Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022

Russia's nuclear threat may force Europe to build a nuclear arsenal

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

Deepti Sharma and the question of law vs spirit in cricket

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

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

Taking forward Shinzo Abe’s legacy

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

Why Pratap Bhanu Mehta is wrong about Leicester and New Jersey

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

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As words that mark political debate, its cut and thrust, are declared ‘unparliamentary’

July 15, 2022 9:01:09 am

Any government, after all, can turn a deaf ear to the concerns of the electorate, and an unresponsive government becomes an incompetent one.

GST 2.0: Next stage of reform in the tax regime requires creating federal institutions

July 15, 2022 8:51:11 am

VS Krishnan writes: It can bring together senior officers from the Centre and states in an institutional forum registered under the Society Act. This forum could also provide a common point of contact for trade and industry to redress the grievances on non-policy matters


What’s parliamentary and unparliamentary language?

July 15, 2022 6:43:16 am

Chakshu Roy writes: In a political discussion, curtailing ‘unparliamentary’ expressions, without considering the context, will unnecessarily stifle the voices of MPs.

The Sri Lanka collapse carries lessons for all South Asian governments

July 15, 2022 8:40:22 am

Mani Shankar Aiyar writes: The Lankan leadership’s hubris and echo chamber of mutual praise led the nation into an economic crisis.

The Uber Files expose gaps in regulatory structures, underline need for govts to be more nimble as they regulate Big Tech

July 15, 2022 8:56:41 am

The Uber Files are a classic example of how Big Tech manages to get ahead of the curve, and how policy often has to play catch-up.

BJP demeans its mandate by linking former V-P Ansari to a dodgy Pak journalist and the ISI

July 15, 2022 9:02:36 am

The unfortunate fact seems to be this: The BJP is throwing terms that are heavily loaded and highly charged at Ansari and hoping that something — the innuendo, if not the substance — sticks.

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July 14, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Congress dissidents

July 14, 2022 3:52:45 am

Hordes of Congress (I) dissidents from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh arrived in the capital adding to the worries of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who is yet to find a new chief minister for Uttar Pradesh.

The true meaning of Tantra

July 14, 2022 8:46:04 am

Bibek Debroy writes: It has always been on the edge, not necessarily part of the mainstream. Scholars and practitioners of the art often give it a bad name.

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Webb telescope’s images show us a vision of what once existed and the potential of worlds that could come to be

July 14, 2022 8:54:22 am

Fittingly, it is a humbling affirmation of our own puniness set against the vast, ever evolving cosmos, and an enduring testament to the human capacity for curiosity and knowledge.

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Approval for home-grown cervical cancer vaccine could be a game-changer

July 14, 2022 8:52:25 am

If things go according to schedule, Cervavac should be ready for mass manufacturing by the end of the year. The government shouldn’t lose time in including the vaccine in the country’s Universal Immunisation Programme.

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Oppn failed to put up a symbolic fight against BJP in battle for President for which it has itself to blame

July 14, 2022 8:50:16 am

With less than two years left for the next parliamentary election, the Opposition would do well not to pass over this moment lightly.


Roe vs Wade: Myth of the ideologically neutral judge

July 14, 2022 3:28:55 pm

Arundhati Katju writes: The overturning of Roe v. Wade is a case study showing how the design of constitutional institutions has real political outcomes.

On Gujarat 2002, the wheel has come full circle

July 14, 2022 8:44:33 am

Abhinav Kumar writes: Cynical activists, in pursuit of their political objectives, didn’t think twice about unfairly crucifying the police and intelligence community


Why the lions in the emblem for the new Parliament are disturbing

July 15, 2022 8:59:45 pm

Nayanjot Lahiri writes: The lions lack the restrained modelling and elegance of the Ashokan original. They signify a muscular nationalism.

In diversity of candidates for UK’s next PM, a soft power lesson for India

July 14, 2022 8:41:56 am

Ramesh Venkataraman writes: The increasingly relaxed attitude towards identity has emerged as a key source of the UK’s soft power. India’s move away from its heritage of inclusiveness could hurt it on the global stage.

Somit Dasgupta writes: Bonn meet shows slim chance of action on climate change

July 13, 2022 9:32:01 am

Somit Dasgupta writes: If there was any hope that discussions would provide an acceptable draft, which could be taken forward during COP27, it was misplaced. The developed and developing countries were speaking from the ends of the spectrum with no meeting ground


Shreenath A. Khemka writes: Eknath Shinde or Uddhav Thackeray, who is the real Shiv Sena

July 13, 2022 10:29:21 pm

Shreenath A. Khemka writes: The EC may be inclined to settle the debate solely on the basis of the Test of Majority. And rightly so

Inflation is likely to remain elevated, even as commodity prices soften. RBI must continue to prioritise inflation management

July 13, 2022 9:46:45 am

MPC members are yet to elaborate on what their expectations of the terminal rate is, considering the long lags, the committee must front-load the rate hikes.

Concerns of Indian players should be taken care of while crafting FTAs

July 13, 2022 9:32:36 am

Rahul Mazumdar, Mayank Khurana write: A well-crafted trade agreement could help India enhance its share in global trade and help attain the government’s target of making the country a $5-trillion economy.

British Leader of Opposition had a great quip about the fall of Boris Johnson. But a lot was left unsaid

July 13, 2022 9:49:56 am

In a world of diminishing attention spans and polarised politics, a smart one-liner, it seems, is the best that the politician can summon, on either side of the aisle.

AAP govt in Punjab is accused of remote control by Delhi. New advisory panel seems to confirm fears

July 13, 2022 9:47:10 am

Given that the AAP has national ambitions and has set its sights on other states such as Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, which will go to polls later this year, apart from neighbouring Haryana, this is a conundrum for Kejriwal.


Nirupama Subramanian writes: Why new Sri Lanka needs a Tamil leader

July 16, 2022 3:56:06 pm

Nirupama Subramanian writes: As Sri Lanka tries to find a leadership capable of pulling it out of its economic meltdown, choosing a Tamil candidate to lead the nation, a leader who can rise above the ethnic and communal divide, would be the step most commensurate with the enormity of the events of July 9.


Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Obstacles to a diplomatic solution in Ukraine

July 13, 2022 9:32:11 am

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: India and China are not helping the cause of peace. Diplomacy in G20 is about deflecting blame rather than solving the problem

In battle between big tech and state, more clarity is needed, both sides have much to uncover and declare

July 12, 2022 8:55:33 am

The clash between big tech and the state is not unique to India. Across the world, governments are grappling with this issue, struggling to arrive at a new equilibrium. Regulation of social media platforms is a contentious issue.

Ram Madhav writes: How India needs to deal with the Ukraine question

July 12, 2022 8:47:42 am

Ram Madhav writes: On the war, India must distinguish between neutrality romantic principles and realism.