The return of kisan politics

It is back because of rural-urban disparity. It draws attention to a contradiction in Hindutva worldview.

Redraw The Line

For most among us, faith would be bigger than science but faith masquerading as science is what we should all be wary of.

Lengthening shadows on the hills

The brittle calm of the Darjeeling hills has been broken again. To defuse tensions, Central and state governments, and the GJM, will need to go beyond political point-scoring.

Pantomime of war

The final at The Oval brought out the best in the defeated Indian team. Pakistan rubbed the defeat in.

India, US and a five-point plan

Modi and Trump must build on convergence between their nations’ interests.

Varun froths

The speeches of the BJP candidate from Pilibhit,Varun Gandhi,as reported by TV channels and newspapers,have attracted incensed reactions.

Drugs,gang wars and guns

Over 2007-2008 the number of gang war related deaths has drastically increased; 2008 saw roughly 7000 dead.

If the recession’s here,don’t tell us

Inescapably,most of the chatter at the two just concluded fashion weeks in Delhi was more about money and less about clothes.

Real losers

The IPL is not merely a sporting event or business endeavour.

India on the rise

In an editorial in the special issue of the Organiser,titled “Global Economic Crisis and India’s Geopolitical Concerns…

Give the people what they want

The urban poor are not a small group: more than a quarter of India’s urban population lives below the poverty line,according to a recent UN study.

Obstinacy won

Was it so difficult to postpone the tournament by a few weeks? Lok Sabha elections would certainly weigh more than cricket,but an alternative could have been worked out…..

The IPL debate

Cricket cannot be given precedence over general elections. But then,there was no need to take the IPL out of the country…..

Congress Party’s nuclear red lines for Obama

C. Raja Mohan | Raja-Mandala
In tune with India’s traditional emphasis on the middle path,the Congress leadership that stared down the nuclear opportunism of the CPM and BJP at home is now looking the non-proliferation ayatollahs,who are back in power in Washington,in the eye.

Seriously,my vote matters

Yoginder k. Alagh|Charawak
Most real problems can in fact,be solved. Well,almost every problem. This man who has come for your vote can be a large part of the solution.

Shun Varun

The lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy criticises the BJP for adopting a “law will take its course” stand with regard to the Varun Gandhi issue…..


Bollywood’s record in politics is mixed

Training its guns on the army

The Maoists’ ‘divide and demolish’ game could have a dangerous fallout

The connection between TV and Varun’s hate speech

Coomi Kapoor | Blog Bytes
Showing the speech once or twice is understandable,but telecasting it more than 20 times a day is not.

Who are the middle class in India?

Bibek Debroy
Using income,one way of defining middle class is in terms of how much of income is left over for discretionary expenditure,after paying for food and shelter.

Indian Pusillanimous League

Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Swaraj Aur Samvidhan
In the end one cannot avoid concluding that moving the IPL out reveals so much about Indian democracy.

Lenin saved me from Varun

TV news can turn the truly dreadful — in this week’s context,the speech by that ‘proud Indian’ Varun Gandhi…

Onward march

Pakistan’s press is exulting at the restoration of Chief Justice Chaudhry in the wee hours of March 16,by PM Yousaf Raza Gilani.

Kashmir pending

Repealing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act is in India’s interest,and the way forward

Surge 2.0

Later this month,the Obama administration will unveil a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

The first vote cast

Now that the election fever is mounting by the minute — and political parties are enlivening the scene by breaking up old marriages…

‘What Kwame Nkrumah posed as a possibility in the Sixties is now being pushed by Europe as the only way’

Kwame Nkrumah,the first prime minister of independent Ghana,was the original proponent of the United States of Africa dream…

Counter the strike

The election commission must come out with elaborate guidelines on the code of conduct for administrative decision making.

Dangerous leaders

History teaches that dividing society with an eye to power eventually invites one’s own downfall.

Responding to the Economic Meltdown

Several features about the current economic crisis stand out. The first,of course,is the sheer scale of what preceded it,and the magnitude of what has happened in its wake…

Relax,Aamir and Shah Rukh


So Aamir Khan thinks that Shah Rukh Khan is bitter because some of his recent films have not done well at the box office.

Violence – Mindless and Otherwise


In India the new air for some,is that you can break the law and get away with it.

Power deludes

The editorial in the latest issue of the Organiser,titled “Why the Congress is gung-ho…

‘We strove for an institution not an individual’

Now that the monumental Long March by Pakistan’s lawyers turned into his tour de force on March 16…

Your Lordship no more

Should a judge be addressed as ‘My Lord’? Is it not a legacy of the colonial past? Is it not a symbol of servitude and slavery?

All resemblances are not coincidental

The eerie similarity between Sanjay Gandhi and Narendra Modi’s visions of order

Whose legacy?

It is ironical that Varun Gandhi would make a hate speech when his mother,Maneka Gandhi is a champion of animal rights and his late father Sanjay,despite the reputation he earned during the Emergency,never did so….

There is an alternative

The lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece,People’s Democracy attacks L. K. Advani for his opinion that the Indian polity can only be bipolar…..

Isle of strife

As political turmoil envelops Madagascar Alia Allana brings you the background

Will a troubled history repeat itself in Northern Ireland?

It looks unlikely,as tens of thousands protest recent violence

American embrace

While the Indian communists continue to peddle their sophomoric anti-Americanism,their counterparts in Beijing are relishing the renewed warmth between….