Monday, May 21, 2018

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19 May 2018

The Grand Disconnect

Rajesh Ramachandran19 May 2018 | 12:32 AM

Every time the BJP wins an election there is a collective gasp of disbelief and a sigh of resignation from the liberal elite.

Karnataka: Democracy on trial

Vishavjeet Chaudhary19 May 2018 | 12:32 AM

The past few days have been of great uncertainty.

The Kishanganga imbroglio

Lt-Gen Pramod Grover (retd)19 May 2018 | 12:32 AM

Widely accepted as one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive international water treaties, the Indus Waters Treaty stands out as the world''s most generous water-sharing arrangement by far, in terms of both the sharing ratio (80.52 per cent of the aggregate water flows in the Indus system reserved for Pakistan) and the total volume of basin waters for the downstream state.

18 May 2018

Getting a raw deal

Nirmal Sandhu18 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

Punjab’s financial management, rather mismanagement, can baffle not just experts but even ordinary citizens.

J-K truce might hold longer than expected

Pravin Sawhney18 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

The conditional ceasefire announced by the Central government in Jammu and Kashmir during the month of Ramzan should hold longer than expected by most.

Debate on university reforms vital

Shelley Walia18 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

On the occasion of the 402nd anniversary year of William Shakespeare's death, his writings entreat us to confront the lie, "to unmask falsehood and bring truth to light".

17 May 2018

Bring down the ‘vote share’

KS Dakshina Murthy17 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

MUCH has been made out of the fact that the Congress got a better vote share than the Bharatiya Janata Party in the just-concluded Karnataka Assembly elections. That the Congress secured two percentage points more than the BJP and yet came second is something that analysts are pointing out rather sardonically.

It is for J-K to make ceasefire a success

Arun Joshi17 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

CHIEF Minister Mehbooba Mufti picked her moment on May 10 evening when she called for a unilateral ceasefire for the holy month of Ramadan after an all-party meeting. She had convened the meeting to find a way out of the vortex of violence in which Kashmir is getting squeezed into.

The road ahead after Wuhan

G Parthasarthy17 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

FOREIGN visitors to Beijing, visit the historic Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. It was a new and interesting experience recently, to meet and interact with Communist Party think tanks like the “China Reform Forum” and training establishments like its Central Party School in Beijing, which was founded in 1933.

16 May 2018

Cong’s only hope are allies

Aditi Tandon16 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

Karnataka election results have fallen way short of the expectations of the Congress, which was confident of retaining power in the only southern state the BJP has ever ruled.

It’s BJP vs the rest

Vibha Sharma16 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

In Karnataka on Tuesday, the BJP emerged as the single largest party despite the odds stacked against it.

Karnataka: Who has first claim to form govt?

Karan Thapar16 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

The Karnataka election result has left the Governor with a piquant situation, but it''s not by any means one where the Constitution is vague or even speaks in two voices nor a situation where there are no clear precedents.

A war without end

Hasan Suroor16 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

The Syrian civil war is in its seventh year with half a million people dead, an estimated 11 million (roughly half the pre-war population) displaced, and more than 75 per cent of the country''s economy destroyed.

15 May 2018

Plough stubble back into soil

Manjit S Kang15 May 2018 | 1:17 AM

To ensure food security and good health for all, paddy straw should best be incorporated into the soil as per conservation practices. Burning wheat and paddy stubble only depletes soil fertility and causes pollution.

What army’s ‘restraint’ in J&K means

Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)15 May 2018 | 1:17 AM

In J&K's bleak security landscape through 2017-18, a unilateral ceasefire proposed by the state's mainstream parties was bound to be received with a mix of emotions, some happy and others involving concern, disquiet and a sense of foreboding.

Oil price shock for economy

Sushma Ramachandran15 May 2018 | 1:17 AM

The clouds on the horizon have finally turned into a perfect storm.

14 May 2018

Oil is not well

N Chandra Mohan14 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

With international oil prices surging to $77 a barrel and expected to remain high and volatile in the future, their impact is bound to be serious for countries like India that imports 82 per cent of its requirements.

A view from Islamabad

Rakesh Datta14 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

For the people of India and Pakistan, visiting each other''s country is a kind of dream-fulfilled.

Storm gathers in the Gulf

MK Bhadrakumar14 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

The US President Donald Trump’s decision last Tuesday to pull out from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal has undermined peace in the Persian Gulf region where millions of Indians live and work and whose stability is in India’s vital interests.

12 May 2018

The battle of the South

KV Prasad12 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

People of Karnataka will today vote to elect a new government, but the focus of the nation will be riveted on the outcome, three days from now.

No safety protocol for nurses

Radha Saini and Brahmkumari Rupa Upadhaye12 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

The theme of International Nurses Day 2018 is ‘Nurses: A voice to lead — Health is a Human Right’.

How a varsity can trim its expenditure

VK Anand12 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

IT is a matter of concern that no effort has been made to identify the financial challenges that most Indian universities face today.

11 May 2018

Banking scam: A drag on the economy

KR Sudhaman11 May 2018 | 12:02 AM

AHUMONGOUS problem that is being brushed under the carpet in India is the grave sickness in the banking industry, particularly the public sector banks (PSBs). In fact, the banking scam is far bigger and widespread than coal scam or 2G spectrum scams.

The many shades of Indian secularism

Roopinder Singh11 May 2018 | 12:02 AM

THE seeds of evil are sown when any group of people is looked at homogenously. They bloom when the group is regarded as "the other." History is replete with examples of how a particular section of society was demonised as ''the other'' and then damned.

The Cold Start hypothesis

Maj Gen Raj Mehta (retd)11 May 2018 | 12:02 AM

BEREFT of a stated nuclear doctrine, Pakistan obdurately plans to use tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) to neutralise Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) if launched by India across the border against Pakistani proxy war terror strikes.

10 May 2018

E-panchayat applications will curb graft

Kewal Sharma10 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

the Panchayati Raj system has been a matter of concern in our rural development process ever since its introduction in 1959.

Pak budget reflects its anxiety

Air Marshal RS Bedi (retd)10 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

The Pak army’s craze to match India’s rising military profile may prove detrimental to its long-term interest.

Tackling measles, rubella

Anil Sud10 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

after conquering smallpox, polio, yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus, India is marching ahead with the launch of its MR campaign.

The US, India parallel

KC Singh10 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

This column comes from New York, the global financial capital.

09 May 2018

Intellectual activism can revive Punjab

Amarjit Bhullar and PPS Gill09 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

persistent crises are a cause of distress and disquiet in Punjab.

SC’s stitch in time in Kathua case

Anil Anand09 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

“Fear and fair trial are contradictory in terms and they cannot be allowed to co-exist.

The fuss over Friday prayers

Yogendra Yadav09 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

Secularism must be distinguished from pro-minorityism.

08 May 2018

The falling rupee

Jayshree Sengupta08 May 2018 | 1:00 AM

The dollar is becoming more expensive and those who are planning to go abroad this summer must be prepared to dish out more rupees for buying dollars or euros to meet their holiday expenses.

Like Koreas, India & Pak must shake hands

Ranjit Singh Ghuman08 May 2018 | 1:00 AM

The two Koreas have written a historic chapter on their relations with each other by signing the inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018.

Miracle moment in Koreas?

Sharat Sabharwal08 May 2018 | 1:00 AM

The April 27 inter-Korean summit between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in has been billed as the dawn of a new era in the Korean peninsula.

07 May 2018

The spiritual flavour of modernist Marx

Avijit Pathak07 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

Despite his scientism, there was a spiritual element in Karl Marx — the way he wanted us to be free from the maya of ''commodity fetishism'', its objectification and reduction of human souls into mere ''exchange values''.

Why is Finland giving free money to jobless?

07 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

Finland has been forced to deny media reports that its universal basic income experiment had fallen flat.

Simultaneous polls idea naive

Jagdeep S Chhokar07 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

The issue of holding elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies simultaneously is being debated these days.

Beyond the Modi-Xi dosti

Sandeep Dikshit07 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

Informal summits by their very nature are rare.

05 May 2018

Marx relevant for a reason

CP Bhambhri05 May 2018 | 12:19 AM

Karl Marx has been immortalised in the history of ideas on the basis of his numerous philosophical and theoretical writings, especially the three volumes of Das Kapital, in which he offered a seminal critique of the political economy of capitalism by employing, for the first time, the method of materialistic interpretation of history.

The SC judge selection row

SN Sahu05 May 2018 | 12:19 AM

The Government of India has asked the Supreme Court Collegium to reconsider its recommendation for the appointment of Mr Justice Joseph, Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, as judge of the Supreme Court on three grounds.

R&D in India: An introspection

Kirti Dua05 May 2018 | 12:19 AM

One of my colleagues at the university, suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, got himself checked at AIIMS, New Delhi.

Cleft lip is treatable

Naba Kishor Pujari05 May 2018 | 12:19 AM

Advancement in medical sciences has evidenced that facial deformity like cleft lip and palate are treatable health conditions and a successful cleft surgery can help the patients lead a normal life.

04 May 2018

Punjab lags in sports too

Nirmal Sandhu04 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

The way things are shaping up under the present dispensation there is little hope of a Punjab turnaround in the foreseeable future.

India and 2 opposing narratives in Pak

TCA Raghavan04 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

disaggregating longer term trends from immediate developments is never easy in Pakistan as the drama of the moment often overrides everything else.

Why Jinnah’s portrait hangs in AMU

Karan Thapar04 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

there’s a lot that human ingenuity or craftiness can amend and change but not history.

03 May 2018

Pakistan on the boil

G Parthasarathy03 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

Has the Punjabi-dominated Pakistan army learnt any lessons from its debacle in Bangladesh, where its atrocities and denial of democratic freedoms led to an armed struggle and the division of the country? In its bid to deny Bangladeshis a measure of autonomy, self-respect and justice, the army undertook a pogrom of rape and loot in which, an estimated three million people perished, 2 lakh to 4 lakh women were raped and 11 million people fled to India as refugees.

Silo storage needed to save grains

PS Rangi03 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

despite the government intervention in terms of pricing and procurement of foodgrains, particularly wheat and paddy, the country continues to suffer on account of losses and wastage of foodgrains incurred in the post-harvest operations.

Germany’s pragmatism over Syria

Trivun Sharma03 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

Germany’s decision to not participate in the air strikes conducted by the USA, France and the United Kingdom over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in the Syrian town of Douma has raised eyebrows over Berlin's role in the transatlantic partnership.

02 May 2018

25 yrs on, CPM veers towards Saifuddin’s line

Subrata Mukherjee02 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE recently concluded Hyderabad Congress of the CPM would be remembered for three major decisions: (1) Acceptance of the limited political base of the party and the acknowledgement that an alliance of seat-sharing even with the Congress might become essential to fight the growing strength of the BJP.

It is for the State to protect witnesses

Rajbir Deswal02 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

WHY is Mahender Chawla, a Panipat resident and former aide of and witness against Asaram, asking for additional security? The Asaram conviction case has once again prompted the common citizenry, more than the legal minds, to push for the need to have a witness protection law in this country.

Shade card of Britishness

Hasan Suroor02 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

TO most Commonwealth leaders now back home and busy with domestic issues, the London summit would already be a distant memory. But for their British hosts it would be harder to forget it in a hurry.

01 May 2018

Footprints of India and China’s economies

Pritam Singh01 May 2018 | 12:10 AM

in terms of per capita income, China and India are still in the category of developing economies, but in view of their increasing share in the global GDP, they are now major economic powers.

India’s female labour force is declining

Chitvan Singh Dhillon01 May 2018 | 12:10 AM

There has been much excitement around India''s demographic dividend.

IT sector coming of age

Sushma Ramachandran01 May 2018 | 12:10 AM

The Congress manifesto for the Karnataka elections has highlighted the critical information technology sector of the state and makes many pledges, as such documents do, regarding employment and skill development.

30 Apr 2018

India must stick to its guns

MK Bhadrakumar30 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

It has been reported that the Ministry of External Affairs is “lobbying hard” with the Trump administration to ensure Delhi does not “get caught in the crossfire” of the United States’ sanctions against Russia.

Simultaneous polls are a necessity

Satya Pal Jain30 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

The issue of holding elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies simultaneously is being debated these days.

Is new defence strategy old wine in new bottle?

PK Vasudeva30 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

The Modi government eyes a new national security strategy called the Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under the chairmanship of National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval.

28 Apr 2018

An imperfect compromise

KV Prasad28 Apr 2018 | 12:07 AM

Last week generated considerable excitement in national politics with tidings emanating from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) that two divergent views in the party converged in its approach towards the Indian National Congress.

Death penalty no deterrence

Vishavjeet Chaudhary28 Apr 2018 | 12:07 AM

The Cabinet has cleared an ordinance to allow for capital punishment in case of rape of minors.

What ails health-for-all scheme?

Bharat Dogra28 Apr 2018 | 12:07 AM

IF government claims are to be believed, then India is on the verge of big achievements in the areas of health and nutrition.

Right to footpaths

JV Yakhmi28 Apr 2018 | 12:07 AM

On April 12, the Bombay High Court gave a ruling that it is the fundamental right of a citizen to have roads and footpaths in a reasonably good condition and that it is the obligation of local authorities to provide the same.

27 Apr 2018

India, China and the Nepal transition

Bhartendu Kumar Singh27 Apr 2018 | 12:33 AM

Soon after his India visit, Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli packed off his Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali to China.

Maharaja bites the dust

Mythili Bhusnurmath27 Apr 2018 | 12:33 AM

The best laid schemes of men and mice oft go awry.

Can the 3 Ms save Iran deal?

Arun Kumar27 Apr 2018 | 12:33 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron has just ended a glitzy visit with President Donald Trump.

26 Apr 2018

Breaking the ice

KC Singh26 Apr 2018 | 12:15 AM

The informal summit announced between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 27-28 came as a bit of a surprise though some signals were there since February of an emerging thaw.

Politics over Lingayats

Ramakrishna Upadhya26 Apr 2018 | 12:15 AM

The teachings and vachanas of Basavanna or Basaveshwara, the 12th century philosopher and social reformer, are known to Kannadigas for a long time.

The looming danger of tech asymmetry

Air Vice-Marshal Manmohan Bahadur VM (retd)26 Apr 2018 | 12:15 AM

Two recent events have been discussed for their implications on the security posture of the nation.

25 Apr 2018

SC rebuttal in Loya case

Yogendra Yadav25 Apr 2018 | 1:09 AM

I have a confession to make.

The noisy Indians

Sarika Verma25 Apr 2018 | 1:09 AM

India is the land that gave yoga and meditation to the world.