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The law of happiness

Nations that ensure the rule of law are also home to happy people. Policy-making must strive for the larger satisfaction of the people with public institutions they have to regularly approach

Mecca’s questionable makeover

New construction that affects the city’s spiritual,egalitarian atmosphere is sparking criticism of the Saudi government.


Afghan Arena: Exit America, Enter China

The first round of the forum saw China announce some major commitments to promote regional cooperation.

Riding the train to reform

The government must create an independent omnibus rail regulator to ensure coordination, standardisation and fair play.

Chinese takeaway: Beijing’s Afghan Role

Post-Partition geography has made Pakistan the most important regional actor in Afghanistan.

Too harsh to work

The call to ‘shun drugs, not addicts’ makes little sense as the narcotics law criminalises drug use.


Not the same thing

For the most part, certainly in most STEM disciplines, good research often requires expensive infrastructure — labs, equipment, libraries etc.

Modi in Nepal: Religion and Diplomacy

Narendra Modi, however, is absolutely right in recognizing that cultural and spiritual bonds between India and Nepal provide a strong foundation.

Shahi politics

The imam’s statement paved the way for another public debate on how representative a Muslim leader Bukhari is.

End of strategic autonomy

India’s power on the world stage will be measured by its ability to engage with, and influence, others.