Over to the real Sharif
Over to the real Sharif

In Pakistan, the old equation of ‘Army, America and Allah’ is said to have been replaced by ‘China, COAS and Cashmere’. The Uri aftermath reflects the new power alignment

The shroud of a word
The shroud of a word

Describing soldiers who died in Uri as martyrs does them a disservice

The risk-taker
The risk-taker

PM Modi’s strategy of escalation vis a vis Pakistan seems like a gamble. But it is not without calculation.

An Idealist, An Ideologue
An Idealist, An Ideologue

Deendayal Upadhyaya transformed the Jana Sangh into a cadre party.

Justice isn’t unimportant
Justice isn’t unimportant

Claiming Shahabuddin is irrelevant in Nitish Kumar’s Bihar sidesteps the truth

This bilateral madness
This bilateral madness

Once the smoke settles down, Pakistan and India must get together and “isolate” the Kashmir issue by creating more bilateral barriers to cross-LoC interference and normalise economic relations.

Gau rakshak vs Make in India
Gau rakshak vs Make in India

Contradiction between a modern, globalised industry and the degraded position of those supplying its raw material was highlighted at Una.

Pope of non-violence
Pope of non-violence

Pope Francis’ message is one that India and Pakistan must hear.

Fools rush in
Fools rush in

GST is a reform long delayed. But there may be good reason not to hurry it through now.

Watch, But Don’t Wait
Watch, But Don’t Wait

Dengue and chikungunya can be tackled via swift surveillance, sustained controls.

Edit- Horse sense
Edit- Horse sense

AAP and BJP agree: Racing is un-Indian. But no one asked the oldest stakeholders in the game.

Edit- Off the mark
Edit- Off the mark

Discontent among Marathas in Maharashtra stems from crisis in rural economy. Proposed solutions miss the point.

Edit- Nawaz’s low
Edit- Nawaz’s low

Pakistan PM’s speech at UN was inflammatory. It points to challenge India must deal with, not be provoked by.

March of the Maratha
March of the Maratha

A crime touches off building anxieties. Worryingly, agitation for quota has anti-Dalit colour.

Ten Years And Waiting
Ten Years And Waiting

A decade after ‘Prakash Singh’ judgement, police reform remains undone.

Limits of restraint
Limits of restraint

It hasn’t worked. India must craft an appropriate military response to Pakistan

Dana Majhi’s India
Dana Majhi’s India

It has not harnessed its economic success to secure better health for its citizens

Telescope: Weekend war-mongering
Telescope: Weekend war-mongering

TV channels tossed violent suggestions as casually as a peanut in the mouth

Edit- Two in one
Edit- Two in one

Merging railway, Union budgets is a good idea. But much will depend on the degree of operational autonomy to the railways.

Edit- Justice for Karuna
Edit- Justice for Karuna

On stalking, there should be no tolerance, authorities must brook no ‘compromise’.

Edit- Just Brad & Angelina
Edit- Just Brad & Angelina

The fairy tale ends in tragedy. But amid loud lamentation, the social media mob is already sharpening its claws.

The Uri challenge
The Uri challenge

Repairing structures to reduce vulnerability, provide deterrence, is a better tribute to jawans than adventurism.

Finnish Lessons
Finnish Lessons

Delhi government can learn a lot about education from its minister’s Finland tour.

The unimportance of Shahabuddin
The unimportance of Shahabuddin

He was a creation of the political economy of an earlier time. Bihar has moved on from there.

Phone a friend
Phone a friend

India must distinguish between the Pakistani military and its political leadership.

Edit- A mandate eclipsed
Edit- A mandate eclipsed

The People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), which had no presence in the assembly till last week, now has 43 MLAs and a government. It’s an unseemly picture.

Edit- Right to photocopy
Edit- Right to photocopy

The clause lists cases where users are exempted from copyright infringement and includes teachers and students “in the course of the activities of an educational institution”.

Edit- You, me and Emmy
Edit- You, me and Emmy

At a time when political voices around the world grow smaller, tinnily calling for a closing of borders, the importance of the Emmys grows.

Resolve and restraint
Resolve and restraint

Pak wages its proxy war with impunity. India should avoid falling into the trap of impulsive indignation

For the mother and child
For the mother and child

The proposed surrogacy bill addresses major ethical concerns.

Illusion of legality
Illusion of legality

In fact, the Muslim Personal Law Board has, in its affidavit in the apex court, taken the position that MPL is not “law” as defined by the Indian Constitution.

Too close for comfort
Too close for comfort

Naik rose to fame by helping Muslims frame a response in a post 9/11 world, to insistent questions linking Islam and violence, and where the Muslim herself had come to doubt her identity and religion.

Next door Nepal: Mending fences
Next door Nepal: Mending fences

Dahal, who has travelled to Delhi in less than a month of his succeeding Oli as the prime minister, risks giving credence to the Indian perception with his claims to promote “balanced” relations with Nepal’s two neighbours.

Edit- Think clearly
Edit- Think clearly

After Uri, difficult choices lie ahead. And the stakes are high.

Edit- Pulse of the matter
Edit- Pulse of the matter

Subramanian panel’s recommendations on MSP procurement operations are well worth implementing.

Across the aisle: Why not try alternative approach?
Across the aisle: Why not try alternative approach?

Instead of sending more troops to the Valley, withdraw some units from the populated areas of the Valley and send them to the border to strengthen the defence against infiltrators and potential terrorists. Send the message that the government trusts the people not to violate law and order.

Fifth column: Thank you, Mulayam
Fifth column: Thank you, Mulayam

In a state the size of France, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his many relatives have taken control of all the levers of political and economic power exactly as used to happen in times of yore when rajas ruled the land.

Out of my mind: Family quarrels
Out of my mind: Family quarrels

If the family quarrel weakens the SP, then the BJP could become the senior partner in a coalition government.

Inside Track: Badly briefed
Inside Track: Badly briefed

Four senior ministers, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu, were deputed to brief the media and put the Kashmir story in the “correct perspective”.

No proof required: Blind men in search of inflation
No proof required: Blind men in search of inflation

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is to be replaced by the Monetary Policy Committee. Let’s hope it can do a better job

Not for the cow
Not for the cow

Rather than protecting the animals, slaughter bans are an economic disincentive for farmers to rear cattle.

The silence of science
The silence of science

Social media outlets have revolutionised science communication the world over. It has become essential for any research organisation to have a dominant social media presence for effective science communication.

The bilateral bind
The bilateral bind

Pakistan needs to cleanse itself of terror before internationalising issues with India.

The forgotten slogan
The forgotten slogan

The PM promised minimum government, maximum governance. Why can’t AAP implement it in Delhi?

The Afghan push
The Afghan push

India’s military engagement with Kabul is set for a leap. The risks are many.

Scrap the draft 
Scrap the draft 

A premier law school wants staffers to snitch on relatives who criticise government. What’s there to discuss?

Spot the fascist
Spot the fascist

Is India like Europe in 1930s? Debate shows how disconnected CPM is.

Food matters in West Bengal
Food matters in West Bengal

PDS has improved in the state, but it’s still not up to the mark.

Telescope: Feel of the nation
Telescope: Feel of the nation

Regional news channels show what the English channels ignore.

Edit- Cease and disease
Edit- Cease and disease

Fighting the raging virus needs science, politics and policy — not angry netas.

Edit- Economy drive
Edit- Economy drive

By offering land to the Tatas, despite a bitter parting, Mamata Banerjee displays a rare pragmatism.

Edit- Smell the avial
Edit- Smell the avial

Whose Onam is it, anyway? One side claims it’s about Vamana, but it’s beyond gods and demons.

Chimera of choice
Chimera of choice

Surrogate mothers are caught in a vortex of exploitation which the new bill does not address.

House in shambles
House in shambles

Europe was outraged at the condition of slaughterhouses in the 19th century. India still isn’t .

The People’s Champion
The People’s Champion

In striving to fail better, Stan Wawrinka inspires us all.

Accountability of justice
Accountability of justice

As trustee of the people, the government must have a say in appointment of judges.

Edit- Lost in the current
Edit- Lost in the current

Whatever the cost, the violence and lockdown in Bangalore is indefensible. The Siddaramaiah government has to act.

Edit- Poor account
Edit- Poor account

Problem lies not with Jan Dhan, but the way the scheme is being pushed.

Edit- Saheb vs Su-raj
Edit- Saheb vs Su-raj

As he stepped out of jail on Saturday, Shahabuddin walked into a political regime of the Lalu-Nitish Mahagathbandhan that came to power a year ago.