Friday, May 22, 2015

Columns

22 May 2015

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

22 May 2015

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

22 May 2015

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

22 May 2015

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

22 May 2015

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

22 May 2015

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

22 May 2015

22 May 2015

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

22 May 2015

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

22 May 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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Holy spirits

Kerala church wants to brew more wine to meet liturgical needs. Sure thing, provided it shares.

May 22, Forty Years Ago: Farakka is ready

The Farakka barrage across the Ganga was dedicated to the nation. The project, primarily meant to preserve the Calcutta port by diverting water through feeder channels to the Hooghly, was made possible by the Indo-Bangladesh agreement. Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Jagjivan Ram complimented the “farsightedness” of Bangladesh President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the […]

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Osama’s bookshelf

Reveals the mind of an icon who inspired a generation of Islamists and a tide of violence.

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The snooping state

NDA government agrees with its predecessor on the overreaching importance of state surveillance.

May 21, Forty Years Ago: No nuclear deal

India rejected a Pakistani proposal for a multilateral guarantee that it would use nuclear power only for peaceful purposes.

In his own image

Will the real Shakespeare please stand up?

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Murder mystery

New evidence exposes police version of the Tirupati forest killings.

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Good as gold

While imaginative, the scheme to monetise private reserves must be backed by assurances.

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May 20, Forty Years Ago: MISA mischief

Opposition parties had blocked the bill, which allowed the government to detain a person without trial for two years, in Parliament earlier that month.

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Unnatural justice

Baffled police plead for more time to ponder criminal angle of sex toys.

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New horizons

While South Korea is a neglected and natural partner, Mongolia signals a fresh diplomatic vision.

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Battle of Delhi

Chief minister has the right to pick his babus. Lieutenant governor should not force a showdown.

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May 19, Forty Years Ago: Making steel

A look at the front page of Indian Express on May 19, published forty years ago.

At sea

Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean finds a tragic echo in the plight of the Rohingyas.

High insecurity

Three separate incidents reassert the urgent need for laws protecting whistleblowers and witnesses.

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Aruna Shanbaug: Her story, ours too

Aruna Shanbaug is dead. The life and death debate lives on.

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May 18, Forty Years Ago: She climbs Everest

A look at the front page of Indian Express on May 18, published forty years ago.

Featherweight issue

The Mahatma does not need the protection of the courts.

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Frankly, Beijing

PM’s visit to China marked a reset in ties — less soaring rhetoric, more pragmatic engagement.

No House of cards

Government should engage with the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, instead of speaking of hierarchies.

A studied move

Government’s amendments to the child labour law are pragmatic. But more remains to be done.

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Paid his dues

With B.B. King’s death, the world has another reason to sing the blues.

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May 15, Forty Years Ago: Over Cambodian skies

A look at the front page of Indian Express on May 12, published forty years ago.

Photo finish

SC prunes politicians’ mugshots from government advertisements. But is this really its calling?

The darkest Shangri-la

North Korea reportedly executed its defence minister for snoozing during a meeting. Or did it?

Back in black

New law is welcome, but more effective solutions to tax evasion lie in GST and reform of political funding.

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May 14, Forty Years Ago: Call to rebel

Socialist leader Madhu Limaye asked the Congress Young Turks, Chandra Shekhar and Mohan Dharia, to join the JP movement.

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Pakistan, Pakistani

A narrowing idea of citizenship has left many out in the cold and emboldened attacks of the kind seen in Karachi.

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Hearing Aid

Government monitoring of social media is not, by itself, a problem. But it needs greater oversight.

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My Lord!

Jayalalithaa loyalist wants newborns named after judge who acquitted her.

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May 13, Forty Years Ago: Relief for Bahuguna

UP Chief Minister H.N. Bahuguna claimed that there was no move to oust him from office.

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Hothead nation

India’s denial of psychological dysfunction is incubating a violent society.

Beijing beckons

Modi has made a bold effort in recasting Sino-Indian ties. He must overcome the resistance at home.

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The state of welfare

Modi government’s insurance and pension schemes are a step in the right direction.

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Get over the media

AAP doesn’t have to stoop to using defamation law like a kill switch. Why doesn’t it just switch off instead?

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A roaring success

But a political prestige issue must not be allowed to endanger the last wild population of Asiatic lions.