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100 alternative days

Donald Trump crosses his first milestone, but is fiercely challenged along the way

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Opposition needed

It is disappointing that the Supreme Court should push for a Lokpal in the absence of a leader of Opposition

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BCCI’s choice

It can be the popular king of a growing game or the despised don of a dying sport

April 28, 1977: Indo-Soviet trade

Indian and Soviet representatives signed three agreements, one of which will provide India credit of 250 million rouble (amounting to Rs 225 crore).

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Subtle glow

Vinod Khanna shone on the silver screen — and reflected a changing India.

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Reading the bounce

In current stock market rally, role of local investors provides comfort. But an economic rebound is still far.

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For city’s sake

BJP’s new municipal councillors in Delhi and the AAP-run government must learn to work together.

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Snatching defeat

AAP’s MCD drubbing is an outcome of its inattention to the civic governance issues that it highlighted to rise to power.

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Counting on Younis

The 10,000-run mark is spectacular. But the cricketer has already blazed a quieter trail.

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Discipline and punish

Government action against Public Health Foundation of India appears arbitrary and opaque.

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April 27, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Dissolving Assemblies

It was extraneous as far as the Constitution was concerned to say that because they lost in the general election, they had lost the confidence of the people, De said.

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A tragedy repeated

Maoist attack in Sukma revives questions about counter-insurgency preparedness that urgently need to be addressed.

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100 per cent artist

Nawazuddin Siddiqui challenges identity politics, without saying a word.

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Mechanic, oracle

Pirsig, hands-on student of motorcycle maintenance, helped generations mend the rift between philosophy and life.

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April 26, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Antony Is Kerala CM

Antony, who heads the KPCC and is a bachelor, will be the country’s youngest chief minister at 37.

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New India?

If unchecked, vigilantism in the name of the cow could render meaningless all vision documents and development plans.

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Quick Gun EC

Election Commission’s proposals to deal with problem of bribing of voters could upend principles of natural justice.

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Outsiders in Élysée

Liberals take solace in Marine Le Pen’s performance, but there are echoes of Brexit sentiment in French elections.

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April 25, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Pak Long March

Arshad Chowdhury, a member of the PNA’s national council, said, “This time, Bhutto has decided to burn his boats.” He was seeking “to set the army and the people against each other,” he said.

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Monsoon cheer

Government must draw up plans, in coordination with states, to prepare for good rains in June-July

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Project Cow

Minister’s proposal to model it on Project Tiger shows a fundamental misunderstanding of both programmes

April 24, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Morarji to industry

Desai said trust, like respect, was something to be earned, not asked for.

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April 22, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Bhutto called on the army to take over Karachi, Lahore and Hyderabad.

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UK snaps to polls

Across the world, politicians are using elections and referendums to mask their own abdications

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Bury the row

Centre, EC press ahead with paper trails for EVMs. All parties must now move on

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Rift Valley

Onus is on leaders of BJP-PDP, especially BJP, to protect the fragile alliance in J&K from its own sharp edges

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April 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago

The moral basis of these Congress governments disappeared with the total rejection of the Congress in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

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Making money

Even shredded currency notes can turn a profit

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Sharif on edge

Court gives Pak PM a breather but a cloud hangs over him. This will have consequences for India-Pak too

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Lal batti is off

It’s taken an age for the powers that be to realise how obscene is the red beacon on their car. Hopefully, this is a beginning

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The Mallya signal

His arrest is a welcome first step. Now follow up this case, while also bringing in systemic reforms to address bad loan crisis

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April 20, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Karunakaran had taken oath as CM three months earlier, after the Congress-led coalition won the assembly election, held after the Emergency, with an unprecedented majority.

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Leave it to Bollywood

Official projects to promote Hindi could reopen old wounds. Why rely on them when Hindi has better ambassadors?

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Wheel of justice

Supreme Court order in the Babri demolition case holds out hope of closure. Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh must step down

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April 19, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Charan Singh said an unprecedented political situation had arisen with virtual rejection of the Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections.

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A thousand cuts

Even if the official Censor Board is curbed, relax, we’ll always have other sanskari chowkidars