Modi is a tall leader. Then why does his government sometimes act in petty, vengeful ways?
Bollywood is learning to live in small-town India, not just visiting for local colour.
There is significant behind-the-scenes activity to improve ease of doing business.
Jayalalithaa returns as chief minister. Going forward, she will need the support of other parties.
It is hard to take his measure. All the contradictions of India play out in his persona.
Among the Modi government’s many hits was one crucial miss — agriculture.
There is need for mutual understanding between anti-caste and queer groups.
Modi’s year in power has seen the hardening of a bipolar alliance system in South Asia, with America and India on one side, and China and Pakistan on the other.
Standoffs are old-fashioned. India and Pakistan should resume dialogue.
The government, bereft of any plan, should allow others to spend money.
The professions that defined middle class aspiration are now sites of a deepening discontent.
Poorly designed policies are largely to blame for farm distress.
The biggest asset for this government in its battle against corruption has been the incorruptible leadership of the prime minister himself.
Rigorous evaluations are needed to ensure vocational training results in desirable outcomes in terms of jobs and wages.
This government is the first to clearly stress the importance of manufacturing for growth and employment.
The Seventh Schedule is not set in stone. Government must push for greater decentralisation.
The World Education Forum is a test of our commitment to children.
Modi’s greatest momentum has been in foreign policy. But the external opportunities he has successfully created for India could be undermined by potential domestic failures.
Outcomes from Modi’s China visit are not spectacular. But they are substantial.
Since last year, even when the PM travels, he is just a remote control button away.
The NDA government and HRD minister have displayed outright contempt for scholars and scholarship.
When B.B. King played, it was the cold hard truth — like hearing Martin Luther King speak.
Were the court’s restrictions on government advertisements really dictated by ‘democratic wisdom’?
Aruna Shanbaug’s passing should be a turning point in the euthanasia debate.
Government’s insistence on acquisition is rooted in a rush to impose the Gujarat model on the rest of India.
The government just cannot make up its mind about what donors should do.
But the euphoria after Pokhran II lasted only a short while.
Middle class values, not quite defined, are considered good values.
If jobs do not start raining down, Modi will soon see signs of enormous despair.
By privatising slivers of State-owned companies and allowing public-private partnerships, the government has been able to raise capital from the private sector.
Despite his hectic schedule of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is learning to play golf at the prestigious Delhi Golf Club.
The idea was that parties behaved like reasonable angels in power and villainous devils in opposition.
State governments cannot make cities livable. They must give urban areas freedom to manage themselves.
A recent book on the Pakistan army concludes that Pakistan will not self-correct.
Edited excerpts from Modi’s speech at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, delivered on May 15.
Memorising material simply isn’t going to teach children the skills they need.
Without better quality schooling, attempts to curb child labour can only go so far.
Salman Khan had to be sacrificed so that we can rest easy about the impersonal majesty of the law.
Government has merely called to account those NGOs that have violated Indian law.
In its first year, Modi government has undertaken a major economic restructuring. But it has also scored policy self-goals.
It will be a Conservative government doing conservative things in the UK.
Delhi will not succeed in dealing with Khaplang if it fails to understand Naypyidaw’s new priorities.
Indian industry must seize the opportunities the PM’s visit to China promises to create.
Rahul is live on television and clearly enjoying himself, so what if he sounds a little repetitive.
Judiciary or the executive — that’s the key question. Perhaps the NJAC’s compositon, rules need tweaking.
Hard bargaining could be helped along by cooperation in climate diplomacy.
At COP-21, India should highlight the domestic measures it has taken to fight climate change.
It is necessary to distinguish between honest and dishonest, and correct and incorrect, decisions.
Land boundary agreement has finally been ratified. This is a moment for Delhi, Dhaka to widen cooperation.
Contributory social security schemes launched last week could be game changers.
But in both the UK and India, the gaps in the first-past-the-post system are increasingly visible.
Modi is trying to move the Sino-Indian relationship out of the stasis that it finds itself in.
Modi is abandoning the old approach to China. But he needs to get the Delhi establishment to play ball.
Greater Chinese presence in Gilgit-Baltistan lends it geo-strategic significance
Rahul Gandhi will help farmers more if he focuses on how policies are implemented
Neighbours’ competitive help for reconstruction will mean little otherwise
National security needs that led him to press for the IPS are as alive as ever
Mr Raghuram Rajan and Mr Jaitley is obliged to disclose and explain the take on PDMA.
Narendra Modi ordered a spring cleaning of his office and residence at Race Course Road. Twelve truckloads of stuff was removed in the clean-up drive.
PM’s biggest failure has been his inability to give a hint of new policies in education and healthcare.
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping can lay the foundations for a stable Sino-Indian relationship.
Reactions to Salman Khan’s conviction reveal an elite that would literally bulldoze everything in its path.
A letter to the chief minister of West Bengal on safeguarding and restoring the city’s architectural heritage.
An editorial in the Organiser talks about the lessons to be learnt from the destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Nepal.
Undue haste in pressing ahead with the bill in the face of dissent is intriguing.
Huntington’s ghost is bemused as Muslims clash within their own civilisation.
Why Prime Minister Modi should ignore Arun Shourie’s advice as he sets out for Beijing
As in India, voters in Britain must learn to grapple with more diffuse electoral outcomes.
Tories’ last chance rests on voter suspicion, outside Scotland, of the Scottish National Party.
West Indian cricket stars prefer playing for IPL. But new talent waits in the wings.
It is not intrinsically bad. But it forms a cocoon that ‘protects’ those on top from new ideas.
TV news kept its promise to give viewers carpet coverage of the verdict, relegating all else.
Delhi is home to a division of powers. In taking on the LG, CM Kejriwal is audacious and imprudent.
Government has been speaking in two tongues on intellectual property.
There is a very strong case for moving the government’s fiscal year, to start around Deepavali.
It is necessary to distinguish between honest and dishonest, and correct and incorrect, decisions.
A clear-headed discussion on separation of monetary and debt management is needed.
Supreme Court has taken a restrictive view of Article 25.
Addressing administrative corruption is the easy part. Policy corruption is more difficult to tackle.
Address skills shortage in municipal bodies to reform urban governance.
Government has done well on energy policy so far. But it needs to provide clarity on the New Exploration Licensing Policy.
In 1998, India began watching a new prime minister and a new Congress president.
The demand to repeal AFSPA is not a demand of the separatists in J&K alone.
Rahul Gandhi is back with an ideology: Nehruvian Socialism.
What is striking is the lack of visibility about what the government is doing to relieve the (farmer) distress.
The bold Hindi play Kishan v/s Kanhaiya staged in the auditorium of Parliament House library left MPs by surprise.
Modi government is caught in traps, some structural, some of its own making.
Chris Bayly challenged many of the conventions of Indian history writing.
The autobiography of a midnight’s child tells the tale of growing up in and with Pakistan.
China’s economy has entered a ‘new normal’. Cooperation with India is in full swing.
The land market crisis is actually a labour market crisis. The problem is our inability to create enough non-farm jobs.
In the world of the devadasis, we can recognise fragments of our own.
The current crisis in the Indian economy is because of the undersupply of the risk-taker.
Israel whips up fears based on misinformation on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Pakistan’s rebuff, assertion of sovereignty, came as a shock to Riyadh.
The news channels’ efforts to convey the depth of human suffering in Nepal were buried by one-upmanship.
Because earthquakes don’t kill; the buildings in which we live do.
We have been brainwashed into always-on devotion to flags and anthems.
We cannot prevent earthquakes. But conjoint Saarc-wide planning and action could soften the blow.
Transgender bill has gaps. Wider consultation with the community is needed.
To leave farmers on land and not give them skills for urban and industrial lives is equal to trapping them in misery.
Focusing on the death of a farmer during an AAP rally in Delhi, the CPI’s New Age says it brought people’s attention back to the “distress” faced by the agriculture sector.
Removing sari from handlooms reservation act would ill serve weavers and a shared heritage.
Current rural distress is not about land acquisition. It is rooted in the low viability and high volatility of agriculture.
Sabeen Mahmud was shot. But she will not be concluded.
Jan Dhan Yojana is a remarkable achievement. But financial inclusion must be more ambitious and look beyond bank accounts.
Excerpts from 16th DP Kohli memorial lecture by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi, April 27.
If there was a moment to lend substance to the claim that the neighbourhood ranks first in India’s foreign policy, it is now and in Nepal.
Resilient Nepal will reconstruct and rebuild. India must continue to lend a hand.
Constitution, not community’s code, should decide religion-based disputes.
Karnataka chief minister has seized control of the state’s biggest and richest civic body.
During Ashraf Ghani’s visit, Delhi must signal support informed by an appreciation of Afghanistan’s strategic dilemmas.
Deflation is not an unmixed blessing. Sometimes it can be more calamitous than inflation.
PM Narendra Modi broke with convention on at least three occasions on his recent visit to France, Germany and Canada.
The AAP went on with its rally because that is one activity its leader enjoys the most.
Rahul Gandhi's lies are serious and so must be analysed seriously.
For political parties, ‘people’ are an abstraction. Gajendra Singh’s death drives this truth home.
Going by their learned comments on farmer suicide, if the Congress had won the previous election, it would have introduced a right to happiness bill to satisfy all voters.
Post-conflict Sri Lanka needs to start talking of demilitarisation
European reaction to sinking of migrant ship has all the trappings of a farce.
Evidence of farm distress mounts. Government needs to broaden its policy focus.
John Hawkes professor Leela Gandhi talks about her new book, the inner life of democracy and what it means to be postcolonial in 2015.
But looking only at labour market policies will not solve low employment elasticity of growth
Arguments for state censorship of internet service providers in the name of net neutrality have an Orwellian feel.
Government’s treatment of Greenpeace is an example of a worrying trend.
News TV is relishing Rahul Gandhi’s return and his face-off with the government in Parliament.
CPM won’t separate struggle against neoliberal policies from fight against Hindutva.
How Chris Bayly redeemed modern Indian history from a damning critique.
CPM must overcome defeatism, refresh itself to dominate debate.
The demand of Rs 40,000 crore minimum alternate tax is the latest example of Indian tax terrorism.
An attempt on my life last year in Pakistan made me a hero for a powerless majority.
India and the US need to work together to usher in the change.
China, Pakistan have done better on security than economics. Can it be different?
Rahul’s challenge is not to become party president but to make a party out of Congress.
India must be prepared to deal with China’s plans to divert Brahmaputra waters.
Municipal policies keep street vendors and cycle rickshaws trapped in a web of illegality.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.
CPM must connect with the future. It will need hard rethinking, even harder ground work.
Mumbai’s long-standing tradition of openness and tolerance is fast eroding.
With Eduardo Galeano’s passing, Latin American history has lost a valued witness.
The growing public concern over pollution must enable a political moment where governments view action on air quality as a vote-getter
The exit of Narasimha Rao triggered the coalition era
Chinese president’s visit to Pakistan could be an opportunity to transform New Delhi’s relationship with Islamabad and Beijing.
If one compared the budget estimate for 2014-15 and 2015-16, the reduction was extremely harsh.
Nobody seriously believes that there will be another redrawing of India’s borders.
Now lo and behold, poor Babasaheb is being claimed by the BJP/RSS as a great Hindu!
Unlike others who have had to leave after completing their parliamentary terms, Amar Singh has so far managed to stay on.
Adopt more stringent fuel quality and emission standards — and push for the national automobile pollution and fuel authority.
Public accounting needs to reclaim its pre-eminence as a profession and as a calling.
N-deal with Iran opens another front in the international arena.
This year’s UN report on sexual violence in conflict documents the horror and suggests early warning systems.
Institutional capacity in finance SEZs will eventually reform the mainland.
While violation of approved conditions is rampant, enforcement of environmental laws is abysmally poor.
Rural distress is growing. Chand Committee report on MSPs shows a way out.
China takes the lead in Afghanistan. Why India need not feel threatened.
Tel Aviv’s unchecked nuclear capabilities, not Tehran’s pursuit of a bomb, have destabilised West Asia.
Otherwise, TV news is insular, uninterested in the world.
Facing up to him means confronting questions of our own complicity and guilt.
PM’s visit to ‘Komagata Maru’ museum highlights the trials of first generation Indian immigrants to Canada.
Every drop of rain that can be captured, should be captured. Every drop of wastewater that can be safely reclaimed, should be reclaimed.
For India, in a phase of urban transition, solutions to air pollution are both local and global.
Private funding is a supporting mechanism, but conservation must remain a public priority.
He will be relevant as long as concerns of most disempowered are unheard.
Dibakar Banerjee’s film rekindles a romance that has endured for 83 years.
If we use the corrected number for cars, we get a statistic of eight cars per hundred persons in Delhi.
The international community must create a viable alternative to the Lausanne deal with Iran
As they face similar threats from religious extremism and terrorism, India and Canada can significantly expand their intelligence-sharing on a bilateral basis.
Excerpts from PM Narendra Modi’s oped in German newspaper ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’, April 13
Far from infusing energy, it could further enfeeble the bureaucracy.
Railways revival could begin with reforms charted by Sreedharan, Debroy panels.
The old Land Acquisition Act of 1894 was an oppressive and exploitative colonial legislation.
When Modi promised to eliminate laws that came in the way of the justice system moving faster.
Some of Anil Vij’s earlier tweets can also be interpreted as innuendoes against M L Khattar.
AAP is of course not a political party in any ordinary sense.
How a misinterpretation of Hitler’s demand for German majority areas in Czechoslovakia influenced the Muslim League’s demand for Pakistan.
The best way to improve Delhi’s toxic air is to massively augment public transportation systems.
Extending beef ban is unreasonable. Decision on Marathi movies was needed
A similar tale of dynasty and power unfolds on both sides of the border.
Recent spate of Bollywood films offers a new premise: story can be the hero
PM has talked down to the judiciary. His reference to ‘five star activists’ intimidates.
When Ghani visits, India should welcome thaw between Kabul and Islamabad.
Paris, Berlin and Ottawa can each contribute substantially to the realisation of India’s new national goals.
Singapore, India must keep renewing their cultural and historical links, writes Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh.
Arvind Kejriwal looked sunny. And Partition is revisited from across the border.
A hasty Congress decline, as in Delhi, would consolidate anti-BJP vote in states with prominent regional parties.
SC order declaring that high courts will not entertain challenges to orders of the Armed Forces Tribunal curtails military litigants’ right to justice.
No amount of judicial reform is likely to yield results unless legal education is also cleaned up.
Even those who rush to indict terrorism at every turn seem to treat this incident with nonchalant indifference.
Beijing and Delhi have regularly tasked their armed forces with evacuation operations in different parts of the world.
New ideas are needed to protect India’s forests, reduce horrors of climate change.
In a society split down the middle, along political lines, religious bigotry rears its ugly head.
Our engagement with cities must not be only about problem solving.
Government would do well to identify and take the small steps to change.
Rao was not Sonia’s first choice. The timing of his rise to power could not have been worse.
There are clouds on the horizon. The first is, what will the US Federal Reserve do? Will it hike interest rates?
There have been no massacres of Christians, Muslims, Sikhs or Dalits since Narendra Modi took office.
Nigeria needs India’s attention and respect. Giriraj Singh notwithstanding.
T K Viswanathan, has written to both Narendra Modi and Pranab Mukherjee that the Delhi Fire Service had refused to give a fire safety clearance to the building.
Iran n-deal is a handsome reward of diplomacy, in contrast to military options
More women are needed in managerial roles. It’s even good for business
No quick-fixes can help public universities if successive governments exercise power unbridled by reason.
It is not incidental that Kipling was inspired to set ‘Jungle Book’ in Madhya Pradesh.
Why Govinda K.C.’s fast shook the government.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank could rearrange the global financial balance of power.
Yemen conflict is sharpening. India and Pakistan need to coordinate their response.
China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank extends its regional and global strategy.
Anti-slaughter laws don’t recognise the reality: the cow has a future only in states that permit at least selective culling.
The Dastangoi tradition is the confluence of many cultures and civilisations
Kailash Vajpeyi chose to walk a middle line that was often the most radical place to be
Government must step aside, not bully academic institutions into submission.
Her suffering will not go in vain. Solutions to tobacco are within reach.
A nuclear agreement could end the long confrontation between Iran and the West — and also open up diplomatic space for India.
A Gandhian partnership model involving women could help the electrification of villages.
The main task of the next cabinet secretary must be civil service reform.
As with 66A, SC could use the ‘void for vagueness’ doctrine to strike it down.
Different parties rule at state and national levels. It is not yet clear if this is a sign of maturing democracy or a crisis of governance
A chief of defence staff is a good idea. But first, let’s debate the challenges of higher defence management
Former Mizoram Chief Minister T. Sailo spoke up against the conduct of security operations during the Mizo insurgency
Do these changes being made by the Modi government not suggest that PM Modi is bringing them to benefit both the foreign and domestic corporates
SC’s resounding words while striking down 66A apply not just to internet but to all media.
Centre must learn from models of land acquisition satisfying both buyer and seller.
Last week, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was conferred the Bharat Ratna. Here, his former media advisor, Ashok Tandon, recalls the story of one of the Vajpayee regime’s biggest challenges — and achievements
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood
Prithvi Theatre and Café Samovar — which closes down this week — are the last bastions of the city’s warm, secular spirit
To invest more in agriculture, Union government has to reorient food and fertiliser subsidies by moving to cash transfers.
Jean Drèze’s question ‘Is Aadhaar voluntary or compulsory?’ is disingenuous.
Challenge is to come up with a method of determining compensation that makes farmers beneficiaries, not victims or obstructionists.
Chinese leaders have tried to imitate, not always accurately, Lee Kuan Yew’s statecraft.
Will drastic cuts in child health, nutrition outlays really be made up by states?
A new sense of vulnerability is driving the effort to reunify the two Maoist parties.
Supreme Court approved of any fair, transparent and non-discriminatory method of allocating natural resources.
No one should be surprised that many Dalits left Hinduism. Indeed the puzzle is that so many remained.
Singapore has become a model for China and most Southeast Asian countries. The beacon of change was Lee Kuan Yew.
Sharad Yadav was at the centre of a controversy last week over his comments on south Indian women.
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?