Thursday, November 15, 2018

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14 Nov 2018

Tender mercies of open markets

Devinder Sharma14 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

IT is not unusual for wheat and paddy grown in adjoining areas of UP to find its way into Haryana mandis.

New tack in Afghan game as aid gets little traction

Maj Gen Ashok Mehta (Retd)14 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

There is never good news coming out of Afghanistan.

Building a grand narrative in national security

Bhartendu Kumar Singh14 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

National security discourse has been the preserve of a small community consisting of politicians, bureaucratic elites and strategic experts in most great powers.

13 Nov 2018

The waning of orthodoxy

Manoj Joshi13 Nov 2018 | 12:45 AM

When India and China undertook the Wuhan process earlier this year, it was seen as a tactical move by both countries to avoid distractions.

Cong eschews risk to leave MP race open

Rashid Kidwai13 Nov 2018 | 12:45 AM

The Congress in Madhya Pradesh fretted away a chance to upset incumbent Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in his Budhni Assembly constituency.

Peterloo, when Britain killed its own unarmed people

JV Yakhmi13 Nov 2018 | 12:45 AM

The UK premiere of the British Director Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo was held at Manchester on November 2.

12 Nov 2018

Shrinking base confronts new Maoist chief

Mallepalli Laxmaiah12 Nov 2018 | 12:16 AM

The Indian Maoist movement has had a recent change in leadership.

A scholar suffers collateral damage

Roopinder Singh12 Nov 2018 | 12:16 AM

Academics who venture into the religious territory have long had to face uncertainties that are bound to arise when the empirical clashes with belief.

Another China project takes form

Vivek Katju12 Nov 2018 | 12:16 AM

I first heard of the ‘Kra canal’ in Kuala Lumpur 25 years ago where I was posted as the Deputy High Commissioner.

10 Nov 2018

Their war yes, but our heroes

Lt Gen NS Brar (Retd)10 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I.

Elections in Hindi belt will impact 2019

Radhika Ramaseshan10 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

The national implications of the state elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan cannot be underrated.

Unlike West, we lack ethic of public participation

Ira Pande10 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

As I sit at my desk to write, I have no doubt at all in my mind about the subject I will choose.

09 Nov 2018

Can the Ayushman Bharat dream come true?

Ram Singh09 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), also called Ayushman Bharat or Modi-care, is an ambitious healthcare plan.

Demonetisation ghost continues to haunt

Rajeev Jayaswal09 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

Demonetisation is over, but its apparition remains.

Toying with a slice of history

Mani Shankar Aiyar09 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

Before we had Narendra Modi, we had, besides Nehru/ Indira/Rajiv, a whole train of non-Nehru/Gandhi PMs: Gulzari Lal Nanda (twice); Lal Bahadur Shastri; Morarji Desai; Charan Singh; VP Singh; Chandra Shekhar; Deve Gowda; IK Gujral; Atal Behari Vajpayee (thrice); Manmohan Singh.

07 Nov 2018

The big Russia picture

MK Bhadrakumar07 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

Albert Einstein once said, ‘In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Gandhi’s Hinduism vs Savarkar’s Hindutva

Avijit Pathak07 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

With the loud assertion of Hindutva — a totalitarian doctrine that negates the inherent plurality in the broad landscape of Hinduism, and transforms it into an instrument of emotive mobilisation for strengthening militant nationalism — many of us experience the death of life-affirming religiosity: love and connectedness, and sublime prayers and a quest for the ocean of compassion.

Why China’s influence in BIMSTEC is growing

Jayshree Sengupta07 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

How is it that China's influence in BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Scientific, Technical and Economic Cooperation) member countries is increasing so rapidly? Even though Prime Minister Modi has tried to woo and win over the members — Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand — they are veering towards China.

06 Nov 2018

A soft State versus hard

Shyam Saran06 Nov 2018 | 12:37 AM

In a recent speech, India’s National Security Adviser stressed the importance of India becoming a hard State rather than remaining a soft State whose weakness could be exploited by adversaries without and enemies within.

Kishtwar killings amidst political freeze

Naeem Akhtar06 Nov 2018 | 12:37 AM

The killing of two brothers, one of them a senior office-bearer of the state BJP, Anil Parihar, earlier this week is a chilling reminder of all that is going wrong in Jammu and Kashmir, which is witnessing a political cul de sac following the collapse of the elected government run by the PDP-BJP coalition.

Killings return in Assam, so does AFSPA tussle

Sanjoy Hazarika06 Nov 2018 | 12:37 AM

The calculated murders of five Bengali Hindus in Upper Assam by a group of armed men chillingly expose the hollowness of the 'all is normal' charade in Assam and that the conditions are under control.

05 Nov 2018

Punjab’s opioid deaddiction rules outdated

Simmi Waraich05 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

PUNJAB is a state with a public health crisis caused by the ongoing alarming opioid addiction and, as a result, there are high rates of hepatitis B and C and HIV.

Hounding out an academic point of view

Salil Desai05 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

ACADEMICIAN and author Ramachandra Guha tweeted recently that he was unable to join Ahmedabad University because of circumstances beyond his control.

New species of security threats

NN Vohra05 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

FOR the past many years now, I have been writing and speaking about the need for much greater attention being given, both by the Centre and the states, to establish effective arrangements for national security management.

03 Nov 2018

The Army officer cadre dilemma

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (Retd)03 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

A FORMER Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Arun Prakash, in an article highlighted that 70 per cent of the Army’s budget goes towards revenue expenditure.

Amritsar tragedy must trigger rule changes

Pravin B Sharan03 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

Navjot Sidhu, in his first statement, declared the unimaginably horrific train accident at Joda Phatak, Amritsar, as "Parmatma ka prakop" (act of God).

Rahul’s ambivalence part of deliberate strategy

Sunil Gatade03 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

Ambivalence is the key.

With Saudi aid, Pak tides over debt, for now

RK Kaushik03 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has agreed to give Pakistan a short one-year deposit of $3 billion to shore up its reserves. But this deposit is only meant to build confidence to pay immediate debts and will exit the system after 12 months, unless renewed.

Sardar, Nehru and British duplicity

Vappala Balachandran03 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

There was something totally inappropriate about the idea of elevating a modest man like Sardar Patel to a Colossus of Hellenistic times.

A spat that doesn’t add up

Subir Roy03 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

NoW that the RBI and the government are back to across-the-table talks instead of saber rattling, it is necessary to put the faceoff in the right historical perspective.

01 Nov 2018

A new alliance in Afghanistan

G Parthasarathy01 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

THE resilience and courage of the people of Afghanistan was evident in parliamentary elections held on October 21.

Punjab’s three turning points & federalism

Pritam Singh01 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

Professor, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford

Birth of Haryana and its initial years

Prem Chowdhry01 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

On November 1, 1966, the state of Haryana was formed by partitioning Punjab on the linguistic basis.

31 Oct 2018

The tip of the damaged iceberg

Manoj Joshi31 Oct 2018 | 12:34 AM

LAST week, Ajit Doval, the powerful National Security Adviser (NSA), spoke of the need for strong and decisive governments, the importance of observing the rule of law, encouraging technological independence and the private sector.

‘Dharti Putra’ Sardar Patel stands tall in the skies

Narendra Modi31 Oct 2018 | 12:34 AM

The first half of 1947 was a critical period in India's history.

Guarding against terrorist snipers in J&K

Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)31 Oct 2018 | 12:34 AM

The Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, is right when he says it may be premature to conclude yet that sniper squads of Pakistan-sponsored terror organisations have entered J&K and the spate of targeted killings of security personnel by standoff fire are their handiwork.

30 Oct 2018

Erdogan takes the heat off scribe’s murder

Vivek Katju30 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

Four weeks after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, it is clear that full justice will be elusive.

Lanka’s 2 PMs and an insecure President

Maj-Gen Ashok Mehta30 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

In a stunning midday bloodless coup last Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena, suffering from acute insecurity and nursing ambitions for a second term, sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of the United National Party (UNP) and replaced him with the charismatic former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from his own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

Ladakh’s long wait for more

P Stobdan30 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

Protecting Ladakh against prolonged troubles in Kashmir was long overdue and so was the imperative of addressing some of the aspirations of the people there.

29 Oct 2018

Penalty clause weakening RTI regime

Ranbir Singh29 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

A landmark statute, the Right to Information Act (RTI), was enacted in 2005. Its enforcement with effect from October 12, 2005 and the consequent institutionalisation of the RTI regime with the appointment of state public information officers (SPIOs), state assistant public information officers (SAPIOs)

Our energy basket is low in natural gas

Sushma Ramachandran29 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

SOARING global oil prices have created a crisis for the Indian economy. From just about $ 44 per barrel at the end of 2016, crude oil is now ruling at around $78 to 80 per barrel.

India’s diplomatic misstep

KP Nayar29 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

INDIA has a serious Syria problem. It is nothing like Russia’s Syria problem. Or Israel’s Syria problem. Or for that matter America’s or Saudi Arabia’s. India’s problem is of its own making.

27 Oct 2018

Bloated armed forces defy global trends

Bhartendu Kumar Singh27 Oct 2018 | 12:08 AM

Large manpower of our armed forces is increasingly becoming a concern.

Afghan peace may cost India dearly

MK Bhadrakumar27 Oct 2018 | 12:08 AM

Seventeen years is a long time for a war.

On a swing in a cold war

Rajesh Ramachandran27 Oct 2018 | 12:08 AM

In its latest issue, The Economist has announced the commencement of a Sino-US cold war, terming it a dangerous rivalry.

26 Oct 2018

Amritsar tragedy a Black Swan event

Thiruvananthapuram S. Ramakrishnan26 Oct 2018 | 12:48 AM

The tragic death of more than 60 people watching and video-graphing the Ravan effigy burning by standing on the railway tracks near Amritsar on Dasehra is a classic but very unfortunate Black Swan event.

Ensure a soldier’s right to cast his vote

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (Retd)26 Oct 2018 | 12:48 AM

Many of the rights which are available to a citizen and government employees are denied to a soldier.

The dance of puppets in CBI

Shiv Vishwanathan26 Oct 2018 | 12:48 AM

Years ago, during the Cold War, where many of us spent our childhood, a famous comic strip kept us company. It gave us a sense of corruption, power and also the anxiety and insanity of power. The strip was in MAD magazine, and it was called Spy vs Spy.

25 Oct 2018

DNA of neglect & carelessness

Salil Desai25 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

It is less than a week since 61 people standing on rail tracks, watching Dasehra celebrations being held on a nearby 'maidan' in Amritsar were mowed down by a train, that was on its routine run.

Bhagwat openly steers RSS towards politics

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay25 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

After the Sangh Parivar moved to the centrestage of Indian politics, assertions of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh sarsanghchalaks began being carefully tracked.

Too many medical tests done unnecessarily

R Kumar25 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

Our country will be better off with preventive health and healthy life style education. It will curtail the role of doctors to merely 20 per cent of the present.

24 Oct 2018

Netaji’s ideal national army

Vappala Balachandran24 Oct 2018 | 1:01 AM

ALEADING daily quoted PM Modi announcing on October 21: ‘We are heading towards building an army that was envisioned by Netaji Bose’.

Closing the door to migrants

Radhika Ramaseshan24 Oct 2018 | 1:01 AM

GUJARAT has led the vanguard of emigration or out-migration from India, before other states such as Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu followed by example or compulsion.

When the faithful abandoned the survival instinct

Chander Suta Dogra24 Oct 2018 | 1:01 AM

The Dasehra evening in Punjab brought with it death and sorrow.

23 Oct 2018

Congress can’t afford to ignore smaller parties

BRP Bhaskar23 Oct 2018 | 12:38 AM

THE Congress leadership may be inclined to view the decision of the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party to not have any alliance with it in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh as a minor matter as they are small players in these states and the grand old party alone is in contention with the Bharatiya Janata Party for power.

Excise taxes levied at cost of public health

HMS Rosha23 Oct 2018 | 12:38 AM

ALBERT Camus once said that "by definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more." This axiom is so true of Punjab''s excise policy that one could affix these words as a preamble to it.

Trigger-happy ‘protectors’

Vikash Narain Rai23 Oct 2018 | 12:38 AM

TWO recent police killings during public contact situation have shaken the trust of public in policing and further compromised the downward legitimacy graph of the law and order machinery.

22 Oct 2018

When the demons of past misdeeds catch up

Vibha Datta Makhija22 Oct 2018 | 12:35 AM

#ME TOO is the dormant volcano of frustration which has now exploded. The sharing, the anger, the empathy, the complexity, the shaming are direct pointers to the intensity of a deep-rooted malady.

China consolidating its string of pearls

Lt-Gen Kamal Davar (retd)22 Oct 2018 | 12:35 AM

Down the ages, even when its empires and ruling dispensations suffered inglorious defeats or political ignominy, China consistently managed to display uncanny steadfastness in its goals and ambitions.

Jobs elude deft economic handling

Subir Roy22 Oct 2018 | 12:35 AM

WITH barely six months to go for the general election, it is important to take a view of the economic issues likely to impact people’s choices.

20 Oct 2018

Time for rethink on CPEC

MK Bhadrakumar20 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

A‘whispering campaign’ has been going on that CPEC is fated to put an intolerable burden on Pakistan’s debt repayment liabilities, with no commensurate economic returns.

BJP goes the Cong way in Kashmir polls

Naeem Akhtar20 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

With exceptions, elections in Jammu and Kashmir have historically remained a part of the problem rather than leading to peace and resolution.

2019 will be a battle between Centre & regions

Dharamvira Gandhi20 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

The Indian Republic that succeeded the British Raj is now almost seven decades old.

19 Oct 2018

Privilege, entitlement, death

Rajesh Ramachandran19 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

THE daylight, public murder of the wife and the near-fatal attack on the son of a judge by his personal security officer (PSO) throw up a lot of questions.

Taking MeToo past the confines of social media

Flavia Agnes19 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

So finally it has happened.

Indo-Russian path to cooperation not rosy

Anita Inder Singh19 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

THE S-400 deal reflects India’s understandable wish to uphold its sovereignty in foreign policy and to modernise its air force in defiance of the US sanctions on Russia.

18 Oct 2018

US curbs and a sense of deja vu

G Parthasarathy18 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE US believed that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a new Russia could be brought to its knees by economic pressures and political manoeuvres.

For changes in Army, a study of past vital

Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)18 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

From the reportage about the most recent conference of the Army Commanders, the Indian Army appears hell bent on organisational changes, ostensibly to save Rs 7,500 crore every year and have more money for its capital budget for modernisation.

Why Rohingya deserve better

Aftab Alam18 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

The deporting of seven Rohingya to Myanmar on October 4 after the Supreme Court's rejection of a last-minute plea by seven lawyers to allow them to remain in India has again brought to fore the gaps and contradictions in our handling of the refugee crisis.

17 Oct 2018

Retail consumer sentiment stays brisk

Bhanu Pande17 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

AMIDST all the noise around the rising crude prices, weakening rupee and plunging Sensex over the last few months, a couple of things are being ignored.