CAG audit of telcos raises questions of blunt accountability instruments.
A year after his death, J.S. Verma’s legacy lives on in the struggle for individual rights.
Mumbai is a tired city with chronic fatigue syndrome. And yet, there is also Padhayi Gali, a patch of sidewalk paved with four young men’s dreams of gold.
If he becomes PM, Pak policy will define his room for manoeuvre at home and abroad.
TMC’s call for a Federal Front is also a cry for Bengal’s relevance.
That could be Mumbai’s tagline, punchline and faultline. For, nothing drives or drags, unites or divides voters in this great city as the endless struggle for space.
Mainstream BJP must acknowledge its responsibility to confront its hate-mongering fringe.
Delhi gets its first woman chief justice, but she is the exception, not the rule.
Consumers know the ad industry makes extravagant claims, advertising doesn’t need a truth serum.
The BCCI has decided to constitute a three-member panel to investigate allegations of spot fixing and betting.
More than 118 countries have abolished the death penalty; India is among the 50-odd countries that retain it.
But the more difficult interventions pivot on making the NDC self-healing, potent and creative.
The low turnout, despite the striking array of candidates, reveals a disengaged electorate.
Contrary to the popular narrative, the second green revolution is underway.
Prime Ministers’ reputations have lately been trashed, not just for the incumbent — who has been the subject of two books — but also the last PM.
The old system is destroyed. The new Nepal is still to be born.
So fascinated was I by Sonia’s Bharatiyata appeal that I watched it more than once and longer I watched, the more I saw a case for slander.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is busy writing his final will and testament, in the political context of course. His publishers, however, have leaked some portions in advance. Excerpts:
Among the many delightful nuggets in Sanjaya Baru’s controversial book, The Accidental Prime Minister, is the one where a puzzled Manmohan Singh cross-questioned his media adviser, Baru, as to the meaning of the expression, ‘Que Sera Sera’.
The huge number of new handset buyers getting added everyday is more intelligent than the buyer of reputed brand mobile phones.
This anti-Modi battle cry is lazy, illiberal and an affront to Muslims — and to Hindus.
Can al-Sisi succeed where Mubarak and Morsi have failed?
Whether it is female infanticide or mortality, education or various health indicators, Modi’s Gujarat has done quite well.
Free elections in Afghanistan mark the beginning of an arduous road to peace.
His artistic vision recognised the extraordinary in the mundane, the familiar in the fantastic.
Increased voter turnout reflects the enormous hope placed in electoral democracy.
SC judgment on CAG audit of private telcos raises questions: What will it achieve, where will it stop?
The greatest tribute to Gabriel García Márquez is acknowledging the world he came out of.
Modi was not asked any direct questions on his role in or accountability for the 2002 riots.
Its recognition of transgenders stands in welcome contrast to the judgment on Section 377.
A multi-stakeholder governance system must be worked out.
Modi has positioned himself not just as a leader, but also as an object of mass consumption — a strategy that speaks of our times.
Political parties must do more than just pay lip service to universal healthcare in their election manifestos.
The Election Commission should involve citizens in the electoral process.
Nigeria should seek foreign assistance to fight terror.
Court again points to the crisis cricket isn’t facing up to, as the stakeholders maintain their silence.
So it took Narendra Modi to move the film industry out of its political apathy.
To end the escalating crisis in Ukraine, diplomacy has to succeed.
Modi was not asked any direct questions on his role in or accountability for the 2002 riots.
If a BJP government comes to power, the Narendra Modi issue is going to cast a shadow on India-US ties.
India’s well-oiled poll machinery is capable of completing the process much faster.
The UPA has done well to bring rights-based social welfare schemes to the forefront.
Hindu culture has moved beyond the tribalistic politics of the 1980s and 1990s. It may be the beginning of what it means to be Hindu in a modern, diverse and global world.
Both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi had TV outings. Both Q&As were bland and predictable.
Politics, not policy, seems to be the burden of the BJP’s song.
Here, the MGNREGA and ration card are the people’s lifelines.
India has to square up to the full breadth of its influence on cricket. IPL 2014 is the place to begin.
Let’s not carp about terms. We’re talking of certain styles of leadership and the strategic use of identity politics for purposes of power.
To develop Chabahar’s hinterland, Iran laid out a road link to its frontier with western Afghanistan.
The editorial says the second substantive point in the manifesto is “its economic agenda”.
By recognising the third gender, Supreme Court takes a big step forward for human rights.
Government should not push through a Lokpal even as the appointment process is under a cloud.
It is a welcome change that celebrities are switching to a new sport rather than only focusing on cricket.
It’s been preparing a Dalit-Muslim-Brahmin alliance. Can it rock the BJP’s boat in UP?
New Afghan president must deal with an unpredictable neighbour.
Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive differs from his predecessors’ attempts.
But we need to address caste, corruption and institutional complacency.
Despite the high stakes in Karnataka for both Congress and BJP, the election debate has been noisy and substance-free.
Has it failed its democratic promise? A new book tackles that question.
Even as it revels in it, BJP must know that it will be rearranged and reshaped by Modi’s personality cult.
A surrender and rehabilitation policy that works could have helped bring the J&K story full circle.
With cricketers, Bollywood stars owning stakes in new IPL-style league, football is poised for change.
It is pitiable that having failed to attract voters, Rahul Gandhi is now banking on cheap rhetoric.
Modi has not fully addressed anxieties on minority rights, freedom of expression.
The RSS acknowledges Modi’s indispensibility to the BJP’s bid for power. But it is uneasy with his personality cult.
Electoral process must be completely accessible for persons with disabilities.
Indira Gandhi used both to bolster India’s position ahead of the Bangladesh war.
A Putin-imposed energy embargo might just be the push clean technology needs
Why in a secular republic are Hindus allowed reservations, but Muslims are unable to get them?
International Telecommunications Union says the number of active mobile phones will reach 7.3 billion in 2014, more than people on earth.
The Congress began its advertising campaign in January and reportedly spent around Rs 400 crore in the first round of advertisements for Rahul Gandhi.
The various ecosystems prevailing in the Yamuna river basin had been researched and studied and what they now did was to replicate these in various modules in the park.
If only Modi had spared time to give Muslims some assurance that they have no reason to fear him, this election may not have brought with it two conflicting narratives.
The rise of Modi marks the shifting of the largest tectonic plate. He is the first non-Dynasty leader to acquire this domineering stature, the only non-Brahmin and also the first never to have been in the Congress party.
Revising India’s no-first-use posture, as the BJP is purportedly considering, would be unnecessary and dangerous.
‘Divergent’ is an example of story telling that grants full humanity only to the extraordinary.
It’s time for a reality check on the Middle East.
His comments on rape confirm that SP chief and his colleague are on the wrong side of change.
Voting in India, or at least its pictorial evidence, has gone viral
From high farm growth to wages for the disadvantaged, even their employment levels, Gujarat comes out on top.
The point is not that voters want to compromise with communalism for the sake of growth. What many of them sense, more presciently than academics, is that if this growth story continues to falter, we will create the conditions for the kind of reactionary politics that we have not seen.
Uniform civil code is no magic formula for addressing inequities.
As the Pakistani state embraces the Taliban, the chorus of the clerics drowns out liberal voices.
Two high-profile rape cases deliver death penalties and touch off questions.
In its manifesto released this week, the BJP promises to build new world-class ports and modernise the old ones all along the Indian coastline.
The 25-crore strong minority of India, which can ensure the victory or defeat of any candidate in 40 to 50 Lok Sabha constituencies.
EC has ensured that booth capturing has become the rare and jarring exception to the rule.
A private engineering college on India’s southwest coast has suddenly come into the limelight.
The world’s oldest weather report reveals how climatic changes turn the tide of history.
The RSS has grand plans for Nepal if Modi becomes India’s prime minister.
Development matters, BJP will be the next Congress, Left and AAP will fade away.
India keeps its options open to press for Tamil welfare in Sri Lanka.
There is a reason why even as the AGP is declining, and the BJP is moving into its space, it isn’t credibly challenging the Congress.
By delaying its manifesto in an otherwise aggressive campaign, the party draws attention to an absence.
New approvals are welcome. But the RBI will have to step up its regulatory game.