Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014
Development 2.0
Development 2.0

Planning Commission is dead. Its successor must focus on ideas over implementation.

The Janata’s collapse
The Janata’s collapse

In its determination to politically destroy Indira Gandhi, the party succeeded in hastening her return to power.

Converging on skills
Converging on skills

But will a nodal ministry at the Centre solve all issues in a federal structure such as ours?

Bitter pill to swallow
Bitter pill to swallow

Rajasthan government’s decision to ‘target’ free medicines and diagnostics is contrary to the recommended role of government in healthcare

The tough talk begins
The tough talk begins

How Delhi’s bluntness has sharpened the Hurriyat hardline.

We don’t need no regulation
We don’t need no regulation

For IITs, UGC should go back to its earlier practice of only listing names of degrees.

A death in the family
A death in the family

Chandra was a passionate historian, but he never let political affiliation get in the way of personal and professional ties.

The eternal critic of the self
The eternal critic of the self

Bipan Chandra’s life celebrated the virtues of revisionism.

Good governance 101
Good governance 101

It is not about size, scope or ideology. Rather, it is about getting things done.

Fifth Column: Myths, lies and punditry
Fifth Column: Myths, lies and punditry

Unless the licence raj goes, India will never build the institutions of higher learning that we so desperately need.

Out of my mind: Jihadi or shaheed?
Out of my mind: Jihadi or shaheed?

We have war crimes as a new category in international law, for which there is an international court.

Inside track: After the funeral
Inside track: After the funeral

Congress persons are unanimous that Vinod Rai was a disastrous choice as the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Flip side: Global ambassadors
Flip side: Global ambassadors

Shah Rukh Khan has spearheaded the trend, but others are not far behind. Here are the nominees.

From the discomfort zone: Bathing in disruptive aspiration
From the discomfort zone: Bathing in disruptive aspiration

To establish their supremacy, French kings wanted control over nature too.

Friends for the future
Friends for the future

Modi can draw from history as he renews India’s engagement with Japan.

What’s a hit got to do with it
What’s a hit got to do with it

How well a film does at the box office has nothing to do with its intrinsic worth.

Because Pakistan crossed the line
Because Pakistan crossed the line

Can it demonstrate that its persistent counsel to the Hurriyat has advanced the cause of peace in Jammu and Kashmir?

The critical insider
The critical insider

U.R. Ananthamurthy was a writer who possessed two ways — his own and that of the other.

Some big ideas and images to match
Some big ideas and images to match

Creative talent in Hollywood is learning to sneak artistry and individuality into studio tentpoles.

Not in a fit state
Not in a fit state

Recent economic logjam underlines need to remake the state for the 21st century.

Keep out will, whim and fancy
Keep out will, whim and fancy

President need not disclose reason for dismissing a governor, but a cause must exist.

And there’s no one else to blame
And there’s no one else to blame

Since Modi has centralised power, the buck rests with him

Not by a stricter law alone
Not by a stricter law alone

Disturbing new trends have emerged in rape judgments

Felling the straw man
Felling the straw man

The problem is not with ministers’ foreign education but with their attitudes towards society

That man next to Lalu
That man next to Lalu

For now, he has reason to smile. But does Nitish model need rescuing from Nitish?

Writing freedom
Writing freedom

For U.R. Ananthamurthy, literature, at all times, was a satyagraha.

The myth of love jihad
The myth of love jihad

In its orchestration and inflammatory appeal, the current campaign shares similarities with Hindu revivalist projects in the 1920s in UP.

Because Gaza is there to stay
Because Gaza is there to stay

If there is to be Israeli-Palestinian peace, Gaza must be its foundation.

The new young
The new young

Exposure to television and digital media grew by leaps and bounds between 2005 and 2012.

Under Government Control
Under Government Control

Under the UGC Act, the HRD ministry has the power to declare any institution a “deemed to be university” (DU).

Connoisseurs of the stalemate
Connoisseurs of the stalemate

The change of mind in Pakistan via-a-vis India is real. But foreign offices of both countries remain addicted to deadlocks.

American bungle
American bungle

No one loves an Arab vacuum like jihadi extremists, and a bloody vacuum was precisely what Obama allowed Syria to become.

The barefoot government
The barefoot government

A government shorn of Western educated ministers could change the status quo.

Rethinking impunity
Rethinking impunity

Why it may be time to revoke the AFSPA in areas like Manipur.

Before it changes the map
Before it changes the map

The priority ought to be to collectively deliberate on how to confront the present and clear danger posed by the IS.

No convergence
No convergence

Some Nepalese leaders, unhappy with Modi’s new approach, are preparing to raise the ‘ek madhes, ek pradesh’ demand.

Champagne socialist
Champagne socialist

Gandhi (1982), an epic but intimate biographical film, was Richard Attenborough's greatest triumph.

To give women their due

Families have a preferred number of sons at any given fertility level as well as a preferred fertility level.

Modi’s red lines
Modi’s red lines

From Pakistan to Japan, China to US, he will be tested on ability to stick to them.

Left behind at 135
Left behind at 135

India needs a national effort to speed up human development.

Making friends with the middle
Making friends with the middle

Flexible Asian coalitions that don't include America or China should become a critical element of India’s strategy.

The wrong end of the right debate
The wrong end of the right debate

‘Neo-liberals’ emphasise sewers, sanitation and toilets, not ‘neo-communists’.

When citizen remakes the city
When citizen remakes the city

Citizen groups are chipping away at Bangalore’s urban chaos, one street corner at a time.

Charming and world weary
Charming and world weary

The noir moment seemed to perfectly illuminate Lauren Bacall.

The no blame game
The no blame game

The JD(U), RJD, Samajwadi Party, BSP, JD(S), BJD, fragments of the old Janata could come together and form a party.

Inside track: Taking no chances

Originally scheduled for July 3, Modi’s trip was re-scheduled for August 4. The visit has now been fixed for August 31.

Defeat and delusions

The Prime Minister had to select his team from the ranks of his own party but he is now making a serious effort to change the way his party thinks.

Shock treatment
Shock treatment

The appeal to provide them Pampers has been rejected, but there are some suggestions worth considering.

Perversity sells design

Americans see everything big, from them I learnt about how important it is to design industrial products for mass scale manufacture.

The labour reform myth
The labour reform myth

No evidence to show labour laws are the only, or even main, constraint to growth.

About gobi flavoured ice-cream
About gobi flavoured ice-cream

A new international cinema, of gentle fantasies of post-colonial harmony.

The religious scientist
The religious scientist

The gap of learning between India and Pakistan is significant because it goes beyond the argument of population ratios.

Levels of distrust
Levels of distrust

Survey data confirms perceptions of a trust deficit between Muslims and the police.

New at the Centre
New at the Centre

Three months is a short time, but government has emphatically regained control of its turf.

Only talk
Only talk

Why TRS supports Modi government’s decision to suspend dialogue with Pakistan.

The pragmatic PM?
The pragmatic PM?

So far, ideology has not been the defining feature of Modi’s tenure.

Stories worth sharing
Stories worth sharing

Products matter less than the narratives that surround them.

No Facebook and Twitter election
No Facebook and Twitter election

The impact of social media on electoral outcomes in the Lok Sabha polls was marginal.

‘The fire (in Pakistan) is local, even if  it gets external fuel sometimes’
‘The fire (in Pakistan) is local, even if it gets external fuel sometimes’

Farahnaz Ispahani's forthcoming book is on Pakistan’s religious minorities.

Acknowledge this
Acknowledge this

Police attitudes towards Muslims will not change unless there is political recognition of the problem.

Obama the Unexciting
Obama the Unexciting

America needs its president to illuminate and lead, not sink into petulant aloofness

No table for three
No table for three

Modi’s gamble won’t work unless Delhi gets act together on J&K, border management.

Made in English
Made in English

CSAT questions address students from urban and privileged backgrounds.

The appeal of the problem solver
The appeal of the problem solver

Modi is a seasoned politician but the rising tide of expectation poses a big challenge to his popularity.

Decoding the rage in Ferguson
Decoding the rage in Ferguson

For more than a decade, African-American gains since the 1960s have been undergoing a reversal.

Live from Mathura
Live from Mathura

Janmashtami was on our screens this week. Will other Hindu festivals follow?

Being a bully
Being a bully

India’s response to the meeting between Pak envoy and Hurriyat is misplaced.

A time to upskill
A time to upskill

A small start has been made. Technology could show the way forward.

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