Tuesday, June 18, 2019
17 Jun 2019

The signal in the snub

Vivek Katju17 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale briefed the media on PM Modi’s meeting in Bishkek on June 13 with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

Filling in the blanks of Doklam faceoff

Maj-Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd)17 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

Indian troops intervened this day two years ago at Doklam to prevent the Chinese PLA from unilaterally changing status quo on the Doklam plateau by constructing a road to a disputed trijunction and shifting the Sino-Bhutan border 6 km south to the Jamferi ridge.

Hospitals can be dangerous places

R Kumar17 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

Hospitals are monuments of disease and death, not resorts of health and happiness.

15 Jun 2019

Hindi row: Nationalism vs linguistic federalism

Sudhanshu Ranjan15 Jun 2019 | 6:22 AM

THAT the wave of rightwing nationalism has left a major part of the world awash is reflected conclusively in the victory of Donald Trump in the US and the Brexit in the UK.

Time to grasp the hand of friendship

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh15 Jun 2019 | 6:22 AM

PAKISTAN''S Prime Minister, Imran Khan, in keeping with the prevailing sentiments in the country, called upon India to resolve the Kashmir problem, including that of Siachen Glacier and Sir Creek. Of the three issues raised by Imran Khan, the easiest to tackle is the Siachen Glacier.

Building a republic of fear

Pamela Philipose15 Jun 2019 | 6:22 AM

IRONICALLY, at a time when the Indian media has never been more subservient to power and never more assiduous about being faithful to the script dictated by the State, attacks on journalists in the country have registered a sharp uptick.

14 Jun 2019

It’s more than just data

M Rajivlochan14 Jun 2019 | 6:35 AM

The current squabble about India’s GDP figures comes with a warning from economist Arvind Subramanian: don’t trust statisticians with statistics, have people from other disciplines keep an eye on them.

Propel defence talks with US beyond rhetoric

Air Vice-Marshal Manmohan Bahadur VM (retd)14 Jun 2019 | 6:35 AM

Indo-us defence relations have to move beyond the rhetoric of the "oldest democracy and largest democracy being natural allies".

Only anti-graft steps will not lift Pak

RK Kaushik14 Jun 2019 | 6:35 AM

Prime Minster Imran Khan addressed Pakistan in the early hours of Wednesday — June 12 — and reiterated that all corrupt leaders in Pakistan would go to jail and politicians and officials who have put the country badly in debt would be punished.

13 Jun 2019

Impact of US withdrawal of GSP on India

Jayshree Sengupta13 Jun 2019 | 6:29 AM

THE US has finally withdrawn its preferential treatment to Indian exports under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) that covered around 2,000 items valued at $6.3 billion.

Rigorous norms must for selecting generals

Lt-Gen KJ Singh13 Jun 2019 | 6:29 AM

MERIT as an overriding criterion is the current buzzword for the selection of top commanders in the armed forces. Consequently, supersession has become the norm rather than the exception, as is highlighted in the case of recent appointments of service chiefs and commanders-in-chief (Cs-in-C).

Battle of cyberspace

G Parthasarathy13 Jun 2019 | 6:29 AM

THE G20 Summit, to be held in Japan on June 28-29, brings together leaders from developed and rising economies. The summit will be an important occasion for PM Modi to meet Presidents Trump, Xi Jinping and Putin after his decisive electoral victory.

12 Jun 2019

This trade neither free nor fair

MK Bhadrakumar12 Jun 2019 | 6:20 AM

The commonplace narrative in India is not to ‘exaggerate’ the US-Indian discord over trade issues.

What lies ahead for Mayawati

Radhika Ramaseshan12 Jun 2019 | 6:20 AM

Mayawati’s reputation as a political ally is legendary.

Karnad used myth to understand the present

Neelam Mansingh Chowdhury12 Jun 2019 | 6:20 AM

My first memory of Girish Karnad is linked to my years as a student in the National School of Drama (NSD) in the mid-seventies.

11 Jun 2019

On Rajnath’s plate: Review of strategic defence

Maj-Gen Ashok Mehta11 Jun 2019 | 6:36 AM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi posting the second-most senior minister of his first Cabinet to defence of the realm means he wants to remove the widely held perception that while he may worship national security and the soldier on the altar of elections, he is far less serious about its functioning at other times.

Voice of reason and dissent goes silent

Bindu Menon11 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

OF the many images that Girish Karnad evokes, in his real and reel lives, one stands out. It is of him at a public meeting in Bengaluru in September last year to protest the arrest of rights activists across the nation.

Dealing with the big bully

Manoj Joshi11 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

IT is an irony of sorts that despite the effort made by the Modi government in its first term to keep on the right side of the erratic Donald Trump, President of the United States, the going with our strategic partner is getting tougher.

10 Jun 2019

BJP bag of tricks & deceit

Rajeev Dhavan10 Jun 2019 | 6:05 AM

The Modi-Shah plan to conquer all of India through elections and President’s rule, by fair means or foul, is self-evident.

The Pashtuns: A developing faultline in Pak

Tilak Devasher10 Jun 2019 | 6:05 AM

Conventional wisdom in and about Pakistan has been that the dominant Punjabis had coopted the Pashtuns as a junior partner to rule the country.

Electricity can be made cheaper in Punjab

Bhupinder Singh and Malkit Singh10 Jun 2019 | 6:05 AM

Recently, the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) allowed a hike of 2.

08 Jun 2019

What the rate will change

Subir Roy08 Jun 2019 | 6:51 AM

Amidst growing demand for a stimulus to re-energise the economy and take it back to the magical 7 per cent-plus growth rate that it had achieved, making India the fastest growing large economy in the world, the RBI has cut policy rates again, for the third time in a row.

How Indira faced crises in Congress

Rasheed Kidwai08 Jun 2019 | 6:51 AM

Instead of introspection and firefighting in Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, the Congress has adopted an ostrich-like approach, hoping that time and inactivity would heal the wounds of the May 23 poll verdict.

It’s time a national security strategy is published

Bhartendu Kumar Singh08 Jun 2019 | 6:51 AM

The absence of a formal national security strategy (NSS) has been a sore point in debates on national security.

07 Jun 2019

Modi’s ideological blinders off?

Rajesh Ramachandran07 Jun 2019 | 6:49 AM

The catchy coinage, Modi 2.

Predicting rains: Can the butterfly be caught?

Atanu Biswas07 Jun 2019 | 6:49 AM

One major reason for last year’s devastating floods in Kerala was excessive rainfall.

How Pak army uses media to spin narrative

Major Akshat Upadhyay07 Jun 2019 | 6:49 AM

Asuccessful democracy is an interconnected system of rule of law, accountability, equal political rights and civil liberties.

06 Jun 2019

How India fares in fighting pollution

Bharat H Desai06 Jun 2019 | 7:54 AM

IT became a historic event when the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) in a meeting on May 21, 2019 decided to accept the unmistakable imprint of human activities on the Earth.

The Opposition should be more purposeful

Amitabha Bhattacharya06 Jun 2019 | 7:54 AM

IN a parliamentary democracy, the Opposition has a crucial role to play. More so in a multi-party democracy where each party, regional or national, represents specific interests of a substantial number of people.

Spy versus spy in Pak

Vappala Balachandran06 Jun 2019 | 7:54 AM

INTELLIGENCE liaison between sovereign states is a tricky affair, especially with a domineering partner. Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) experienced this soon after the 1950 ‘Treaty of Friendship’ with Soviet Union when the Soviet GRU tried to impose Stalin’s Korean War policy on Diaochabu, the fledgling Chinese intelligence service.

05 Jun 2019

PM Modi at the high table

Neerja Chowdhury05 Jun 2019 | 6:46 AM

Team Modi 2019 is in place and carries the ‘chhaap’ of the PM, unlike 2014 when he was new to Delhi, and Arun Jaitley was an integral part of the ministry-making exercise.

A history steeped in Punjabi and Punjabiyat

Manish Tewari05 Jun 2019 | 6:46 AM

The Indian National Congress decided to field me from the Sri Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

Crime victim support should have statutory basis

GS Bajpai05 Jun 2019 | 6:46 AM

Pathways to justice are always arduous for the victims of crime in India.

04 Jun 2019

Double whammy: Outdated weapons & faulty ammo

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (Retd)04 Jun 2019 | 7:41 AM

IT is often debated whether it is the man behind the gun who is more important or the weapon. Such debates relate to an era when weapons, by and large, were not undergoing any substantial improvement or change.

Time MEA is restored to its original purpose

KP Nayar04 Jun 2019 | 7:41 AM

THE induction of Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, a diplomat who thinks out of the box, into the Union Cabinet offers an opportunity to restore the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to the original purpose for which it was created in 1948.

Who’s afraid of S-400 Triumf?

MK Bhadrakumar04 Jun 2019 | 7:41 AM

THE last we had heard of the conversation between New Delhi and Washington relating to India’s purchase of the S-400 Triumf long-range anti-aircraft missile system from Russia was in mid-April, thanks to an interview by then Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with the French news agency AFP.

03 Jun 2019

Now, to think like a politician

Vivek Katju03 Jun 2019 | 7:14 AM

The first and immediate task before External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar is to begin thinking and acting as a political actor and give up the ingrained reflexes acquired over a four-decade-long, very distinguished diplomatic career.

India’s new nationalism

Mahesh Rangarajan03 Jun 2019 | 7:14 AM

The massive win of the ruling party and coalition marks a milestone in India's history as a democracy.

Why is COFEPOSA invoked selectively?

Abhijit Bhattacharyya03 Jun 2019 | 7:14 AM

The Conservation Of Foreign Exchange And Prevention Of Smuggling Activities Act, 1974 (COFEPOSA), which came into force on December 19, 1974, came at a time when India appeared a heavenly abode for wrongdoers with names like Sukhar Narain Bakhia and Haji Mastan, all based in big cities of the western coast of India, and operating innumerable sorties across the Arabian Sea in their "fleet of Arab dhows", looting and ransacking the "golden egged Indian soil" through smuggling (endangering the security of the state) and defying and daring the state to take action.

01 Jun 2019

Let farm reforms take root

Devinder Sharma01 Jun 2019 | 6:53 AM

Punjab, the food bowl, has broken all previous records in wheat productivity.

The agony of being Dutee Chand

Prem Chowdhry01 Jun 2019 | 6:53 AM

The recent acknowledgement of Dutee Chand, one of our foremost international sprinters and winner of several medals, about her same-sex relationship has once again foregrounded the issue forcefully.

Policy inefficiencies plague Pak economy

RK Kaushik01 Jun 2019 | 6:53 AM

The Imran Khan government took over on August 18, 2018 and ever since, it has been faced with a perennially bad economic scenario.

31 May 2019

Security agenda for NDA-II

Gen VP Malik (Retd)31 May 2019 | 6:28 AM

Election 2019 has brought in three important considerations on the subject of India’s national security.

What is unto God’s and Caesar’s

Faizan Mustafa31 May 2019 | 6:28 AM

The BJP’s consistent position has been that the Congress’ secularism is ‘pseudo secularism’ and that it will bring in positive secularism.

Payal Tadvi’s suicide a rude reality check

Salil Desai31 May 2019 | 6:28 AM

May 22, Mumbai: Dr Payal Tadvi, a post-graduate medical student of TN Topiwala National Medical College, attached to BYL Nair Hospital, commits suicide inher hostel room.

30 May 2019

Time Modi built on his message of shedding communal politics

Harcharan Bains30 May 2019 | 3:18 PM

The minorities in the country, too, would do well to read the fine print in Modi’s speech. In a secular country like India, there should ideally be no place for minority appeasement or majority stridency.

Economy needs government stimulus

Jayshree Sengupta30 May 2019 | 7:26 AM

AFTER the elections, which were not fought over economic issues, we are all aware of the weak state of the economy. There is no dearth of advice coming from all quarters about how to revive the economy and kick-start investment.

New Chief gets an ageing and shrinking Navy

Cmde Ranjit B Rai (Retd)30 May 2019 | 7:26 AM

ON May 31, after a full three-year term, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, an experienced navigator and son of a former Navy commander, will hand over an operational Navy with around 120 ships, including lone aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, 15 submarines, including two nuclear boats.

India’s plate more than full

G Parthasarathy30 May 2019 | 7:26 AM

PM Modi’s first term was marked by placing his own distinctive stamp on the conduct of Indian foreign policy. Just a few weeks preceding the General Election campaign, he received greetings from President Putin, who conferred on him the highest decoration of the Russian Federation.

29 May 2019

Strategic autonomy and the looming oil crisis

Lt Gen Kamal Davar (retd)29 May 2019 | 7:23 AM

The new Modi government will have to speedily contend with a serious foreign policy challenge on its hands.

The Congress problem: Dynasty in the DNA

Sunil Gatade29 May 2019 | 7:23 AM

It was not exactly a case of finding scapegoats for the shocking defeat of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections but to state as to what all went wrong in what now appears to be a badly bungled exercise.

Staring at a slowdown

Subir Roy29 May 2019 | 7:23 AM

What began with the default by an IL&FS (Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services) subsidiary has over the months spread and gotten worse, subjecting the financial system and the economy to a downside that is highly disturbing, to say the least.

28 May 2019

An alternative vision of India

Shyam Saran28 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has won a second term with a resounding majority.

Many a hurdle in way to being world power

Manoj Joshi28 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made us a new promise.

Need to enhance fire-safety awareness

Satish Kumar Dogra28 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

During my tenure as the head of the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services (TNFRS) Department, there was a fire tragedy at a school in Kumbakonam in 2004 in which 94 students were burnt alive.

27 May 2019

Paradoxes of mass democracy

Avijit Pathak27 May 2019 | 6:30 AM

Even though this is the time for congratulating Narendra Modi for his spectacular success leading to the ongoing march of the BJP-led NDA, we should not forget to ask a set of critical questions relating to the emotive appeal of populism and the paradoxes of mass democracy.

An MLA’s killing and the Naga role

Vappala Balachandran27 May 2019 | 6:30 AM

It is regrettable that we do not know much about our seven North-East states, barring perhaps Assam, and the problems they are facing even after 72 years of Independence.

Congress has emerged weaker this time

Arati R Jerath27 May 2019 | 6:30 AM

It is tempting to blame the Congress for ‘gifting’ the 2019 election to Narendra Modi and the BJP.

25 May 2019

Take the ‘other’ along

Amitabha Bhattacharya25 May 2019 | 6:46 AM

AS the new government takes charge at the Centre, ministries will be called upon to generate ideas and prepare action plans for the short and medium terms, focusing on the areas prioritised in the party manifesto.

Tackling regional insecurity a task for Modi

Gurmeet Kanwal25 May 2019 | 6:46 AM

The NDA government’s second innings has begun at a time when the regional security environment is more unstable that it has been for many years.

Capt should focus on border districts, farm crisis

PPS Gill25 May 2019 | 6:46 AM

If the BJP-led NDA has scripted a new political chapter with its spectacular show for the second successive term, so has Punjab.

24 May 2019

Bharat votes India out

Rajesh Ramachandran24 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

THE grand disconnect between the elite and the masses was never so complete, so dramatic and so antagonistic than in the just-concluded General Election.

BJP keeps intact fortress in Hindi heartland

Radhika Ramaseshan24 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

Amethi is a sign of the shifting sands of politics in the Hindi heartland.

To stay in the reckoning, Rahul has a lot to do

Rasheed Kidwai24 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

It is clear that the Congress under Rahul Gandhi is destined to sit in the Opposition for five long years.

23 May 2019

Tightrope walk for India

Niraj Srivastava23 May 2019 | 6:39 AM

IRANIAN Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to India on May 14 and his talks with Sushma Swaraj again present India with a difficult choice: Implement US sanctions against Iran by stopping the import of Iranian oil or continue to deal with Iran on the basis of international law and India’s national interests.

Polarising polls impact local development

M Rajivlochan23 May 2019 | 6:39 AM

All elections in India are polarising.

Services’ penchant for ‘utopian’ materiel

Rahul Bedi23 May 2019 | 6:39 AM

The services spend an inordinate amount of time and energy savaging Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials for delays and roadblocks in modernising and upgrading their largely ageing and obsolete materiel.

22 May 2019

Pay heed, keep off

Maj Gen Ashok Mehta (retd)22 May 2019 | 6:42 AM

By dredging up the INS Viraat issue, PM Modi scored a hat trick in the politicisation of the armed forces.

Backlog of cases crippling judiciary

Justice Markandey Katju (retd)22 May 2019 | 6:42 AM

There is an inordinate delay in the disposal of cases in the Indian courts.

National security narrative during polls

Bhartendu Kumar Singh22 May 2019 | 6:42 AM

AFTER the Balakot airstrike, when India shed its ‘strategic restraint’ and debunked the so-called invincibility of Pakistan (due to nuclear weapons), there were expectations of a larger national security debate.