Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022

What the Rajasthan political crisis highlights: Congress effectively has no high command

Is the Congress now entering a time when it will not be dominated by the Gandhi family? Is the period of the family's domination of the party – as Narasimha Rao had predicted in 1998 – coming to a close?


Can we use the learnings from the past 75 years to achieve our constitutional values by 2047?

What’s most important is we learn from our many experiences of battling for change, and bring those learnings to bear on the work we will need to do in the next 25 years to make it to the horizon we wish to reach


What is the solution to India’s garbage disposal problem?

A consumption tax based on concrete aspects of sustainability, and its local devolution, would create the right incentives for a scientific analysis of garbage and the logistics of its disposal.


Power imbalance: The governance shift in the power sector needs centre-state cooperation

Market based economic dispatch system may help governments to save revenue, but Centre needs to bring states on board


Muslim intellectuals meeting Mohan Bhagwat is an act of appeasement that helps RSS agenda

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


Tavleen Singh writes: How democracy grows weak

July 10, 2022 2:43:40 pm

Tavleen Singh writes: India’s journey as a modern nation state has been damaged by our inability to end extreme poverty and by other economic and social failures. But through it all, if there has been one thing that we can be rightly proud of, it is our democracy.


Caste to Muslims, BJP is changing orthodoxies

July 13, 2022 10:28:41 pm

Khalid Anis Ansari writes: While Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany were the inspirations for RSS-BJP ideological ancestors, Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore, a development State with no Opposition and significant un-freedoms, seems to be an aspiration for the New India project.


Dravida Nadu: Once a belief, now party tool

July 10, 2022 8:17:44 am

Arun Janardhanan writes: Was Raja’s speech indicative of a broader scheme, or was it merely political posturing in a polarised polity? After all, why would a ruling party leader discuss an idea that borders on separatism?

Signs in what heads of state wear, or not

July 28, 2022 2:21:23 pm

Leher Kala writes: At this depressing time of beheadings, war and mass shootings, we could all do with a little levity.


The clock is ticking on the issue of energy poverty

July 9, 2022 9:04:30 am

Narendra Taneja writes: India’s PM spoke on behalf of energy-poor, from Lima to Hanoi to Nairobi. Powerful platforms like the G-20 and the BRICS need to focus more on energy access, poverty and security

Glimpses of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s wedding were reassuring and heartwarming

July 9, 2022 7:04:27 am

In the visuals of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s wedding to Gurpreet Kaur on Thursday, there was a sense of heavily-painted curtains parting to offer a heartening glimpse of normal life backstage.

Delayed payments for small firms stifle economic growth

July 9, 2022 9:05:32 am

Kinjal Sampat and Arun Singh write: For every day that a payment is delayed for credit-starved MSMEs, there is an erosion of value. If this issue is not addressed now, it will only add to the burden on these firms

PM Modi remembers his friend Shinzo Abe

July 9, 2022 9:03:26 am

Narendra Modi writes: Even when he was not the prime minister of Japan between 2007 and 2012, and more recently after 2020, our personal bond remained as strong as ever.

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July 9, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Opposition Walkout

July 9, 2022 3:12:42 am

The installation of the Bhajan Lal government by the Haryana governor and the alleged misuse of government machinery to bolster the Congress-I candidate Zail Singh’s campaign rocked both Houses of Parliament.

Shinzo Abe advocated closer India-Japan ties, sought to move beyond Tokyo’s post-war pacifist worldview

July 9, 2022 9:01:05 am

Nirupama Subramanian writes: Shinzo Abe was driven by the mission to help Japan find its true identity, and return it to its pre-World War II status, which he said was not to revive Japanese militarism


Which is the ‘real’ Shiv Sena? Answer lies with the Constitution and Supreme Court

July 9, 2022 11:30:14 am

Menaka Guruswamy writes: There is a legal and constitutional framework for when a party splinters and rival factions assert themselves as the recognised political party, which is likely to come into play in the battle between Uddhav Thackery and Eknath Shinde

Shinzo Abe radically altered Japan’s trajectory, articulated the idea of Indo-Pacific. He had a special affinity for India

July 9, 2022 8:19:03 am

Abe will be recalled for his bold leadership that actively sought to shake Japan out of its post-War political passivity and turn it into a “normal nation” ready to pursue its national interests unapologetically and reclaim regional leadership.

Sourav Ganguly turns 50: The Dada myth does not get old

July 8, 2022 6:59:37 pm

Bengalis are congenital social scientists and cricket lovers. The two streaks blended to make Sourav a veritable signifier of all that ails us and all that keeps us afloat

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July 8, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Opposition Demands

July 8, 2022 4:04:35 am

Opposition parties will press for the introduction of an anti-defection bill during the forthcoming monsoon session of the Lok Sabha. At a meeting of representatives of nine opposition parties, it was agreed that there would be proper floor coordination of opposition parties in the Lok Sabha.

Welfare of the urban poor cannot be an afterthought in economic growth plans

July 8, 2022 8:58:46 am

Amarjeet Sinha writes: The time has come to enforce minimum wages. Master Plans must factor in the housing and welfare needs of the working class.


Every Indian, not Muslims alone, needs an independent judiciary

July 9, 2022 10:01:51 pm

Shamsul Islam writes: For the Supreme Court, constitutional issues should not be confused with minority issues.

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As external environment becomes challenging, RBI moves to boost inflows, anticipating pressures ahead

July 8, 2022 7:39:07 am

For the entire first quarter, the deficit was more than double the level observed last year, and many analysts are now expecting the current account deficit to widen beyond 3 per cent of GDP this year.

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Outgoing British PM took people’s confidence for granted while flouting democratic rules and conventions

July 8, 2022 7:41:12 am

Till the end, Boris Johnson tried to cling to power and office, insisting on staying on as caretaker PM, defying the clamour within the party and Parliament that he should make an immediate exit.

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Delhi Police’s outreach to youngsters via fashion accessories is a step forward. Now for some reform

July 8, 2022 7:42:23 am

Whether cops have matched or missed the pulse of today’s youth, will be revealed by the sales figures, but the attempt to reach out is laudable.

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July 7, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Chaos In Bihar House

July 8, 2022 3:40:46 am

Twenty-one more members of the opposition were suspended by the Bihar Assembly for four days and later carried out of the House one by one. This was in pursuance of the order of the Speaker, Radhanandan Jha, to the marshal following a second day of the uproar over the Monghyr killings.

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Samajwadi Party needs more than organisational changes to revive its fortunes in UP. The task is political

July 9, 2022 8:26:13 am

The crisis in the SP goes well beyond organisational issues and it will need to be addressed more fundamentally


Inflation Targeting: Why the criticisms of the RBI governor are misplaced

July 8, 2022 8:56:51 am

Ashima Goyal writes: India has achieved higher growth and lower inflation than most countries in these difficult times. It is dangerous to apply textbook economic theory based on perfect markets without taking contexts into consideration

Tarun Majumdar: Bengali cinema’s genial charmer

July 7, 2022 7:51:01 pm

Tarun Majumdar’s films tapped into the everyday yearnings of people in Bengal. But his craft slipped in the 1980s


No play, says Bajrang Dal in Shivamogga

July 9, 2022 6:56:22 am

G N Devy writes: Bajrang Dal’s disruption of the performance of a play in Shivamogga cuts short the journey of a story — transcending a span of a millennium, a distance of several continents

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Birmingham letdown: It may be part of a trend, much-vaunted Indian pace attack’s inability to strike in the fourth innings of an overseas Test

July 7, 2022 8:47:06 am

Head coach Rahul Dravid has pointed out that India have been unable to maintain their intensity and fitness levels over the five days of these three Test reversals.