Confirmation of the death of Taliban’s last unifying figure could set back the peace process in Afghanistan.
We avoid a discussion on pornography. And stretch the law in opposite directions.
RBI misses an opportunity to cut rates. And risks a hardening of stance by the political establishment.
Women’s issues are making their way into the political mainstream. Special Delhi Assembly session was a reminder.
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.
His surplus legitimacy is eroding. The Bihar elections offer an opportunity to douse the fire.
What a Chhattisgarh village can teach on how to wrest ground from Maoists.
India Inc can no longer limit its CSR involvement to the new Companies Act. It has to forge partnerships with the beneficiary community.
Even if Pakistan succeeds in getting the new Taliban leadership to the table, there will be enough Afghan elements to challenge the terms.
Congress must come back to House, ensure that Parliament debates issues of ministerial propriety and conflict of interest.
For a real cleansing, apply conflict of interest rules to cricket’s players as well as to its administrators
Obama’s climate action agenda is the most ambitious by a US president yet. It is not enough.
A waning supply shock in an environment of tepid demand affords RBI elbow room to wield the knife.
The essentiality of religious practices is best determined by clergy, not judiciary.
It is necessary to rescue public policy from its elitist bias, bring agriculture to its centre
He has withdrawn from politics. And thereby hangs a tale.
As Nepal fumbles with identity issues, an open threat of separatism raises new concerns.
Bihar’s youngest political party sends out some dispiriting signals ahead of the state’s election.
Devolution of funds to states, pruning of Centrally sponsored schemes, need to be thought through
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.
If Yakub Memon had not spent 20 years in jail before he was finally hanged there would have been less sympathy for him.
Why do I pick Dravid? For starters, he is the embodiment of world-class excellence in a land of irrepressible mediocrity.
There will no doubt continue a debate about justice to Yakub Memon as there has been about Afzal Guru and the Batla House encounter.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur responds to all media queries about the board while BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya is silent.
The concept of wakf for the settler’s limitless generations is archaic.
Yakub Memon gets all legal protections, and all the tears. The policeman lives and dies unsung.
Attack in Jerusalem is a sobering reminder that in much of the world, including India, it’s not safe to be gay.
Monsoon seems better than expected. But it will take more to relieve the pressure on rural incomes
India and Bangladesh bury a Partition legacy. Now, both countries must focus on trade and connectivity
Aftermath of his hanging puts at risk presumptive legitimacy of institutions that mediate social division.
A culture of lawlessness, corruption and prejudice is being perpetuated.
He has been the guardian and spokesperson of Pakistan’s ideology. Can his famed flexibility now come to his nation’s rescue?
On farm policy, there is an urgent need to listen to farmers, not just economists and academics.
Gurdaspur underlined that India’s fight against terror lacks reliable and modern counter-terror forces.
Confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death brings closure. And the warning that a more unpredictable era is here.
A debate about representation that is in danger of being reduced to mere muscle-flexing.
It deserves special category status, especially after the 14th Finance Commission allocation.
You don’t prepare for terrorism after it has happened. And you don’t just learn from your own experience.
This is not the time for comprehensive financial sector legislative reforms. Fix problems through institutional changes.
We need an informed debate on cash transfers, not ideological positioning.
It may be too late for Yakub Memon. But it is time for India to rethink the use of the death penalty.
Looks like the embattled Fifa president has at least one powerful ally — Vladimir Putin.
Modi government may have underestimated the gravity of the issue. It must act urgently.
As scientist and as president, Kalam asked the questions that pointed us in the right direction.
Will Turkey-US cooperation against IS bring more stability to the region or less?
The most desirable monetary policy committee will be one that gives primacy, but not total control, to the RBI.
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.
SC is right to set up a larger bench in Yakub Memon case. It should address the issues raised, not rush to a judgment.
Court order on the hijab in the examination hall risks overruling a fundamental freedom.
Decision to allow the sprinter to compete again finally acknowledges that nature is not neat.
Terror at Gurdaspur will test the political will for India-Pakistan dialogue. It must not win.
Modi’s foreign policy shows new energy. But can ambition stand in for realism?
Edited excerpts of then President A P J Abdul Kalam’s speech on December 20, 2005 at ‘The Indian Express’ India Empowered summit.
In Yakub Memon case, state displayed bad faith.
Kalam answered the need, in cynical times, for a role model who had no axe to grind, who spoke of igniting the mind.
It is important for the PM to shut his ears to the tweets of the hawks, and stay the course on Pakistan.
The court’s exoneration of Sreesanth cannot be read as a clean chit.
The modern Indian university has always been yoked to the state project of the moment.
Delhi government should learn from failure of BRT project in order to revive it.
Regrettably, neither before nor after has pre-poll canvassing been so sordid as in 1969, incidentally the Mahatma’s birth centenary year.
If Russia and China enter, compete and succeed in the region, can India afford to lag behind?
Swaraj’s gesture didn’t change facts of Lalit Modi case or subvert due process
Defence procurement process has focused obsessively on avoiding scandal. Revised policy must change this.
PSU board vacancies signal that different standards of regulation apply to government and private companies.
There is mutual accusation. And no hope of cleansing the system.
A badly mismanaged transition phase in Nepal’s politics is coming to an end. But there is no clear exit from the disorder yet
The Iran nuclear deal could be a trigger for a far-reaching transformation
Growing attacks against Dalits point to their increasing assertion and the sharp reaction to it
Will the US-Iran agreement be as transformative as the Indo-US deal a decade ago?
Socio-Economic and Caste Census can help identify welfare beneficiaries without falling into a binary trap.
States, more experienced on land acquisition, must be allowed their own laws
Much remains to be done in the project of repealing obsolete laws. But steady progress is being made.
India needs to rework balance between worker protection, investor confidence.
It’s very bad. It proves the adage — garbage in, garbage out.
Participants on general news channels behave like grizzlies with high blood pressure. Business channels are an oasis of calm.
While the RBI criticises policy, it does not use its own limited authority effectively.
BJP desires a “Congress-mukt Bharat”. Its response to Shanta Kumar shows it also wants a dissent-mukt BJP.
Delhi’s bus corridor was a good idea. Now, it must be rescued from its shoddy execution.
E.L. Doctorow’s mixing of history and fiction made him one of the most read American writers of the last half century.
The bloc’s bank could, and should, help the world’s most vulnerable people.
Lateral exit is as important as lateral entry in improving performance and efficiency.
Delhi government’s public stand-off with Delhi Police speaks of a lack of maturity and ill serves the people.
Administrators clash with coaches and Indian hockey bears the brunt.
Contrary to current narratives, the process didn’t begin with the Emergency
Madrasas that only impart religious education are holding Muslim children back.
Government response to the crisis of farmer suicides has been simplistic. Instead of special packages, it should offer improved access to healthcare.
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.
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.
‘Lalitgate’ is a serious issue, but it should not become an excuse for the Opposition to stall Parliament.
Full potential of India-US nuclear cooperation has not been realised. But bilateral ties have been transformed.
Diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana are quietly restored. The hard work begins now.
These are the root causes of agricultural distress. Farmers need better irrigation and access to markets.
Gajendra Chauhan is symptomatic of the lack of quality teachers at FTII.
Estimates based on SECC and NSS data have different purposes.
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.
Older multilateral institutions must adjust to new world order, or see more AIIBs, BRICS banks emerge.
NR Narayana Murthy is right — government has killed the instinct to innovate and create intellectual capital.
The government should focus on due diligence and do away with foreign investment caps.
Today we have a PM who will “see no evil and hear no evil” when it concerns the ministers in his council of ministers.
The MEA's attitude towards the talks by the two heads of government is interesting.
BCCI — the Board of Charlatans and Carpetbaggers in India — is a multimillion-dollar embarrassment, a phenomenally profitable affront to cricket.
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.
Last week, as the negotiations for the Greek bailout climaxed, one could say that Helmut Schmidt had failed in his gamble.
Offshore transloading infrastructure will reduce costs, delays and pollution.
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.
China used it to expand its influence in the past. Beijing is doing the same today.
What can India take away from China’s contribution to fight global warming?
Delhi has responded sensibly to Pakistani provocations, showing leadership from the top.
Unreleased SECC data headlines the crisis in cities with a starkness that poverty lines lack.
Cheap food is the latest on the Delhi government’s menu. And why not?
Special packages to states fly in the face of cooperative federalism
The ideal of a united continent is demolished, the reality of the project is laid bare
The prohibition pledge acknowledges the growing importance of women voters.
India should welcome the agreement between the US and Iran without reservation.
Nepal’s leaders need to be reminded that only a full national reconciliation will create the right atmosphere for the new constitution.
Centre has been pragmatic by signalling its willingness to let states take charge of land amendments
Punjab Police's attempts to extract patient records from deaddiction centres place such programmes at risk
The Godavari stampede was avoidable. Can we ensure that it is the last?
Iran nuclear deal is by no means perfect. But it is significant, most of all, for what it avoids.
The European Community has drawn its most draconian line yet with Greece. But the third bailout will also fail.
Debate over the appointment of the FTII chairman has acquired an elitist hue.
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.
If outcomes match the promise, Skill India could be Prime Minister Modi’s enduring legacy.
In its alacrity and lack of proportion, CBI action against the activist invites accusations of vindictiveness.
Harper Lee presents a new hero and a new question to her readers.
It’s better to adopt measures to tighten the creation of black money than to be quixotic about its return.
Has AAP thought through its promise of a plebiscite on full statehood for Delhi?
The pervasive elitism of higher education institutions has to be challenged. But their further decimation must also be resisted.
Gossip, half-facts and some fiction cannot masquerade as history.
It says Amnesty does not make the same noises about the complete absence of any democratic mechanisms or rights of Kashmiris in PoK.
For far too long, BCCI ignored cricket’s inner voice. The court has served it a public, and momentous, rebuke.
Iran’s relations with the world will be recast. India must seize the diplomatic space that opens because of the nuclear deal.
‘New Horizons’ reveals the-planet-that-wasn’t is bigger than we thought. What other mysteries are in store?
The rot in higher education set in long ago. Its politics transcends particular governments.
Why Sirisena government is holding parliamentary elections ahead of schedule
Pakistan and India are joined together by shared crises. Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif would rather trade than fight a war.
Reducing preventable disease should be a developmental priority. Government needs to invest in a healthier future.
The SCO summit, welcoming India and Pakistan as full members, was indeed a good place to restart the dialogue.
Greece agreement is good news for global economic stability. Athens must now mend its ways.
Manipur needs to reimagine itself. Centre needs to relook at the region too
Roger Federer is no longer emperor, but he is still a contender. And thereby hangs a tale.
Centre’s untidy money management creates unnecessary economic volatility and impedes investment
Push for cash transfers tacitly asks citizens to fend for themselves.
The Vajpayee years saw their share of scandal — but there were victories too, such as the decision not to send troops to Iraq.
Labour, environment and IPR standards in the Trans-Pacific Partnership will influence future Indo-US agreements.
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.
International cooperation on tax evasion is welcome. But questions on US-India agreement remain.
The public health system is failing all stakeholders: practitioners, patients and their families.
Then, Plato and Aristotle, and now Mr Tsipras. How did Greece fall so low?
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.
Boastful talk of the India-Pakistan matchup being better than the Ashes has disappeared these days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown true leadership and mobilised the resources which the urgency demanded.
The US is upset over the Home Ministry’s stringent action against the Ford Foundation, which has made its continuation in India problematic.
KCS was the kind of bureaucrat, scholar who is indispensable to modern India’s foundations.
Socio-Economic and Caste Census can help identify welfare beneficiaries without falling into a binary trap.
Yakub’s cousin Usman Memon has been in Nagpur since Tuesday. On Tuesday, he was not allowed to meet him.
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