that in elections past, the RSS helped the BJP win, but it is not true of the last general election.
India’s democracy did not have Pakistan’s flaws. Why, then, would India want to imitate Pakistan?
Addressing the gathering, Xi underlined the importance of military diplomacy in achieving Beijing’s larger national goals.
Higher education should not be overhauled by overemphasising technical skills and employability.
Its electoral process faces two challenges: party fragmentation and campaign finance.
Public health policy needs political leadership, not another please-all document.
A Hindu majoritarian cultural agenda seems to be entrenched in the state.
Now he must outmanoeuvre the politics of resentment and zealotry in his parivar.
Despite US support, permanent Security Council membership may prove elusive.
The governing board was kept completely in the dark about an attempted unilateral move by the government to rapidly reconstitute the entire board.
AAP’s move is welcome. Now, it must extend secure tenure to slum dwellers to build a more inclusive city.
The dish has come to telegraphically signal ‘anti-national’.
India needs a matrix structure where the operational and support roles are separated.
Nitish Kumar’s elevation and then his attempt to oust Jitan Ram Manjhi may have been a blunder.
From coast to coast, that’s what India appears to have been doing of late.
Hindu right’s conduct put off voters who had supported BJP for growth, governance.
The Organiser cautions people against the distribution of freebies by the Arvind Kejriwal regime at the cost of India’s economic growth.
Excerpts from PM Narendra Modi’s speech at the national celebration of the elevation to sainthood of Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Euphrasia on February 17 in New Delhi.
AAP should scrap free water policy for all and target poor localities, and those with no access to piped water.
India needs a two-pronged approach: it must reduce the risk of fatality and encourage public transport.
Union government is changing old ways. It is yet to find new equilibrium.
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