An authoritarian, assertive China is a challenge for India. But it is premature to conclude that US will be its saviour

US backing of the IS draws upon strategies once deployed by Pakistan

Price fluctuation, low and unremunerative prices for farm produce can be addressed through competitive markets

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan is synonymous with AMU. But his contribution goes much deeper

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…

A fine balance

How long can India get away with a Middle East policy that pleases all?

Full-blown war

Over the current week,Pakistan’s military defensive going to do to appeared to merge seamlessly with Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi’s…

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…