Columns

28 Jun 2016

Military voices now challenge the established narrative of the Bangladesh war.

28 Jun 2016

An investment stimulus, not a trimmer budget, is the need of the hour.

28 Jun 2016

After failing to keep the peace, the Samajwadi Party now denies Muzaffarnagar victims' plight.

28 Jun 2016

In the environment ministry, Moily must reset procedures, weed out opacity and bias.

28 Jun 2016

The 15th Lok Sabha has passed some big-ticket laws. But not enough laws.

28 Jun 2016

The Ugly Indian and the Ugly American have rediscovered each other.

28 Jun 2016

28 Jun 2016

No cause for them. Sensex worries are overdone and India is in a much better position to deal with it.

28 Jun 2016

This abbreviated winter session has marked one of the lowest points of the 15th Lok Sabha.

28 Jun 2016

Unlikely alliances and surprising reconciliations mark the politics of the moment.

20 Jul 1951

Our politics is becoming home to intolerance, exclusion, sub-democratic solutions.

27 Jul 1951

The government has chosen the wrong way to address India’s research deficit.

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Stop the world…

…I want to get off — it isn’t that easy. The crowd that pushed for Brexit doesn’t have a clue on the road ahead.

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June 28, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Plane Hijacked

An Air France spokesman in Paris said Libya officials had boarded the airbus at Benghazi airport to negotiate with six Palestinian skyjackers.

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Magic in the boots

Lionel Messi’s legacy is more than the cups he has failed to win for Argentina.

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When Judges Got It Wrong

The ‘ADM Jabalpur’ judgment in the backdrop of Emergency remains a blot.

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Clueless in Chennai

Congress will need more than leadership change to revive its fortunes in Tamil Nadu.

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Raja-Mandala: Play it again, Sam!

The Narendra Modi government is not easily rattled by disapproving noises. Its renewed efforts for NSG membership are worth following.

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The price of basic income

While the world ponders the fallout of Brexit, another referendum took place in Europe this month, which was no less significant. In Switzerland, a proposal for adults to be paid an unconditional monthly income, whether they worked or not, was up for a vote. It was defeated by a big margin – 77 opposed the […]

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Rooted, yet innovative

Panikkar’s was uniquely Kerala theatre and, therefore, truly national.

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Brexit opportunity

With the right policy framework, an uncertain global investment environment can actually work in India’s favour.

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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.

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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.

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Conspiracy, under the carpet

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

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Brexit’s Aftershocks

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

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Banking on future

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

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The Trump spectre

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

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Eastward bound

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

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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.

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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.

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Rajan did nothing to discourage silly adulation

He maintained a dignified silence, as RBI Governors should, in the initial months of his appointment. But no sooner did Narendra Modi become PM than he took to commenting on almost everything.

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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.

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Brexit is a revolt of a significant section of England against itself

With Britain voting to leave the European Union, we are now entering a brave new world

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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.

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Hard work ahead

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

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Coach Kumble

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

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Somebody pinch us

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

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June 25, 1976, Forty Years Ago: A Year Of Emergency

A look at the front page of the Indian Express on June 25, forty years ago.

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Telling Them Why

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

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Caste in question

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

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June 24, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Goodbye To Peons

A look at the front page of the Indian Express on June 24, forty years ago.

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Tripping the elephant

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

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A material change

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

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Heavy lifter

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

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Minders Of The Cinema

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

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The Urdu Press: Kairana falsehood

In his report, R.K. Raghav has said that in view of the forthcoming assembly elections in UP the BJP has aroused a false sense of insecurity among the Hindus in order to get their votes in the election.

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Solution is the problem

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

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Disarmed by Rajan

Surviving officers of the 1953 batch of the Indian Police Service consider Raghuram Rajan as one of their own. When he was appointed governor of the Reserve Bank, we were overjoyed. When he appeared on television to explain his decisions, we listened intently. When his integrity was questioned by the BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, we […]