Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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24 Sep 2018

The price of ‘national security’

Shyam Saran24 Sep 2018 | 12:17 AM

The term ‘national security’ is a convenient catch-all for governments which wish to justify policies which abridge the rights of citizens.

Medieval construct of culture fuels ‘honour’ killings

Salil Desai24 Sep 2018 | 12:17 AM

The offence of P Pranay Kumar, the 24-year-old Dalit murdered in Telangana on September 14, was that he had dared to marry Amrutha Varshini, an upper caste girl and they were now expecting a child.

Naive to ignore dangers to Punjab peace

HARCHARAN BAINS24 Sep 2018 | 12:17 AM

The political discourse in Punjab faces a serious danger of tipping over into a bloody social strife.

22 Sep 2018

Banking too much on merger

Subir Roy22 Sep 2018 | 12:13 AM

The government has promised a lot while going in for the merger of three public sector banks — the well regarded Bank of Baroda, the healthy small player Vijaya Bank and the goner Dena Bank. Official sources say it is expected to bring in savings of Rs 1,000-1,200 crore which works out to 2.5 per cent of the net profit of the entire banking sector in financial 2017.

Spoils system overlooks farm ailments

Ranjit Powar22 Sep 2018 | 12:13 AM

The Punjab government will soon swing into action for procurement and subsequent storage of the paddy crop in the state. The Centre has received some appreciation for a record increase of Rs 200 per quintal in the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy.

Address patriarchy as public health concern

Rashmi Kalia22 Sep 2018 | 12:13 AM

All too often, and sadly so, the anger we feel in the aftermath of a brutally insensitive incident goes nowhere.

21 Sep 2018

The endgame of triple talaq

Flavia Agnes21 Sep 2018 | 12:02 AM

The Union Government has finally done what it has been threatening to do for quite some time now.

Live up to mandate of the Constitution

MG Devasahayam21 Sep 2018 | 12:02 AM

Nineteen forty eight being its first batch, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the nation’s prime instrument of governance, completes 70 years of its existence.

National registry should assess implant outcome

Dr Ravi Gupta21 Sep 2018 | 12:02 AM

The withdrawal of “Metal on Metal” (MoM) total hip replacement system of Johnson and Johnson (DePuy), and the indictment of the company by the government recently for paying compensation to the suffering patients who underwent this surgery is a matter of concern for medical men, health administrators and society.

20 Sep 2018

Fragments of a failed society

Rajesh Ramachandran20 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

We ought to be a failed society to send our neighbours down the septic tanks to certain death or a life of filthy ignominy.

Leveraging China vis-a-vis Uncle Sam

G Parthasarthy20 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

While public attention was focused on the highly publicised 2+2 Dialogue between the Foreign and Defence Ministers of India and the US, two interesting developments took place in India’s relations with China.

Is the Pak Army attitude to India changing?

20 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

Two minor generational differences have emerged in the Pakistan army in the past five years, one on threat salience and another on dealing with India.

19 Sep 2018

The political churn in UP

Radhika Ramaseshan19 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

The political cross-currents flowing through the plains of Uttar Pradesh have doubtless perturbed the BJP that sat pretty not so long ago after amassing a record number of seats in the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections.

Militancy a ruse to save Badal’s legacy?

Jagtar Singh19 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

The recent volcanic turbulence triggered in Punjab''s religio-political domain by Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report on the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 has deeply impacted both the Sikh religio-political dynamics as well as the state''s political discourse.

Promiscuous priests: Flings with the faithful

Sudhanshu Ranjan19 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

Every religion invariably preaches self-abstinence.

18 Sep 2018

Lessons Lehman Brothers taught the world

Sushma Ramachandran18 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

Ten years after the iconic investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression, the world is still pondering over whether such a catastrophe can happen again.

Lack of mandis, funds may blunt PM-AASHA

Devinder Sharma18 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

Consider this: for nearly 40 years, the average price Indian farmers are getting for tomato is not much different.

The great Hindu battle

Arati R Jerath18 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

Two developments have the potential to trip the BJP on its signature Hindutva plank.

17 Sep 2018

Data-driven indexing divorced from reality?

Tikender Singh Panwar17 Sep 2018 | 12:43 AM

In the recently released list of 111 cities, Pune is supposedly the best while Rampur in UP ranks the last.

A US catnip for India amidst conviviality

Vappala Balachandran17 Sep 2018 | 12:43 AM

Historically all our governments in New Delhi have been resisting foreign scrutiny of our management of internal and external policies. This includes sensitive subjects like human rights and religious freedom.

A nun spoke... and silence fell

Pamela Philipose17 Sep 2018 | 12:43 AM

The melding of entrenched power, religio-spiritual authority and an all-encompassing patriarchy creates the perfect conditions for the exercise of sexual impunity.

15 Sep 2018

Limits to Imran playing the ISI tune

Sartaj Chowdhury15 Sep 2018 | 12:26 AM

Pakistan’s recently elected Prime Minster has finally said the much-expected.

Rescuing us from political extremism

Shelley Walia15 Sep 2018 | 12:26 AM

The nonconformist becomes the prosecuted.

The word ‘Dalit’ needs to go

Udit Raj15 Sep 2018 | 12:26 AM

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued guidelines to the media advising not to use ‘Dalit’ to connote Scheduled Castes.

14 Sep 2018

Oddity in Telangana

Afroz Alam14 Sep 2018 | 12:01 AM

TELANGANA has fallen prematurely in the electoral grip due to ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS)''s decision to dissolve the state assembly, nine-months ahead of its term.

Gaming caste in MP

Rasheed Kidwai14 Sep 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE BJP seems caught in caste matrix while the Congress story in poll bound Madhya Pradesh is gaining strength by the day.

End of the two-front war chimera

Pravin Sawhney14 Sep 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE proposed restructuring of the Indian Army is a one-man show, meant to deflect political pressure to reduce the army through perception management.

Church, State and injustice

Flavia Agnes14 Sep 2018 | 12:01 AM

THERE have been new twists and turns each day in the rape case filed by a nun from the Roman Catholic congregation of Missionaries of Jesus against the Bishop of Jalandhar.

13 Sep 2018

The anxiety of political fragility

Shiv Visvanathan13 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

One of the problems with news is that it demands an immediate response.

Et tu, soldier? You are bound to obey

Col Mahesh Chadha (retd)13 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

It is, perhaps, unprecedented in the annals of the Indian Army that a group of soldiers headed by an officer has petitioned the Supreme Court in regard to the application of AFSPA (the Armed Forces Special Powers Act), challenging the lodging of FIRs by the authorities against their acts of commission and omission while fighting the terrorists and other anti-national elements in J&K.

WTO needs to reform itself, not shut down

Jayshree Sengupta13 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

For more than a year, President Trump has been flouting WTO rules openly and is threatening to impose another round of punishing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including electronics and houseware.

12 Sep 2018

The power to think & critique

AVIJIT PATHAK12 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

We are living in dangerous times.

Who will be next president of Sri Lanka?

Maj-Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd)12 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

Betting in Colombo, as I discovered last week, is rampant on who will be the next president.

Health scheme far from comprehensive

Arun Mitra12 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

The much-advertised National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) — Ayushman Bharat — is set to be rolled out on September 25.

11 Sep 2018

Why panchayat polls matter in J-K

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)11 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

There is much discussion in the media about the panchayat and municipal elections in J&K, which were due in 2016, but have not been held because of the security situation.

Individual identity gets pedestal of divinity

Faizan Mustafa11 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment, has overruled its two-judge Bench decision in Suresh Kaushal (2013) and legalised homosexuality.

Aero India show mired in competitive politics

Bhartendu Kumar Singh11 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

Bengaluru is the best address on India''s defence infrastructure map.

10 Sep 2018

A veneer of cheer

Satyawan Malik10 Sep 2018 | 12:24 AM

THE Supreme Court has finally decriminalised Section 377 of the IPC which held, before September 6, that whosoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal committed an unnatural offence.

Making cooling clean

Toby Peters10 Sep 2018 | 12:24 AM

COOLING is now being recognised as one of the foremost environmental concerns. For the next 30 years, it is predicted that 19 cooling appliances will be installed every second.

Lots in a name: Call them Dalits or not?

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay10 Sep 2018 | 12:24 AM

REACTIONS to the government''s beyond-the-brief directive to the media to desist from using the D-word while referring to members of the Scheduled Castes has stayed within two confines.

Getting caught in spider’s web

MK Bhadrakumar10 Sep 2018 | 12:24 AM

WITH the inaugural session of the 2+2 US-Indian dialogue of foreign and defence ministers held in New Delhi last Thursday, the Modi government’s foreign policy has taken a full circle.

08 Sep 2018

Why workers & peasants are agitating

Amitava Guha08 Sep 2018 | 12:25 AM

Initiated by three organisations — the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All-India Kisan Sabha and All-India Agriculture Workers'' Union — workers and peasants staged a massive rally at the Parliament Street on September 5.

An Asiad does not make an Olympic summer

Rohit Mahajan08 Sep 2018 | 12:25 AM

General Bipin Rawat, chief of the Indian Army, recently felicitated the athletes from the armed forces who won medals at the Asian Games, and said: "Asian Games was just a trailer and you will get to watch the full movie during the Olympics.

A poll still split wide open

Rajesh Ramachandran08 Sep 2018 | 12:25 AM

The countdown to the 2019 general election has begun.

07 Sep 2018

As space for dissent shrinks, truth is casualty

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta07 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

A year after Gauri Lankesh was shot outside her home in Bengaluru, there is every reason to believe that the environment for free expression of views has deteriorated in India. Pressures on civil society and the media to conform to the ruling regime have intensified.

Victory under belt, long road ahead

Vishavjeet Chaudhary07 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

REVERSING its own 2013 judgment of Suresh Kumar Kaushal vs The NAZ Foundation on Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in part. Essentially, any consensual sex between two adults is no longer a crime. Beastiality will continue to be a crime.

Saga of Dalits’ assertion

Raja Sekhar Vundru07 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

IN the run-up to the 1931 Census, the enumerators were confronted with new castes emerging from the untouchable communities. Suddenly, the untouchable castes, named Churas and Chamars, of Punjab when asked about their caste name, started mentioning that they were Ad-Dharmis, a movement started by Mangoo Ram, who had broken away from the Arya Samajis.

06 Sep 2018

The tricks of the trade

Rajiv Khosla06 Sep 2018 | 12:57 AM

United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer in a detailed 182-page document has accused China of indulging in unfair trade practices.

Why the youth are drawn to drugs

Sukhdeep Brar06 Sep 2018 | 12:57 AM

Behind the focus on the drugs issue lie the shattered aspirations of the Punjabi youth.

Sowing seeds of ‘rainbow reforms’ in Punjab

PPS Gill06 Sep 2018 | 12:57 AM

There are whispers in the air of stirrings of a series of reform movements in Punjab, away from media gaze.

05 Sep 2018

The Jats' vicarious feeling of loss of power

Ranbir Singh05 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

The recent dharnas by the Jat Sangrash Samiti at various places in Haryana remind us of the nightmare of the two agitations of the Jats for reservation that took place in the post 2014 period.

Diplomatic bungling over flood relief

G Parthasarthy05 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

India has a reputation in Arab Gulf countries of being mature and measured in its reaction to crisis situations.

Nothing personal about it

Flavia Agnes05 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

The 21st Law Commission of India (LCI) in its ‘Consultation Paper on Family Law Reforms’ released on August 31, has come out with a clear statement against the enactment of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

04 Sep 2018

Getting the best of both camps

Sandeep Dikshit04 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

US President Donald Trump’s prioritisation of neo-mercantilism in state policy has put India in an unenviable position just before a high-level Indo-US meeting later this week.

The odd Cong-‘Urban Naxal’ symphony

Rasheed Kidwai04 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

The Congress support to urban Naxals, a term describing ultra-Left and liberals supporting Maoist guerrillas-led armed insurgency, is rather problematic and unlikely to bring political dividends.

Must British courts nudge India’s jail reforms?

Aftab Alam04 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submitted a six-eight-minute video documentary of Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail before a London court that is hearing the government's plea to extradite liquor baron Vijay Mallya who is wanted in India on loan defaults amounting to about Rs 9,000 crore.

03 Sep 2018

Paranoia stalks Bhima Koregaon

Shiv Vishwanathan03 Sep 2018 | 12:44 AM

A psychiatrist looking at the BJP regime 10 years from now will have to study its paranoid style of politics where a search for control pretends to be a search for law and order.

Recovery of economy on the horizon

Sushma Ramachandran03 Sep 2018 | 12:44 AM

Good news on the economy has come at just the right time.

Is Trump regime asphyxiating the WTO?

PK Vasudeva03 Sep 2018 | 12:44 AM

China is challenging the latest round of US tariffs against Chinese goods through the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

01 Sep 2018

Another weapon to the bigoted

Ajai Sahni01 Sep 2018 | 12:09 AM

In February this year, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh took a strong and principled stand during the Canadian Prime Minister''s visit to Punjab.

Enemies of the State?

Salil Desai01 Sep 2018 | 12:09 AM

The stinging observation of the Supreme Court that dissent and protest are the safety valves of democracy is as heartening as the furore in the mainstream and social media over the arrest of five leading human rights activists and intellectuals for alleged Maoist links and for their purported role in the Koregaon Bhima violence, near Pune, in December, 2017.

The unabating scramble for reservation

Sudhanshu Ranjan01 Sep 2018 | 12:09 AM

Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King came to India in February, 1959 and travelled throughout the country for nearly two months.

31 Aug 2018

Truth and reconciliation

Rajesh Ramachandran31 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

Last year, around this time, a convicted rapist and a murderer, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, managed to get about 36 of his own followers killed to prove his clout.

Controversy over GDP futile

Jayshree Sengupta31 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

What a controversy over a small difference in GDP growth! Ministers of the ruling NDA government and the past UPA-I and UPA-II governments have been at loggerheads over who performed better.

How Punjab economy can be revived

Joginder Singh31 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

Prosperity of Punjab in relation to the rest of the country is eroding at a rapid rate.

30 Aug 2018

Bipan Chandra, a humanist historian

KL Tuteja30 Aug 2018 | 12:27 AM

Professor Bipan Chandra, a distinguished historian, is widely acknowledged as one of the leading intellectuals of recent times in India.

Rahul’s reluctance on closure for 1984

Radhika Ramaseshan30 Aug 2018 | 12:27 AM

A plethora of official enquiry commissions and committees — eight to be precise —and two citizens'' justice panels, indictments and convictions, vote loss and gain, and a mea culpa from the Prime Minister of the day, Manmohan Singh, in Parliament later, the spectre of the violence against the Sikhs in 1984 refuses to go away.

No room to say ‘no’

Pritam Singh30 Aug 2018 | 12:27 AM

The coordinated action in many cities of India on August 28 to arrest rights activists marks a qualitative scaling up of attack on human rights and democracy.

29 Aug 2018

Buying weapons at a cost

Bhartendu Kumar Singh29 Aug 2018 | 1:06 AM

Every time a major defence deal is contracted, it leads to cost controversy.

Why deaths in custody will not end soon

Sankar Sen29 Aug 2018 | 1:06 AM

The CBI Court in Kerala recently sentenced to death two police officers for custodial killing.