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Sunday, December 05, 2021

Precious resource in peril

P Chidambaram writes: The two reports — ASER 2021 and NFHS-5 — capture the picture of real India, unlike the BSE index or the NIFTY index that capture the health of no more than 100 listed companies. These reports have been in the public domain for the last two weeks, but I cannot recall the Prime Minister or the Education Minister or the Health Minister speaking on the two subjects

Inside Track: Southern distress?

An indication that the government was planning to go ahead with a delimitation exercise was seen in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s instruction to Bimal Patel, the architect for the new Parliament building, to increase the seating capacity of the new Lok Sabha hall from 543 seats to over 750.

Where is the alternative?

Tavleen Singh writes: In my view the two that stand out are the desperate state that India found herself in at the height of the second Covid wave when public healthcare literally collapsed, and we discovered that the Prime Minister had failed to order enough vaccines to save us from this evil virus.

Game,set,match ?

November 4, 2009 2:41:43 am

Retired tennis star Andre Agassi’s revelations,in his autobiography Open,that he used two recreational drugs,crystal meth…

View from the LEFT

November 4, 2009 2:39:00 am

While the CPI(M)’s mouthpiece People’s Democracy was silent on the Assembly election results — understandably so since the Left-supported 16-party…

Pick apart this myth

November 4, 2009 2:30:52 am

Hindutva supporters make claims about how many of the technological advances of the West were known in ancient India.

Off the rails

November 4, 2009 2:29:20 am

Indian Railways (IR) must learn that there are important issues to be addressed,not the least of them being rail safety and security.

Sad legacy

November 4, 2009 2:23:10 am

Shekhar Gupta has drawn an objective portrait of Indira Gandhi’s complex persona with all her strengths and failings.

Children of the ’80s

November 3, 2009 3:21:56 am

In the multi-storeyed complex in the government colony I lived in during the late ’70s,I would follow friends of mine in chanting a taunting poem…

Luddite logic

November 3, 2009 3:13:26 am

As Saubhik Chakrabarti points out in ‘Mao TV,MoU TV. And Mahatma’,in recent television appearances discussing Naxalite violence…

Waiting for government

November 3, 2009 3:10:55 am

It will be 12 days on Tuesday since the Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra scored a surprisingly easy victory in the assembly elections…

Lay down those home-made arms

November 3, 2009 3:04:04 am

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has asked the CPI (Maoists) to “halt” armed operations and to come to talks.

The more things change…

November 3, 2009 3:00:54 am

President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Prize not for what he has achieved but for what it is hoped he will achieve.

Teach for America

November 3, 2009 2:57:54 am

She is helping American undergrads analyse English poetry,critique literary essays and write book reviews. They find it hilarious that they are learning the language from a tutor half a world away,in India.

The riots that could not be televised

November 3, 2009 2:55:03 am

What a difference twenty-five years makes. A quarter of a century ago,the television screen (black and white) was frozen in time.

Recalling Indira

November 2, 2009 3:27:16 am

Most Indians do not remember where they were when they heard that Indira Gandhi was shot. Not because it wasn’t…

Move beyond Kyoto

November 2, 2009 3:24:41 am

There is a totally unreal aspect to the discussion on India’s stand on climate change. Some of our protagonists are stuck in the original Kyoto mould.

Shell shock

November 2, 2009 3:03:30 am

The frequency and intensity of bomb blasts along the length and breadth of Pakistan must have rattled Interior Minister Rehman Malik…

Turfed out of our own backyard

November 2, 2009 2:54:08 am

In all the world,the Indian Navy is one of just two navies still growing. The other is the Chinese Navy. It is no accident that the rise of…

More poetry,please

November 2, 2009 2:51:49 am

More and more lately,I find people asking me: What do you think President Obama really believes about this or that issue? I find that odd.

Printline Pakistan

November 2, 2009 2:48:34 am

The much-hyped meeting between Pakistan President Asif Zardari and chief opponent Nawaz Sharif at a reception for the visiting Turkish…

Indira and India

November 1, 2009 3:33:37 am

A column on Indira Gandhi on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her assassination must begin by paying sincere homage to her…

The dangers of divide and rule

November 1, 2009 3:30:38 am

There is a famous observation by Sherlock Holmes in one of his cases about the dog that did not bark. That was the clue to the criminal’s identity.

Unofficial adviser

November 1, 2009 3:28:41 am

Former foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon,a seasoned China hand,has been acting as unofficial adviser to the Government on Sino-Indian relations.

A legacy best forgotten

November 1, 2009 3:26:32 am

As a dutiful daughter-in-law,Sonia Gandhi always remembers the late Mrs Gandhi on her death anniversary.

A haphazard billion

November 1, 2009 3:24:17 am

I’ve often visited India,accompanying CEOs of Western clients who want to understand the Indian market climate.

Mao TV,MoU TV. And Mahatma

October 31, 2009 11:24:01 pm

Mao TV. Actually,MoU TV. For days now,news TV has been bringing to us long conversations on Maoists with important people who have…

‘She was always the boss’

October 31, 2009 9:37:14 am

When Indira Gandhi returned to power in 1980 — in the election that marked her political rehabilitation after the Emergency — she won both seats she had contested.

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