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Is Rawat shooting from the hip on Assam issue?

Allegations by SC judges raise serious doubts about the independence of the judiciary

As Pakistan’s provocation changes, India’s response must be different too

Sparrow numbers are falling with changes in urban spaces

He’s beautiful,he’s brilliant,he’s boring

Shreya Chakravertty
The keywords ‘federer,boring’ on a web search throw up 173,000 links.

A running thread of deep saffron

The networks,the places,and the methods of Malegaon point to a tradition of Hindu terror

Next steps

Colombo must hush the triumphalism and begin a political process

A great leap forward

In a piece titled “A plan for double digit growth” in the Republic Day issue of Organiser,R. Balashankar writes: “In these times of worldwide depression India needs a big….

Updike at rest

As year after year passed without his getting the Nobel prize,Updike shrugged and awarded a fictional Nobel to one of his more annoying creations

Sexual politics

Will the outrage over Mangalore finally prompt recognition of the Sangh’s woman-hating ways?

Let it rest

Is it not a bygone issue as detailed by the Mahajan Commission in the ‘60s? Unfortunately,Maharashtra politicians are re-opening a Pandora’s Box prior to the elections….


Harneet Singh | FULLY FILM
THE story goes that when Akshay Kumar asked director Nikhil Advani for the script of Chandni Chowk To China (CC2C) he showed him the movie poster.

The Demographic Dividend

Yoginder K Alagh | CHARWAK
Goldman Sachs produced a model where economic growth is driven by the demand of an expanding and younger workforce.

Discordant notes

The lead editorial in the Republic Day special issue of CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy says as the country moves into the 60th year….

Spelling out change

Obama sets new rules for a cleaner government

Living by the rules

Institutional thinking gets a bum rap these days,but it stands between us and our weaknesses

Staring down Obama

That China and the Obama administration have begun their engagement on a quarrelsome note on the currency issue is not necessarily an indicator….

India’s smart card

In recent years,our public diplomacy has failed to soften the hard road

India and the Third Parties: From Miliband to Holbrooke

C. Raja Mohan | RAJA-MANDALA
Mention the word ‘third party’ in the context of Pakistan or Kashmir and India gets hot under the collar. Over the last few days,we saw New Delhi mercilessly hammer the British Foreign Secretary Foreign Secretary David Miliband for his comments (childish?) on Kashmir.

Do we need annual Republic Day parade?

Coomi Kapoor | BLOG BYTES
In this day and age,do we need an annual Republic Day parade to flex our military muscles?

The anatomy lesson

TV this week was torn between the big O and matters of the heart

‘Obama’s climate change push is significant but far from enough’

Last month,Poznan,Poland,brought together about 190 countries to discuss how the world is to tackle climate change….

This land is your land,this land is their land

A case for a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict

Deliver us from fear

‘Right against terror’ is a radical new formulation for constitutional law

In good faith

We need to demonstrate firmness in dealing with corporate fraud. But there will always be some entrepreneur with all the right connections in the political establishment

Post euphoria

This refers to ‘To quiet the west’. Now that the inauguration euphoria has worn out,it remains to be seen what Obama’s policies towards India…

Amethi-centric vision

British journalists who accompanied Rahul Gandhi and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband to Amethi were taken aback at the Gandhi scion…

America and the ‘A’ word

On January 20,the 44th President of the United States,in his inaugural speech,became the first President ever to acknowledge the existence…

Give the PM a break

Perhaps the least noticed part of Obama’s inauguration was that Robert Gates,the only member of the Cabinet who was retained from the Bush administration…

Plane truths

After transiting through the chamber of horrors that is Mumbai airport’s departure terminal,when we collapsed,drained of all energy,into the controlled safety of a European aeroplane…

Obama spoke for India too

The Delhi airport,now undergoing a major renovation,tells me a lot about our Republic and our democracy.

Letter to the editor

George W. Bush left the White House as one of the least popular US presidents ever; yet the question remains…

Publish or perish

The Supreme Court’s reluctance to reveal
judicial assets is troubling

White hope?

Barack Obama’s ascension to the White House has created mixed feelings in Pakistan.

Dark questions on TV news

Since being ‘dark’ in India is so different a social,economic,cultural and historical experience from being black in America and since wanting fair brides for NRI sons…

Mature nations

This refers to C. Raja Mohan’s ‘Our Obama moment’. We now must make the attempt to ensure stability and maintain peace in South Asia through mutual cooperation with Obama.


Like the rest of the world,Indians have plenty of reasons to ridicule or even vilify the outgoing US President George Bush.

Free press needs to make a profit

American newspapers are battling bankruptcy. Here’s what to do

‘No Hindi,no English. How?’

Indira Gandhi’s elevation to premiership was surrounded by intrigue

Pointers from Barack

After taking the oath of office Barack Obama has now become one of the most powerful men on the planet and an icon for this generation.