India’s record of reducing poverty pales in comparison to China, Brazil and Mexico

Botanical clues show the shared heritage of the Rig Veda and the Avesta

In zones of prosperity, agriculture faces crisis, social aspirations don’t match economic realities

The PM is a 24X7 champion of women’s rights, but work takes its toll

Force divider

It’s hard for a frustrated and aggrieved military to remain apolitical

A sea change in relations

The United States and Indian militaries are partnering like never before

Riding into the night

The KKR train-wreck isn’t even funny any more

Flattery and trivia  

The editorial in the latest issue of Organiser,titled ‘Death of Ideology; Overtaken by Servile Flattery’,observes….

Ruling the waves

1971 war hero Admiral S.M Nanda was a scrappy fighter and master strategist

Limits of freedom: Where do they lie?

Two years ago,self-styled moral policemen stormed into an exam of the famous Arts Faculty of the Maharaja Sayaji University at Vadodara.

Vox populi

Shekhar Gupta’s innovative Walk-the-Talk in a Dalit village was revealing. I wish he had done a similar programme with pockets of deprived Muslims….

More than logic

Sorabjee raises a pertinent question. Any purposeful indulgence or reconstruction by judges is always welcome if it secures or protects the rights of the ill-treated….

The great escape

Roxana Saberi’s release lays bare Iran’s political fragmentation

Not black-and-white

Fixating on black money recovery is pointless. The only thing that works is real domestic reform

The end of Bollywood?

The multiplex revolution,the growing influence of ‘NRI’ audiences have transformed it beyond recognition. An astonishing array of new talent has emerged,the production is a lot more professionalised.

Ploughing a lone furrow

How will Sajjad Lone redefine the electoral dynamic in Kashmir?

Getting rid of lawyers

The issue of backlog in India’s courts has been discussed threadbare. What needs to be done to reduce backlog and improve speed of dispute-resolution is also known.

Nuclear flop-down

Given US assertions that the nuclear deal has brought India closer to the NPT,the lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM organ….

Border sense

As mammoth civilisational states,China and India have for long lived with imprecise borders. After they re-emerged as modern states during the last century….

Truth and reconciliation in Ayodhya

Kalyan Singh’s not the only actor in Babri Masjid’s long history of political collusion

The Af-Pak turnaround

After stepping up the heat,the Obama administration assures Zardari and Karzai that it feels their pain

The countdown to counting

Well,everybody’s doing it,so why don’t we? In the silly season of numerology,who has the numbers?

Heart of the matter

Shekhar Gupta’s advice to the BJP to switch from its sectarian “Hindu Right” mode to a centre-right mode will be endorsed by everybody looking for a viable two-party….

And forgettable

The reasons why it’s hard to develop a story round this campaign

The other Lankan war

The LTTE is beaten. But will Colombo stop attacking its journalists?

Why Nepal will stay democratic

All the warring groups stand to gain more from democracy than any alternative

Can improved stoves improve health?

Indoor air pollution is a serious health threat. Across India,72.3 per cent of households use the traditional fuels of firewood.

Nowhere to hide

In tennis’s world order,Australia are clubbed with countries in the Asia zone,they refer to their home Slam as the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific.

More black money

Lately a lot of excitement has been created by a political party wanting to bring back Indian black money deposited in Swiss Banks.

When the Supreme Court rules

Illegal demands for dowry and cruelty against women are persistent evils in our country.

Kindling great expectations

How will e-readers change the way we read and write?

Two big parties,one big number

One of these two parties has to go wrong on that fateful day.

Dynastic democracy is fashionable

When Priyanka Gandhi’s clothes became a major political story last week,I realised sadly that it was time for me to stop being a conscientious objector to dynastic democracy.

From tu-tu-main-main to tu and main

This election saw me perform a new task for my party’s campaign.

Brighter than a thousand netas

At Los Alamos,when the first atom bomb was tested,Robert Oppenheimer recited the verses from the Bhagavad Gita…

Election gimmicks

The low electoral turnout in Mumbai,41.24 per cent,was shameful.

Confusion confounded

There is a story behind the usually reserved Rahul Gandhi agreeing to hold an open press conference for the entire Delhi media last…

Not without Prachanda

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

Forgetting something?

Parties are silent about India’s fastest-growing group’s needs

My pseudo-elitist fantasy

Next Saturday,thanks to the people of India,TV news will be compelling viewing,even allowing for the anchor/panelist…