Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022

Kings, queens, pawns and intrigue — all in 64 squares

October 9, 2022 8:36:58 am

Sandeep Dwivedi writes: That world of chess boards made from cloth, hand-carved ivory pieces, paan-chewing players and their hookah gurgling opponents has no resemblance to the present-day chess ecosystem of sophisticated supercomputers that serve as “seconds” to both ethical and unethical players.


Tavleen Singh writes: The public flogging in Gujarat sends many messages and all of them are disturbing

October 10, 2022 7:00:35 am

The public flogging sends many messages and all of them are disturbing. The most important of these messages is that too many Indians seem unaware that the foundational pillar of democracy is the rule of law.

P Chidambaram writes: Whistling in the dark

October 9, 2022 8:38:16 am

When the UPA demitted office, at the end of 2013-14 the CAD had been brought down to 1.7%, CPI inflation had been contained at 9.4% (which declined furtherto 5.9% in 2014-15), foreign exchange reserves had increased by $15.5 billion and the exchange rate was Rs 58.4. That is a slice of history for those who want to read history

As Nepal puts Agniveer recruitment on the back burner, India must tread cautiously

October 8, 2022 9:00:26 pm

Recent remarks by General Manoj Pandey on redistribution of Gorkha vacancies to other army units could have been avoided

The flavour of nostalgia: How Nirula’s changed the way Delhi eats

October 8, 2022 5:50:52 pm

Deepak Nirula, who died this week, was a pioneer in the fast food industry. Nirula’s is a brand that gave people choices when they didn’t have many

Commission on inclusion of Dalit Muslims and Christians as Scheduled Castes: Setting right a long injustice

October 8, 2022 2:16:23 pm

Prashant K Trivedi writes: There is an excellent opportunity before the Supreme Court and the Government of India to decolonise the understanding of caste

Sixty years later, do we still need James Bond?

October 8, 2022 1:45:45 pm

There is only so much room to modernise and reinvent a character rooted in the imperialism and sexism of the 1950s

Accounting for subsidies: Let’s build on the ‘revdi’ debate

October 8, 2022 8:54:05 am

A fiscal council can help the government streamline disbursement of freebies

Looking past propaganda: Why India’s minority groups are not in danger

October 8, 2022 8:54:52 am

Ram Madhav writes: There is a vested interest in creating the narrative of ‘minorities in danger’ and besmirching the image of BJP and RSS. Newly emerging Muslim leadership should reject this cacophony and seize an opportunity that is being offered

Protests at Vizhinjam Port raise deeper questions about the future of fisherfolk

October 8, 2022 8:57:54 am

Sunny Jose writes: The coast is more than a mere dwelling place for the fisherfolk. It is as much a lived space as well as an occupational space. The state government should not dismiss their concerns


There are no poor people, only people in poor places

October 8, 2022 11:13:42 am

India’s problem is not jobs but wages. Wages will not rise without balanced targeting of policy-induced price distortions. State governments must restore policy balance by combining targeting poor people with transforming poor places

Say no to alcohol: The case for abstinence

October 8, 2022 8:56:31 am

Nimai M Mehta writes: Rapidly changing demographics and socialisation of alcohol consumption in India requires that each of us take seriously the wider impact of our drinking

What the success of Vikram Vedha says about the failure of the multiplex

October 11, 2022 8:49:45 am

Twenty-five years after the single-screen theatre was abandoned, the popular film is not willing to let go of the memory of the less sanitised, less exclusive experience. What had become undesirable is now being missed — only too late perhaps

A Russian response: On Ukraine, India is on the right side of history — it is guided by national interest, not western propaganda

October 7, 2022 5:01:23 pm

India is a country capable of making independent foreign policy decisions. Why must it sacrifice its interests for somebody else’s?

Why Russia isn’t the villain of the war

October 7, 2022 9:31:14 am

Anastasia Piliavsky’s article exhorting Indians to support Ukraine and the West presents a biased picture. Russia’s position is a response to the aggressive moves by the US, NATO.


How KCR’s national pitch differs from Stalin’s

October 7, 2022 8:17:10 am

The fact is that KCR, unlike the DMK in Tamil Nadu or the Left in Kerala, has no story to tell. The TRS also has no access to the political legacies of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh – the national movement, peasant struggles – which could have provided the party with the cultural resources to battle Hindutva

Russia-Ukraine: Lessons from a seven-month war

October 7, 2022 8:25:06 am

Raja Menon writes: The Ukraine conflict reshapes battlefield, challenges understanding of victory and defeat.

Rice insecurity: The depletion of groundwater resources and the increasing cost of cultivation may put rice production in jeopardy in the future

October 7, 2022 8:22:28 am

Poornima Varma writes: Unreliable rice export policy and precarity of production among other factors, will have long-term impact

In Tamil Nadu education model, children are placed centrestage

October 10, 2022 9:05:41 am

Provision of breakfast in government schools is part of a decades-long vision in the state to ensure holistic education


The question at Vijayadashami rallies in Maharashtra: Who moved my Hindutva?

October 7, 2022 5:28:58 pm

Girish Kuber writes: Both rallies underlined the same point — the political narrative revolves around one party: The BJP

Manoj Jha writes: Election Commission’s proposal on freebies and election promises raises questions of institutional overreach

October 7, 2022 8:23:42 am

The ECI must not lose sight of its broader remit to enforce rules of the game. It must remain monitor, not become player


Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Across world, foundational ideas of major political systems are under challenge

October 10, 2022 1:22:54 pm

The foundational frameworks iconically represented by Madison, Mao, Maududi and Mandela are floundering.

In a society that defines women by marital status, can the Supreme Court judgment on abortion make a difference?

October 6, 2022 8:43:19 am

Sameena Dalwai and Asmita Singh write: Ultimately, the issue pertains to citizenship. Are women citizens of India? Or are we waiting to be enrolled?

‘IPO-isation’ of political manifestos ahead of polls: Why the Election Commission’s proposal on freebies is an overreach

October 6, 2022 9:58:39 am

Making financial disclosures a part of the Model Code of Conduct may eventually put the onus of assessment of proformas submitted by political parties on the poll watchdog. Does the Election Commission want to extend itself thus?

Message on Vijayadashami: Awaken the potential of women, dormant power of marginalised

October 5, 2022 6:00:21 pm

The principles of victory of dharma over adharma, truth over falsehood, and humanity over the demonic are fundamental to our culture