Saturday, December 07, 2019
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06 Dec 2019

The death of a dream

Avijit Pathak06 Dec 2019 | 6:40 AM

When I came to know about Fathima Latheef’s suicide, I realised the pain of my wounded self.

Public debate should shape key policies

Subir Roy06 Dec 2019 | 6:40 AM

The Indian economy is passing through troubled times with a falling growth rate and historically high levels of unemployment.

Why viral rape-consciousness is not enough

Vikash Narain Rai06 Dec 2019 | 6:40 AM

The rape gangs at the Hyderabad toll plaza and Ranchi’s VIP zone comprised regular youths, from regular Indian families.

05 Dec 2019

Hong Kong has spoken

JAYADEVA RANADE05 Dec 2019 | 6:45 AM

Though the 18 District Councils in Hong Kong represent the lowest layer of the democratic process in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and wield little power, the elections to the 452 District Council seats on November 24 were important and viewed as virtually a popular referendum on Beijing’s credibility and the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

‘Here was Gujral; when comes such another?’

Harsimrat Kaur Badal05 Dec 2019 | 6:44 AM

After Mahatma Gandhi's call for "ahimsa" and Atal Bihari Vajpayee's slogan "insaaniyat and jamhooriat", the other ideal that has emerged from India and ignited hope for humanity based on a vision of a world without conflict is the famous "Gujral Doctrine".

BJP on a sticky wicket in Jharkhand

Saba Naqvi05 Dec 2019 | 6:43 AM

In the shadow of the Maharashtra humiliation, the ruling BJP in Jharkhand is immersed in an Assembly election that is not going according to script.

04 Dec 2019

Dirty politics not for him

NN Vohra04 Dec 2019 | 6:47 AM

The 1980s was a cataclysmic decade: grave internal disturbances in Punjab triggered by Pakistan-sponsored separatist demand for Khalistan; Operation Blue Star and the Army entering the Golden Temple; assassination of PM Indira Gandhi and Akali leader Harchand Singh Longowal; rumblings in J&K; thoughtless interference in J&K state Assembly polls in 1987; beginning of Pakistan’s proxy war, and grave internal disturbances had left the country scarred.

A pattern marks London terror attacks

Luv Puri04 Dec 2019 | 6:47 AM

The man who carried out the stab attack at London Bridge on November 29 reinforces the pattern of extremist violence that the United Kingdom (UK) has witnessed in the last 15 years.

Integrity, empathy were Gujral’s hallmarks

Tarlochan Singh04 Dec 2019 | 6:47 AM

I first met Inder Gujral in 1980.

03 Dec 2019

Pakistan army prevails

Vivek Katju03 Dec 2019 | 6:55 AM

For three days, Pakistan was gripped by the Supreme Court drama regarding army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s continuance in office after the expiry of his conventional three-year ‘term’ on November 28.

Outsiders might hijack Ladakh’s narrative

P Stobdan03 Dec 2019 | 6:55 AM

With the Ladakh Union Territory (UT) coming into effect on October 31, attention seems to be shifting to a bewildering and emotive outburst and anxiety among people as to what the change of status means for them.

EC is Constitution’s greatest gift to the nation

SY Quraishi03 Dec 2019 | 6:55 AM

November 26 marks an important milestone in independent India’s history.

02 Dec 2019

How the Imran govt tripped

Tilak Devasher02 Dec 2019 | 6:57 AM

Even for a country used to lurching from crisis to crisis, the events of last week revolving around the three-year extension to Pakistan army chief General Bajwa were unique and unprecedented.

Why the West is hardening stance on migrants

Yogesh Gupta02 Dec 2019 | 6:57 AM

In May this year, US President Donald Trump threatened to impose 5 per cent tariff on Mexican exports to the US if the country did not step up efforts to prevent illegal migration to America.

Paradigm shift needed to achieve $5-tn economy

Amitabha Bhattacharya02 Dec 2019 | 6:57 AM

On October 31, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary, observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed trainees of the IAS, IPS and other higher civil services under the Statue of Unity at Kevadia, Gujarat, asking them to work effectively as an organic whole, and strive towards transforming India to a $5-trillion economy.

30 Nov 2019

The economic agenda of BRICS

Jayshree Sengupta30 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

THE 11th BRICS (a grouping of five countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit was held on November 14, 2019 in Brasilia. It was a quiet affair which Prime Minister Modi attended, but there were no earth-shaking pronouncements and, on the whole, it went largely unnoticed.

Farm tech being pushed to benefit corporates

Devinder Sharma30 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

A New York farmer, who also works as a lawyer, tweeted this the other day: “Headed home, I tried to work in the law office today, but my head is full of the disasters I am seeing on the dairy farms and in rural areas.

Cables have China in a spot

Niraj Srivastava30 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

THE world has known for some time that China has detained hundreds of thousands of Uighurs, Muslim natives of the northwestern province of Xinjiang, and placed them in ‘re-education camps’. But so far information about the ‘camps’ has been based on eyewitness accounts, satellite imagery, or statements by relatives of detainees.

29 Nov 2019

Restructuring the military

Shyam Saran29 Nov 2019 | 6:41 AM

On August 15 this year, PM Modi announced the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

Maharashtra pact gives a fillip to Oppn

Neerja Chowdhury29 Nov 2019 | 6:41 AM

There are several takeaways from the tortuous month-long battle for power in Maharashtra, as Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray takes over as the state’s new Chief Minister.

Pak-origin British MPs steal a march on Indians

ASHIS RAY29 Nov 2019 | 6:41 AM

The first Indian to enter Britain’s directly elected and key chamber of parliament, the House of Commons, was Dadabhai Naoroji, a Liberal Party candidate who was elected in 1892 from London’s then Finsbury Central constituency and remained an MP until 1895.

28 Nov 2019

Boost job scheme to save rural economy

Sushma Ramachandran28 Nov 2019 | 6:28 AM

EVEN as the Finance Minister unveils a series of measures to battle the economic slowdown, it is clear that one sector is being left out of the largesse. And that is the rural economy. It is here that the largest amount of pain is being felt due to slower growth.

Curb rampant copying of military uniform

Lt Gen Harwant Singh (retd)28 Nov 2019 | 6:28 AM

MARSHALS in Parliament stand beside the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and carry files and papers to them. Since long, they wore special turbans as part of the ceremonial dress, but all too suddenly, they have found these turbans to be cumbersome and heavy for their heads.

Time to build bridges

G Parthasarathy28 Nov 2019 | 6:28 AM

PM Modi personally congratulated Gotabaya Rajapaksa as soon as his victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential polls was announced, on November 17. Sri Lanka’s politics, like politics in India, has dynastic dimensions, marked by the continuing role of influential families.

27 Nov 2019

JNU is indeed elitist

M Rajivlochan27 Nov 2019 | 6:25 AM

Yet another hungama at JNU draws our attention to the comprehensive mess in higher education.

Pawar protagonist in Maha political theatre

Radhika Ramaseshan27 Nov 2019 | 6:25 AM

Sharad Pawar and Mulayam Singh Yadav, separated by about a year, are more similar than they would imagine.

Emerging security challenges need new options

Gurmeet Kanwal27 Nov 2019 | 6:25 AM

The nature of armed conflict has been changing gradually, particularly since the end of the Cold War.

26 Nov 2019

For a Quad strategy

Manoj Joshi26 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

Academic discussions on security and foreign policy tend to get confined to capital cities where the policy-making elites cluster.

Countrywide NRC will open Pandora’s box

Seema Guha26 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement on a fresh NRC in Assam is not surprising.

Medical debt a major cause of poverty in India

R Kumar26 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

About 55 million Indians were pushed into poverty in a single year due to patient- care costs, as per a study by the Public Health Foundation of India.

25 Nov 2019

Great game on in Sri Lanka

MK Bhadrakumar25 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

The landslide victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential election on November 16 poses a serious challenge to India’s neighbourhood policy.

Go beyond legal quotients, politics for security

Vappala Balachandran25 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

The withdrawal of protection by the Special Protection Group (SPG) to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and family has been described as ‘vendetta politics’ It is compared to a similar step against Rajiv Gandhi by the VP Singh government in December 1989.

Feudal tradition, legal lacuna fuel celebratory firing

Rajbir Deswal25 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

Punjabi singer Elly Mangat, along with two others, has been booked by the Sahnewal police in Punjab in a case that appears to be of celebratory firing.

23 Nov 2019

Clinical trials on humans

Dinesh C Sharma23 Nov 2019 | 6:59 AM

INDIAN medical research authorities are exploring a new type of human clinical trials of drugs and vaccines.

The fascinating tale of Sena-NCP-Cong talks

Rasheed Kidwai23 Nov 2019 | 6:59 AM

Sonia Gandhi’s gambit in Maharashtra is a masterstroke in realpolitik and a lesson for Rahul Gandhi, who has been, oddly, nowhere in sight throughout the month-long party deliberations on government formation.

A CDS ecosystem that India really deserves

Lt Gen KJ Singh (retd)23 Nov 2019 | 6:59 AM

The PM, in his trademark style of springing surprises, announced the institution of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in his Independence Day speech.

22 Nov 2019

Little hope for these banks

Subir Roy22 Nov 2019 | 6:39 AM

Whatever be the shortcomings of Shaktikanta Das, RBI Governor, it is not the inability to call a spade a spade when it comes to describing what ails India’s public sector banks which account for 60 per cent of the banking sector.

Xi battles slowing economy of China

Yogesh Gupta22 Nov 2019 | 6:39 AM

At the end of 2015, China’s Communist Party (CPC) fired the Director of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Wang Bao’an, for reporting a series of bad statistics about China’s falling exports, VAT receipts, Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) and GDP growth.

Rising police unrest bodes ill for the nation

MP Nathanael22 Nov 2019 | 6:39 AM

The recent unrest in the Delhi Police following a clash with lawyers in Tis Hazari courts was a manifestation of a simmering discontent among them over a period of time.

21 Nov 2019

India must be wary of hawkish Gotabaya

Lt Gen PC Katoch (retd)21 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

THE election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the seventh President of Sri Lanka, riding on the wave of ‘native nationalism’, mirrors similar electoral waves in India and the US. But Gotabaya’s credentials were loved by the Sinhala majority for having decimated the LTTE.

Pak’s tactical gambit to win over Bangladesh

Abhijit Chakravertty21 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

THE Indian government’s diplomatic outreach following the abrogation of Article 370 has ensured that almost all countries, except Pakistan and to some extent China, have accepted the stand that the Kashmir issue is an internal matter of India.

Ayodhya as identity marker

Rajesh Ramachandran21 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

THE Ayodhya verdict has been a grave disappointment considering it handed over the disputed site to Triloki Nath Pandey of Vishva Hindu Parishad representing the deity, without a judicial closure to the criminal act of the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

20 Nov 2019

Outcome alone is the test

Vivek Katju20 Nov 2019 | 6:38 AM

In a timely lecture last week, and in the interaction that followed, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar sought to provide an intellectual framework of the Modi government’s world view and foreign policy.

Majority order on Sabarimala sans jurisdiction

Rakesh Dwivedi20 Nov 2019 | 6:38 AM

The majority order in Sabarimala review petitions is beyond the scope of Article 137 of the Constitution which confers power of review on the Supreme Court.

Spirited fightbacks and BJP’s vulnerabilities in states

Saba Naqvi20 Nov 2019 | 6:38 AM

The BJP is engaged in a two-pronged ideological project that seeks to assert Hindu hegemony as much as it works to make one leader the unquestioned authority over much of India.

19 Nov 2019

A day for tirade and to deride women

Prem Chowdhry19 Nov 2019 | 6:42 AM

HOW many of us know that November 19 is the International Men’s Day (IMD)? It was inaugurated in 1992 on February 7 by Thomas Oaster, but was revived in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, a Caribbean, who chose November 19 and promoted it as the International Men’s Day — a day when issues affecting men and boys could be addressed.

History lessons Indian industry refuses to learn

M Rajivlochan19 Nov 2019 | 6:42 AM

LOOKING at India’s tame withdrawal from the RCEP and its all-round welcome by India’s political class makes us wonder. The wealth of a nation is created by promoting business.

Not what India wanted

Maj Gen Ashok Mehta (retd)19 Nov 2019 | 6:42 AM

THE winner in the seventh Sri Lankan executive presidential election is Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s (SLPP) Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

18 Nov 2019

Test of faith, and more

Tilak Devasher18 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

Four aspects of the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9 are noteworthy.

The tortuous journey of Rafale acquisition

Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (retd)18 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

The name Rafale conjures up varied feelings and thoughts, thanks to it being in the public eye for many reasons, both right and wrong.

Care missing, this is no country for elderly

Jayshree Sengupta18 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

In Indian tradition, the elderly were usually protected from financial ups and downs of children on whom they were dependent through joint families in which resources were pooled together by sons and brothers.

16 Nov 2019

Meddling in foreign affairs

Krishnan Srinivasan16 Nov 2019 | 6:47 AM

Foreign interference, networking, meddling and intervention have entered the geopolitical diplomatic vocabulary as unwelcome aspects of the electoral process in numerous countries.

India watches keenly as Lanka goes to polls

SY Quraishi16 Nov 2019 | 6:47 AM

Today, India’s south-eastern neighbour, Sri Lanka, is going for its eighth presidential election.

Demystifying our criminal justice system, partly

GS Bajpai16 Nov 2019 | 6:47 AM

The criminal justice system (CJS) of India is mysterious in many ways.

15 Nov 2019

India holds its own

Devinder Sharma15 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

Soon after assuming office, when US President Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership mega-trade agreement among 12 countries, which shared a common coastline on the Pacific and made up for 40% of the global GDP, it came in for a lot of criticism.

Khaki vs black coat clash tarnishes both

Sankar Sen15 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

On November 5, Delhi witnessed the unedifying spectacle of angry policemen and their families demonstrating before the Police Headquarters, demanding action against the lawyers who had attacked their colleagues, and redress their other grievances.

Civil servants who made a visible difference

Amitabha Bhattacharya15 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

Four eminent civil servants, each contributing in his own way to the efforts of nation-building, passed away last week, coincidentally, within a period of three days.

14 Nov 2019

The way around China

G Parthasarathy14 Nov 2019 | 6:34 AM

The ASEAN Summit in Bangkok posed new economic and strategic challenges for India.

Nehruvian modernity and our times

Avijit Pathak14 Nov 2019 | 6:34 AM

On Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary, I feel like asking a pertinent question: What does it mean to look at the project of modernity he visualised for redefining the identity and aspirations of a new India? I ask this question for two reasons.

Beyond RCEP, India needs to push trade

Sushma Ramachandran14 Nov 2019 | 6:34 AM

India’s withdrawal from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP) has to be seen in the context of the state of world trade today.

13 Nov 2019

Ringing the big change

Dinesh C Sharma13 Nov 2019 | 7:15 AM

In the midst of the technological revolution in communication being witnessed all over, it is ironical that companies that provide telecom and broadband services in India are on the verge of becoming sick.

Customise security cover to prevent breach

Vikash Narain Rai13 Nov 2019 | 7:15 AM

There are indications to suggest, from the past and present, that like the first withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) security cover from the Gandhi family in January 1990, even the second withdrawal of November 2019 is not exactly rooted in the lowering of threat perception.

Ayodhya no more a glue for Hindutva ‘parivar’?

Radhika Ramaseshan13 Nov 2019 | 7:15 AM

When Maharashtra was in the throes of forming a government, when parties thrashed about for numbers and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena were on the brink of a break-up, arrived the news that the Supreme Court would pronounce a judgment on the title suit of the disputed 2.

12 Nov 2019

A risky case in point

Sanjay Hegde12 Nov 2019 | 7:38 AM

The art of advocacy consists of not only saying the right thing, but also of saying the thing, rightly.

China sends a tough message to Hong Kong

Manoj Joshi12 Nov 2019 | 7:38 AM

Earlier this month, the top authorities in Bejing got to focus on the Hong Kong issue.

Congress’ flip-flops on Ayodhya over the years

Rasheed Kidwai12 Nov 2019 | 7:38 AM

When the Gulf War broke out due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Rajiv Gandhi embarked upon a peace initiative to Tehran and Moscow in the early half of 1990.

11 Nov 2019

Rooted in evidence

Vikas Singh11 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

The Supreme Court has handed down one of the most paramount judgments in Indian history.

Labour as human capital needs time, effort

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay11 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

India’s most valuable asset is its young population.

With RCEP, Act East policy is at the crossroads

MK Bhadrakumar11 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

I ndia’s decision to dissociate from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the proposed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region, has been a political call.

09 Nov 2019

Collapse of governance

Rajesh Ramachandran09 Nov 2019 | 7:00 AM

The comprehensive failure of the Indian political class was recently on splendid display in — where else! — the national capital.