India NSG, india NSG membership, India nuclear suppliers group, india china China NSG, India NSG bid, latest news, india news,
The great delusion

India’s claim is not in doubt, but its NSG bid shows machismo more than maturity.

De-addicting Punjab

Policymakers will need to be determined and innovative

Birsa’s forgotten children

Jharkhand unshackles the tribal hero, but who will rescue its poorly-paid women health workers?

View From The Right: Politics of yoga

The editorial in Organiser, “Shirshasana with political glasses on,” comments on those leaders who “preferred either to boycott Yoga Day or uproot it from the Bharatiya roots”. It says “some people with so-called secular and anti-Modi glasses chose to stand on their head in protest” against the Yoga Day. The Bihar government “distanced itself from […]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP, National Democratic Alliance, Narendra Modi, Congress, NDA government, india news
Method in opposition madness

The anti-Modi, anti-BJP and anti-government frenzy is increasing proportionately to the expansion of the BJP across the country.

Brexit, EU referendum. United Kingdom, Racism, Racism UK, Racism BBC reporters, racist attacks in UK, racist society, racist video, latest news, World News
The crowd that pushed for Brexit doesn’t have a clue on the road ahead

The outcome of Brexit vote has been a $2 trillion fall in global markets.

SC collegium, supreme court collegium, supreme court judges, sc judges appointment, ts thakur, cji, chief justice of india, cji t s thakur, new supreme court judges, njac, supreme court njac, nda, nda government, india news
When Judges Got It Wrong

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

modi, modi interview, arnab goswami, times now, narendra modi, pm narendra modi, #pmspeakstoarnab, modi speaks to arnab goswami, subramanian swamy, raghuram rajan, swamy's attack inappropriate, arvind subramanian, arun jaitley, arnab goswami, times now,#pmspeakstoarnab, modi interview with arnab, arnab interviews modi,india news, latest news
Raja-Mandala: Modi govt’s renewed efforts for NSG membership are worth following

The Narendra Modi government is not easily rattled by disapproving noises.

7th pay commission, 7th pay, pay commission latest, pay commission, pay hike, pay hike central government employees, pay hike central government pensioners, india news, business news
The price of basic income

Providing basic income guarantee to all citizens makes a lot of sense intuitively. But the implementation cost in any country, including India, would be prohibitive.

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

Panikkar wrote plays and poetry, essays and theoretical texts on the music of Kerala called Sopanam

Eleanor Zelliot, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Dr Ambedkar, Dalit movement, west, Dalit movement west, west countries Babasaheb Ambedkar, west countries Dalit movement, indian express columns
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.

gender 480
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.

Gulberg Society, Gulberg Society massacre, Gulberg Society attack, 2002 Gulberg massacre, ehsan jafri, zakia jafri, zakia jafri petition, ehsan jafri death, ehsan jafri murder, india news
Conspiracy, under the carpet

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

EU, uk, eu uk, uk esit from eu, brexit, british exit, eu britain, france, eu, germany eu, france finance minister Michel Sapin, British exit from EU, Britain, world news.
Brexit’s Aftershocks

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

rbi chief, rbi governor, raghuram rajan, raghuram rajan RBI, raghuram rajan quits, new rbi governor, new rbi chief, business news, india news, latest news
Banking on future

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

donald trump, US, US presidential elections 2016, US presidential elections, US elections, US polls, Trump, Trump GOP, donald trump news, trump news, trump, US election, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump twitter, GOP, republican primary, GOP chairman
The Trump spectre

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

Rahul Gandhi, Turkey visit, kerala, kerala CPM, kerala congress, GST bill, kerala GST bill, ajit jogi, india news, indian express columns
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.

brexit, eu referendum, referendum, european union, britain, us, britain us, britain america, brexit america, brexit us, US UK, united kingdom us, united kingdom america, Susan Rice, world news
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.

Raghuram Rajan, Rajan academics, Rajan in Chicago, RBI governor raghuram rajan, raghuram rajan speech, economist raghuram rajan, raghuram rajan booth business school, india news
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.

Narasimha Rao, hamid ansari, pv narasimha rao, mixed legacy, k natwar singh, Babri masjid, Babri Masjid demolition, babri demolition sonia gandhi, Narasimha Rao sonia gandhi intelligence watch, Congress, Congress babri demolition, india news, indian express news
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.

EU, uk, eu uk, uk esit from eu, brexit, british exit, eu britain, france, eu, germany eu, france finance minister Michel Sapin, British exit from EU, Britain, world news.
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

brexit, eu referendum, europe referendum, UK, UK referendum, polish plumber, france polish plumber, indian express columns
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.

india, india emergency, 1976 one year of emergency, beirut, beirut palestine war, vietnam unification, indian express, indian express during emergency,
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.

pkaistan, india, iran, afghanistan, india chabahar treaty, india afghan iran chabahar port, pakistan afghan taliban, taliban pakistan, pakistan news, india news, latest news
Telling Them Why

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

uttar pradesh, uttar pradesh Assembly election, uttar pradesh caste politics, up caste politics, 2017 up elections, bsp, bahujan samaj party, mayawati, bsp 2017 up elections, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Swami Prasad Maurya, bjp up elections, bsp caste politics, up dalit politics, up news, india news, latest news
Caste in question

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

Pahlaj Nihalani, Gajendra chauhan, FTII, CBFC, Modi govt FTII, Modi govt CBFC, CBFC chief row, FTII head row, FTII protest, udta punjab, Udta punjab cuts, indian film industry, kathakali censorship, indian film censorship, entertainment news, india news, indian express column
Minders Of The Cinema

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

kairana. hukum kairana, uttar pradesh elections, uttar pradesh elections 2017, up polls, up polls 2017, hukum singh, rajnath singh, hukum singh controversy, kairana exodus, hindu family fled, migration, criminal extortion in kairana, bjp, akhilesh yadav, indian express news, india news
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.

reservation, india reservation system, jat reservation, patidar reservation, kapu reservation, india obc list, govt jobs reservation, obc govt jobs, india news, latest news, indian express column
Solution is the problem

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

Raghuram Rajan, Rajan academics, Rajan in Chicago, RBI governor raghuram rajan, raghuram rajan speech, economist raghuram rajan, raghuram rajan booth business school, india news
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 […]

bangladesh, bangladesh arrests, bangladesh crackdown, bangladesh militants, sheikh hasina government, bangladesh human rights, blogger murders bangladesh, news, islamic state bangladesh, bangladesh news, world news, international news, latest news
Fear and loathing in Dhaka

Despite increasing attacks by Islamist militants, Sheikh Hasina’s government fails to act. Lack of a credible, viable opposition in parliament makes people’s despondency deeper.

thailand, india, thailand president in india, india thailand relations, thailand healthcare, healthcare facilities in thailand, india thailand trade, india thailand defence, india thailand security, , national health security act, life expectancy rate in thailand, life expectancy rate in india, child mortality, indian express column
Lessons for India in Thailand’s experience on universal healthcare

Thailand is a good example of how a middle-income country can provide healthcare cover to its entire population (almost!) in a relatively short period of time

uttar pradesh elections 2017, uttar pradesh polls, uttar pradesh polls 2017, up polls, up politics, uttar pradesh politics, dalit votes, akhilesh yadav, mayawati, bsp, uttar pradesh development, congress, bjp, up bjp, indian express column
The dead ends of Uttar Pradesh

One way of skirting them in the next polls is to bring trifurcation of the state on to the political agenda.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) performs yoga during World Yoga Day in Chandigarh, India, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
Yoga and magic

Ministers struck awkward poses. If there is maun yoga, let Salman Khan practice it.

india, india population, india population growth, united nations, united nations population report, asia pacific population, aia population, india news
Real growth vs spurious criticism

The Central Statistical Office has never resorted to deception, nor is it doing so now.

arun jaitley, finance minister, finance minister arun jaitley, finance minister jaitley, fm arun jaitley, jaitley, union cabinet meeting, textile sector, apparel sector, textile sector employment, apparel sector employment, employment, prime minister, narendra modi, modi, india news
Stitching up employment

Government’s measures to boost the apparel industry are timely as China’s declining competitiveness provides opportunity for India.

Raghuram Rajan, RBI chief on Brexit, Brexit, India on Brexit, Raghram rajan on brexit, US elections threat to India, indian economy, economy growth India, latest news, world news Raghuram Rajan, Raghuram Rajan resigns, RBI governor, new RBI governor, RBI governor term, RBI news, India news, Indian economy news
Uncompromisingly Rajan: Ability to say no and to live happily with consequences makes him unique

Reappointment of Raghuram Rajan as RBI governor would have transformed this stroke of luck into a tangible sign of change.