Mission not accomplished
Mission not accomplished

Confirmation of the death of Taliban’s last unifying figure could set back the peace process in Afghanistan.

The Problem With Obscenity
The Problem With Obscenity

We avoid a discussion on pornography. And stretch the law in opposite directions.

Edit I Cut and miss
Edit I Cut and miss

RBI misses an opportunity to cut rates. And risks a hardening of stance by the political establishment.

Edit I Since December 16
Edit I Since December 16

Women’s issues are making their way into the political mainstream. Special Delhi Assembly session was a reminder.

Edit I Making peace
Edit I Making peace

There is light at the end of the tunnel for India’s oldest insurgency. It will require more work to make it a new dawn.

Can Modi turn the tide?
Can Modi turn the tide?

His surplus legitimacy is eroding. The Bihar elections offer an opportunity to douse the fire.

It Happened In Dharmapenta
It Happened In Dharmapenta

What a Chhattisgarh village can teach on how to wrest ground from Maoists.

CSR: Corporates Should Reach out
CSR: Corporates Should Reach out

India Inc can no longer limit its CSR involvement to the new Companies Act. It has to forge partnerships with the beneficiary community.

After Mullah Omar
After Mullah Omar

Even if Pakistan succeeds in getting the new Taliban leadership to the table, there will be enough Afghan elements to challenge the terms.

Edit I Inside, not outside
Edit I Inside, not outside

Congress must come back to House, ensure that Parliament debates issues of ministerial propriety and conflict of interest.

Edit I Without exception
Edit I Without exception

For a real cleansing, apply conflict of interest rules to cricket’s players as well as to its administrators

Edit I As plans go
Edit I As plans go

Obama’s climate action agenda is the most ambitious by a US president yet. It is not enough.

Make the cut
Make the cut

A waning supply shock in an environment of tepid demand affords RBI elbow room to wield the knife.

Judging The Headscarf
Judging The Headscarf

The essentiality of religious practices is best determined by clergy, not judiciary.

Policy with a farmer’s face
Policy with a farmer’s face

It is necessary to rescue public policy from its elitist bias, bring agriculture to its centre

The retreat of Nandan Nilekani
The retreat of Nandan Nilekani

He has withdrawn from politics. And thereby hangs a tale.

Irresolute nation
Irresolute nation

As Nepal fumbles with identity issues, an open threat of separatism raises new concerns.

Edit I No clean slate
Edit I No clean slate

Bihar’s youngest political party sends out some dispiriting signals ahead of the state’s election.

Edit I Tread carefully
Edit I Tread carefully

Devolution of funds to states, pruning of Centrally sponsored schemes, need to be thought through

Across the Aisle - Monetary policy committee: vote or veto?
Across the Aisle - Monetary policy committee: vote or veto?

On 8 out of 10 monetary policy statements or actions, Government and the RBI will be — and in the past, have been — on the same page.

Fifth Column: A war that India must win
Fifth Column: A war that India must win

If Yakub Memon had not spent 20 years in jail before he was finally hanged there would have been less sympathy for him.

Reverse Swing: Rahul Dravid for President
Reverse Swing: Rahul Dravid for President

Why do I pick Dravid? For starters, he is the embodiment of world-class excellence in a land of irrepressible mediocrity.

Out of My Mind: A tragic farce
Out of My Mind: A tragic farce

There will no doubt continue a debate about justice to Yakub Memon as there has been about Afzal Guru and the Batla House encounter.

Inside Track: Silent President
Inside Track: Silent President

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur responds to all media queries about the board while BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya is silent.

Repeal This
Repeal This

The concept of wakf for the settler’s limitless generations is archaic.

Notes from a thulla
Notes from a thulla

Yakub Memon gets all legal protections, and all the tears. The policeman lives and dies unsung.

Edit I More things change
Edit I More things change

Attack in Jerusalem is a sobering reminder that in much of the world, including India, it’s not safe to be gay.

Edit I Rural respite
Edit I Rural respite

Monsoon seems better than expected. But it will take more to relieve the pressure on rural incomes

Edit I Mapping the future
Edit I Mapping the future

India and Bangladesh bury a Partition legacy. Now, both countries must focus on trade and connectivity

Yakub’s ghost
Yakub’s ghost

Aftermath of his hanging puts at risk presumptive legitimacy of institutions that mediate social division.

We Are All Complicit
We Are All Complicit

A culture of lawlessness, corruption and prejudice is being perpetuated.

Punjabi hero
Punjabi hero

He has been the guardian and spokesperson of Pakistan’s ideology. Can his famed flexibility now come to his nation’s rescue?

Open up the debate
Open up the debate

On farm policy, there is an urgent need to listen to farmers, not just economists and academics.

Edit I Missing in action
Edit I Missing in action

Gurdaspur underlined that India’s fight against terror lacks reliable and modern counter-terror forces.

Edit I Rites of transition
Edit I Rites of transition

Confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death brings closure. And the warning that a more unpredictable era is here.

Edit I Hurt by Bahubali
Edit I Hurt by Bahubali

A debate about representation that is in danger of being reduced to mere muscle-flexing.

Bleeding Bihar
Bleeding Bihar

It deserves special category status, especially after the 14th Finance Commission allocation.

Surprised at Gurdaspur
Surprised at Gurdaspur

You don’t prepare for terrorism after it has happened. And you don’t just learn from your own experience.

Telescope: Playing catch up
Telescope: Playing catch up

This week, TV was overtaken by news.

A code too soon
A code too soon

This is not the time for comprehensive financial sector legislative reforms. Fix problems through institutional changes.

Another Kind Of Welfare
Another Kind Of Welfare

We need an informed debate on cash transfers, not ideological positioning.

Edit I Yakub Memon shouldn’t hang
Edit I Yakub Memon shouldn’t hang

It may be too late for Yakub Memon. But it is time for India to rethink the use of the death penalty.

Edit I Hey, bestie
Edit I Hey, bestie

Looks like the embattled Fifa president has at least one powerful ally — Vladimir Putin.

Edit I Crisis at the bank
Edit I Crisis at the bank

Modi government may have underestimated the gravity of the issue. It must act urgently.

The problem-solver
The problem-solver

As scientist and as president, Kalam asked the questions that pointed us in the right direction.

A Big Deal For Ankara
A Big Deal For Ankara

Will Turkey-US cooperation against IS bring more stability to the region or less?

No Proof Required: An ideal MPC for India
No Proof Required: An ideal MPC for India

The most desirable monetary policy committee will be one that gives primacy, but not total control, to the RBI.

The Great Game Folio: China’s Taliban
The Great Game Folio: China’s Taliban

At a time when America is in political retreat and the Western economic footprint is declining in Afghanistan, China has naturally loomed large in Kabul.

Edit I For justice’s sake
Edit I For justice’s sake

SC is right to set up a larger bench in Yakub Memon case. It should address the issues raised, not rush to a judgment.

Edit I Towards unfreedom
Edit I Towards unfreedom

Court order on the hijab in the examination hall risks overruling a fundamental freedom.

Edit I Dutee can run
Edit I Dutee can run

Decision to allow the sprinter to compete again finally acknowledges that nature is not neat.

Let Ufa prevail
Let Ufa prevail

Terror at Gurdaspur will test the political will for India-Pakistan dialogue. It must not win.

Looking Through New Eyes
Looking Through New Eyes

Modi’s foreign policy shows new energy. But can ambition stand in for realism?

Bandwidth is the demolisher of imbalances, a great leveller: A P J Abdul Kalam
Bandwidth is the demolisher of imbalances, a great leveller: A P J Abdul Kalam

Edited excerpts of then President A P J Abdul Kalam’s speech on December 20, 2005 at ‘The Indian Express’ India Empowered summit.

Yakub Memon: Break the official omerta
Yakub Memon: Break the official omerta

In Yakub Memon case, state displayed bad faith.

Edit I The idea president
Edit I The idea president

Kalam answered the need, in cynical times, for a role model who had no axe to grind, who spoke of igniting the mind.

Edit I After Gurdaspur
Edit I After Gurdaspur

It is important for the PM to shut his ears to the tweets of the hawks, and stay the course on Pakistan.

Edit I Questions remain
Edit I Questions remain

The court’s exoneration of Sreesanth cannot be read as a clean chit.

A department of state
A department of state

The modern Indian university has always been yoked to the state project of the moment.

Don’t Miss The Bus
Don’t Miss The Bus

Delhi government should learn from failure of BRT project in order to revive it.

Rear View: Presidential tales
Rear View: Presidential tales

Regrettably, neither before nor after has pre-poll canvassing been so sordid as in 1969, incidentally the Mahatma’s birth centenary year.

When Central Asia calls
When Central Asia calls

If Russia and China enter, compete and succeed in the region, can India afford to lag behind?

The costs of being good
The costs of being good

Swaraj’s gesture didn’t change facts of Lalit Modi case or subvert due process

Edit I Break from Bofors
Edit I Break from Bofors

Defence procurement process has focused obsessively on avoiding scandal. Revised policy must change this.

Edit I Minimum governance
Edit I Minimum governance

PSU board vacancies signal that different standards of regulation apply to government and private companies.

Return of the pantomime
Return of the pantomime

There is mutual accusation. And no hope of cleansing the system.

How ‘Hindu’ is ‘new’ Nepal?
How ‘Hindu’ is ‘new’ Nepal?

A badly mismanaged transition phase in Nepal’s politics is coming to an end. But there is no clear exit from the disorder yet

More than a silver lining
More than a silver lining

The Iran nuclear deal could be a trigger for a far-reaching transformation

Murder message
Murder message

Growing attacks against Dalits point to their increasing assertion and the sharp reaction to it

The other nuclear deal
The other nuclear deal

Will the US-Iran agreement be as transformative as the Indo-US deal a decade ago?

Neither BPL nor APL
Neither BPL nor APL

Socio-Economic and Caste Census can help identify welfare beneficiaries without falling into a binary trap.

In The States’ Court
In The States’ Court

States, more experienced on land acquisition, must be allowed their own laws

Old but not gold
Old but not gold

Much remains to be done in the project of repealing obsolete laws. But steady progress is being made.

A Labour Litmus Test
A Labour Litmus Test

India needs to rework balance between worker protection, investor confidence.

How bad is the SECC data?
How bad is the SECC data?

It’s very bad. It proves the adage — garbage in, garbage out.

Telescope: Our daily outrage
Telescope: Our daily outrage

Participants on general news channels behave like grizzlies with high blood pressure. Business channels are an oasis of calm.

Central confusion
Central confusion

While the RBI criticises policy, it does not use its own limited authority effectively.

Edit I Its inner voice
Edit I Its inner voice

BJP desires a “Congress-mukt Bharat”. Its response to Shanta Kumar shows it also wants a dissent-mukt BJP.

Edit I Return of BRT
Edit I Return of BRT

Delhi’s bus corridor was a good idea. Now, it must be rescued from its shoddy execution.

Edit I Malleable destinies
Edit I Malleable destinies

E.L. Doctorow’s mixing of history and fiction made him one of the most read American writers of the last half century.

BRICS For The South
BRICS For The South

The bloc’s bank could, and should, help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Defined by exclusion
Defined by exclusion

Its excommunicated reveal the reality of the Pakistani state.

To renew the  civil services
To renew the civil services

Lateral exit is as important as lateral entry in improving performance and efficiency.

Fracas between Kejriwal government and Delhi police
Fracas between Kejriwal government and Delhi police

Delhi government’s public stand-off with Delhi Police speaks of a lack of maturity and ill serves the people.

Edit I Non playing captains
Edit I Non playing captains

Administrators clash with coaches and Indian hockey bears the brunt.

Who mainstreamed BJP?
Who mainstreamed BJP?

Contrary to current narratives, the process didn’t begin with the Emergency

The Math Of The Matter
The Math Of The Matter

Madrasas that only impart religious education are holding Muslim children back.

India’s suicide problem
India’s suicide problem

Government response to the crisis of farmer suicides has been simplistic. Instead of special packages, it should offer improved access to healthcare.

Chinese Takeaway: Abe’s Defence
Chinese Takeaway: Abe’s Defence

Going against the grain of entrenched pacifism in Japan, Abe is making the case that Tokyo should respond to the rapidly unfolding geopolitical changes in the region.

For the record: On behalf of the CPM, I totally oppose the new declaration  of Emergency
For the record: On behalf of the CPM, I totally oppose the new declaration of Emergency

I am sorry to say that as a Congressman who once fought for the freedom of this country and who courted arrest and suffered so much, I had been treated in this way.

Edit I Talk time
Edit I Talk time

‘Lalitgate’ is a serious issue, but it should not become an excuse for the Opposition to stall Parliament.

Edit I Ten years after
Edit I Ten years after

Full potential of India-US nuclear cooperation has not been realised. But bilateral ties have been transformed.

Edit I Unburning bridges
Edit I Unburning bridges

Diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana are quietly restored. The hard work begins now.

Monsoons and markets
Monsoons and markets

These are the root causes of agricultural distress. Farmers need better irrigation and access to markets.

Bad Review
Bad Review

Gajendra Chauhan is symptomatic of the lack of quality teachers at FTII.

The measure of poverty
The measure of poverty

Estimates based on SECC and NSS data have different purposes.

Teacher of economics, and more
Teacher of economics, and more

Mrinalda passed away over a month ago; despite his obvious intellectual brilliance, it will not be as a scholar that he will be remembered, but as a teacher of economics.

Edit I A new Bretton Woods
Edit I A new Bretton Woods

Older multilateral institutions must adjust to new world order, or see more AIIBs, BRICS banks emerge.

Edit I Just jobs, no Steve
Edit I Just jobs, no Steve

NR Narayana Murthy is right — government has killed the instinct to innovate and create intellectual capital.

Edit I Easing, not reform
Edit I Easing, not reform

The government should focus on due diligence and do away with foreign investment caps.

Across the Aisle: Speech is silver, silence golden
Across the Aisle: Speech is silver, silence golden

Today we have a PM who will “see no evil and hear no evil” when it concerns the ministers in his council of ministers.

Inside Track: Unfurling UFA
Inside Track: Unfurling UFA

The MEA's attitude towards the talks by the two heads of government is interesting.

Reverse Swing: The Board of Charlatans and Carpetbaggers in India
Reverse Swing: The Board of Charlatans and Carpetbaggers in India

BCCI — the Board of Charlatans and Carpetbaggers in India — is a multimillion-dollar embarrassment, a phenomenally profitable affront to cricket.

Fifth Column: Another argument
Fifth Column: Another argument

It gives me another chance to reiterate that Dr Sen is to blame for keeping vast majority of Indians poor, hungry and illiterate for decades.

Out of My Mind: European DisUnion
Out of My Mind: European DisUnion

Last week, as the negotiations for the Greek bailout climaxed, one could say that Helmut Schmidt had failed in his gamble.

Skills 3.0
Skills 3.0

Skills can change lives in ways that no subsidy can.

Blue Economy, Green Gain
Blue Economy, Green Gain

Offshore transloading infrastructure will reduce costs, delays and pollution.

There’s a chilling similarity
There’s a chilling similarity

The tone of this government’s argument for the National Judicial Appointments Commission recalls how a former regime browbeat the judiciary in the run-up to the Emergency.

What the Silk Road means today
What the Silk Road means today

China used it to expand its influence in the past. Beijing is doing the same today.

The climate for cuts
The climate for cuts

What can India take away from China’s contribution to fight global warming?

Edit I Taking control
Edit I Taking control

Delhi has responded sensibly to Pakistani provocations, showing leadership from the top.

Edit I Urban, poor
Edit I Urban, poor

Unreleased SECC data headlines the crisis in cities with a starkness that poverty lines lack.

Edit I Aap ka canteen
Edit I Aap ka canteen

Cheap food is the latest on the Delhi government’s menu. And why not?

Money for nothing
Money for nothing

Special packages to states fly in the face of cooperative federalism

Unhappy European Marriage
Unhappy European Marriage

The ideal of a united continent is demolished, the reality of the project is laid bare

There’s a method to Nitish’s madness
There’s a method to Nitish’s madness

The prohibition pledge acknowledges the growing importance of women voters.

A historic  deal is done
A historic deal is done

India should welcome the agreement between the US and Iran without reservation.

Next door Nepal: What Delhi must tell its guests
Next door Nepal: What Delhi must tell its guests

Nepal’s leaders need to be reminded that only a full national reconciliation will create the right atmosphere for the new constitution.

Edit I Passing the land parcel
Edit I Passing the land parcel

Centre has been pragmatic by signalling its willingness to let states take charge of land amendments

Edit I Bad habit
Edit I Bad habit

Punjab Police's attempts to extract patient records from deaddiction centres place such programmes at risk

Edit I Inviting death
Edit I Inviting death

The Godavari stampede was avoidable. Can we ensure that it is the last?

The Vienna turn
The Vienna turn

Iran nuclear deal is by no means perfect. But it is significant, most of all, for what it avoids.

Third time unlucky
Third time unlucky

The European Community has drawn its most draconian line yet with Greece. But the third bailout will also fail.

The problem with Gajendra Chauhan
The problem with Gajendra Chauhan

Debate over the appointment of the FTII chairman has acquired an elitist hue.

Ajit Singh: The man from Cambridge
Ajit Singh: The man from Cambridge

He was struck by Parkinson’s disease in 1982 but did not let that slow him down and went on working at his research and teaching till the very end.

Edit I Future training
Edit I Future training

If outcomes match the promise, Skill India could be Prime Minister Modi’s enduring legacy.

Edit I Target Teesta
Edit I Target Teesta

In its alacrity and lack of proportion, CBI action against the activist invites accusations of vindictiveness.

Edit I The real Atticus?
Edit I The real Atticus?

Harper Lee presents a new hero and a new question to her readers.

Nipping it in the black
Nipping it in the black

It’s better to adopt measures to tighten the creation of black money than to be quixotic about its return.

Why A Referendum?
Why A Referendum?

Has AAP thought through its promise of a plebiscite on full statehood for Delhi?

Conversations with Tavleen Singh and Pratap Mehta
Conversations with Tavleen Singh and Pratap Mehta

The pervasive elitism of higher education institutions has to be challenged. But their further decimation must also be resisted.

No scam called ‘coffingate’
No scam called ‘coffingate’

Gossip, half-facts and some fiction cannot masquerade as history.

View From The Right: Amnesty Bias

It says Amnesty does not make the same noises about the complete absence of any democratic mechanisms or rights of Kashmiris in PoK.

Edit I Rules of the game
Edit I Rules of the game

For far too long, BCCI ignored cricket’s inner voice. The court has served it a public, and momentous, rebuke.

Edit I A new chapter
Edit I A new chapter

Iran’s relations with the world will be recast. India must seize the diplomatic space that opens because of the nuclear deal.

Edit I Hello Pluto
Edit I Hello Pluto

‘New Horizons’ reveals the-planet-that-wasn’t is bigger than we thought. What other mysteries are in store?

Nalanda is a syndrome
Nalanda is a syndrome

The rot in higher education set in long ago. Its politics transcends particular governments.

Unsettled Still
Unsettled Still

Why Sirisena government is holding parliamentary elections ahead of schedule

Why Ufa hits home
Why Ufa hits home

Pakistan and India are joined together by shared crises. Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif would rather trade than fight a war.

In poor health
In poor health

Reducing preventable disease should be a developmental priority. Government needs to invest in a healthier future.

The Great  Game Folio: Modi’s Pak Pivot
The Great Game Folio: Modi’s Pak Pivot

The SCO summit, welcoming India and Pakistan as full members, was indeed a good place to restart the dialogue.

Edit I It’s a deal
Edit I It’s a deal

Greece agreement is good news for global economic stability. Athens must now mend its ways.

Edit I Gateway, not frontier
Edit I Gateway, not frontier

Manipur needs to reimagine itself. Centre needs to relook at the region too

Edit I Dusk at Wimbledon
Edit I Dusk at Wimbledon

Roger Federer is no longer emperor, but he is still a contender. And thereby hangs a tale.

Fiscal credibility deficit
Fiscal credibility deficit

Centre’s untidy money management creates unnecessary economic volatility and impedes investment

A State Only In Name
A State Only In Name

Push for cash transfers tacitly asks citizens to fend for themselves.

Coffingate, corruption and an escape
Coffingate, corruption and an escape

The Vajpayee years saw their share of scandal — but there were victories too, such as the decision not to send troops to Iraq.

Riding the Pacific trade winds
Riding the Pacific trade winds

Labour, environment and IPR standards in the Trans-Pacific Partnership will influence future Indo-US agreements.

Out Of My Mind: Modi matters
Out Of My Mind: Modi matters

He may not wish to sack Raje or Chouhan. This is because he respects regional leaders’ autonomy. He is also aware that no due process has been initiated.

Edit I Bring back black
Edit I Bring back black

International cooperation on tax evasion is welcome. But questions on US-India agreement remain.

Edit I Bad prognosis
Edit I Bad prognosis

The public health system is failing all stakeholders: practitioners, patients and their families.

A Greek tragedy every which way
A Greek tragedy every which way

Then, Plato and Aristotle, and now Mr Tsipras. How did Greece fall so low?

Fifth column: Questions for a Nobel laureate Amartya Sen
Fifth column: Questions for a Nobel laureate Amartya Sen

Why Dr Sen as a virtual advisor to the last govt did not get Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi to change this horrible state of affairs.

Reverse swing: Forget India vs Pak. Watch the Ashes!
Reverse swing: Forget India vs Pak. Watch the Ashes!

Boastful talk of the India-Pakistan matchup being better than the Ashes has disappeared these days.

Out of my mind: Modi matters
Out of my mind: Modi matters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown true leadership and mobilised the resources which the urgency demanded.

Inside Track: Home vs MEA
Inside Track: Home vs MEA

The US is upset over the Home Ministry’s stringent action against the Ford Foundation, which has made its continuation in India problematic.

K C Sivaramakrishnan: God’s own  civil servant
K C Sivaramakrishnan: God’s own civil servant

KCS was the kind of bureaucrat, scholar who is indispensable to modern India’s foundations.

Neither BPL nor APL
Neither BPL nor APL

Socio-Economic and Caste Census can help identify welfare beneficiaries without falling into a binary trap.

At Yakub Memon's home, a locked gate, empty street
At Yakub Memon's home, a locked gate, empty street

Yakub’s cousin Usman Memon has been in Nagpur since Tuesday. On Tuesday, he was not allowed to meet him.