Saturday, Aug 30, 2014
What’s the Flight Plan?

On love jihad and the failure of airline journalism.

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.

Friends for the future

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

For 2015 WC, selectors will have to do a balancing act

Ishant Sharma should be one among the three pacers India will be looking to play the 2015 WC.

Some big ideas and images to match

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

The critical insider

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

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?

Felling the straw man

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

Not by a stricter law alone

Disturbing new trends have emerged in rape judgments

And there’s no one else to blame

Since Modi has centralised power, the buck rests with him

Keep out will, whim and fancy

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

From the Urdu Press: Bypoll pointers

Multi-edition daily Sahafat proclaimed in its front-page report: Political commentators are of the view that the magic of Modi has started losing its glow.

Not in a fit state

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

Writing freedom

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

View from the right: Pak-centric mindset

Getting out of the “Pak-centric mindset” would be in the best interest of India’s foreign policy, says an editorial in the Organiser.

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.

Reverse swing

The recent bypolls brought out the cricketing metaphors.

That man next to Lalu

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

Because Gaza is there to stay

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

Under Government Control

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

The new young

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

View from the left

The CPI’s NewAge says there was nothing “that could be really called first” in the speech.

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.

Chinese takeaway

In the inter-war period, the conflict between Indian nationalism and Britain sharpened steadily.

American bungle

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

To give women their due

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

Rethinking impunity

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

Pass mark

Bihar’s grand alliance may declare victory. But to become an alternative to the BJP, its test begins now.

Champagne socialist

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

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

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

The barefoot government

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

The wrong end of the right debate

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

Left behind at 135

India needs a national effort to speed up human development.

Making friends with the middle

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

Modi’s red lines

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


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