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17 Aug 2019

Where does CDS fit in?

Pravin Sawhney17 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

The announcement of the four-star rank Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post is another surgical strike by the government.

How J&K’s bargain for autonomy failed

Vivek Katju17 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

Conceptually, accession, India’s decision to hold a plebiscite, i.

Hindi mainstream films dominate national awards

Salil Desai17 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

The National Film Awards are almost as old as the Indian Republic.

15 Aug 2019

Freedom from hatred

Rajesh Ramachandran15 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

This year marks the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Freedom is not about manufactured happiness

Avijit Pathak15 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

Recently, with a group of friends and relatives, I visited the iconic India Gate in Delhi.

Charter of Vishnusena and the Indian State

M Rajivlochan15 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

Indians like freedom.

14 Aug 2019

Not many options for Pakistan

Tilak Devasher14 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

For the past many decades, the slogans ‘Kashmir banega Pakistan’, ‘Kashmir hamari shahrag hai’ (Kashmir is Pakistan’s jugular vein) and ‘Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of Partition’ were the oxygen that sustained Pakistan.

Winning over Kashmiris a litmus test for govt

Ashwani Kumar14 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

The Modi-Shah gamble in Kashmir is about the ‘audacity of hope’, to borrow the title of Barack Obama’s autobiographical book.

The grand illusion of ‘free trade area’

Abhijit Bhattacharyya14 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), conceived during the 19th 10-nation ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) summit-November 2011, was formally launched at the November-2012 ASEAN summit in Cambodia.

13 Aug 2019

China’s cup of troubles

Shyam Saran13 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

Every year in August, Chinese leaders gather at the seaside resort town of Beidaihe for an informal get-together, to brainstorm over important political and economic issues.

The tough, second stint for the matriarch

Rasheed Kidwai13 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

THE Congress’ story of Sonia Gandhi’s return as AICC chief may appear a bit bizarre or just a gimmick, but it is the best recipe under the present circumstances.

Will death for child’s rapist serve the purpose?

Prem Chowdhry13 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), passed in 2012, was amended recently.

12 Aug 2019

The Kashmir gambit

Lt Gen Prakash Chand katoch (retd)12 Aug 2019 | 6:59 AM

WHEN Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru declared a unilateral ceasefire on April 21, 1948, despite the invaders fleeing, it gave Pakistan a border with China it never had.

Reviving economy is an uphill task

Jayshree Sengupta12 Aug 2019 | 6:59 AM

INDIA is not alone in suffering an economic slowdown.

China’s White Paper on defence reeks of deceit

Bhartendu Kumar Singh12 Aug 2019 | 6:59 AM

When China started publishing its White Paper on defence in 1998, it was expected to help the international community understand better China’s national defence, specially issues related to defence expenditure, defence modernisation and strategic posture.

10 Aug 2019

No room for mistake

Radhika Ramaseshan10 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

Call it a coup de grace or coup de main.

Conceptions & misconceptions about Art 370

Yogesh Pratap Singh10 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

The Modi government, in a strategic move, issued a presidential notification to scrap the application of the Jammu and Kashmir Order, 1954.

Mollycoddling the fundamentalists

Lt Gen Kamal Davar (retd)10 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

On July 28, as many as 20 people were killed in a Taliban attack at the office of the vice-presidential running candidate Amrullah Saleh in Kabul.

09 Aug 2019

Here too, be bold

Subir Roy09 Aug 2019 | 6:47 AM

The Indian economy is in the throes of a serious slowdown and when this kind of a situation takes a firm grip, jobs begin to disappear.

Gandhis’ domination steeped in Cong DNA

Arati R Jerath09 Aug 2019 | 6:47 AM

It is ironic that Rahul Gandhi has chosen to divest himself of the responsibility of running the Congress in the 50th anniversary year of his grandmother Indira Gandhi’s bold move to take control of the grand old party and eventually turn it over to her family.

Quranic law on divorce got distorted over time

Tahir Mahmood09 Aug 2019 | 6:47 AM

Unilateral divorce by married men was not an Islamic innovation — it was a practice already rampant in society which Islam tried to reform.

08 Aug 2019

Playing the last hand

G Parthasarathy08 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

It now is evident that President Trump is determined to sign a virtual surrender document with the Taliban. This would permit him to ensure that there is no US combat military presence in Afghanistan when America goes for presidential elections, scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Haryana’s daughter, whom India embraced

Neerja Chowdhury08 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

There are only a handful of women who have made it to top political positions in India without belonging to a political family. Sushma Swaraj was one of them.

Brace for trouble after lockdown ends

Maj Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd)08 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third surgical strike using Article 370 to eliminate Article 370 is the boldest of all, severing the compact with the people of J&K on insaniyat, jamhooriyat and Kashmiriyat.

07 Aug 2019

And it stands done...

MK Bhadrakumar07 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

The Modi government’s announcement on Monday to remove the special status of J&K highlights that the only party on India’s political firmament today that can legitimately claim to have an ideology is the BJP.

Time will tell where reorganisation takes J&K

TKA Nair07 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

“Revoking Article 370 will end the bloodshed in Kashmir," exulted the Union Home Minister and chief architect of the J&K Reorganisation Bill which seeks to end the special status of J&K in the Union of India.

Bold policy should continue with bifurcation

Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi (retd)07 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

I normally do not comment on happening events, but wait for maximum information to filter in.

06 Aug 2019

Japan-S Korea rift worsens

Manoj Joshi06 Aug 2019 | 6:46 AM

Is the US-Japan Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy coming apart from the very top? Unnoticed in India, and not commented on by our Foreign Ministry officials, is the serious crisis that has erupted between South Korea and Japan that is escalating by the day.

Unnao case offers a peep into visible justice

Vikash Narain Rai06 Aug 2019 | 6:46 AM

Worry no more about witnesses resiling in heinous crimes.

For our kids’ sake, let us give peace a chance

SEHDEV KUMAR06 Aug 2019 | 6:46 AM

The Peace Park in Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb Museum next to it, try to memorialise a day in human history that cannot be, and should not be, forgotten.

05 Aug 2019

Demographic dividend or disaster?

Gurmeet Kanwal05 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

AS an ancient civilisation but a young nation-state that is still engaged in the process of nation building, India faces numerous internal security challenges.

Reading the fine print of Imran’s US visit

Vappala Balachandran05 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan’s three-day visit to Washington DC started on an inauspicious note. He received a ‘cold welcome’ as “no state protocol was accorded to him.”

The Pakistan game plan

Vivek Katju05 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

OVERSHADOWING the seemingly positive interaction between India and Pakistan on the Kartarpur corridor and difficulties in working out the modalities for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav are Pakistani attempts at shifting the global narrative from its involvement in terrorism to the Kashmir situation following PM Imran Khan’s Washington visit last month.

03 Aug 2019

One Bill at a time

Neerja Chowdhury03 Aug 2019 | 6:28 AM

When Modi took over as PM in 2014, it was Arun Jaitley at his elbow to break him into the ways of the Delhi darbar, and help with Cabinet formation.

Murders in the name of honour

Ranjit Powar03 Aug 2019 | 6:28 AM

A triple murder in Tarn Taran, Punjab, was reported on July 29. The murders were in retaliation to a choice marriage between a boy and a girl from different castes.

Let us applaud the success of Project Tiger

Lt Gen Baljit Singh (Retd)03 Aug 2019 | 6:28 AM

In the animal kingdom, the most charismatic of all felines came to acquire the fond sobriquet ‘Big Four Cats’, namely the lion, the tiger, the leopard and the cheetah.

02 Aug 2019

Kanwariya nationalism

Rajesh Ramachandran02 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

The Indian nation is convulsing in the throes of a new dangerous dawn. The old Gandhian republic was long dead and all those who were hiding behind the shroud of this dead yesterday — violating Gandhi — did not foresee what they were ushering in.

Triple talaq ban is an incomplete victory

Justice Markandey Katju02 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

The Muslim Women’s (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 criminalising triple talaq among Muslims has received the President’s nod after being passed by both Houses of Parliament.

Allow educational institutions freedom to work

M Rajivlochan02 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

The history of implementing the Education Policy in India shows that previous governments signally failed to provide adequate resources for whatever policy was made.

01 Aug 2019

New NMC Bill half-baked, needs review

Soham D Bhaduri01 Aug 2019 | 6:42 AM

The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019 was recently tabled in the Lok Sabha after having been approved by the Union Cabinet.

Tiger zinda hai, and increasing in number

Atanu Biswas01 Aug 2019 | 6:42 AM

Tigers are increasingly burning bright in the Indian jungles day by day.

Bumps in ties with China

JAYADEVA RANADE01 Aug 2019 | 6:42 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to India this October, as a follow-up to the first informal working meeting with PM Modi at Wuhan in April last year, comes at a time when he is under growing domestic and international pressure.

31 Jul 2019

China’s big defence plans

Pravin Sawhney31 Jul 2019 | 6:28 AM

China’s recently released White Paper on defence did not get the attention it should have in India.

Troubled aviation sector needs lift-off

Sushma Ramachandran31 Jul 2019 | 6:26 AM

The aviation industry in India is in turmoil.

Azam Khan’s apology & parliamentary privilege

Sudhanshu Ranjan31 Jul 2019 | 6:25 AM

Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan has apologised for his sexist remark in the Lok Sabha against presiding officer Rama Devi but she has refused to forgive him, demanding stringent action.

30 Jul 2019

Keep the faith, but how?

Avijit Pathak30 Jul 2019 | 6:42 AM

What does it mean if a veteran filmmaker like Adoor Gopalakrishnan is asked by a BJP leader in Kerala to go to the moon, if he is not comfortable with the chanting of Jai Shri Ram? Or, for that matter, when Irfan Ansari — a Congress MLA from Jharkhand — is reminded by a BJP minister that his roots are in the legacy of Ram, not in the tradition of Ghori and Ghazni, and hence he must chant Jai Shri Ram? Of course, this is the new normal; almost every day in some part of the country the act of chanting Jai Shri Ram is reducing itself into an act of coercion and violence — an attempt to humiliate the minorities, silence the dissenters, and show them their ‘location’.

Presidential touch to diplomatic relations

KP Nayar30 Jul 2019 | 6:42 AM

Like other institutions in India, the Presidency is also changing — diplomatically speaking.

Minuscule hike in minimum labour wages

Jayshree Sengupta30 Jul 2019 | 6:42 AM

There seems to be a stream of bad news on the economic front.

29 Jul 2019

What if Modi did seek help?

MK Bhadrakumar29 Jul 2019 | 7:19 AM

The leitmotif of the visit by Pakistan PM Imran Khan to the US turned out to be President Trump’s remarks on the Kashmir issue.

Pragmatism was at the core of his politics

Rasheed kidwai29 Jul 2019 | 7:19 AM

SJAIPAL REDDY was one of the first-rate ideologues who had a rather pragmatic attitude towards politics.

Customs duty on books, newsprint uncalled for

Abhijit Bhattacharyya29 Jul 2019 | 7:19 AM

AVID readers of books and newspapers, possessing skills, information and knowledge, can be called the torch-bearers of globalisation.

27 Jul 2019

Get the micro picture

Subir Roy27 Jul 2019 | 6:36 AM

The milestone marking 50 years of bank nationalisation naturally led to an evaluation of the achievements of public sector banks.

Hafiz Saeed, an albatross around Pak’s neck

Sankar Sen27 Jul 2019 | 6:36 AM

Hafiz Saeed has become an albatross around Pakistan’s neck.

Attrition in armed forces is more of a myth

Bhartendu Kumar Singh27 Jul 2019 | 6:36 AM

For long, we have been fed with narratives that the armed forces are suffering from a high level of attrition, where more officers are calling quits.

26 Jul 2019

Can Pak recover lost ground?

Tilak Devasher26 Jul 2019 | 6:35 AM

When Imran Khan set foot on American soil, it was the 43rd time that a Pakistani leader was visiting the US since PM Liaquat Ali’s first visit in May 1950.

Bringing transgenders into mainstream

SY Quraishi26 Jul 2019 | 6:35 AM

They are called by many names: hijra, kinnar, aravani, mangalamukhi, jogappa, jogati.

Artificial intelligence, the coming ‘force’

Lt Gen Sanjiv Langer (retd)26 Jul 2019 | 6:35 AM

There is a small troop of horses galloping in cyberspace.

25 Jul 2019

Trump tweets & turmoil

G Parthasarathy25 Jul 2019 | 7:11 AM

Governments across the world and most notably the US use instruments of state power like military pressures, diplomatic isolation, travel bans and economic sanctions as instruments of persuasion.

India-US relations too important to be Trumped

Surendra Kumar25 Jul 2019 | 7:11 AM

Donald Trump, the irrepressible and unpredictable President of the United States, who loves to remain in the headlines for the wrong reasons, has done it again.

Are we becoming increasingly majoritarian?

Karan Thapar25 Jul 2019 | 7:11 AM

It’s not as esoteric a question as it seems but could Narendra Modi be going the Donald Trump way? This thought emerges from the increasing similarity between Trump's attitude to immigrants and, in particular, people of colour and Modi's, or more accurately, his party's perceived attitude to minorities and, to be specific, Muslims.

24 Jul 2019

India must seize the moment

Shyam Saran24 Jul 2019 | 6:33 AM

Pakistan PM Imran Khan is visiting Washington this week and the outcome bears close watch in India.

Dalai Lama’s plans: India should weigh options

P Stobdan24 Jul 2019 | 6:33 AM

The Dalai Lama, at the age of 84, seems to have been caught in a tight spot.

National security narrative and its economics

Maj-Gen Amrit Pal Singh (Retd)24 Jul 2019 | 6:33 AM

The defence budget at Rs 3.

23 Jul 2019

Fresh look at our backyard

Manoj Joshi23 Jul 2019 | 7:32 AM

Aneighbourhood policy never stands still.

India left out of Afghan peace process

Maj Gen Ashok Mehta (Retd)23 Jul 2019 | 7:32 AM

The US’ disengagement from Afghanistan has reportedly moved a step closer to fruition after a series of meetings among stakeholders in Doha and Beijing earlier this month.

The importance of Priyanka’s activism

Rasheed Kidwai23 Jul 2019 | 7:32 AM

PRiyanka Gandhi’s Sonbhadra agitation is not a Belchi moment for her.

22 Jul 2019

Zero-budget farming

Devinder Sharma22 Jul 2019 | 6:37 AM

FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s mention of ‘zero budget’ in farming when she announced the focus areas in agriculture while presenting her first Budget has come at a time when a major report — Our Future in the Land — by RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) set up in the UK has called for ‘unleashing a fourth agricultural revolution driven by public values’.

A long haul for Priyanka in Uttar Pradesh

Radhika Ramaseshan22 Jul 2019 | 6:37 AM

The cri de coeur to anoint Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as Congress president reaffirms three perceptions in vogue about the Grand Old Party: one, the leadership ‘vacuum’ — if it can be charitably labelled that — is unlikely to be filled in the near future, unless Rahul Gandhi, the ‘outgoing’ Congress president, rethinks his resignation; two, the Congress is unprepared to disjoin itself from the command and control of the Gandhis; and three, Sonia Gandhi, the emeriti, will likely have to use the respect she pulls and the authority that flows therein to intervene and have the last word.

Who are going to ‘Study in India’?

Atanu Biswas22 Jul 2019 | 6:37 AM

One less discussed, yet important, issue mentioned in the Budget speech of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is the Central Government’s ‘Study in India’ campaign which focuses on bringing international students to top-ranking higher educational institutions in India.

20 Jul 2019

The State Entry Road

Rajesh Ramachandran20 Jul 2019 | 6:46 AM

The best test of the bluff and bluster of our Union government is a train trip from the New Delhi railway station.