The memory of Gandhi has been sanitised so that the nation has forgotten the fact of his assassination, let alone debating the reason why.
Gandhi was killed ‘for a cause’ by someone from his own community. But what was this ‘cause’?
Clean energy may be the new big idea in the US-India relationship.
Making the BCCI accountable, Supreme Court judgment is a relief for cricket fans.
Delhi must recognise that its relations with both America and China have potential and must be developed with greater purpose and vigour.
Modi has signalled a transformation of India’s diplomatic culture.
Government focuses on short-term revenue gains instead of boosting oil production.
The economic impact of Obama’s trip will be better understood months or years down the line. But a good start has been made.
Political recognition of the need to resolve the liability issue was necessary for implementing the Indo-US nuclear agreement.
Obama visit recognised long term convergence of interests. India will need to reciprocate.
Laxman’s cartoons expressed the artlessness and helplessness of citizenship.
Excerpts from US President Barack Obama’s speech at Siri Fort, New Delhi, on January 27.
As many Parisian Jews prepare to leave France, the awful smell of history is back.
The real audience for Modi’s high-energy diplomatic performance is at home.
Next set of GDP figures won’t be different. We need a public investment stimulus.
India-US reach closest to a strategic partnership in an increasingly tactical world
Obama visit elevates India-US ties, paves way for convergence outside bilateral areas
Government continues to repeat fundamental policy mistakes in disinvestment.
Exiled from school, bereft of jobs, a radicalised minority was born.
Modi’s strategy on Pakistan looks similar to Reagan’s for the Soviet Union.
Muslims need enlightened leadership that can fight systemic discrimination, bridge communal gulf
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is mired in a land controversy. That’s not the Congress’s only problem
Legislature, leaders have once again missed the deadline for the constitution. Can Nepal change course?
Never before 2014 did India’s election witness such a masterly combination of organisation, money, technology
It was from Rajani Kothari, that we learned to think of Indian politics on its own
The Republic Day parade became a hollow display of weaponry and silly tableaux.
Potus (Obama) asked Lotus (Modi) to join him in his smog-proof enclosure so they could watch tableaux together
Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this?
India, US must also help each other on issues not directly related to bilateral ties
The focus needs to shift to the teaching-learning process
Here’s an early forecast: It’s advantage BJP.
The promise of a transformed relationship between India and the US seems more likely to be realised.
Conversions in Pakistan speak of a state in crisis, but why the rush to convert in India today?
India, US have the grand design. Modi, Obama must focus on implementation.
Most forecasts of repo rate cuts needed in India this year seem to be out of sync with the underlying trend of inflation and growth in India and the world.
Any target-setting on renewable energy driven by Obama’s visit needs to be embedded in a larger discussion of energy policy and planning.
The new government in Colombo promises to devolve political power to Tamils. It may help start a conversation.
Considering the circumstances, the NDA’s ordinances are justified.
...should not be the question. The CBFC needs to — has so far failed to — bring certification, not censorship, to the fore
Grouping children by learning level rather than age or grade could be a solution for poor outcomes.
Bedi and Kejriwal have still to come face to face, but it’s a face-off
The Organiser also cautions that India, which has arrived on the global stage, should understand potential threats and how those can be mitigated.
By setting up Kiran Bedi vs Arvind Kejriwal, BJP once again tries to co-opt rival’s agenda.
The Swachh Bharat guidelines make no mention of the new budget, so whether government expenditure will reach these levels is unclear.
India cannot afford to indefinitely defer the transformative opportunities promised by the India-US nuclear deal.
The law must recognise the Scheduled Caste status of those who may not be Hindu.
As Obama ends America’s long occupation of Afghanistan, there are questions about the future of the US-Pak relationship.
Rajni Kothari made it possible to think of India as a ‘normal’ democracy, writes Yogendra Yadav
Kothari’s analysis resonates with the contemporary political moment, writes Suhas Palshikar
How the Hindu far right conspired with caste-based assertion to break his spirit.
Telecom sector may be too crowded. Policy must address need for consolidation.
As the deadline for the constitution approaches, political parties continue to be divided on this crucial issue.
Now ensconced at the Centre, will BJP fulfil its promise of cooperative federalism?
Stop demanding condemnation from all Muslims when a few commit acts of violence
Blasphemy isn’t, as multiculturalists assert, meaningless rovocation. Instead, it’s critical to human progress
Rajiv Gandhi’s Colombo policy was flawed. It turned both Tamils and Sinhalese against New Delhi and dented the image of the Indian army.
Bigotry and irrationality, if not checked, will negate whatever the Modi government achieves.
The ordinance tilts the LARR Act in favour of the promoter of the project and against the land owner.
The list of endangered species in India has seen some new additions. Here are some...
Just consider the ways in which lucky breaks have come his way.
Just imagine, 70 million Kalashnikovs sold to date. To what purpose?
It is the sort of city that we cannot dream of in India until we accept that it is not so much ‘vikas’
Most expert views in India are in fact an ex-post opinion for every ex-ante fact.
Extremist ideologies cannot be allowed to flourish for fear of giving offence
Medical opinion is irrelevant. Section 377 is an affront to constitutional morality
Army chief Raheel Sharif makes a courageous diagnosis. Will the Pakistan army follow up?
The Muslim leadership must consider why sectarian violence has spread with such rapidity,
Niti Aayog has its task cut out. It needs to restore credibility of the consultation process
A broken model of integration alienates minorities, creating potential jihadists
Vantage points in the city nowadays offer only a sad sight — concrete eating into the green
Agriculture could be headed for an extended period of stress following the end of a decade-long global commodity boom.
The exit of Rajapaksa is a diplomatic problem in the near term for Beijing.
‘Charlie Hebdo’ incident must make Muslim societies re-examine blasphemy laws.
Fantastic claims about ancient science have raised no collective protest from scientists
Why, in some cities, rich and poor Muslims are beginning to live together in ghettos.
France couldn’t save ‘Charlie Hebdo’ killers as they refused to live it.
Once the date for the Delhi polls was announced, TV played number cruncher.
A challenger in Delhi could pierce the complacency at the Centre.
Delhi was not the characterless urban space it is today. It knew exile and loss, hopes and dreams.
Denial of opportunities arising out of state failure, as in Rajasthan’s local election eligibility ordinance, must be subject to the strictest constitutional standards.
I am not ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and I am not a terrorist.
New recruitment drives can revitalise the organisational structure of political parties
‘Project Mumbai’, as an effort to improve the city, needs to work for the sake of other Indian cities.
Rajapaksa was defeated by the most broadbased coalition to date in Sri Lanka
The diaspora seems engaged with Indian politics, but it should listen more closely
Major political parties still deal in large sums of unaccounted money in cash.
There is no shame in learning from others and putting it to good use, to create new knowledge.
Perin Chandra, a veteran communist, passed away on January 7 .
The greatest tragedy of urbanisation is what it has done to the idea of the village.
The 45-year-old returning from South Africa strove to belong to all of India.
A new venture puts English renderings of ancient Indian texts within reach of average Indian reader.
Nepal may get a constitution after all — but without due process and debate.
It’s a good time to come up with a less hypocritical approach to our own provocateurs and satirists.
2014 was the year of acrimony. 2015 promises to be the year of acronyms.
There are lessons for us from the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
What auto-censored traditional media could not say, Charlie Hebdo ripped apart without any frontier.
It took some time before the Charlie Hebdo protest became a political issue.
From Sunanda Pushkar's death to Pakistan boat burning, a look at the greatest riddles of our times.
We have to think of ways to evolve equitable and sustainable alternatives in each sector of urban planning.
But humour is an endangered species in India. Why we need a ‘Charlie Hebdo’
What Gandhi would have said, if he had spoken at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
A bitter divide between government, opposition has corroded Bangladesh’s polity.
Every response to the attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ seems to feed the perpetrators’ intent.
As things stand, the Palestinian issue continues to defy a resolution.
Cartoonist bent over his drawing board can be gunned down. But who can stop million fingers tweeting, texting?
Can we devise spaces in city that allow experiments like Dilli Haat to take off and endure, asks Jaya Jaitly.
Rajasthan ordinance frames complex reality of legislative, political, linguistic barriers to gender equality.
s are now in control and searching for ‘bipartisan achievement’
A hundred years after Mohandas returned to India as Mahatma, it is time again to express gratitude.
From one law to another is not a reform unless one is clear about the objective.
If it wants to show respect to Vajpayee, the Modi government must curb attempts to create communal tension
Is ‘ghar wapsi’ a return, or conversion to Hinduism?
Modi’s off to a good start. He needs to engage with Europe and Middle East.
A new socially and politically conscious generation is changing public life in Delhi.
Irrespective of who wins, Sri Lanka’s presidential election promises to change little.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has been described by many as the “custodian of the world’s oil prices.”
The ‘what’ of job creation is well known. In 2015, get to the ‘how’.
NDA’s ordinances are not against text of Constitution — but they go against its spirit.
Urban infrastructure needs to catch up with high-energy micro-entrepreneurship, writes Rama Bijapurkar
It cannot be accounted for by the oil price decrease, or that in the prices of metals, or food.
Excerpts from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the Indian Science Congress at Mumbai University, January 3
NDA has embraced previous government’s worldview. It differs only in implementation.
It is a bridge between the BJP’s conquests in Chhattisgarh and its ambitions in Bihar.
A diffuse urbanisation is likely in India. Yet, we continue to make policies that aspire towards mega-cities.
He didn’t learn from past mistakes. Instead, he opened new battlefronts, made new enemies.
Mahatma Gandhi is that rare example in modern history of a truly global person.
“If meritocracy exists anywhere on earth, it is in Silicon Valley."
From Narendra Modi to Rahul Gandhi to Virat Kohli, what are their new year resolutions?
"The first political leader to have noticed the urgent need for ‘parivartan’ was Modi, I support him."
Innovation is a big word and we use it all the time in India.
It’s not a money-making machine. It should be a vibrant city.
There is no halfway house to tackling problem of bad loans in public-sector banks.
For Pakistan, India and Israel are a permanent fixture, addition of US is another mental trapeze act.
Can the House give all powers to its chairman and accept his draft as the constitution?
The problem of closing the military gap with China is not a hard one to think through.
Latest face-off with HRD ministry shows how tough it is for institutions to take off.
Delhi can be a truly world-class city. All it will take is the right ‘neeyat’, writes Arvind Kejriwal.
How do I explain to my children that school was not always a battleground?
There is a shrinking of resources for rural development. And an imposition of resource-free symbolic programmes
George Verghese always looked beyond headlines, and borders.
A good laugh at the expense of religion and the religious has always been an essential part of our tradition.
‘Achhe din’ are coming for the world economy starting today.
He told young small-town Indians that they could conquer the cricket world
In 2014, television was dominated by one person. Will 2015 be different?
Narendra Modi, the Great Moderniser, is omnipresent. Narendra Modi, the Great Revivalist, is omniabsent
In Kashmir and vis-a-vis Pakistan, important tests of government’s leadership and sagacity
Can Modi, like Vajpayee, insulate foreign policy from hawks and conservatives?
Only a revolution, as in telecom, can rescue the ailing civil aviation industry
When can we expect Modi to view RSS as a source of injury to his leadership?
The US alone has seen a rise of 70% in crude output between 2008 and 2014.
The strong initial leadership of Nehru and Patel helped strengthen the five institutions that built India.
In other words, more than half of our world can’t possibly sustain the growth it is currently experiencing.
We need bang-for-buck reform to loosen the binding constraints on manufacturing.
K. Srikanth’s badminton triumph is Indian sport’s most heartening story of 2014.
No doubt the killers must have prayed prior to the carnage beginning with the words, “Bismillahirrahmanirrahim".
The conventional wisdom is that the people of TN are yearning for a change from the Dravidian parties.
Women in power tend to be treated harshly when they betray that gift by failing.
With the scheduled date for delivery less than a month away, the new constitution is nowhere in sight.
PM Modi came to power promising inclusive development and a major plank of his promise was social harmony.
there will be no improvement as long as the PM’s own agenda for reform and change remains subsumed by RSS.
Why should anyone be remotely surprised that Kim Jong Un decided to get in on the “don’t offend me” act?
Many national environmental groups have welcomed the decision and the NGT’s 14-point action agenda for Delhi.
It’s time to invest in free trade and cross-border movement of capital and people
The important has been replaced by the irrelevant, a consequence of BJP/ RSS distractions on non-policy issues
The reference period, 2012-13, was a year with record foodgrain production and a normal monsoon.
If Madan Mohan Malviya can get the honour, why not Sir Syed Ahmad Khan?
Conversions threaten a political order that believes in singularity.
In fact, as the year winds down, much of the rest of the world owes the cartel some gratitude as well
Ben-Yisrael, Military scientist and former politician, was in Delhi recently when he spoke to Sudeep Paul
If Delhi can keep up its enhanced attention to the Asia-Pacific, it can play a stabilising role in the region
Two years into the Francis papacy, it’s impossible to deny the revolutionary freshness
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