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23 Jun 2017

A sedition brief

Harish Khare23 Jun 2017 | 12:31 AM

We should seriously explore the possibility of one of our sansthas engaging senior legal counsel to file a case of sedition against Virat Kohli, who led India to such a disgraceful defeat at the hands of Pakistan last Sunday.

Fighting a flawed Army promotion policy

Lt Gen OP Kaushik (retd)23 Jun 2017 | 12:31 AM

RECENTLY, the Army has been in the news about the promotion policy drafted by the Army headquarters for promotion to the ranks of Major General and Lieutenant General.

No way to treat soldiers

Col Dabby S De mello (retd)23 Jun 2017 | 12:31 AM

AFTER the coronation of the Magadh Samrat, Kautilya, also known as Chanakya, gave his king this blunt warning: “The day the soldier has to demand his dues will be a sad day for Magadh for then, on that day, you will have lost all moral sanction to be king!”

22 Jun 2017

Onwards, word warriors

Karthik Venkatesh22 Jun 2017 | 12:27 AM

O’CRACY, D.E.M., beloved husband of T. Ruth, loving father of L.I. Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justicia, expired on June 26.

Punjab opts for a healthy game changer

Chandrakant Lahariya22 Jun 2017 | 12:27 AM

HEALTHCARE has been amongst the low priorities of Indian politicians and policy makers, both at the national and state levels. Government investment on healthcare in India, at 1.15 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), is one of the lowest in the world. Rarely does the political leadership take the lead in formulating primary healthcare initiatives.

Tete-a-tete with Trump

KC Singh22 Jun 2017 | 12:27 AM

PUBLIC attention this week rivets on the offices of the Presidents of the US and India — the most powerful and the most populous democracies, respectively. The oath of office of both shares a phrase: “will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution....” Despite the Indian President’s role modelled on the British sovereign, the borrowing from the US is deliberate, something the Mrime Minister’s oath lacks.

21 Jun 2017

Why Kashmir celebrated Pakistan’s cricket win

Arun Joshi21 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

Despite having experienced betrayals, India continues to trust the deceptions of the political class. It continues to repose faith in the double-speaking politicians. India has undermined the idea of the Indian nationhood in Kashmir by adopting an ambivalent stand.

The J&K police and its resilience

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd))21 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

AS photos of late Feroze Ahmad Dar, the SHO Achabal, flash on social media one deeply regrets his loss along with six of his colleagues, all bravehearts of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP).

A case for loan waiver

Yogendra Yadav21 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

AS Punjab joins the list of states to declare farm loan waiver, political scales are now heavily tilted in favour of this idea.

20 Jun 2017

Way out of farm crisis

Subir Roy20 Jun 2017 | 12:42 AM

THE full dimensions of the agricultural crisis facing the country are even now not being realised.

Why India, Pak don’t talk to each other

Maj Gen Ashok K. Mehta (retd)20 Jun 2017 | 12:42 AM

IN these times of acute famine in dialogue between India and Pakistan, now in its fifth year of suspension following the beheading of an Indian soldier in January 2013, it was gratifying that at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet at Astana, Kazakhstan, recently, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

Conquering minds

Muhammad Amir Rana20 Jun 2017 | 12:42 AM

FREED from Al-Qaida in 2001, the Tora Bora caves and the tunnels in Afghanistan have now fallen to violent extremists linked to the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

19 Jun 2017

Getting GST right

Pradeep S Mehta, Amol Kulkarni and Sanjay Kumar Mangla19 Jun 2017 | 2:05 AM

AFEW days remain for the adoption of the first-ever competition reform — since Independence — to create a seamless national market without any distortions.

A governance agenda for our times

NN Vohra19 Jun 2017 | 2:05 AM

AMONG the factors which have contributed to the failures of governance in the past years: the foremost is corruption which has spread unchecked and presently permeates all levels of functioning.

17 Jun 2017

Bitter medicine for BJP

S Nihal Singh17 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

THE agrarian unrest plaguing at least three BJP-ruled states is the party’s lowest point since it came to power at the Centre three years ago.

Non-BJP Opposition & alternative politics

CP Bhambhri17 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

Political parties in a highly competitive multipolar political system compete against one another by winning over the support of multiple social constituencies on the basis of distinctiveness of their socio-economic policies and programmes.

Obsessed with appearances

Asha'ar Rehman17 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

IT is difficult to recall the last time when it was so noisy in this country.