General Bipin Rawat’s concerned statement on education in Kashmir must be heard

Modi government lags behind its predecessors in agricultural growth

Pragmatism, not political pieties from the right or left, should determine India’s engagements with Israel, Middle East

Idea of ‘constitutional convention’ is at the root of the current crisis in Supreme Court

Private virtues,public vices

The economy is more affected by spread of rains across region and time,rather than aggregate precipitation.

Lalgarh violence

Without naming the Trinamool Congress,the lead editorial in the latest issue of CPI(M) mouthpiece People’s Democracy…

Don’t abandon us this time around

After the debacle of Vietnam,the United States could pack up and leave with minimal consequences for its genuine national…

Af-Pak Review

The visit of the US National Security Adviser,James Jones…

Epidemic sans frontieres

As of June 17,88 countries have officially reported 39,620 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection,also known as swine flu.


The unending turmoil in the BJP is symptomatic of all parties when they lose elections.

Level playing roads

In the ’90s,the government took the decision not to play around with the overall tax rates in every budget…

Revealed by Lalgarh

The Lalgarh standoff and election results demonstrate that the national security and economic security views…

20-20 vision

Wouldn’t the Pakistanis have just loved to watch our news channels last weekend? After more than six months…

Learning the wrong lessons

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government seems to be in a hurry to completely overhaul the education system….


The victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over reformist Mir-Hossein Moussavi in the recent Iranian presidential elections has set the country ablaze….


Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was a colossus of Indian classical music.

What’s technical about it?

There are legitimate expectations that the human resource development ministry will now deliver….

Look beyond

The outcome of the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections has been hailed as a triumph of secular forces.

Hindsight is 20/20

The phrase ‘victory has many fathers,in defeat you are an orphan’ is particularly appropriate for Indian politics.

Military wall

The editorial ‘Beyond binaries’ has suggested sustaining pressure on Pakistan but does not give any clue….

Clash of ambitions

The BJP likes to claim: country first,party next and the individual last. But the messy,very public…

Where they were all this while

A couple of years ago,when the intense tug-of-war over the issue of setting up industry on farmland was gathering…..

Obama’s Kashmir Realism

‘Realism’ has acquired a pejorative meaning in Washington these days amidst Prez Obama’s reluctance to challenge Tehran’s violent crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Iran interrupted

Twenty years ago a simple unarmed student protest in the central parts of Beijing began in April 1989…

Royal resentment

Is the Congress Party advisory to its members not to use their feudal titles meant as a gentle hint to royals who were….

Just appointments

The government deserves full marks for its appointment of Goolam Vahanvati as Attorney General and Gopal Subramanium as Solicitor General.

BJP should keep off stagnant Hindutva

Atal Bihari Vajpayee,whose ill-health has rendered him inactive for the past few years,was a deeply contemplative political leader.

Lessons from the Ayatollah

When I finished listening to Iran’s grand Ayatollah express his worldview last week,I felt a profound,immeasurable sense of relief…

‘When a post-poll alliance is possible, why go for pre-poll alliances?’

Digvijay Singh,Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh,is still fresh from the party’s dramatic performance in a state where it was almost written off.

Conflicts of cricket

The arrogance and money power of the IPL have made BCCI too brazen. For cricket’s sake and its own,some self-correction is needed

The Power of A Woman

Early last week,the media was full of images of a faceless domestic servant who had caused a celebrated Bollywood actor to be arrested on charges of rape.

The state of cities

Post-delimitation,urban governance must be seen through a political lens,not just a municipal one

Demons and dark side

Debating Bollywood,Bengal and Iran

Through an astute lens

For almost three decades,cinema has been a perceptive mirror to the forces shaping modern Iran

Follow the leader

The army has now narrowed down its search — instead of going after the ‘Taliban’,they are hunting for The Man — Baitullah Mehsud….

Bottled up

The protests in Iran over allegations of the rigging of the presidential election indeed spring from long-term historical factors….

Confused accountability

Instead of increasing MPLADS,reconsider it entirely

Cheap and best

Many of the government’s large-scale building projects have visibly foundered. Let’s hope they get low-cost housing right

The courage of conviction

The BJP’s problem is ideological drift and lack of leadership. It must affirm its RSS fundamentals.

A summit that wasn’t

The meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has not kindled much hope.