Game of visas
Game of visas

India comes across as trying to compete with China by being China. It’s not a winning strategy.

Mistelling The Story
Mistelling The Story

Why a book on India is seen to be unbuyable in Islamabad.

Desperately seeking Ambedkar
Desperately seeking Ambedkar

The more interesting question to ask is: Why is the BJP pushing itself so aggressively to appropriate Ambedkar now, and not five or 10 years ago?

The immortality of Don Quixote
The immortality of Don Quixote

Cervantes had invented two characters, Don Quixote and Sancho, who would become a universal pair representing opposing yet complimentary approaches to the dilemmas of modern existence.

Don’t listen to the IT giants
Don’t listen to the IT giants

Indian software companies can and do patent their inventions abroad, thus actively competing in the market for government monopolies maintained in other countries.

Edit- Terms & conditions
Edit- Terms & conditions

Missing in the political name-calling over Bhagat Singh: Some nuance, an understanding of history.

Edit- Reboot MGNREGA
Edit- Reboot MGNREGA

Because today the scheme is helping neither the drought-affected nor the really poor states.

Edit- Tracking Dutee
Edit- Tracking Dutee

She is back on track and Indian athletics has a new spring in its step.

Judging Obama
Judging Obama

While on the domestic front, what Obama has accomplished is fairly impressive, abroad, his record is mixed, although he did make a studied effort to emerge as a forward-looking world statesman.

Nowhere to go
Nowhere to go

India’s jobless growth is undermining its ability to reap the demographic dividend.

The trap of personal laws
The trap of personal laws

They may harm rather than preserve religious freedom.

A higher well-being
A higher well-being

In this article, we argue that the actual well-being of the household will be higher than what is indicated by the poverty line, if we take into account public expenditure along with private expenditure.

EDIT- Bengal snapshot
EDIT- Bengal snapshot

CPM-Congress bonhomie points to a new political turn. But its durability is still in question

EDIT- Lose-lose
EDIT- Lose-lose

Sedition law brings only disrepute to governments that brandish it, be it against Kanhaiya Kumar or Hardik Patel.

EDIT- All in the frame
EDIT- All in the frame

Odd-even brings on some heartening scenes of cross-party participation.

A cop-out called prohibition
A cop-out called prohibition

It is a poor policy option. Alcohol abuse is a public health, not moral, problem.

The Same Standstill
The Same Standstill

It is clear now that Pakistan generals are unimpressed by the Modi initiative

The best governed of them all
The best governed of them all

Governance in Kerala is superior to that in Bihar. But after that, state rankings are a fraught exercise

The case for high-speed rail
The case for high-speed rail

Constructing HSR lines in the country should be seen as a nation-building exercise rather than a standalone project justified only on transport demand.

Telescope: They do protest too much
Telescope: They do protest too much

Politicians divided by Agusta unite on odd-even

Edit- Flying into trouble
Edit- Flying into trouble

AgustaWestland probe must be concluded quickly, and insulated from the political point-scoring

Edit- Ashes to ashes
Edit- Ashes to ashes

The devastating fire at the capital’s National Museum of Natural History exposes a cavalier attitude to conservation.

Edit- The fall guys
Edit- The fall guys

Proposal to criminalise ‘misleading’ endorsement unfairly shifts the onus from regulator to celebrity.

Buck stops at bench
Buck stops at bench

Judiciary is part of the problem of judicial vacancy and case pendency. It must also be part of the solution

Make The Link
Make The Link

Inter-linking of rivers holds the key to addressing water scarcity.

No Proof Required: AAP ki surge pricing
No Proof Required: AAP ki surge pricing

Those who pay exorbitant surge prices for buses for 13 days should not object to occasional surge pricing by taxi aggregators.

Secular politics needs Gandhian courage
Secular politics needs Gandhian courage

Democracy in India, affirmed through elections, is pushing Muslims to the margins.

Edit- Lest we repeat
Edit- Lest we repeat

Don’t lament flawed investigation of 2006 Malegaon bombings. Need to explore ways to institutionalise police accountability

Edit- Don’t give in
Edit- Don’t give in

Government must not buckle under pressure, should stick to interest rate cut.

Edit- Law and disorder
Edit- Law and disorder

Bangladesh government must see the murders of bloggers as a matter of national security, not politics.

Then and now in Plassey
Then and now in Plassey

Stories of greed, vaulting ambition and inability to see the big picture in election-time Bengal.

How To Measure Poverty
How To Measure Poverty

A neat separation of poverty estimates and entitlements won’t pass muster.

True Panchayati Raj
True Panchayati Raj

NDA has kept its promise to make local self-government more meaningful. Time for states to do their bit

Raja-Mandala: Aligning with the far to balance the near
Raja-Mandala: Aligning with the far to balance the near

Delhi must not let commonsense with Beijing turn into a policy of self-denial with Washington

Saving Assad
Saving Assad

Putin’s intervention has brought Russia back in a prominent role in the region

Edit- Waiting for justice
Edit- Waiting for justice

CJI Thakur does some plainspeaking to government. But the judiciary is not blameless.

Edit- Blunder on Isa
Edit- Blunder on Isa

New Delhi’s missteps on the issue of visa to the Chinese dissident signal a lack of thought-through strategy.