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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.


March 31, 2009 12:59:48 am

L.K. Advani recently asked the UPA to pressure Swiss banks to reveal their Indian account holders. Vinay Sitapati explains the context:

Time we looked at the funds of political parties

March 30, 2009 3:48:35 pm

Bibek Debroy

The UTVI channel has used the RTI Act to collect data on income tax returns filed by political parties. The figures are sometimes for 2007-08,sometimes for 2008-09.

Persistent folly

March 30, 2009 12:57:23 am

Taliban activities in northwest Pakistan have not abated.


March 29, 2009 11:58:17 pm

Dr. Manmohan Singh will be well advised to get his mind off the minutiae of electoral politics this week. Bigger things are at stake in London…..

Dance of democracy

March 29, 2009 11:55:19 pm

Elections 2009 are becoming rather messy and increasingly perplexing. The RJD supreme,Lalu Prasad,swears by Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh…..

Changes at the top

March 29, 2009 11:52:04 pm

The elevation of Mohan Bhagwat as sarsanghchalak of the RSS in place of K.S. Sudarshan is not the only important aspect of this change of guard……

The ministry of false impressions

March 29, 2009 2:24:50 am

‘Breaking News: For security reasons. Along with IPL cricket the Lok Sabha elections will be held outside the country.’…..

Congress manifesto: high on style,low on substance

March 29, 2009 12:03:51 am

When it comes to manifestos of political parties,a section of the intelligentsia and the media exhibits a dismissive tendency that riles political activists like me……

Obstinacy won

March 28, 2009 10:43:18 pm

Shifting the IPL abroad is tantamount to betrayal of the state,government and people.

Straight lines of exclusion

March 28, 2009 10:33:03 pm

As his male friend plants an excited kiss on 30-something virgin Pinu Patel after winning a lottery,he wonders whether he might be gay.

P2Ps from an American comic

March 28, 2009 10:30:12 pm

Allow me to ignore what NDTV,CNN-IBN,Times Now,Aaj Tak,CNBC,NDTV Profit etc showed this week and let me give opening credits to an American TV comic.

The PM’s clout

March 28, 2009 10:27:49 pm

While the trio of Nawaz Sharif,Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan and Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry hogged the limelight last week in Pakistan…

Varun froths

March 27, 2009 11:58:13 pm

The speeches of the BJP candidate from Pilibhit,Varun Gandhi,as reported by TV channels and newspapers,have attracted incensed reactions.

Drugs,gang wars and guns

March 27, 2009 11:57:07 pm

Over 2007-2008 the number of gang war related deaths has drastically increased; 2008 saw roughly 7000 dead.

If the recession’s here,don’t tell us

March 27, 2009 11:55:57 pm

Inescapably,most of the chatter at the two just concluded fashion weeks in Delhi was more about money and less about clothes.

Real losers

March 27, 2009 2:05:05 am

The IPL is not merely a sporting event or business endeavour.

India on the rise

March 26, 2009 11:54:53 pm

In an editorial in the special issue of the Organiser,titled “Global Economic Crisis and India’s Geopolitical Concerns…

Give the people what they want

March 26, 2009 11:53:43 pm

The urban poor are not a small group: more than a quarter of India’s urban population lives below the poverty line,according to a recent UN study.

Obstinacy won

March 26, 2009 11:49:00 pm

Was it so difficult to postpone the tournament by a few weeks? Lok Sabha elections would certainly weigh more than cricket,but an alternative could have been worked out…..

The IPL debate

March 25, 2009 11:24:39 pm

Cricket cannot be given precedence over general elections. But then,there was no need to take the IPL out of the country…..

Congress Party’s nuclear red lines for Obama

March 25, 2009 3:21:53 pm

C. Raja Mohan | Raja-Mandala
In tune with India’s traditional emphasis on the middle path,the Congress leadership that stared down the nuclear opportunism of the CPM and BJP at home is now looking the non-proliferation ayatollahs,who are back in power in Washington,in the eye.

Seriously,my vote matters

March 25, 2009 3:21:47 pm

Yoginder k. Alagh|Charawak
Most real problems can in fact,be solved. Well,almost every problem. This man who has come for your vote can be a large part of the solution.

Shun Varun

March 25, 2009 12:21:51 am

The lead editorial in the latest issue of CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy criticises the BJP for adopting a “law will take its course” stand with regard to the Varun Gandhi issue…..


March 25, 2009 12:19:31 am

Bollywood’s record in politics is mixed

Training its guns on the army

March 25, 2009 12:08:33 am

The Maoists’ ‘divide and demolish’ game could have a dangerous fallout