The Trump spectre
The Trump spectre

Tapping into anxiety and prejudice, he could lead the US back to a past it had moved on from.

Brexit’s Aftershocks
Brexit’s Aftershocks

EU must confront its failures, far right movements in Europe will become stronger.

Conspiracy, under the carpet
Conspiracy, under the carpet

Substantive pieces of circumstantial and documentary evidence appear to have been overlooked in the Gulberg Society verdict.

Language requires an urgent update to reflect growing female presence in 'male' spheres
Language requires an urgent update to reflect growing female presence in 'male' spheres

Sadly, however, that is overwhelmingly not the case, with the old English rule of “man” including “women” and indeed, all of humankind continuing to remain in currency.

A teacher and chronicler: Eleanor Zelliot introduced Ambedkar and the Dalit movement to the West
A teacher and chronicler: Eleanor Zelliot introduced Ambedkar and the Dalit movement to the West

She learnt to intermingle with ordinary Dalits, talk to them in their language, share their feelings, and become a part of their movement in order to develop the capacity to see things from their perspective.

Edit- Banking on future
Edit- Banking on future

The government needs to build on the RBI’s roadmap for a cashless economy.

Edit- Eastward bound
Edit- Eastward bound

BJP attempts to build on Assam success, become the pivot of anti-Congressism in the Northeast, are roiling its politics.

Across the aisle- Economic reforms: Act I, Scene I
Across the aisle- Economic reforms: Act I, Scene I

It is wrong to think that economic reforms consist of announcements or a few deft strokes of the pen making changes in some policy or other.

Fifth Column: Too big for his boots?
Fifth Column: Too big for his boots?

Economists and commentators, both Indian and foreign, said this in different ways so many times that it became a political event instead of just the small matter of an official being replaced.

Inside Track: Maintaining secrecy
Inside Track: Maintaining secrecy

Raghuram Rajan’s failure to get along with the Central government and secure a second term reminds old timers of the case of his father R Govindarajan, a former additional secretary, R&AW.

Out of my mind: Making history
Out of my mind: Making history

The notion that joining a multi-country union is loss of independence is hard to credit. But ultimately that is the message the people have given.

Gods in ruins
Gods in ruins

Brexit is a revolt of a significant section of England against itself. But it may go down not as a nationalist reaction to internationalism, but as an exposure of the limits of both.

The tyranny of popular will: Why Brexit is a cautionary tale for us all
The tyranny of popular will: Why Brexit is a cautionary tale for us all

Brexit campaigners claimed these hardships could be mitigated by saving the UK was paying the European Union £ 350 million a week — a figure that gained wide currency, even though it had no basis in fact.

Caste in question
Caste in question

Old arithmetic is insufficient to explain UP politics. A new election demands newer ways of seeing

Telling Them Why
Telling Them Why

Pakistan can ignore questions the world is asking, but not those of its own people

Hard work ahead
Hard work ahead

For Europe’s Liberals and Left, and traditional Conservatives, Brexit must bring introspection, renewal — not retreat

Coach Kumble
Coach Kumble

It’s a good choice for Indian cricket. Now, give him the room and time to deliver

Somebody pinch us
Somebody pinch us

AAP, which never tires of claiming a direct connect with the people, hires a private PR company

Solution is the problem
Solution is the problem

Dominant castes resent reservations, backward groups haven’t fully benefited. There is no visible alternative

Minders Of The Cinema
Minders Of The Cinema

Gajendra Chauhan and Pahlaj Nihalani seem to be acting out a common script

Fear and loathing in Dhaka
Fear and loathing in Dhaka

Despite increasing attacks by Islamist militants, Sheikh Hasina’s government fails to act. Lack of a credible, viable opposition in parliament makes people’s despondency deeper.

Disarmed by Rajan
Disarmed by Rajan

Edit- A material change
Edit- A material change

The push to boost jobs and growth in the textiles sector is a belated step in the right direction

Edit- Tripping the elephant
Edit- Tripping the elephant

Maurya’s exit speaks of the difficulties in the BSP’s efforts to expand beyond its core vote in Uttar Pradesh

Edit- Heavy lifter
Edit- Heavy lifter

ISRO demonstrates the numbers to be the world’s budget launch agency, could help set a new agenda for space

The dead ends of UP
The dead ends of UP

One way of skirting them in the next polls is to bring trifurcation of the state on to the political agenda.

Eastern Promise
Eastern Promise

There are lessons for India in Thailand’s experience on universal healthcare.

Stitching up employment
Stitching up employment

Government’s measures to boost the apparel industry are timely as China’s declining competitiveness provides opportunity for India.

Real growth vs spurious criticism
Real growth vs spurious criticism

The Central Statistical Office has never resorted to deception, nor is it doing so now.

Yoga and magic
Yoga and magic

Ministers struck awkward poses. If there is maun yoga, let Salman Khan practice it.

Edit- Swamy and friends
Edit- Swamy and friends

Modi government cannot believably feign innocence about his unsubstantiated tirades.

Edit- Why rail budget
Edit- Why rail budget

Scrapping separate budget would de-emphasise the annual spectacle, allow more fleetfootedness in decision-making.

Edit- King’s homecoming
Edit- King’s homecoming

For Cleveland, and fans of the game, it was well worth the wait.

Days of unmaking
Days of unmaking

Xenophobic forces challenge the post-1945 order, based on human rights and democracy, in Europe.

Uncompromisingly Rajan
Uncompromisingly Rajan

Ability to say no and to live happily with the consequences makes him unique .

Cities at crossroads: There’s no such thing as free water
Cities at crossroads: There’s no such thing as free water

To deliver potable water for all, urban local bodies must modernise processes, harness technology. They must also recover costs through user charges.

Governor and governance
Governor and governance

The relationship between RBI governor and the government has to be healthy, collaborative and mutually respectful.

Edit- A good opening
Edit- A good opening

Government’s bold FDI push is welcome. It must now work to retain investments.

Edit- id for a bauble
Edit- id for a bauble

India’s showy pursuit of membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group reflects ambition — but also hubris.

Edit- Pull of the states
Edit- Pull of the states

Electoral understanding with the Congress divides the CPM into two — well almost.