Next round of reform should focus on giving employees flexibility in salary deductions.
India should ensure local participation and community engagement in the upkeep of monuments.
The government must remove targets, incentives and coercion from family planning. It should also shut down sterilisation camps.
India must sieze this moment to set the agenda for the 2015 climate agreement.
It is not advisable for developing countries like India to follow Obama’s lead on network neutrality.
A structural change is afoot. It holds great promise for India.
But has India fully leveraged its presence at the high table?
Rajiv Gandhi was very popular in his initial years in office. But he could not deliver on his promises.
Why Zoho is a rule-breaker in India’s technology capital
Obama’s executive action on immigration could spell political trouble for Democrats
Kathmandu fears a review of Delhi’s Nepal policy post-summit
There is a romantic idea that once all Indians spoke Sanskrit and India was a land of milk and honey.
Rules do not permit Jashodaben to travel in the SPG car even though she enjoys going on pilgrimages.
In a country in which every political party is Leftist, the lament is puzzling.
There are estimated to be over 1,000 ‘honour killings’ in India every year.
Delhi’s default impulses remain insular. Fighting this will be Modi’s challenge
Dressing it up with technology won’t be enough
A new book maps Karachi from its halcyon days to its current lawlessness.
Adaptation alone will not help in meeting the climate change challenge. We need cost-effective mitigation strategies.
There is a lesson to be drawn from the recent controversy: kangaroo courts of public opinion must stop delivering instant verdicts on minority institutions.
At Kathmandu, Modi could seize the chance, sketch a new regional imagination.
The question of hereditary imams raises complex legal and religious questions.
Modi-Abbott agreement is a departure from old habits of alliance or non-alignment.
Why does India’s family planning programme continue to depend on female sterilisations in sub-standard conditions?
The last time an Indian prime minister traveled to Fiji was in 1981, when Indira Gandhi arrived there.
It must pursue coherent goals and outcomes that may or may not appeal to the public.
The filming of ‘Garam Hawa’ was cathartic for its makers, each of whom had been irreversibly touched by Partition.
Noise of the ashram standoff drowned out other news makers, including the prime minister.
Our policymakers need to shift focus from sugar to cane. Or, the farmer will continue to pay the price.
Many battles remain to be fought to fix the WTO Agreement on Agriculture.
Why has Nehru fallen on bad times? India needs to debate this with an open mind.
It’s time to act. Deeper economic engagement is the only route to strategic clout.
Politicians who claim that reducing emissions comes at a cost to development do not know the evidence.
Or use it in selected areas for restricted periods of time.
English has become a kind of global ‘lingua franca’.
Compulsory voting hasn’t had intended effects in countries that tried it out.
In the wrong hands, sterilisation remains an immoral, intrusive act.
Philae’s landing on 67P is a remarkable feat, but its real success will be when it inspires more ambitious missions.
In 2002, Gopalakrishnan introduced a system whereby anyone could pay a fee and watch movies.
India’s power on the world stage will be measured by its ability to engage with, and influence, others.
The imam’s statement paved the way for another public debate on how representative a Muslim leader Bukhari is.
The current Indian government strategy focuses primarily on government hospitals to contain and manage Ebola
A UN resolution in 2012 has called for a moratorium on the death penalty, which was adopted by 111 member states.
The actions of some of Modi’s political allies could jeopardise India’s foreign policy goals.
The world over, developed democracies keep making continuous but major reforms to tax administration.
The state affairs committee of parliament asked the government to clarify if Modi was going to address public rallies.
In an ideal world, the ministries would be rationalised. There should be a few super ministries with a small number of Cabinet ministers.
So what is this legacy that everyone is fighting over in the week of Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary?
Australians have their own peculiar language and slang words, and it may have been confusing for Modi when he met Tony Abbot.
Isn’t it ironic that we proudly say India is a secular democracy; we are Indians first and there’s unity in our diversity.
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.
The government must create an independent omnibus rail regulator to ensure coordination, standardisation and fair play.
India’s proposals on internet governance lack the firepower to carry them through.
Modi could begin by offering to help Australia with the MH-370 search.
To keep CAD in check, India needs to pay attention to the rising trade deficit in mining, not focus on gold imports.
It is interesting to juxtapose Khan’s popularity with the ‘love jihad’ campaign.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.
He must spell out what he thinks of the nature of state, what it should be
The tale of African contribution and Indian receptiveness must be told
Pakistan and India need to acknowledge their shared stakes in peace in Afghanistan.
Gough Whitlam’s vision of a productive and peaceful Indo-Pacific region remains a tantalising prospect.
De la Renta loved women. And they loved him back.
There are major changes afoot. But they have more to do with politics than policy
Even if villages are on the grid, a political push is needed to get them electricity
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.
The Maharashtra assembly election has again proved that Muslims do not vote as a block
Beijing wants a secure environment for its investments and an extradition treaty.
It took three generations for the Congress to run out of talent. With the Shiv Sena, the memory of Balasaheb is the only asset.
In India, we have more festivals than there are days in the year, but Diwali is really when indulgence violates the urban ceiling act.
The Prime Minister has repeated often that he believes the government has “no business to be in business”, but his ministers are not listening.
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.
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.
Trade talks are crucial to normalising bilateral ties. Kashmir can wait.