Saturday, Aug 02, 2014
A less sterile story

Historiography needs to go beyond Eurocentrism and saffronisation.

Splash of bad taste

Producers of highbrow art never quite shake off a need for what’s further down.

Don’t give up on Prasar Bharati

Political will to let it mature has been absent. That is not its own failing.

Right reasons to get hitched

A headlong rush into PPPs will only leave a trail of disputes, renegotiations, corruption.

Becoming Poirot

Suchet’s portrayal was more than the sum of the character’s distinctive props.

The political pilgrim

But Modi must carefully step away from Nepal’s domestic debates on the Hindu state.

The chief’s challenge

General Suhag has 30 months to push the army modernisation project.

After Saharanpur

It seems that the extremist elements want to maintain this type of atmosphere in UP and create a sense of fear and insecurity among minorities.

Revisit and review

2013 law freezes land acquisition by imposing lengthy procedures and high costs.

The real disaster: price of urban land

2013 law expanded rights of losers of livelihood and land, but failed to recognise economics of land.

Give 2013 law a fair chance

For the first time, the interests of farmers, livelihood losers and SC/ST communities have been given high priority.

A right to anonymity

France’s burqa ban stokes a debate on rights and duties in the modern state.

Ten years 25 miles later

Nasa’s Mars rover Opportunity is breaking new ground.

Terror connection

Pakistan plays a role in the story of ISIS founder Abu Musaab al Zarqawi.

Suffocating together, inside the bubble

Israelis and Palestinians must stop circling the grindstone of violence, remember the future

The real threat to WTO

…isn’t India. It is miscast in the role of spoiler.

In the name of India, why?

Modi-led BJP is pursuing an illogical and regressive anti-trade-facilitation stance at the WTO.

A letter to a friend in Gaza

Our demand to demilitarise the Strip is not only for Israelis; it’s also for you, Fathi. We prefer happy neighbours to suffering neighbours.

View from the left: RSS and Palestine

BJP argument that solidarity with Palestine is tantamount to ‘appeasement’ of Muslims in India” makes it worse.

For schools to be safe

They must follow some protective protocols that are standard and mandatory.

How to be smart

It is important to look at what went wrong with the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

So many regulators

Sectoral agencies are trying to chip at the Competition Commission’s mandate, causing confusion.

Branding the babu

PM’s style has sparked enthusiasm in bureaucracy — and some unease.

A khaki overhaul

Higher Muslim representation alone won’t address the minority’s mistrust of police.

Achhe din, like old times

Government has quickly descended into a mix of trifles, alibis and risk averseness.

Starting over

Swaraj’s message was clear: Delhi wants to depart from past practice of missing opportunities.

The less said, the worse

India’s silence on critical global issues fits poorly with its global aspirations.

Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi
A ‘principled’ Congress stance at the WTO?

If India succeeds in stalling talks, Modi will only be endorsing UPA’s very bad food procurement and economic policies .

Advent of bonkers TV

Increasingly, shows careen from one gasp-inducing plot point to the next.

Modi’s institutional designs

His approach resembles that of Indira Gandhi. But he must note: in Delhi, what one controls, slips away.

The stories we don’t see

We in the news media fall down in covering the big trends.

To be a fundamentalist Hindu

That’s the only way to fight Hindu fundamentalists.

Balance of responsibility

For nuclear development, India must be part of a stable liability regime.

Between life and death

On euthanasia, courts should step back, let Parliament decide.

Three fundamentals that change behaviour

As incomes grew, so did adultery. Divorce rose from 3,41,000 in 1980 to 2.2 million in 2013.

Inside track: Zero Hour

Modi believes that there will be unnecessary delays if objections are put as file notings, as these files shuttle back and forth.