If governments want, they can discourage the dishonourable practice- encounter

India and Nepal must build on the socio-cultural foundations of their relationship

GST avoids the challenge of shifting to a higher proportion of direct taxes

A Legal Information Management & Briefing System can help reduce government litigation

cow vigilantes, india cow vigilantes, gau rakshaks, india communal disharmony, US on India cow vigilantes, International Religious Freedom report on cow vigilantes
Where freedom has gone

As a society and as individuals, we are quick to succumb to the temptation of being unfree.

doklam standoff, doklam, doklam issue, doklam effect, indo-china border, india-china relations, indian army, chinese military
Seize the Doklam crisis

India must use this moment to announce a set of long-term measures to improve military readiness vis-a-vis China

narendra modi, PM modi, aiadmk, modi wish aiadmk, modi tamil nadu support, aiadmk merger, Tamil Nadu government, Edappadi K Palaniswami, panneerselvam, VK Sasikala, tamil nadu politics, indian express news, india news
Out of my mind: Modi’s new BJP

Modi’s advantage is exactly that people underestimate him as a thinking person.

sikkim, india china, india china border dispute, india china sikkim dispute, sikkim border tensions, sikkim standoff, sikkim news, indo china, india china, indo china tensions, indo china border tensions, indo china treaty, india china peace treaty, bhutan, india news
Inside Track: Personal property?

As a formality, the periodical sought permission from the Nehru Memorial Fund, housed in Teen Murti Marg and funded largely by government grants, to reproduce the draft speech to commemorate the 70th year of Independence.

Gained in Translation: Spectator turning into onlooker

Contemporary theatre will pay a heavy price for this disdain towards the spectator, who should not be imagined as the end point of a supply chain but as the centre of the communication process.

kashmir, kashmir violence, kahsmir issue,kashmir unrest, kashmir stone pelting, pakistan militants, kashmir news
Fifth Column: Hugs for Kashmir

Our current Kashmir problem was created by two mistakes made by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv. Mrs Gandhi made the mistake of wrongly toppling Farooq Abdullah’s government in 1984 and replacing him with a cipher.

india at 70, indian economy, economic survey, gdp growth, employment, skilld development, rbi monetary policy
Across the aisle: India at 70 – The Economy (continued)

The RBI’s monetary policy statement has confirmed many of the conclusions. According to the RBI, business sentiment reflects expectations of moderation of activity in Q2 of 2017-18 (read slower growth).

A Bohra woman’s open letter to PM Modi on freedom from Female Genital Mutilation

There is one and only one reason this inhuman practice is performed: to tamper with the sexual desires of the girl/woman.

independence day, india indpendence day, india-bengal partition, Indian tricolour, indian flag
The triumph and tragedy

Celebratory lights of the first I-Day were extinguished by darkness of Partition

US President Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, US Ambassador David Hale, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, India news, national news, latest news, international news
Past and Prejudice

Pakistan has rejected rationalists like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and its blasphemy law makes British rule seem better.

narendra modi, modi independence day speech, i day speech, red fort, independence day speech modi, latest news, india news, indian express news
Remaking the board

BCCI is resisting reform, but the case for an overhaul is strong

narendra modi, modi independence day speech, i day speech, red fort, independence day speech modi, latest news, india news, indian express news
Justice for Hadiya

By prioritising shadowy fears of terror and ‘love jihad’ over an individual’s rights, court goes against its own grain.

narendra modi, modi independence day speech, i day speech, red fort, independence day speech modi, latest news, india news, indian express news
Bellwether in crisis

Vishal Sikka’s exit from Infosys points to unresolved issues of corporate governance. Industry needs to address them urgently

A Thana Coloured Saffron

UP CM’s encouragement of religious displays in police stations is troubling.

economy, indian economy, inflation, monetary policy, rbi policies, rbi monetary policies
No proof required: Madness in monetary policy

In India we have a monetary authority that admits to not understanding inflation — but persists in damaging an already weak economy because it does not understand it

gorakhpur hospital deaths live updates, gorakhpur hospital tragedy, gorakhpur tragedy, gorakhpur children deaths, gorakhpur deaths, gorakhpur news, yogi adityanath, gorakhpur hospital death, uttar pradesh, encephalitis deaths, BRD College, BRD medical hospital, Baba Raghav Das Medical College, indian express
A healthy partnership

Strengthening of public health services must go along with leveraging of private sector resources.

narendra modi, independence day, narendra modi speech, independence day speech, Kashmir, Triple Talaq, Jammu Kashmir, 70th independence day, Indian Express, india news
Is India on track or off the rails?

The shocking reality is that where India was in 1947 is about where England was in 1280, while India in 2010 is where England was in the Victorian era, 700 years later. So our development has been ten times quicker than the country from which we gained independence.

google, google memo, james damore, google anti diversity memo, Google engineer James Damore, google ex employee,
The Google memo that couldn’t

As he sacked James Damore, Sundar Pichai put a lid on the argument saying that he crossed the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in the workplace.

narendra modi, donald trump, india-US relationship, India-US strategic ties
Two plus two

A new format for India-US dialogue is welcome. But it won’t add up without clarity of vision, determined leadership

narendra modi, donald trump, india-US relationship, India-US strategic ties
Going off track

PPP model has not succeeded in metro rail projects. New policy overlooks lessons from past ventures

Donald trump, US President, North Korea, Nuclear war, US-North Korea, nuclear weapons, Hwasong-12 rockets
Monsoon wedding

Irom Sharmila reclaims a little more space for herself from her role as icon

elvis presley,American rock singer,N.G. Goray,Janata Satraps,Maharashtra Crisis
August 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Elvis Is Dead

Presley was found unconscious at his home by his road manager, Joe Esposito, who called the local fire department ambulance.

narendra modi, PM modi, aiadmk, modi wish aiadmk, modi tamil nadu support, aiadmk merger, Tamil Nadu government, Edappadi K Palaniswami, panneerselvam, VK Sasikala, tamil nadu politics, indian express news, india news
The map of New India

PM needs to ask himself why under his watch this country has become a fearful place

Theatre as temple

Why I believe in the capacity of theatre to transform individuals, build communities

hamid ansari, narendra modi, modi government, ansari intolerance, ansari on minority, indian muslim, one rss, anti rssism, illiberal cultural nationalism, BJS, CPI, non congress government, hamid ansari speech, indian express news, india news, opinion
Prisoner of the binary

By calling cultural nationalism illiberal, Hamid Ansari panders to western notion of nationhood.

Reserve Bank of India, rbi, repo rate, repo rate cut, RBI policy, demonetisation, GDP gowth, indian express news, business news
Economic Graffiti: Don’t be cautious, RBI

Central bank should be more aggressive in cutting the repo rate. It must signal that this is the direction it will pursue in the foreseeable future.

independence day, narendra modi, ram nath kovind, modi speech, modi independence day speech, new india, arnab goswami, Rajya Sabha TV, karan thappar, Sambit Patra, UP government, CNN news, indian express news, india news, opinion
Telescope: Prime time gaalis and golis

People’s real problems seldom make it to the evening gladiatorial contests.

Hizbul Mujahideen, US Hizbul Mujahideen, Hizbul Mujahideen global terror tag, Hizbul Mujahideen foreign terror tag, Hizbul Mujahideen news, Syed Salahudin, Hizbul Mujahideen chief, india news
Hizbul Mujahideen ban goes global, but will it reach the Valley?

Though the Hizbul Mujahideen has been projected as the largest “Kashmiri” militant group, during the last decade and half, it had lost the appeal to a more radical section such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Rohith Vemula, Rohith Vemula dalit, Rohith Vemula caste, Rohith Vemula suicide case, Rohith Vemula death
But the Earth moves, and Rohith Vemula is a Dalit

To the local district authorities, to citizens of Telugu country, to the Dalit masses, Rohith’s mother Radhika is a Dalit, her eldest child Nileema is a Dalit, the youngest child Raja is a Dalit, which means Rohith Vemula too ought to be a Dalit.

40 years ago today, India's history, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Abdul Wali Khan, National Awami Party, Jayaprakash Narayan, Nagaland, Jagjit Singh, Yashpal Kapoor, national news today, India news, National news
August 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Forty years ago, on this day, Jayaprakash Narayan mooted the idea that if leaders of Phizo’s group agree to Nagaland being a part of India, all other questions regarding special powers and special position can be discussed.

India’s first Partition Museum, India's partition in 1947, Radcliffe line between India and Pakistan, India-Pakistan partition, deaths of Hindus and Muslim during partition, India-Pakistan partition, India news, National news
Speak, memory

Forgetting is a part of dealing with the trauma of Partition, of course. But so must be remembrance

40 years ago today, India's history, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Abdul Wali Khan, National Awami Party, Jayaprakash Narayan, Nagaland, Jagjit Singh, Yashpal Kapoor, national news today, India news, National news
Falling out of love

Delhi cannot match Beijing’s economic clout. Chinese leader’s visit to Nepal is another instance of its failing soft diplomacy

Rajya Sabha election, gujarat Rajya Sabha election, election commission, electoral politics, Congress, ahmad patel, ahmed patel ahmed patel won, gujarat flood, BJP gujarat, amit shah, smriti irani, indian express news, india news, opinion
Vast resources of the BJP could not turn right into wrong

No election to the Rajya Sabha has been as bitterly fought or as fraught with attempts at manipulation as the one this time in Gujarat. The Congress had to be cautious because it was dealing with a rival who does not comprehend the meaning of fair play.

narendra modi, donald trump, india-US relationship, India-US strategic ties
Censoring Sarkar

By not airing an elected (non-BJP) CM’s speech, Prasar Bharati undermines its credibility as public broadcaster

Rajya Sabha election, gujarat Rajya Sabha election, election commission, electoral politics, Congress, ahmad patel, ahmed patel ahmed patel won, gujarat flood, BJP gujarat, amit shah, smriti irani, indian express news, india news, opinion
Congress intimidated its own MLAs, locked them up

Forty-four Congress legislators were taken outside Gujarat, at a time when they were required to serve the flood-hit people of their constituencies. The Congress resorted to other desperate tactics as well.

Amit Shah news, Amit Shah election strategy, BJP election strategy, BJP wins in Uttar Pradesh, BJP election win in Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah's win in Gujarat, BJp and congress election stratergy, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah news, Latest news, India news national news
The Chief’s Strategy

BJP president Amit Shah has built a live-wire organisation at the grass roots. It fights to win.