Friday, Dec 19, 2014
Broadband connectivity key to rural development

The benefits of the broadband connectivity to the rural population are immense with the convergence of voice, data and video.

Cowardly Attack

The army had claimed that this operation had put an end to more than 90 per cent of terrorist activities in the North Waziristan region.

Global Gita

Bhagavad Gita is not a religious book: “it has been translated world over and is meant for the whole community.”

Song of forgetting

The dominant history of the Chennai music season has excluded a more encompassing chapter of its past.

Strategic assets no longer maintainable

I once asked a senior military commander if the army had a button to ensure that those who joined the good Taliban would not turn bad later.

The Cabinet note stated that domestic workers who are recruited to work overseas must be protected from abuse and exploitation.
The other Indians

Lost in Khobragade clamour was plight of migrant workers abroad. It still is.

Such a long nightmare

Pakistan must find the will to confront not just jihadist fighters, but also their project

Solar power can be the game-changer for inclusive growth

Solar power can ease up the availability of these resources to the rural population.

Together we can

It has taken more than 60 years to make this mess. It will take time to fix it.

This terror has a name

The violence of the Taliban has been internalised. Religion has been twisted beyond recognition.

Pakistan’s greatest enemy is denial

December 16 attack is the result of a sustained national policy gone wrong.

The weakest link

RuPay debit cards could be the Jan Dhan Yojana’s undoing

Mostly cloudy

Lima failure was foretold. A robust climate change regime must be based on equity

View from the left

The CPI(ML)’s ML Update has said the campaign is “intended to demolish the dignified existence and rights of religious minorities in India”.

Xi Jinping
Chinese takeaway: Beijing’s Afghan Role

Post-Partition geography has made Pakistan the most important regional actor in Afghanistan.

By the states, for the states

The Planning Commission has increasingly become an anachronistic behemoth, although it did play a crucial role in the initial years.

Crude opportunity

A cess on petrol/ diesel to bankroll infrastructure projects is an idea for this moment.

India Railways
Laying new tracks

A railway university would promote synergy between operations and academia.

Too harsh to work

The call to ‘shun drugs, not addicts’ makes little sense as the narcotics law criminalises drug use.

The jihad on Twitter

When journalists are kept away from the frontline, propaganda and disinformation can rush in.

The clamour, the silence

The second conceptual breakthrough was in framing sexual assaults as expressions of power, not crimes of passion.

About men

Interventions that address ‘masculinity’ seem more effective than those that ignore influence of gender norms in sexual violence.

Forty-three years of denial

Imran Khan had to reschedule his plan to shut down Pakistan on December 16.

Not the same thing

For the most part, certainly in most STEM disciplines, good research often requires expensive infrastructure — labs, equipment, libraries etc.

Modi’s Diplomacy: Yoga, Democracy and India’s Soft Power

Modi govt should also distance itself from the efforts of Hindu groups at home and abroad that want to take back yoga.

A kiss isn’t just a kiss

Cinema may not have invented kissing, but movies helped make it more essential

United by IS

If a nuclear deal remains uncertain, future military cooperation between Iran and the US is even harder to expect.

On the Record: ‘In medical school, we are taught how to fix a problem. But not enough time is spent on problems we cannot fix.

US-based doctor and writer has written his most recent book, ‘Being Mortal’.

Good Serviceable Tax

Five challenges the Centre needs to address before GST can be rolled out.

309 reasons why

Repeal of the inhuman provision criminalising suicide is long overdue

Revisit the endgameplan

Washington should let conditions on the ground determine US policy and presence in Afghanistan, not the electoral calendar in America

From the discomfort zone: Challenge to exit mediocrity

‘Make in India’ is the start of solving our country’s major problems.

Flip side: Nobel intentions

Since Narendra Modi gifted the Bhagawad Gita to US President Barack Obama, it has already received the honour of a national scripture.

Fifth column: Stop Hindutva now

Why is the Prime Minister not publicly rebuking them for dragging Hindutva into his mandate in the ugliest way?

What if whites were the minority?

The big inequality debate is about rich and poor, and some folks don’t seem to notice all the inequality that comes with race.

Out of my mind: The idea of Pakistan

It is a distant dream and, more than that, they know in their hearts they will never have it.