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16 Jan 2019

Kartarpur’s exclusion from India not Cong fault

Vappala Balachandran16 Jan 2019 | 6:38 AM

THE print media reported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at a recent function to mark Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary under the headline: ‘PM uses Kartarpur to hit out at Congress’.

Make-or-break alliance for SP, BSP

Radhika Ramaseshan16 Jan 2019 | 6:38 AM

PRAGMATISM is the cornerstone of the alliance that the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) sealed to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and possibly the next Assembly polls as a team.

The real butchers of Punjab

Ajai Sahni16 Jan 2019 | 6:38 AM

Those who KPS Gill described as the ‘defeated rump of terrorism’ in Punjab, the disgraced and beaten dregs of the Khalistani movement, have, for decades, kept up a campaign against him and the Punjab Police, from the safe havens in Pakistan and the West.

15 Jan 2019

A force to reckon with

Lt Gen DS Hooda (Retd)15 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

Today, as we celebrate the 71st Army Day, the Indian Army can be justifiably proud of its past record of having served the nation with distinction and honour, while retaining its secular and apolitical character.

Lethal molasses, from Boston to Kiri Afghana

JV Yakhmi15 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

MOLASSES, a byproduct of the sugar manufacturing process, is used to make alcohol in distilleries. Sugar factories often store huge stocks of this syrup-like fluid.

Science, scientific temper and pseudo-science

Arvind15 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

THE motto of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is “to advance and promote the cause of science in India”.

14 Jan 2019

World Bank upbeat about India’s economy

Sushma Ramachandran14 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

THE latest World Bank report on global economic prospects for 2019 makes ominous predictions for the short- and medium-term future.

Protocol and politics of state funerals

Lt Gen SR Ghosh (Retd)14 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

RAMAKANT Achrekar, a cricket coach known for having nurtured Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli, passed away recently.

The battle for the skies

MK Bhadrakumar14 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Us space agency NASA has abruptly called off a planned visit to the US in February by the head of the Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin.

12 Jan 2019

Vivekananda’s practical Vedanta

Avijit Pathak12 Jan 2019 | 6:36 AM

Unlike many liberal-left intellectuals, I am not apologetic about my engagement with Swami Vivekananda. This is the reason why I feel that it is important to speak of the Swami — the possibilities implicit in his spiritual trajectory, especially at a time when the naked politics of appropriation has led the Hindu Right to monopolise and thereby falsify him.

Surrogates victims of abuse, exploitation

Prem Chowdhry12 Jan 2019 | 6:36 AM

LAST month, the Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, which aims to ban commercial surrogacy so as to protect women from exploitation.

Youth have key role in electoral outcomes

SY Quraishi12 Jan 2019 | 6:36 AM

AN Irish proverb goes, “praise youth and it shall prosper”. Every year, Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary (January 12) is celebrated as National Youth Day.

11 Jan 2019

Tapping a captive audience

Rajesh Ramachandran11 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

Politically, the so-called upper-caste quota is a masterstroke.

Public sector banks face uncertainty

Subir Roy11 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

INDIA’S public sector banks, accounting for over two-thirds of the banking sector, are facing a period of uncertainty.

Invoke criminal sanctions with caution

GS Bajpai11 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

IT’S surprising, if not alarming, that we don’t know the exact number of laws that criminalise actions and provide for punishment in India.

10 Jan 2019

The monk who doesn’t know his calendar

Rajesh Kochhar10 Jan 2019 | 7:59 AM

BEGINNING with Makar Sankranti (January 15), Prayag (Allahabad) will celebrate Ardh Kumbh on a gigantic scale. The Uttar Pradesh Government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has unnecessarily changed the traditional nomenclature and designated the event as Kumbh. It is ironical that while so much time, money and energy are being expended for the sake of tradition, long-established nomenclature is being changed on a whim.

Self-inflicted wounds on terror front

Ajai Sahni10 Jan 2019 | 7:59 AM

THE year 2018 was an uncertain one for India with respect to terrorism. Sharp gains were registered in several theatres, and significant reverses in others. More dangerously, an undercurrent of growing potential risk enlarged in wide areas, including many that had seen sustained state consolidation over the past years.

Rush for the Afghan pie

G Parthasarathy10 Jan 2019 | 7:59 AM

Given his distaste for military interventions abroad, President Trump has announced his decision to expedite withdrawal of US forces from Syria and Afghanistan.

09 Jan 2019

The quota bomb ticks away

R Jagannathan09 Jan 2019 | 6:39 AM

The Modi government’s unexpected announcement of a scheme to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically backward groups, subject to certain limitations, has set the cat among the pigeons.

Polls can put J&K on road to reconciliation

Wajahat Habibullah09 Jan 2019 | 6:39 AM

VOICING the hope for early elections following the declaration of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, I had argued in an article in The Tribune that the restoration of a popular government was a necessary first step for its people, of whom the members of the Assembly are elected representatives, to themselves begin to chart a course towards reconciliation in a deeply riven society.

Trust deficit plagues healthcare services

Dr Soham D Bhaduri09 Jan 2019 | 6:39 AM

IN October 2018, a student leader reportedly manhandled an intern at AIIMS, Patna.

08 Jan 2019

India to lose out in new-era wars

Manoj Joshi08 Jan 2019 | 6:57 AM

WE need to take a balanced view of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ‘order’ to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to continue strengthening its combat capabilities and be always ready for battle.

Policy a must to reform defence entities

Bhartendu Kumar Singh08 Jan 2019 | 6:57 AM

IN the recent SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) list of top-100 arms-producing companies, four Indian firms found a place.

Building a case for all-India Judicial Service

RD Sharma08 Jan 2019 | 6:57 AM

UNION Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently advocated the setting up of the all-India Judicial Service (AIJS) with an entrance test to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on the lines of other Central Service examinations.

07 Jan 2019

A new phase in US pivot to Asia?

Shyam Saran07 Jan 2019 | 7:02 AM

ON December 31, 2018, US President Donald Trump signed into law the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), initiated by the Congress.

Don’t make mistake of underrating IS

Vappala Balachandran07 Jan 2019 | 7:02 AM

BY unearthing ‘terror mastermind’ Mufti Suhail’s conspiracy, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has disproved Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assertion, made on May 23, 2016, that there was “no threat to India from the Islamic State (IS) as people of the Muslim community are against the IS”.

India in crosshairs of imminent missile race

Sandeep Dikshit07 Jan 2019 | 7:02 AM

THE Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, scrapped recently by US President Donald Trump, doesn’t ring a bell in India.

05 Jan 2019

Aiming for the big league

Vivek Katju05 Jan 2019 | 6:46 AM

In an interview to a Russian news agency last April, Khurram Dastigir Khan, the then Pakistan’s defence minister, expressed his country’s desire to acquire a ‘wide range of Russian weapons technology’.

Why feminists are opposing triple talaq Bill

Prem Chowdhry05 Jan 2019 | 6:46 AM

The demand for doing away with triple talaq has been raised by women across India over the past 30 years in the wake of the Shah Bano case.

Laws alone can’t check crimes against women

Rajesh Gill05 Jan 2019 | 6:46 AM

OVER 71 years after Independence, India still feels helpless in containing diverse forms of crimes against its women, young and old, even children and the elderly.

04 Jan 2019

Let it be year of farm reforms

Devinder Sharma04 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

For four years in a row, Pradeep Sharma, a potato grower from Agra district in UP, has been suffering losses.

Surrogacy Bill reflects regressive ‘family ethos’

Flavia Agnes04 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

PASSED by the Lok Sabha last month, the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill — once it becomes an Act after the Rajya Sabha’s nod — will bring to a grinding halt a flourishing trade in commercial surrogacy and rob India of the title of being the international hub of surrogacy.

Parallel universes of Mrinal Sen, Kader Khan

Salil Desai04 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

Mrinal Sen and Kader Khan — a most unlikely pairing! Never did their paths really cross during their illustrious careers.

03 Jan 2019

Understanding the big picture

MK Bhadrakumar03 Jan 2019 | 12:05 AM

The victory of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League in the parliamentary poll in Bangladesh was a foregone conclusion.

Cong, BJP can’t take Mayawati for granted

Radhika Ramaseshan03 Jan 2019 | 12:05 AM

AS another new year dawned, Mayawati scored her first ‘tactical’ win in years.

An iconoclast and a humanist

Saibal Chatterjee03 Jan 2019 | 12:05 AM

Mrinal Sen, part of an iconic Bengali cinema trinity that he constituted with illustrious contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, made his last film, Amaar Bhubon (This, My Land), a decade and a half before he breathed his last at the age of 95 in his home in Kolkata.

02 Jan 2019

BJP searching desperately for new allies

Sunil Gatade02 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

AHEAD of the fast-approaching Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led NDA is in the news for the wrong reasons, with doubts being cast upon a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Don’t tinker with time-tested combat systems

Lt Gen SR Ghosh (retd)02 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

OVER 12 years after the then Vice Chief of the Army fired the first salvo, the present Army Chief carried out ‘carpet-bombing’ last month when he spoke his mind on the problems of inducting women into combat.

Mixing up reforms & management

Pravin Sawhney02 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

THE Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, is under pressure from the government to cut his Army to size. Reason: with the bulk of annual defence allocations being spent on the pay and allowances of the 13-lakh Army, there is little money for modernisation of the three defence services.

01 Jan 2019

The course ahead for Hasina

Shantanu Mukharji01 Jan 2019 | 12:54 AM

The 11th parliamentary elections held in Bangladesh on December 30 saw a resounding victory for PM Sheikh Hasina and her ruling Awami League (AL) party, returning her to power for the third consecutive term.

The danger in over-hyping Army operations

Maj Gen Ashok Mehta (Retd)01 Jan 2019 | 12:54 AM

Two and a half years after its execution, the key architect of the military operation, former Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen DS Hooda finally said this month at a military literature festival that surgical strikes were hyped and politicised: ‘If you start having political resonance in military operations, it is not good’.

Monoculture breeds impractical economic logic

Amarjit Bhullar01 Jan 2019 | 12:54 AM

The continuous increase in the disparities has given a rise to economic discontent throughout the world and India is no exception.

31 Dec 2018

In search of a middle ground

31 Dec 2018 | 5:25 PM

These are divisive times in all spheres — politics, society and belief systems. In fact, life has become one big label factory which produces names for individuals who are forced into groups — break-India gang, urban Maoist, libtard, aaptard, jihadi, sanghi, Congressi. This is only going to get worse as we move closer towards the 2019 elections

For BJP, triple talaq Bill is just a poll strategy

Aftab Alam31 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

THE Lok Sabha, on December 27, passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 (triple talaq Bill). It is the second time within a span of just 12 months that the BJP-led union government has got the Bill passed in the Lok Sabha to make instant triple talaq a punishable offence.

The Kashmir conundrum

Lt-Gen Raj Kadyan (Retd)31 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

IN his conventional training for war, a soldier is taught the principle of ''shoot to kill''. While deployed to control domestic disturbances, this principle gets modified to ''shoot to incapacitate''.

Pretext of ‘checks and balances’

Gen VP Malik (Retd) & Major Navdeep Singh (Retd)31 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

THE decision-making process of the defence establishment with its myriad complexities has always remained a vexed issue. It has been a cause of alienation for people in uniform with court cases, delays in acquisitions and procurements, lack of integration and jointness.

29 Dec 2018

There is a way, change tack

Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd)29 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

On December 23, it was widely reported by the media that six terrorists of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, an outfit affiliated to Al-Qaeda, were killed in a gunfight in South Kashmir’s Tral sub-district.

Niti Aayog document should have made ripples

Amitabha Bhattacharya29 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Strategy for New India @ 75, published recently by Niti Aayog, sets the ambitious goal of transforming India to a $4-trillion economy by 2022-23 when India would celebrate the 75th year of her independence.

India, Maldives look to put ties back on track

Anand Kumar29 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

The India-Maldives relationship, which had suffered during the regime of Abdulla Yameen, is again looking up with the coming to power of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who had contested the elections as the joint Opposition candidate.

28 Dec 2018

Babri: Is there a way forward?

Rajeev Dhavan28 Dec 2018 | 1:02 AM

Is the Babri masjid-Ram mandir a legacy for resolution in this millennia? Destruction of Babri masjid on December 6, 1992, is the biggest blot on India’s multi-religious and cultural portrait.

End sexual violence against women in conflicts

Bharat H Desai, Balraj K Sidhu28 Dec 2018 | 1:02 AM

If we want people to say ''no more war'', we have to show how brutal it is," ringed the voice of Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, while announcing the winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

US troops’ retreat from Afghan spells trouble for J-K

Arun Joshi28 Dec 2018 | 1:02 AM

The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is ominous for Kashmir as it threatens to help the forces of violence that have been looking for such an outcome for years.

27 Dec 2018

Poll trail in India’s backyard

G Parthasarathy27 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

A DEVELOPMENT that has received scant notice in global politics is the democratisation of South Asia, where elected governments rule all the regional countries.

Politics and economics of GST rate cuts

Subir Roy27 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

The lowering of nearly two dozen GST (goods and services tax) rates at the meeting of the GST council last week can be traced to the setback the BJP met with in the five Assembly elections.

We should all have something to hide

Pukhraj Singh27 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

News reports have indicated that the government is proposing draft amendments to the IT Act, making it mandatory for online platforms to detect and trace “unlawful content” as well as facilitate the breaking of end-to-end encryption.

26 Dec 2018

Should Cong & allies have a bandhan in UP?

Rasheed Kidwai26 Dec 2018 | 12:44 AM

Paradoxically, Uttar Pradesh offers both a deadlock and a window for opportunity for the combined opposition against the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance.

Indian varsities’ disconnect with reality

M Rajivlochan26 Dec 2018 | 12:44 AM

It is a matter of common understanding that employers of the graduates of Indian universities have a widespread disdain about the universities.

Beginning of the end

MK Bhadrakumar26 Dec 2018 | 12:44 AM

A high-powered Pakistani delegation lead by foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi set out from Islamabad on a regional tour of four countries (December 24-26) — Afghanistan, Iran, China and Russia.

25 Dec 2018

Marching out of Afghanistan

Vivek Katju25 Dec 2018 | 12:58 AM

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw around 7,000 of the 14,000 US troops from Afghanistan confirms his strategic desperation to close America’s longest and seemingly endless war.

The knotty affair of Congress bandhan

Arati R Jerath25 Dec 2018 | 12:58 AM

With the five Assembly elections, billed as the semi-finals, out of the way, the Congress will have to turn its attention to the all-important business of stitching up alliances for the big battle looming ahead — the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.

Aim for minimum medicine, maximum health

R Kumar25 Dec 2018 | 12:58 AM

The medical sector has become a major threat to health not only through negligence or drug reactions but also due to overuse, unnecessary use or abuse of medicines and interventions, coupled with arrogance of the profession.

24 Dec 2018

Keeping close tabs on all

Manoj Joshi24 Dec 2018 | 12:13 AM

The December 20th government notification has authorised the 10 security and intelligence agencies to intercept and decrypt messages being ‘generated, transmitted, received or stored’ in any computer.

When communalism gags a great actor

Salil Desai24 Dec 2018 | 12:13 AM

One of India''s best actors, Naseeruddin Shah, recently expressed his deep anguish as a Muslim in post-2014 India, when, speaking on the tragic Bulandshahr incident, he remarked, "I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks them whether they are Hindu or Muslim, they will have no answer…."

Indradhanush brings colours of life to kids

Rakesh Kumar24 Dec 2018 | 12:13 AM

Every unimmunised child, as a beneficiary of Mission Indradhanush, tells a story of health and well-being of the entire family and the robustness of the health systems existing in that geographical region.

22 Dec 2018

Metamorphosis of a game

Avijit Pathak22 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

Firming up Hindu woman’s property rights

Flavia Agnes22 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

The Hindu women's right to their parental property has been an extremely contested issue.

Police suffering from a crisis of legitimacy

Vikash Narain Rai22 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

The shift — from the routine of bringing order in society to perpetually facing public hostility — would place the graph of policing in a downslide.

21 Dec 2018

Can Imran revive Pak’s pathetic economy?

RK Kaushik21 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

THERE are reports that Pakistan has decided to request the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package, starting from January, 2019.

Captain’s contradictory stand on corridor

Harcharan Bains21 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

I simply cannot resist loving Captain Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, despite my staunch opposition to all that he stands for in public life.

Crime and punishment

SS Sodhi21 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

OUR criminal justice system today has to contend with a wholly new dimension of crime, quite unlike what we were familiar with, like theft, burglary, fraud and murder.