Columns

4 Aug 2015

Military voices now challenge the established narrative of the Bangladesh war.

4 Aug 2015

An investment stimulus, not a trimmer budget, is the need of the hour.

4 Aug 2015

After failing to keep the peace, the Samajwadi Party now denies Muzaffarnagar victims' plight.

4 Aug 2015

In the environment ministry, Moily must reset procedures, weed out opacity and bias.

4 Aug 2015

The 15th Lok Sabha has passed some big-ticket laws. But not enough laws.

4 Aug 2015

The Ugly Indian and the Ugly American have rediscovered each other.

4 Aug 2015

4 Aug 2015

No cause for them. Sensex worries are overdone and India is in a much better position to deal with it.

4 Aug 2015

This abbreviated winter session has marked one of the lowest points of the 15th Lok Sabha.

4 Aug 2015

Unlikely alliances and surprising reconciliations mark the politics of the moment.

20 Jul 1951

Our politics is becoming home to intolerance, exclusion, sub-democratic solutions.

27 Jul 1951

The government has chosen the wrong way to address India’s research deficit.

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August 4, Forty Years Ago: Reserves Dip

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on August 4, Forty Years Ago.

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As plans go

Obama’s climate action agenda is the most ambitious by a US president yet. It is not enough.

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Without exception

For a real cleansing, apply conflict of interest rules to cricket’s players as well as to its administrators

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Inside, not outside

Congress must come back to House, ensure that Parliament debates issues of ministerial propriety and conflict of interest.

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No clean slate

Bihar’s youngest political party sends out some dispiriting signals ahead of the state’s election.

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Tread carefully

Devolution of funds to states, pruning of Centrally sponsored schemes, need to be thought through

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Rural respite

Monsoon seems better than expected. But it will take more to relieve the pressure on rural incomes

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More things change

Attack in Jerusalem is a sobering reminder that in much of the world, including India, it’s not safe to be gay.

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Mapping the future

India and Bangladesh bury a Partition legacy. Now, both countries must focus on trade and connectivity

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July 31, Forty Years Ago: Peace Is Doable

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on July 31, Forty Years Ago.

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Hurt by Bahubali

A debate about representation that is in danger of being reduced to mere muscle-flexing.

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Rites of transition

Confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death brings closure. And the warning that a more unpredictable era is here.

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Missing in action

Gurdaspur underlined that India’s fight against terror lacks reliable and modern counter-terror forces.

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Hey, bestie

Looks like the embattled Fifa president has at least one powerful ally — Vladimir Putin.

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Crisis at the bank

Modi government may have underestimated the gravity of the issue. It must act urgently.

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Yakub Abdul Razak Memon shouldn’t have been hanged

It may be too late for Yakub Memon. But it is time for India to rethink the use of the death penalty.

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July 29, Forty Years Ago: Badal Indicted

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on July 29, Forty Years Ago.

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Dutee can run

Decision to allow the sprinter to compete again finally acknowledges that nature is not neat.

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Towards unfreedom

Court order on the hijab in the examination hall risks overruling a fundamental freedom.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday rejected the mercy plea of Yakub Memon crushing all hopes of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict.
For justice’s sake

SC is right to set up a larger bench in Yakub Memon case. It should address the issues raised, not rush to a judgment.

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July 28, Forty Years Ago: Floods In Assam

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on July 28, Forty Years Ago.

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Questions remain

The court’s exoneration of Sreesanth cannot be read as a clean chit.

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After Gurdaspur

It is important for the PM to shut his ears to the tweets of the hawks, and stay the course on Pakistan.

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The idea president

Kalam answered the need, in cynical times, for a role model who had no axe to grind, who spoke of igniting the mind.

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July 27, Forty Years Ago: Capital Murder

A look at the front page of The Indian Express, published on July 27, Forty Years Ago.

Letters to the Editor: Street House

It has been a convention for a minister to resign, owning moral responsibility for any irregularity.

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Minimum governance

PSU board vacancies signal that different standards of regulation apply to government and private companies.

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Break from Bofors

Defence procurement process has focused obsessively on avoiding scandal. Revised policy must change this.

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Tying RBI’s hands

Mechanism proposed by the revised draft of the Indian Financial Code undermines central bank independence.

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Indian Ocean games

Delhi must stop complaining and start thinking of how to repair strained ties with the Maldives

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Losing shine

Sinking gold prices speak of inflation control, on which there must be no let up.

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‘Archie’: Forever 16

‘Archie’ comics harked of innocent cruelties intrinsic to growing up.

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Lieutenant emperor

His daily overreach and interference diminishes his office and disrespects the people’s mandate in Delhi

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Its inner voice

BJP desires a “Congress-mukt Bharat”. Its response to Shanta Kumar shows it also wants a dissent-mukt BJP.

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Return of BRT

Delhi’s bus corridor was a good idea. Now, it must be rescued from its shoddy execution.

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Malleable destinies

E.L. Doctorow’s mixing of history and fiction made him one of the most read American writers of the last half century.