Central bank should be more aggressive in cutting the repo rate

Is India on track or off the rails?

The Google memo that couldn’t

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

Now playing,Dilip Kumar at a theatre near you

I spoke to a few tweens in my neighbourhood,and was shocked to know that their idea of “old classics” was films like DDLJ and KKHH.

Af-Pak: After America,look out for Arabia and Persia

It is not often that a nation launches a major military offensive on its own territory at the behest of another.

The hypocritical untouchability of our parties

Can our political parties really afford to adopt intransigent positions towards other political groups?

End of the American Dream

It is deeply interesting that the dominant visual imagery now being used to characterise Indo-US relations is a “plateau.”

No more patronage

Twenty-five years ago one could not have even imagined that one day a party of the penurious…

Spanish inquisition

US officials are not accountable to foreign courts,
and Obama must make that clear

Dwindling vote percentages?

The very low percentage of voting in many Muslim-concentration areas during the three phases of the polls…

Neighbours in crisis

Crises in Pakistan,Sri Lanka and Nepal pose serious challenges to India’s security and diplomacy.

Fractured mandate first-aid

It’s May 17. Parliament’s hung. What should President Patil do?

White paper,red lines

An emergent Asian security architecture that India must examine

Reading Behenji in Dandakaranya

As the heat in Delhi hits forty three degrees,the crowd waits patiently under a massive blue-white cloth-tent.

‘The personal and political are deeply intertwined in our times’

Encounters with Salman Rushdie,recently published by Penguin and edited by Daniel Herwitz and Ashutosh Varshney…

The imperial Congress

The editorial in the latest issue of Organiser,titled “Congress Bureau of Investigation,” says: “Congress has built institutions…

Not without Prachanda

Nepal’s former Maoist PM Prachanda has mismanaged his democratic coalition from the start.

The camera hasn’t lied

Nepal’s stand-off isn’t simple. Factor in the Maoists’ determination to capture the state

Hear the new voices

Instead of convulsing purposelessly,as it has done on numerous occasions in the past…

What India Can Say?

We can be an important part of the nuclear debate,we need to have a position on democracy in Pakistan,and we must have a clearer focus on subcontinental security.

Forgotten Kargil

Indian politician has now realized that wars and terror attacks cannot be used as an opposition stick to beat the incumbent.

Make it public

I entirely endorse Rajeev Dhavan’s statement in his article ‘Attorney Soldier’ (IE,May 4) that the opinion of the attorney general should be made public…..

Calcutta and the Congress 

The lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy targets Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi….

War of the websites

The main Congress website was launched in English on March 17,2004. The Hindi version was launched on April 15, 2004….

Of course there are issues

We perhaps just lack the vocabulary to explain the changes afoot

60 miles from nowhere

Obama mustn’t buy stories of Pakistani collapse. That plays into the army’s hands

Go figure: Development indicators in Gandhi pocket boroughs

There is no easy geographical matching of constituencies with districts,with data usually available for the latter,not the former.

True,but sad

Shekhar Gupta correctly appreciates the good intentions of professionals and activists contesting the elections; but he also rightly forecasts a future in political obscurity for them ….

The zoozoo takes it all

Don’t you love the friendly fluid creatures that liven up the IPL?

Having the right reflexes

Whatever the shape of our new government,it must have the clarity to address looming threats

Neighbourhood in turmoil

The next government must focus its energy on the SAARC region

Toy train to statehood

How far has Jaswant Singh energised separatists in Darjeeling?

Process in pieces

Don’t rejoice at ‘Maoist hara-kiri’. India must keep talking to all players

Innovative and stimulating

The most effective way of using stimulus funding

Attorney soldier

The Bofors controversy,that alleged that Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was part of a corrupt kickback deal,will not die down.

Despite the signs

There are reasons enough to be sceptical of the Pakistani establishment’s sincerity in militarily defeating the Taliban….

The sounds of Kolkata

The Dharmatala traffic junction in Kolkata must be the noisiest place in India. At least it is the noisiest that I have ever been to….

Fast action hero

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s breakfast-to-lunch fast on Monday was perhaps not quite the spur of the moment decision….

Why flog a dead horse called justice

One of the memorable experiences from my years as a journalist is associated with the centenary celebrations of the Congress party in Mumbai in 1985…..