When it comes to Sonia Gandhi's political legacy, there is less to admire

Out of my mind: Gujarat could be a watershed

Gujarat results will indicate how seriously the voters of the state take Rahul Gandhi

Why PM Modi is talking infrastructure and development in Meghalaya

Master and Commander

Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh appear to make a perfect team.

Long road to reform

The recent episode over the Judges (Declaration of Assets & Liabilities) Bill is a reminder of just how difficult genuine judicial reform is going to be.

The coming federal crisis

Imagine a world where everyone has to wear a size 40 shirt. Might be the right size for some,but the rest would face a dilemma of sorts.

Easy solution

It is really unfortunate that the Maharashtra government proposes collective punishment on entire villages where atrocities against Dalits are committed.

Whose Constitution is it anyway?

In this series,it has already been reported (IE,July 24) that her constant struggle to overcome judicial “hurdles” to bank nationalisation and abolition…


There are times when it’s great to cheer blindly for your side. India vs Australia in Sydney for instance. There are other times,though,when things…

The slow trudge to normalcy
By: RK Vij

The gruesome incident of July 12 instant was shattering. We lost a superintendent of police and 28 others,fighting to their last breath in a Naxalite…

The straight dope

In Goscinny and Uderzo’s Asterix at the Olympic Games,the puny Gaulish warrior won the golden palm by supplying his competitors…

View from the right

The editorial in the latest issue of the Organiser,titled “Some explanation for Congress exuberance,” says: “The pyrrhic victory in the 2009 Lok Sabha…

Accountable or not?

It is not the law minister alone who was rebuffed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3,when the House would not grant him leave to introduce the Judges…

Straight talk on Barak

Having suffered a major electoral defeat in Bangladesh’s general elections,the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Jamaat-e-Islaami appear…

H1N1 fears

The first swine flu fatality means the government can’t be complacent as to the actual number of the infected. It also exposes the laxity of state measures and the inability…

Fatal blow

The government must,more actively,scan incoming passengers at airports. So far,this job has been confined to ineffective paperwork….

Public spaces,private claims

Resist the Waqf Board’s attempt to grab our national heritage….

Regarding the guards

Why police reform must lead the UPA-II agenda

Turning over an old leaf

Tableware fashioned from fallen palm fronds in Karnataka is making waves in the US….

Arms and the Maoists

Peace looks unlikely in Nepal,if the Maoists make good on their threats….

Unhitch our wagon

The latest issue of CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy carries an article by general secretary Prakash Karat on the growing India-US ties…

Public faith

Much as one believes that the prime minister is on to something through the Sharm el-Sheikh joint statement….

Russia’s long shadow

In the battle for history,Moscow attempts to checkmate the EU

Degrees of conviction

A clear deal at Copenhagen is in India’s self-interest

Rakhi Sawant,married alive

At least reality TV gives some back,compared to our depressing entertainment serials

Global warming,local grandstanding

Unless public opinion batters through this current political impasse,Copenhagen is unlikely to achieve much

Let the Games go on

The question of its ecological impact on the Yamuna has been pushed aside

Please talk

Apart from the substance of Manmohan Singh’s joint statement with the Pakistan PM,the question is….

Whose right to education?

The disabled have been criminally forgotten in the Bill


Never before has there been such forthright judicial criticism of the legal profession

The benign failure

On Wednesday the Lok Sabha was to discuss the recent rise in prices. After all,whatever the official index may show,everyone who has to go out and shop…

Democracy’s falling standards

Those who proudly flaunt India’s vibrant democracy were ashamed by the unruly scenes witnessed in the J&K Assembly. Displeasure with the Speaker’s ruling…

Too much trust. No verification

Many puzzling things have been said about our relations with Pakistan since the Sharm el-Sheikh engagement. Our Finance Minister told the Lok Sabha…

Envoy versus minister

If Shiv Shankar Menon has been made the fall guy for the Indo-Pakistan joint statement in Sharm-el-Sheikh,Shyam Saran,the PM’s envoy on climate change…

Walk the talk on better cities

I am truly delighted by readers’ response to this series of articles on how to create better cities,and to the column that engendered the idea of the series.

China’s one-child success

China may be taking its first tentative baby steps to change its landmark one-child policy. In particular,Shanghai has indicated a relaxation in the policy by encouraging couples to have two children.


Till the PM’s parliamentary address about the Sharm el-Sheikh joints statement,nobody,even many in his own party,appeared to believe him.

Potatoes Fried and Otherwise

The McCain story is quite well known. I sometimes exchange cards with their Sahibs or with the Batas in CIGI meetings.

Sach Ka Samna

Why would you participate in a show that threatens to reveal your secrets,embarrass you,hurt people close to you?