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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.

Another world is possible

March 11, 2009 12:58:12 am

The lead editorial in CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy titled “Vote for People’s Alternative” once again extends a call for an alternative government at the centre while stressing that it was very much possible,post poll…..

Saving Pakistan from itself

March 11, 2009 12:56:04 am

Misconceptions that must be discarded before we can make headway

Saving the world can wait

March 11, 2009 12:55:39 am

A sombre realism has entered US foreign policy — even the Taliban can be invited to the table

Keeping it real

March 10, 2009 2:01:14 am

The porous membrane that separates truth and illusion

Show us some audacity

March 10, 2009 1:23:52 am

Slow and steady doesn’t cut it in a crisis of such proportions

In cold blood

March 10, 2009 1:19:54 am

Naveen Patnaik has taken a calculated risk,and shown the BJP he can’t be taken for granted

Hard mosaic

March 10, 2009 1:13:53 am

Every party,as well as every leader of any consequence,is trying to form winning or bargaining combinations notwithstanding public expectations or the demands of their own so-called ideology……

After Annadurai

March 9, 2009 1:10:03 am

The main Dravida parties,the DMK and the AIADMK,choose to call the BJP “communal” or otherwise depending on their respective alliance interests….

Politics of Missile Defence

March 8, 2009 5:47:21 pm

C. Raja Mohan

As India celebrates the third successful anti-missile test conducted off the Orissa coast on Friday,New Delhi might continue to have trouble managing the politics of missile defence at home and abroad.

Are we any better off than Pakistan?

March 8, 2009 4:30:00 am

How sad that our Home Minister should have found the most unexpected way to link India to the terrorist attack in Lahore last week…..

Soliloquy,with Atalji’s poetry

March 8, 2009 4:28:26 am

The poet who wrote these defiant and inspirational lines is now back at his home,after many days of hospitalisation….

In memoriam

March 8, 2009 4:27:00 am

I wanted to write this column about the great pleasure of meeting old friends after a long time….

Pop go the comrades

March 8, 2009 4:26:15 am

Our Marxists have never hidden their contempt for pop culture and American commercial cinema and TV. But when the CPI(M) discovered that two of its own were getting awards from such reviled bourgeois institutions


March 8, 2009 12:31:36 am

What a lot of fuss about the few possessions of the Mahatma which went on sale in New York. His ideals are evoked but seldom followed…..

Lahore attack

March 7, 2009 11:39:34 pm

The attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore evoked fear and wrath in the Pakistani press against their own country.

Notes from news TV

March 7, 2009 11:36:17 pm

At least one advantage of having to watch news TV and think about it is that you can recall bits that may have been rendered unremarkable…

War and peace

March 7, 2009 11:35:04 pm

Faced with an unwinnable war,the Pakistan army sues for peace

Standing strong

March 7, 2009 10:48:20 pm

Such panic plays into terrorists’ hands. We are a big and strong country with entrenched democratic and secular institutions…..

Deemed universities: a concept gone haywire

March 7, 2009 5:21:20 pm

Bibek Debroy
We think of a good idea,mess up its implementation and then scrap the idea. The HRD Ministry’s website has a list of 123 deemed universities.

Who you calling socialist?

March 6, 2009 12:40:19 am

“We are all socialists now,” proclaims Newsweek. We are creating “socialist republics” in the United States…

For Republicans,it’s partisan time

March 6, 2009 12:39:21 am

The 2008 election sent many messages. At the top: Americans wanted to turn the page on the politics of division and partisan pettiness..

Bar room brawls

March 6, 2009 12:37:48 am

That lawyering is a political profession seems obvious enough. But when courts mimic Parliament — sloganeering,scuffles,strikes et al…

The anniversary of exile

March 6, 2009 12:36:18 am

How time flies! In four days it would be fifty years since the famous Tibetan revolt that forced the Dalai Lama to flee to India…

Doing nothing

March 6, 2009 12:31:14 am

There’s nothing novel about terror attacks in Pakistan. However,Sri Lanka’s decision to play in Pakistan was unwise,especially when India had already cancelled its tour.

Job loss

March 5, 2009 9:56:30 pm

The editorial in the latest issue of Organiser,titled ‘Vanishing jobs,falling income,government in denial…