Monday, March 19, 2018

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17 Mar 2018

Sikh studies get boost in UK varsity

Sujinder Singh Sangha17 Mar 2018 | 12:44 AM

The launch of the Centre for Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the University of Wolverhampton is significant because it takes Punjabi studies into the mainstream of higher education in the UK.

State Sponsors of Terrorism

Lt-Gen Bhopinder Singh (retd)17 Mar 2018 | 12:44 AM

Since 1979, the United States Department of State has routinely designated certain countries as ''State Sponsors of Terrorism'', where it alleges that the said state had, "repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism".

The big deal with France

S Nihal Singh17 Mar 2018 | 12:44 AM

FRANCE’S President Emmanuel Macron has returned home from his Indian trip a happy man because his visit was greeted with near-universal applause that France is the country of choice for India to do business with.

16 Mar 2018

Collegium selection & ensuring integrity

Shreenath A. Khemka16 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

THE Constitutional design under Article 124 was of both separation and checks.

Stealing a March on Trump!

Mythili Bhusnurmath16 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

‘Stupid’, is how Li Xinchuang, senior executive of the China Iron and Steel Association, described President Trump''s decision to levy tariffs on imports of steel (25%) and aluminium (10%).

The Naresh Agarwal virus

Harish Khare16 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

Last Monday produced a revealing moment for the Indian polity.

15 Mar 2018

Museums in our heads

Sehdev Kumar15 Mar 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE partition of Punjab was a defining tragic event in the lives of millions of people, many of whom are still alive on both sides of the divide.

The right to live and the right to die

Sudhanshu Ranjan15 Mar 2018 | 12:42 AM

GOING a step further after its historic judgment in Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug v. Union of India (2011), a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in Common Cause v.

Democracy put to test

KC Singh15 Mar 2018 | 12:42 AM

WHILE Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied visiting French President Emmanuel Macron on the Ganges at Varanasi, at times hand-in-hand, for an iconic view of the Ghats, India hovered over multiple domestic inflexion points.

14 Mar 2018

Who owns Panjab University?

Jayanti Dutta Roy14 Mar 2018 | 12:49 AM

Geographically situated in a Union Territory, Panjab University (PU) cannot be a state university. Logically, it should be a central university.

Left is dead, long live the Left

Yogendra Yadav14 Mar 2018 | 12:49 AM

When a troll recently called me ‘Commi-dog’, it alerted me to something deeper. The ‘dog’ bit was easy to understand and overlook: BJP trolls were particularly jubilant and abusive that day, following the Tripura verdict.

PU — An institution in peril

Shelley Walia14 Mar 2018 | 12:49 AM

Whereas the university seeks to disseminate learning to build a culture that reflects on deeper ethical and social concerns, there are intellectuals who, in the words of Julia Benda, spend their time "abetting instead the official machinery and its ruthless dominance."

13 Mar 2018

EU a better bet for India

Jayshree Sengupta13 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

Like a chameleon, President Trump is changing his economic policy frequently from when he took office.

Whither criminal justice delivery system?

Beant Singh Bedi13 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

Print media was afire on September 30, 2017, proclaiming that a complaint of rape had been lodged by a government employee against Sucha Singh Langah, a prominent leader of a political party and a member of the SGPC.

Between hope and despair

Krishna Kumar13 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

A discussion on the general state of affairs has just begun.

12 Mar 2018

Climate change could impact financial stability

Ajay Sagar12 Mar 2018 | 12:47 AM

Environment is not a national asset. It''s a shared responsibility of one and all. Responsible global citizens now realise that any adverse environment action may have a reaction outside of their national location with wide-ranging cumulative impacts.

A revolt of the Generals?

Ali Ahmed12 Mar 2018 | 12:47 AM

AN editorial in The Tribune (''Generals speaking'', March 2) has it that there is dissension in the ranks.

After nearly losing Bhutan...

Sandeep Dikshit12 Mar 2018 | 12:47 AM

There has been a distinct change in tone at South Block these days.

10 Mar 2018

The election debate

Pramod Kumar10 Mar 2018 | 12:03 AM

Recent preoccupation has been to debate the unsustainability of the frequent electoral cycle.

Not top Billing!

Mythili Bhusnurmath10 Mar 2018 | 12:03 AM

Throughout the democratic world, elected governments have responded much the same way to instances of large-scale white collar crime: with new (hasty?) legislation to minimise, if not eliminate, the scope for recurrence of such crimes.

Russia-UK relations at a post-war nadir

Ashis Ray10 Mar 2018 | 12:03 AM

RUSSIA-UNITED KINGDOM relations in the past five centuries have followed a bumpy course.

09 Mar 2018

Time for economic rethink

Nirmal Sandhu09 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

It is budget time and also the time to question old certainties and make an honest effort to retrieve Punjab’s sinking economy.

Polarisation will politicise the Army

Maj-Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd)09 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

The RSS is the BJP's standing army, mobilised to win elections and bulldoze the opposition.

The looming water crisis of Mussoorie

Hugh & Colleen Gantzer09 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

THE Niti Aayog has pontificated that the springs of the Himalayas are drying up.

08 Mar 2018

Pak trips on free run

G Parthasarathy08 Mar 2018 | 12:35 AM

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), set up in 1989 by the G7 countries, and with headquarters in Paris, acts as an “international watchdog” on issues of money laundering and financing of terrorism.

Lenin, too, inspired our freedom struggle

SN Sahu08 Mar 2018 | 12:35 AM

The pulling down of the statue of Lenin in Tripura and its defence in a disparaging tone by some well-known public figures occupying high positions in a way constitutes the denunciation of the legacy of freedom struggle concerning Lenin, Lokmanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh who had the progressive vision woven around ideals of liberation and freedom from foreign rule and exploitation.

An unequal democracy

SY Quraishi08 Mar 2018 | 12:35 AM

Ex-CEC and distinguished fellow, Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University

07 Mar 2018

The unloved immigrants

Hasan Suroor07 Mar 2018 | 12:18 AM

INDIAN campaign groups in America and Britain are protesting against moves to toughen up residence visa rules in these countries, among other things, making it harder to bring in dependents.

Politics of petty personal self-interests

CP Bhambri07 Mar 2018 | 12:18 AM

T HE greatest challenge faced by India is that the "essence" of parliamentary democracy has been "eroded" by political-ideological prison and political praxis of the present regime and the worrisome situation is that all institutional arrangements for governance as defined by the Republican Constitution have been completely subordinated to the "dicta" of the present Political Chief Executive of India.

Why is BJP singing simultaneous polls song?

Subir Roy07 Mar 2018 | 12:18 AM

As the 2019 parliamentary elections approach, the BJP leadership has turned its attention to the promise it made in its election manifesto of 2014 to find a way for holding Lok Sabha and Assembly elections simultaneously.

06 Mar 2018

No need to privatise banks

Sushma Ramachandran06 Mar 2018 | 1:07 AM

AS the country reels over the shock of multiple bank frauds and the potential impact of lakhs of crores of bad loans in the banking system, there is a growing clamour to find out the reasons for this situation.

Punjab’s virtual water export

Ranjit Singh Ghuman06 Mar 2018 | 1:07 AM

THE pre-Green Revolution diversified agriculture of Punjab has turned into a wheat-paddy cycle.

Aadhaar — From citizens to subjects?

06 Mar 2018 | 1:07 AM

As March 31 draws nearer, for those who have still chosen to not link their Aadhaar numbers to their mobile numbers, bank accounts, mutual funds portfolio and so on, the day starts with multiple SMSes, urging, rather warning, them to do so immediately.

05 Mar 2018

Joint gains from Afghan peace

MK Bhadrakumar05 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

INDIA lost no time to welcome the Afghan government’s call on February 28 “to armed groups to cease violence and join national peace and reconciliation process”.

Number-game at the apex court

Shreenath A. Khemka05 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

A three-judge Bench of Justices MB Lokur, K Joseph and D Gupta stayed the operation of the February 8 order delivered by the three-judge Bench of Justices A Mishra, AK, Goel and MM Shantanagoudar.

Encounters as state policy?

Jagdeep S. Chhokar05 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

Anews item on February 16, 2018, said: "'Police encounters won't stop,' says Yogi Adityanath" .

02 Mar 2018

Primary task at Cong plenary

Harish Khare02 Mar 2018 | 12:39 AM

The top Congress leaders are due to gather, in a fortnight from now, for their party’s plenary session.

Private fascination for public assets

Rajeev Jayaswal02 Mar 2018 | 12:39 AM

The camera never lies, even if it may not present the whole truth.

The science of myth-busting

Samir Malhotra02 Mar 2018 | 12:39 AM

Assume you are a reputed scientist trying to bust myths about dengue. In your authoritative voice, you begin, "Many people believe XYZ juice helps in dengue, this is a non-scientific claim," and you further explain how dengue is a viral disease, how viruses replicate, etc.

01 Mar 2018

Preserve natural resources, promote farming

Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma01 Mar 2018 | 12:41 AM

Tackling the agrarian crisis from its roots necessitates attention to the important aspect of the neglect and degradation of natural resources, the natural capital that underlies all agriculture production systems.

Deja vu in Pakistan

Sharat Sabharwal01 Mar 2018 | 12:41 AM

Disqualified from holding the office of Prime Minister last year by the Supreme Court, Nawaz Sharif has now been barred by the same court from being the head of his party, PML (N).

Khalistan version 2.0

KC Singh01 Mar 2018 | 12:41 AM

NORMALLY the “K” word that overhangs Indian diplomacy denotes Kashmir.

28 Feb 2018

A little less Indian

Yogendra Yadav28 Feb 2018 | 12:36 AM

FOR the last four years, we have had a dialogue of the deaf on the issue of Indianisation of education.

How much surveillance is enough?

Zubin Dash28 Feb 2018 | 12:36 AM

In the recent Justice Puttaswamy judgment, the Supreme Court held the right to privacy to be a fundamental right.

Avoiding the snares of the old order

Bhartendu Kumar Singh28 Feb 2018 | 12:36 AM

In his budget speech, the Finance Minister promised a new defence production policy (DPP).

27 Feb 2018

With an eye on 2019...

Jayshree Sengupta27 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

TODAY everything that the NDA government is doing for the economy is aimed at a deeper political agenda, which is the 2019 general election.

Canada and India: Opposite trajectories

Pritam Singh27 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

During the Canadian Prime Minister’s recent visit to India, the media in both countries, but more so in India, has tried to present as if alleged support to the demand for Khalistan by some Canadian Sikh groups and Canada’s handling of it is the main source of some perceived tension in government-to-government relations between India and Canada.

Unfair squeeze on AAP MLAs?

PDT Archary27 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

Twenty MLAs of the Delhi Assembly have been disqualified by the President of India on the recommendation of the Election Commission (EC) under the law of office of profit.

26 Feb 2018

It’s time US revisited gun safety laws

Sartaj Chaudhary26 Feb 2018 | 12:03 AM

ALMOST all civilised countries around the world have incorporated ''self-defence'' into their constitutions. The right to ''self-defence'' is the right for individuals to use ''reasonable/defensive force'' for the purpose of defending one''s own life or the lives of others, including, in ''certain circumstances'', the use of deadly force.

Compel Pak to end proxy war

Pravin Sawhney26 Feb 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE Chief of Army staff, General Bipin Rawat, has asserted that the recent Pakistan-supported Sunjuwan terror attack where six soldiers were killed would be avenged. Speaking to a national newspaper, he said, "Pakistan thinks it is fighting a war that is paying them dividends but we have several options, including surgical strikes."

Resolving our water wars

Sandeep Dikshit26 Feb 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE Supreme Court’s judgment on the Cauvery water dispute has the potential to become the benchmark for resolving India’s river water-sharing disputes with its neighbours. The court has set the template by calling rivers national assets and holding that being in a state of flow no state can claim exclusive ownership of river waters or assert a prescriptive right to deprive other states of their equitable share.

24 Feb 2018

Junk the defensive mindset

Vivek Katju24 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE continuing firing on the Indo-Pak border is giving rise to an insistent and uneasy question in a section of Indian public opinion: is the Modi government deliberately or inadvertently moving towards war with Pakistan? Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman’s warning to Pakistan, after the Sunjuwan Army camp terrorist attack, that it should expect punishment has also fed apprehensions.

Sangh Parivar’s dual loyalties

S Nihal Singh24 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief, got more than he bargained for in declaring that the disciplined force of workers in his organisation could raise an army in three days while the Army would take more than six months to get ready.

Train kids in practical skills

DC Sharma24 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

Career psychologist and former head, English dept, MCM DAV College, Kangra

23 Feb 2018

Politics of acquittals

Nirmal Sandhu23 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

HARYANA, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Punjab have one thing in common: the Chief Ministers in these states are recommending withdrawal of criminal and corruption cases.

Barking up the wrong tree

Mythili Bhusnurmath23 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

For the past fortnight or so, the Rs 11,400-crore fraud at the Punjab National Bank (PNB) has been hogging headlines; without any let-up.

Skeletons in PNB cupboard

Anmol Rattan Narang23 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Former bank staffer and retired principal, staff training college of a nationalised bank

22 Feb 2018

Can Sharif hold his own?

G Parthasarathy22 Feb 2018 | 12:21 AM

MIAN NAWAZ SHARIF has a fascinating political career.

Recognise and regulate the holy cow

D Shyam Babu22 Feb 2018 | 12:21 AM

On February 2, 2018, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy introduced the Cow Protection Bill, 2017 in the Rajya Sabha.

Beware of warmongers

Sehdev Kumar22 Feb 2018 | 12:21 AM

Professor Emeritus in Canada.

21 Feb 2018

Logic of FIR in Major Aditya’s case

Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

This write-up is not about defending young Army officers who bear the burden of operations in all kinds of unpredictable situations in Kashmir; it is about putting in perspective the functioning of the Army and its soldiers in counter-terrorist operations there.

Let’s welcome all, always

Roopinder Singh21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be welcomed warmly at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

A disunited kingdom

Hasan Suroor21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

WAY back in 1997, in a rare undiplomatic public outburst, the then Prime Minister, IK Gujral, dismissed Britain as a “third rate power” after its foreign secretary Robin Cook gratuitously offered to mediate in the Kashmir dispute, apparently at Pakistan’s instigation.

20 Feb 2018

Don’t kill farms for industry

Lakhwinder Singh20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

After the rural vote bank turned against the current dispensation, as indicated from the Gujarat assembly election as well as by-elections in Rajasthan and other places, the union government has started consulting experts and scholars on the agrarian crisis.

Stocks no haven from low FD rates

Subir Roy, Senior journalist20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

AT a time when falling interest rates for bank fixed deposits (FDs) have caused risk-averse middle class savers to turn to equity, it is important for the stock markets to exude a sense of steadiness and sobriety so that investment and growth progress healthily.

Can’t bank on this system

Sushma Ramachandran20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

ONE of the biggest global financial frauds has been unearthed in an iconic 123-year-old banking institution.

19 Feb 2018

Good teachers are a rarity....

Avijit Pathak19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

Jawaharlal Nehru University, despite its intellectual vibrancy and reasonably satisfactory academic performance, is in a crisis.

Fraud: Let probe be in public interest

Prabhakar Kulkarni19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

Public and private banks in the country have direct relations with people. Depositors'' and investors'' amounts and public money provided to banks by way of recapitalisation for institutional survival in times of crisis of bad debts, are indicative of direct and indirect involvement of people.

Enemy at the gates

MK Bhadrakumar19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

THE situation in the Maldives brought to the fore once again the dilemma of how far India should interfere or whether to interfere at all in its neighbouring countries in South Asia.

17 Feb 2018

Palestinians’ hopeless plight

S Nihal Singh17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi’s diplomatic foray in Palestine, the first such visit in some 30 years, must surely rank as unique.