Monday, December 18, 2017

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16 Dec 2017

Modi stoops to conquer

S Nihal Singh16 Dec 2017 | 12:51 AM

THE roles of a Prime Minister and the rabble-rouser in state assembly elections do not mix.

Jerusalem — and the region — fractured

Shelley Walia16 Dec 2017 | 12:51 AM

The declaration by Donald Trump to proclaim Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv has confounded the world leaders and left the political pundits speculating on why this was necessary.

Salim Yusuf’s advice on diet

Samir Malhotra16 Dec 2017 | 12:51 AM

How would you interpret the statement "This daal is not tasty" that an uncle of mine, approaching 90, but fitter than many in their 50s, frequently makes? "Put a spoon of desi ghee in his daal and it will become tasty," says his wife, my aunt.

15 Dec 2017

Living with urban chaos

Nirmal Sandhu15 Dec 2017 | 1:00 AM

THE battle for control of municipalities in Punjab has turned ugly which is not surprising.

‘People of nowhere’

Arun Joshi15 Dec 2017 | 1:00 AM

THE Supreme Court's refusal to direct the Jammu and Kashmir Government to constitute a commission for the minorities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians — in the state may have its legal strength, and so may be the case of the Mehbooba Mufti government's affidavit in the apex court that J&K is not the only state where the national minority is in a majority.

‘Absurd’ is the new ‘normal’

Apoorvanand15 Dec 2017 | 1:00 AM

Some well-meaning people have been appealing to the Prime Minister to condemn the ongoing killings of Muslims in different states of India on different pretexts.

14 Dec 2017

The plot thickens

G Parthasarathy14 Dec 2017 | 12:23 AM

FORMER US President Barack Obama astounded audiences in New Delhi, when he proclaimed that the US had no evidence of Pakistan government’s complicity in the prolonged stay of Osama bin Laden in the cantonment town of Abbotabad.

Anti-party activities & MPs’ disqualification

PDT Achary14 Dec 2017 | 12:23 AM

THE Chairman of the RajyaSabha disqualified Sharad Yadav and Ali Anvar Ansari, both JD(U) Members of the Rajya Sabha, on December 4, 2017 under para-2(i)(a) of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.

Rafale deal: Unnecessary criticism

Satish Chandra14 Dec 2017 | 12:23 AM

BY attacking the government on issues on which it deserved to be commended, the Opposition has undermined its own credibility.

13 Dec 2017

A silent rage

Hasan Suroor, London-based commentator13 Dec 2017 | 12:33 AM

Ali A.

Guess, who all came to dinner?

MK Bhadrakumar, A former ambassador13 Dec 2017 | 12:33 AM

When someone, anyone, like me who is not a power seeker says he can no longer trust the credibility of the Indian Prime Minister, it is indeed a sad day.

In ‘new India’, no place for Others

Nayantara Sahgal13 Dec 2017 | 12:33 AM

THE 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid has reminded us once again that India is a bruised, battered and bleeding democracy.

12 Dec 2017

Swachhta: Mid-course correction must

MH Khan12 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

THE Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), launched on October 2, 2014, seeks to end open defecation by 2019, the sesquicentennial year of Gandhi’s birth. The approach essentially has two components: (i) funds for construction of toilets; and, (ii) focus on behaviour change.

The battle to save procurement

Sucha Singh Gill12 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

DEVELOPING countries did not understand the full implications of the Agreement on Agriculture (AOA) while signing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1994 that led to the formation of WTO the next year.

Turn focus on export now

Sushma Ramachandran12 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

CENTURIES ago, India was a major exporting civilisation. It exported gems, spices and textiles to all major markets of the world. Indian goods were known for their excellence and quality.

11 Dec 2017

Seize the RIC moment

MK Bhadrakumar11 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

JAPAN has decoupled from the Indian carriage and moved on to collaborate with China’s OBOR.

Sonia leaves a harsher terrain to Rahul

KV Prasad11 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

Today, a new era dawns on the Grand Old Party — the Indian National Congress.

Sarabjit to Jadhav: Indian ‘spies’ in Pak

11 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian spy sentenced to death by Pakistan in a Field General Court Marshal, may be the most prominent individual to be tried on espionage charges in recent times — but Pakistan and India have a long history of arresting and trying 'spies'.

09 Dec 2017

The deep state reigns supreme in Pak

09 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

History displays an immutable propensity of repeating itself in nations, institutions and organisations when some of its lessons continue to be discarded at the altar of political expediency or unenlightened self-interest.

Musharraf testing political waters?

Lt-Gen Bhopinder Singh (retd)09 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

Pervez Musharraf was commissioned in the Artillery Regiment of the Pakistan Army in 1964.

Rahul takes centre stage

S Nihal Singh09 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

THE inevitability of Mr Rahul Gandhi succeeding his mother Sonia to the party presidency and hence titular national leadership demonstrates both the strength and the weakness of the Congress.

08 Dec 2017

…then, there are the EVMs

Harish Khare08 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

It is just as well that the Chief Election Commissioner, AK Joti, clarified the other day that the recent civic polls in Uttar Pradesh were conducted not by the Election Commission of India but by the state election authority.

Trump’s ‘diplomatic vandalism’

Smita Sharma08 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world," said then US President Barack Obama in a famous speech on June 4, 2009 at Cairo University.

Move to Jerusalem is reckless & brazen

08 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

Donald Trump can have been in no doubt that the reaction to his decision formally to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be fiery.

07 Dec 2017

Dubai positions itself as a design hub

07 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

In an age where design thinking has become integral to almost all aspects of everyday life — from architecture to clothing to interiors to media to technology to representations in the digital world to food, and so on — Dubai''s ambition to establish itself as a strategic hub for art, design and culture is an extremely judicious move on its part.

Crafting electoral politics in Gujarat

Pramod Kumar07 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

The outcome of Gujarat elections will be a precursor to the 2019 parliamentary elections. If this election goes the Congress way, a weak Modi will be in the fray in 2019.

A delicate balance to keep

KC Singh07 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

RUDYARD KIPLING wrote ‘Oh, East is East and West is West; and never the twain shall meet’. But he was seeing the world through the prism of the 19th century British rule.

06 Dec 2017

Gujarat may spring up a surprise

Yogendra Yadav06 Dec 2017 | 1:01 AM

CAN the BJP be defeated in Gujarat? Can the PM lose this critical election in his home state? Can the national political narrative undergo a sudden change?

“25 years ago, I was there...”

SNM Abdi06 Dec 2017 | 1:01 AM

The forces which razed the Babri Masjid before my eyes on December 6, 1992, are in complete control of India today.

Rohingya saga: India on trial

Vishavjeet Chaudhary06 Dec 2017 | 1:01 AM

Driving through the national capital offers a glimpse of the rich, diverse India.

05 Dec 2017

Not hale, not hearty

Jayshree Sengupta05 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

RECENTLY all of us were shocked when a private hospital charged Rs 15.

GDP: The jury is still out

Mythili Bhusnurmath05 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

In the discourse regarding politics vs economics in elected democracies like India, there are just two macroeconomic indicators that have the power to make or break governments: the rate of inflation and the rate of growth.

Politics of PLA modernisation

Bhartendu Kumar Singh05 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

Recently, Xi Jinping, Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), asked the People''s Liberation Army (PLA) to be ''loyal''.

04 Dec 2017

This bitcoin boom will end in tears

04 Dec 2017 | 12:44 AM

Bitcoin shot through the $10,000 (£7,440) barrier on Monday and by the time you read this it has probably gone through $11,000 - the last quote I saw was $10,831.

Landlocked states focus on naval power

Abhijit Bhattacharyya Alumnus, NDC, & Member, Aeronautical Society of India: M.AeSI.04 Dec 2017 | 12:44 AM

Geopolitics and geo-strategy are followed by all sovereign states, focussing on the economics and defence of powers-that-be.

Playing the Great Game

Sandeep Dikshit04 Dec 2017 | 12:44 AM

THE three years of the Narendra Modi government have seen a shifting of the goal posts of the Great Game in South Asia.

02 Dec 2017

No savings from Aadhaar; it’s just puffery

Gopal Krishna, Public policy researcher, Convener, Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties02 Dec 2017 | 12:38 AM

AT the recent Global Conference on Cyber Space Prime Minister Modi said, “I am sure most of you are already aware of Aadhaar, which is the unique biometric identity of a person…Through better targeting of subsidies, the JAM trinity has prevented leakages to the tune of nearly 10 billion dollars so far.

The politics of freeing stone-throwers

Arun Joshi02 Dec 2017 | 12:38 AM

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked the state police to identify the root cause of the militancy and fix responsibility for the same.

The Saudi prince boldly moves

S Nihal Singh02 Dec 2017 | 12:38 AM

EVENTS in Saudi Arabia that have shaken up the kingdom as never before since 1979 are changing the face of the country.

01 Dec 2017

Punjab’s distorted priorities

Nirmal Sandhu01 Dec 2017 | 12:08 AM

IN less than a month the Punjab Government has initiated two moves which are baffling and need to be challenged.

Religious beliefs, political personas

Satya Narayana Sahu01 Dec 2017 | 12:08 AM

Satya Narayana Sahu Former Press Secretary toPresident KR Narayanan

Mugabe out, China in

Ashis Ray01 Dec 2017 | 12:08 AM

In the course of my 40 years as a foreign correspondent, I have had the chance to have a ringside view of significant moments in world affairs.

30 Nov 2017

Equations thrown off-balance

G Parthasarathy30 Nov 2017 | 12:31 AM

THE past month has seen some hectic diplomatic activity, having a crucial bearing on India’s “Act East” policies of increasing strategic interaction and involvement across its eastern neighbourhood, extending from the shores of the Bay of Bengal to the South China Sea.

CPEC: Crouching tiger, hidden dragon

Lt-Gen Bhopinder Singh (retd)30 Nov 2017 | 12:31 AM

THE Chinese have an ‘expansionist’ agenda that manifests itself in the realm of trade and commerce, infrastructural initiatives, diplomacy and military footprint.

A year without Amma

Santosh Kumar30 Nov 2017 | 12:31 AM

Now that the ‘two leaves’ symbol and the original party name are with them, the big question doing the rounds in Tamil Nadu today is whether Chief Minister E Palaniswami (EPS) and his "deputy" O Panneerselvam (OPS) can pull off a victory in RK Nagar, the erstwhile constituency of their beloved Amma, J Jayalalithaa, whose untimely death had orphaned the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

29 Nov 2017

Divisive games in Ayodhya

Hasan Suroor29 Nov 2017 | 12:57 AM

OVER the past 25 years there have been so many twists in the Ayodhya/Babri Masjid dispute that they could well fill a whole quiz show.

Hadiya case: Whither individual liberty?

Faizan Mustafa29 Nov 2017 | 12:57 AM

Individualism is the central theme of civil liberties under our Constitution.

Meghan quits job to marry prince. So?

Grace Dent29 Nov 2017 | 12:57 AM

Freshly engaged Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be delighted at the speed in which their wedding announcement has been grasped, filleted and converted into “hot takes” by media berks such as myself.

28 Nov 2017

The bargaining counter at WTO

Sushma Ramachandran28 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

THE forthcoming ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Buenos Aires is being held in the backdrop of a vastly different global scenario to that when the institution was first set up in 1995.

How India pulled it off

Vivek Katju28 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

No observer could have anticipated that the triennial United Nations election for five judges to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would conclude in such dramatic fashion, striking a historic blow to the privilege system devised by the Permanent 5 (P5) members of the UN Security Council (SC) for themselves and unmistakably signalling the will of an assertive India.

Uber’s problem: a culture of dishonesty

28 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

UBER'S voluntary disclosure of a year-old hack that exposed the personal data of 57 million drivers and customers could be taken as a sign that under new Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi, the company is changing its ways.

27 Nov 2017

China’s OROB hits roadbumps

VBN Ram, Freelance journalist27 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

A slew of setbacks in at least three nations for the OROB (One Road One Belt) initiative have dampened the spirit of Chinese economy policymakers.

After state polls, what will change?

Subir Roy, Senior journalist27 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

After almost a year of adverse developments, beginning with demonetisation last November and going on to the adverse fallout of the Goods and Services Tax, the NDA dispensation appears to have hit a sweet spot - receiving a succession of positive report cards.

A lot like a damp squib

MK Bhadrakumar27 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

WE have begun to clutch at small successes to proclaim victory — a seat in the International Court of Justice or a Western rating that we aren’t quite junk economy.

25 Nov 2017

Padmavati’s BJP critics

S Nihal Singh25 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

THE controversy over the film Padmavati reflects a larger problem.

What about living women’s honour?

Satyawan Malik25 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

Inaam Dus Crore! The late Padmavati must be mysteriously smiling over the 'protectionism' offered to her honour on the earth nowadays.

Hair-splitting issue!

Nilofar Suhrawardy25 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

If there is one issue that two key BJP leaders cannot be viewed as in line with each other, it is their stand on the hair-issue.

24 Nov 2017

Keep the idea of India alive in Kashmir

24 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

Is politics the real narrative of the people of Jammu and Kashmir? The Kashmir-is-a-political-problem narrative is an excellent strategy used by various players to serve their ends.

China’s double offer is opportune

24 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

his could well be India''s opportunity to manage China.

Running out of enemies

Harish Khare24 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

Since mid-October, our collective political energies have been consumed by a crowded poll schedule; and, governmental priorities and personnel stand seriously distracted by the coming Gujarat election.

23 Nov 2017

Time for action is now

KC Singh23 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

TOXIC smog lingered over North India in the first half of November, dissipating after showers and strong winds.

It’s neck and neck in Gujarat

Manas Dasgupta23 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

In the last four Assembly elections of Gujarat, one could safely predict a BJP victory without the risk of being proved wrong.

Saved by a whisker: Sole survivor’s tale

23 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

Haider Ali of Sialkot and two of his closest friends set out from their village three weeks ago with dreams of starting a new life in a European country.

22 Nov 2017

Seed of discontent

Yogendra Yadav22 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

THE national Capital witnessed a two-day historic gathering of farmers from November 20.

Dyal Singh Majithia and his legacy

Rajesh Kochhar22 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

The move by the members of the Dyal Singh Trust to delete his name from the Delhi college named after him is perverse, immoral and unethical.

History, truth and Padmavati

Gurupdesh Singh22 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

Every now and then, we have controversies like Padmavati where people get in rage and choose to assert their opinions with violence or mass protest.

21 Nov 2017

FDI alone won’t do

Jayshree Sengupta21 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

WHY are we so impressed by the World Bank’s ranking of India in its ease of doing business index? The World Bank’s index reflects the voice of all developed countries towards India and in its ratings the bank’s policy has always been guided by the neoliberal ideology of lessening all regulations on trade and investment.

No-detention policy is meritorious

Sheshagiri KM21 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

For a long time, a large number of teachers, parents, bureaucrats, politicians and others have been disgruntled with what they think is the biggest weakness of the Right to Education Act of 2009 — the state's commitment that no child will be detained till grade VIII (elementary level education, that is).

Negotiating Masood Azhar with China

Bhartendu Kumar Singh21 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

China’s recent decision to block, once again, consensus on the listing of Masood Azhar as an internationally designated terrorist under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 Committee may have disappointed many in India.

20 Nov 2017

Damned farmer & condemned citizen

Gunbir Singh20 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

IN Yavatmal, over 20 farmers died last month from pesticide poisoning. Nineteen more workers lost their vision and scores were taken to hospitals in critical conditions. They did not drink pesticide in order to commit suicide, but were merely spraying it.