Sunday, Oct 02, 2022

The courtier’s rebellion

Tavleen Singh writes: If the Congress Party could not defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh after fantastical untruths, ineptitude, and communal polarization, it was proof that the Dynasty had lost its magical allure.

Neglect duty, start controversy

P Chidambaram writes: The FM’s claim that there is hatred toward Hindi or that people who learn Hindi are mocked at or abused was never true and is not true now.

Moonlighting when the sun shines

Since contradiction is encoded in human DNA, what was considered subversive and unethical just five years ago is now verging on mainstream approval.

The need to listen to those we disagree with

Perhaps there is a lesson to be learnt from past leaders who have been successful in winning political power and ushering in democratic regimes.

Are you married? And other probing questions

One can only imagine why not-so-privileged young girls try to terminate their pregnancies with unscientific DIY methods because they could not find a doctor who could end their suffering with a simple procedure just because they are unmarried

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.

UN projections on population underline opportunities and challenges, addressing which will require long-term vision and imagination

July 12, 2022 9:00:05 am

A population of more than 1.4 billion will require the unflinching focus of policymakers on areas fundamental to human well-being — education, nutrition, healthcare, housing, and employment.

Watch and read Nick Kyrgios break rackets, kicking up a racket in US Open

September 7, 2022 12:23:09 pm

Nick Kyrgios is boorish, refuses to grow up. And we can’t help but watch him.


Suman Bery writes: NITI Aayog’s role in ensuring collaboration between states and centre

July 12, 2022 8:46:25 am

Suman Bery writes: Establishing open borders within the country for an open labour market; facilitating effective implementation of national programmes for job creation, improving the quality of the labour force are some of the main challenges.

Elena Rybakina chooses how her identity is described and defined. Tennis tradition allows her the space to do that

July 12, 2022 8:57:07 am

Russia’s attempts to appropriate Elena Rybakina’s Wimbledon victory as “Russian” need to be viewed. They are ignorant of tennis’ grand tradition of hailing gladiators who fight and win alone on hallowed courts.

Don’t blame the middle class for political apathy

July 11, 2022 9:22:29 pm

In India, the political class has never attempted to make political participation enjoyable and rewarding

Sonalde Desai writes | India in 2023: The challenge and opportunity of being the most populous country

July 12, 2022 12:59:24 pm

Sonalde Desai writes: The size of our labour force is constrained by the absence of women from the workforce. Only about 30% of women aged 15 and above are employed either in wage work on family farms and businesses.


C Raja Mohan writes: India’s new West Asia approach is a welcome break with past diffidence

July 12, 2022 1:12:53 pm

C Raja Mohan writes: India’s participation in I2U2 summit – with Israel, US, UAE – marks a more confident engagement with the region.

Cancer has been a scourge for centuries, advances in science have made the disease far less intractable

July 11, 2022 9:11:52 am

Cancer accounted for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020 — before the world was overtaken by the Covid pandemic, nearly one in six deaths was cancer-related.

Despite structural inequality, small acts of kindness have value

July 28, 2022 2:21:33 pm

Our society is unequal and no amount of do-gooding will bring about any significant structural change. But that does not mean that one doesn’t do small acts which can bring a little joy.


An uncertain transition: As GST compensation ends, state governments need to be provided certainty of revenues

July 11, 2022 1:08:23 pm

Aditi Nayar writes: If the government decides to step-up tax devolution to the states in the near term, it may reduce the size of state borrowings in the second quarter and embolden states to ringfence their capital spending.


Sri Lanka uprising: A new social contract

July 11, 2022 8:57:35 am

Kaushalya Kumarasinghe writes: Events in Colombo point to the re-imagining of the country, creation of a new citizen’s identity in Sri Lanka

Why Supreme Court’s observations on Nupur Sharma, Delhi Police, promise a new and brighter dawn

July 11, 2022 9:03:06 am

Rekha Sharma writes: The Supreme Court sought to highlight the grave consequences when communal passions are given a free run, or are seen to enjoy state patronage

Assam floods: Diary from a deluge

July 11, 2022 9:01:52 am

Joydeep Biswas writes: There was fear and horror as the worst floods in nearly a century hit Silchar, Assam. Even as the flood waters recede, another spectre looms

Public anger also points to the way out: A new political leadership is needed to steer Sri Lanka out of present impasse

July 11, 2022 9:06:43 am

Gotabaya should have taken moral responsibility for failing to stem the rot and quit long ago.

P Chidambaram writes: How much do people care?

July 10, 2022 8:15:40 am

P Chidambaram writes: Nothing seems to stir the middle classes out of their self-imposed isolation. The relentless price rise, the crushing tax burden, the unemployment, the tragic internal migration of 2020, the Covid-related deaths, the excesses of the police and investigating agencies, the flagrant denial of human rights, the hate speeches, the exclusion of Muslims and Christians, the egregious Constitutional violations…


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.