Thursday, Sep 29, 2022

G-20 presidency is an opportunity to position India as the voice of the Global South

The Indian elite and foreign policy commentariat, influenced heavily by Western thinking on world affairs, have acquired an exaggerated view of Indian global influence, hitching their wagons to the West rather than stay the course with the South. A return to the basics, placing the developing world's developmental concerns at the heart of global discourse should be the way forward

Inching towards an Orwellian state: How the new draft telecom bill legally sanctions surveillance without safeguards

Even today, large amounts of metadata, including phone numbers and user profiles that include membership of groups and conversations (without their content) are available to law enforcement without any data protection or surveillance reform. Clause 24(2) will lead to greater surveillance by making even personal conversations over OTT communication services available to law enforcement agencies

Democracy in Kashmir: Indira's failure, Vajpayee's success

As a new party – Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Democratic Azad Party – is born in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi-led Centre must learn from the past. Only a free and fair election can revive peace-building in the former state

Why SDPI, PFI's political wing is growing in Karnataka

Saffronisation of politics and failure of the Congress has contributed to outfit's growing popularity. In the absence of effective political representation, the Muslim vote could shift to a party that 'represents' the community better

Humayun Khan (1932-2022), the man who stood for India-Pakistan dosti

Amitabh Mattoo writes: As High Commissioner to India and Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, he believed the two nations can resolve their issues if India has a larger heart and Pakistan develops more thoughtful head

September 27, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Manch President

September 27, 2022 5:51:47 am

Lalit Mohan Singh, president of the Bihar unit of the Sanjay Vichar Manch, was arrested on the charges of cheating and forgery.

Taking forward Shinzo Abe’s legacy

September 27, 2022 8:39:16 am

The late PM of Japan could see the changing geo-political and economic situation, and tried his best to collaborate with India to counter a dominating neighbour


Deepti Sharma and the question of law vs spirit in cricket

September 27, 2022 8:36:22 am

The non-consummation of the cricket act leaves, for many, a foul taste, a shallow feeling; and for many it’s a tribute to cricketing smartness. There is nothing black or white about this matter

Death penalty: Deciding the rarest of the rare

September 27, 2022 8:38:20 am

The Supreme Court has done well to acknowledge that capital punishment needs closer scrutiny and referring the matter to a five-judge bench. The problem that the Supreme Court’s reference to a Constitution Bench seeks to remedy is the need to achieve consistency on the requirements of a fair, meaningful and effective sentencing hearing

Spiders as artists: Using co-existence to facilitate a shift in perspective

September 27, 2022 4:10:22 am

Over the centuries, as science has made it possible to view the intricacies of their bodies, creations and interactions, it has become much easier to appreciate the spider’s artistry. In trying to see them as creative beings, another perspective becomes possible

Monsoon misery: Delayed withdrawal of rains is likely to cause a spike in food inflation

September 27, 2022 4:05:20 am

Policymakers need to plan for extreme weather events becoming par for the course. It calls for investing more in climate-smart plant breeding, agro-meteorological forecasting and digital-enabled farm extension


C Raja Mohan writes: Russia’s nuclear threat may force Europe to build a nuclear arsenal

September 27, 2022 3:00:37 pm

Vladimir Putin’s miscalculations in Ukraine are leading to an inevitable change in the European security order to the detriment of Russia

Jaipur has a message for the Congress high command – its ear to the ground is hearing nothing

September 27, 2022 4:00:36 am

The absence of decisive leadership and effective crisis managers have already led to many senior leaders leaving the Congress. Any bungle by the leadership now could lead to the unravelling of the party in Rajasthan and cast a shadow over the impending election to the party president’s office

Why Pratap Bhanu Mehta is wrong about Leicester and New Jersey

September 27, 2022 4:25:59 pm

Oopalee Operajita writes: The liberal playbook appears to have one trick: Blame the Hindus, and, above all, blame Narendra Modi

Abdul Khaliq writes: Muslim intellectuals meeting Mohan Bhagwat is an act of appeasement that helps RSS agenda

September 28, 2022 8:59:36 am

Abdul Khaliq writes: It was a meeting of unequals and an example of propitiation of the oppressor who calls the shots. But these luminaries should know that appeasement never works

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September 26, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Gauriganj Arrests

September 26, 2022 4:34:41 am

The Gauriganj shooting incident in which Tikori Singh, a worker of the Sanjay Gandhi Vichar Manch, was injured and later died in a Lucknow hospital, took a dramatic turn with the arrest of three important Manch leaders: Akbar Ahmed, MLA, in Lucknow, Kalpanath Sonkar, MP, in Basti and J N Mishra in Delhi.

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Jhulan Goswami, the Chakdaha Express: For more than a decade she was the flag-bearer of fast bowling in the Indian women’s team

September 26, 2022 8:49:54 am

Her story is about a Chakdaha girl growing into the game to become a role model for cricket loving girls.

SY Quraishi writes: Why we met the RSS chief

September 26, 2022 8:36:18 am

Strong belief in dialogue, and concerns about situation of Muslims were behind the initiative

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President Putin’s escalation in Ukraine is not winning him any friends at home

September 26, 2022 5:45:36 am

The latest drive at coercive mobilisation is leading to protests and carries the danger of turning the military failure in Ukraine into a domestic political crisis. Putin’s effort to salvage something out of his massive miscalculation could only make matters worse for the Russian leader


The Muslim political predicament

September 25, 2022 7:24:29 pm

From SY Quraishi’s piece on the meet between RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the intellectuals from the Muslim community to Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s article on the Leicester violence, here are the top Opinion pieces recommended for you.

Jyoti Punwani writes: Making criminals of peaceful protesters diminishes Indian democracy

September 26, 2022 8:37:42 am

Earlier, even if detained, protesters were let off in a couple of hours, with no charges filed. But now, even peaceful protesters, including students, teachers and even journalists are threatened with criminal cases

SY Quraishi writes: Why we met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

September 25, 2022 6:12:53 pm

The insecurity felt by the Muslim community in the wake of recurring incidents of lynching of innocents, calls by Hindutva hotheads for genocide and the marginalisation of the community in almost every sphere, prompted us to start a conversation with the RSS

Dominic Cork and Nasser Hussain are wrong. Deepti Sharma’s run out is within both the rules and spirit of cricket

September 25, 2022 12:10:25 pm

In the India-England series, if Deepti Sharma should have warned Charlie Dean, every fielder should tell a batter ‘don’t play in air or I will catch it’


Tavleen Singh writes: All fanatics are dangerous

September 25, 2022 8:06:53 pm

Tavleen Singh writes: Hindutva fanatics are as despicable as Jihadi fanatics, but it is wrong to say that it is because Hindu fanatics tore
down the Babri Masjid that we have seen the rise of political Islam.

Srinagar talkies: Popcorn, tears in the dark

September 25, 2022 4:18:43 pm

Humera Khalid writes: The experience of going to a movie hall was an all together surreal one — waiting eagerly for our tickets, the best seats, the unmatchable aroma of popcorn that made us float through cinema’s alleys.

Iran to Udupi, a running thread: Let women choose

September 25, 2022 10:24:02 pm

Rakhshanda Jalil writes: In India, one has been vehemently opposed to the state stepping in and telling women what they cannot wear and, in the instance of Karnataka, expressly forbidding girls from wearing hijab to school when they clearly wish to.


Inside Track: Ghar Wapasi?

September 25, 2022 9:21:56 am

Coomi Kapoor writes: The BJP believes that if the Akalis join forces with the BJP and Amarinder Singh, it could replace the Congress as the main opposition to AAP.

P Chidambaram writes: The leader and the president

September 25, 2022 9:20:26 am

P Chidambaram writes: Whether the Congress will get a Leader-cum-President or a Leader and a President, will be known in the next six days. This will be a crucial week for the Congress party as well as for the country… The unusual and obtrusive interest shown in the internal elections of the Congress party may not be entirely unjustified

Roger Federer’s farewell; Nadal’s Tears: A rivalry that defined an era

September 24, 2022 5:39:43 pm

From the customary handshake after their first meeting against each other in Miami in 2004 to holding hands in their last outing together as partners, Federer and Nadal defined each other

The success of the novel PM SHRI schools scheme will depend on the quality of educators

September 24, 2022 9:13:51 am

Ameeta Mulla Wattal writes: Poor teaching is a product of systemic deficits that makes the teaching profession unattractive to a large number of talented people. A parallel teacher training programme must be in place to train the educators in the pedagogical practices proposed by the NEP.