Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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22 Aug 2017

Avoidable negligence

22 Aug 2017 | 12:47 AM

A casual surfer on the net would not be able to recognise the Indian Railways under Suresh Prabhu: a separate railway budget is history, soon private companies will run slick express trains, line surveys for fast trains are on in every part of India, a gourmet platter is a click away and many stations will take on a glitzy avatar under private ownership.

Back to note ban

22 Aug 2017 | 12:47 AM

Sanctity of official data is being violated under NDA rule.

21 Aug 2017

A new low at Infosys

21 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

Vishal Sikka’s resignation as Infosys CEO brings to the fore the ugliness at Infosys and deterioration in India’s troubled IT sector.

Sweat over climate

21 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

We all noticed with anxiety a delay of more than a fortnight in the monsoon arrival in the North last month.

19 Aug 2017

Ethics in politics

19 Aug 2017 | 12:31 AM

To clean up the election process, the Election Commission and the Association for Democratic Reforms have made laudable efforts.

The Sharad Yadav show

19 Aug 2017 | 12:31 AM

In 1974 Sharad Yadav was a young 26-year-old lad, just out of an engineering college.

18 Aug 2017

Tax benefits for hill states

18 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

THE Centre may revive an inter-state wrangling over a tax holiday to the hill states. Already the idea of having a single market and a single tax has been distorted and needlessly complicated. The NDA government has added one more complication to the GST.

Pride and prejudice

18 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

OPINIONS are based on facts; convictions on beliefs; and prejudices on unexamined half-truths or worse. In day-to-day discourse and rational exchanges between people, the first is discussed, the second debated, sometimes without much reason, and the third is asserted mindlessly.

17 Aug 2017

A new Kashmir formula

17 Aug 2017 | 1:01 AM

In a pleasant U-turn, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Independence Day, sought to sell to the Kashmiris the virtues of conciliation as the only way out of the Kashmir problem.

A little less aggressive

17 Aug 2017 | 1:01 AM

A significant departure Prime Minister Modi made this time from his previous speeches delivered from the Red Fort relates to the welcome toning down of his foreign policy eloquence.

15 Aug 2017


15 Aug 2017 | 12:14 AM

The death of 60-odd children in a hospital at Gorakhpur, the constituency of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, has jolted the nation on the eve of Independence Day.

India thrash Sri Lanka

15 Aug 2017 | 12:14 AM

India completed another dominant win over Sri Lanka on Monday, by an innings and 171 runs and within three days, to record a 3-0 triumph in the series.

14 Aug 2017

Economic slide

14 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

IF despite a good monsoon, subdued oil prices and low inflation, growth is slowing, as the Economic Survey indicates, it means something is seriously wrong. The situation on the ground is often worse than what is officially acknowledged.

Pahlaj Nihalani’s exit

14 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

UNKA toh tyohaar mere jaane se ho gaya. For once Pahlaj Nihalani, the sacked CBFC chief, has hit the nail on the head. It''s not just his detractors, who have persistently voiced their opposition to his obtuse and illogical ways, all cine buffs have reasons to rejoice.

12 Aug 2017

Lacking in grace

12 Aug 2017 | 12:28 AM

Towards the end of his term as President, Pranab Mukherjee had on many occasions spoken about erosion of India''s core values and the growing divisiveness and intolerance in the country without a word of disapproval or rebuttal from the Prime Minister or anyone high in government hierarchy.

Opening a new can of worms

12 Aug 2017 | 12:28 AM

A petition challenging a constitutional provision Article 35-A that grants exclusive rights to buy immovable property, access to jobs and scholarships to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir has boiled down to communal and political polarisation in the state.

11 Aug 2017

Dangerous trail

11 Aug 2017 | 12:11 AM

Ever since the Varnika Kundu stalking case has hit the headlines, disquieting murmurs have emanated from certain quarters.

The Maratha march

11 Aug 2017 | 12:11 AM

After the Jat agitation in Haryana and the Patidar protest in Gujarat, the Maratha march in Maharashtra is another demonstration of the land-owning upper castes'' sense of grievance over their perceived marginalisation.

10 Aug 2017

Dabang-giri rolled back

10 Aug 2017 | 12:47 AM

Because the BJP and its vociferous apologists in the media had over-excitedly invested a disproportionate amount of stakes in the contest for the third Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel's victory acquires a new sharp edge.

Action first

10 Aug 2017 | 12:47 AM

Given the extent of tax evasion and money laundering or black money crossing the borders to safe havens abroad, any punitive action is welcome.

09 Aug 2017

A Congressman’s prognosis

09 Aug 2017 | 12:45 AM

Jairam Ramesh, a former Cabinet minister in the Manmohan Singh government, has broken his silence — and has also broken ranks with the party leadership.

No better

09 Aug 2017 | 12:45 AM

An RBI survey on consumer confidence conducted in June 2017 in six cities — Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi — reveals that “people are as disappointed with their income growth, employment and economic well-being as they were before the Narendra Modi government came to power”.

08 Aug 2017

Not just stalking

08 Aug 2017 | 12:25 AM

Though stalking is an offence frequently committed, neither girls come forward to complain — given the police image and running around involved in pursuing a court case — nor the police, already over-stretched, likes to take on additional work.

Hamid Ansari’s last hurrah

08 Aug 2017 | 12:25 AM

Just three days before he demits office Vice-President Hamid Ansari has done the nation a remarkable service by reminding us of a few basic commitments that were made when we organsied ourselves as a constitutional democracy, with the avowed objective of creating a just society.

07 Aug 2017

Honourable Venkaiah Naidu

07 Aug 2017 | 12:19 AM

AS expected, M Venkaiah Naidu prevailed over Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the vice-presidential election last Saturday.

That familiar stink

07 Aug 2017 | 12:19 AM

PICTURES of grains rotting in rain are regularly splashed in the media but these have ceased to evoke a sense of shock or outrage and produce predictable official reaction.

05 Aug 2017

Electing next Vice-President

05 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

Votes will be cast today for electing a new Vice-President of India.

Sushma Swaraj in Parliament

05 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

In her four decades of politics, few have stolen the thunder from Sushma Swaraj.

04 Aug 2017

NOTA in Rajya Sabha polls

04 Aug 2017 | 12:26 AM

The Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat is shaping into the mother of all electoral contests as BJP chief Amit Shah has pulled out all stops to see the back of Congress strategist Ahmed Patel.

LPG price hike

04 Aug 2017 | 12:26 AM

The release of LPG connections to poor women was one of the reasons for the BJP''s victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

03 Aug 2017

RBI goes by rulebook

03 Aug 2017 | 12:32 AM

THE RBI has become predictable and has stopped springing surprises. A quarter percentage point repo rate cut was a foregone conclusion. Only one of the six members of the RBI''s monetary policy committee favoured a 50 basis point rate cut, one voted for maintaining the status quo, while the remaining four members prevailed.

Truth bites

03 Aug 2017 | 12:32 AM

CAPT Amarinder Singh’s campaign promised that it would sort out the drug problem in the state within four weeks. This unrealistic promise remains, naturally, unfulfilled just as the state remains awash with drugs.

02 Aug 2017

The new Modi Bhakt

02 Aug 2017 | 12:41 AM

Nitish Kumar''s assertion that no one has the capacity to take on Narendra Modi in 2019 is amusing.

Panagariya departs

02 Aug 2017 | 12:41 AM

Arvind Panagariya has announced his intention to move on, from Niti Ayog on Parliament Street in New Delhi to Columbia University on 116th Street in New York.

01 Aug 2017

Attack on India’s diversity

01 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

The BJP under Narendra Modi-Amit Shah is making fresh political conquests by the day but is leaving behind the odious residue of discord, conflict and impunity.

Opening up to PoK

01 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought to position herself as an unquestionable champion of conciliation with occupied Kashmir.

31 Jul 2017

Back to basics

31 Jul 2017 | 12:58 AM

POLITICIANS who keep squabbling over the SYL Canal, pitting farmers of one state against the other, pay least attention to the kind of water people they represent drink.

China-India standoff

31 Jul 2017 | 12:58 AM

INDIA’S National Security Adviser Ajit Doval does not appear to have brought back good tidings after a visit to Beijing.

29 Jul 2017

Nawaz Sharif nailed

29 Jul 2017 | 12:37 AM

THE Panama Papers, detailing the surreptitious salting away of ill-acquired wealth in offshore accounts by the crooked, have brought down several middling figures the world over.

Misuse of law

29 Jul 2017 | 12:37 AM

GOING by some latest judgments, courts are no longer inclined to treat women as innocent victims.

28 Jul 2017

The drama in Bihar

28 Jul 2017 | 12:56 AM

The BJP’s team of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah has not just brought Bihar — lost in the 2015 voter verdict — back in the NDA fold but also hijacked the very leader who could have possibly emerged as their main challenger and a united Opposition’s unanimous choice in the 2019 contest.

Putting lives in danger

28 Jul 2017 | 12:56 AM

In an order reminiscent of the Supreme Court direction in November 2016 on the compulsory singing of the national anthem in cinema houses, a single judge of the Madras High Court has made the recital of Vande Mataram mandatory in educational institutions (once a week) and government and private offices (at least once a month) in Tamil Nadu.

27 Jul 2017

Yechury denied RS seat

27 Jul 2017 | 12:31 AM

The comrades have been unable to shake off hubris ever since they were thrust into the national spotlight in the mid-1990s.

Tantrums of Patna

27 Jul 2017 | 12:31 AM

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has followed his conscience and has put in his papers rather than put up with Lalu Prasad’s cocky assertion that his son, the “indicted” Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, would not be asked to step down.

26 Jul 2017

Missing teachers

26 Jul 2017 | 12:25 AM

Rewari village girls who had caught national attention with their protest for school upgrade are now agitating for the posting of teachers.

Hawala arrests in Kashmir

26 Jul 2017 | 12:25 AM

The Kashmir Valley endured yet another lockdown on Tuesday.

25 Jul 2017

Parting advice

25 Jul 2017 | 12:06 AM

A seasoned parliamentarian, the outgoing President, Pranab Mukherjee, is known to weigh his words before uttering them and he must have taken extra caution about what to say in his parting speech.

Near-miss in final

25 Jul 2017 | 12:06 AM

The final of the women's World Cup had twists and turns and thrills aplenty, England beating India by nine runs.

24 Jul 2017

Shimla rape aftermath

24 Jul 2017 | 12:59 AM

IF public protests over the rape and murder of a schoolgirl have continued for so long even after the arrest of suspects and handing over of the inquiry to the CBI, it is partly because of erosion of faith in the Virbhadra Singh government.

Unfit for humans

24 Jul 2017 | 12:59 AM

A CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report has found the food served by the Railways in trains and at railway stations unsuitable for human consumption.

22 Jul 2017

Sino-India standoff

22 Jul 2017 | 12:35 AM

The Foreign Office usually doesn’t hold back its counsel, especially under the Modi government.

Vaghela walks out, again

22 Jul 2017 | 12:35 AM

Gujarat is slated to go to the polls in less than 100 days.

21 Jul 2017

President Ram Nath Kovind

21 Jul 2017 | 1:04 AM

After KR Narayanan, India will have its second Dalit President in Ram Nath Kovind (71).

A deadline for peace

21 Jul 2017 | 1:04 AM

The Indian Army has played an oversized and stellar role in managing the Kashmir insurgency.

20 Jul 2017

Mayawati’s resignation

20 Jul 2017 | 12:50 AM

In a moment of pique the BSP leader, Ms Mayawati, has decided to resign from the Rajya Sabha.

Now Congress’ turn

20 Jul 2017 | 12:50 AM

Filmmaking is becoming a hazardous enterprise in an increasingly intolerant India.

19 Jul 2017

Orbit verdict, as expected

19 Jul 2017 | 12:28 AM

The acquittal of all the accused in the Orbit bus case is unlikely to surprise anyone familiar with the cosy police-politician relationship in Punjab.

A man from the South

19 Jul 2017 | 12:28 AM

When the Opposition had selected the very eminent Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its vice-presidential nominee, the expectation was that the BJP would feel obliged to come up with a distinctly better name.

18 Jul 2017

Cow politics again

18 Jul 2017 | 12:13 AM

Mr Modi's condemnation of cow-inspired mob violence is significant for its timing and purpose.

Federer’s 19th Slam

18 Jul 2017 | 12:13 AM

Roger Federer has won a record eighth Wimbledon title, and a record-extending 19th Grand Slam title.

17 Jul 2017

Mithali Raj’s record

17 Jul 2017 | 12:10 AM

When Virat Kohli congratulated Mithali Raj on reaching 6,000 runs in ODI cricket, he put up the image of Punam Raut on social media.

The outrage in Shimla

17 Jul 2017 | 12:10 AM

Himachal Pradesh is relatively a less crime-prone state.

15 Jul 2017

United behind the soldier

15 Jul 2017 | 12:51 AM

The Modi government has done rather well to invite, albeit belatedly, the opposition parties for consultations and a briefing on the developments on the India-China standoff at Doklam.

Greed over reason

15 Jul 2017 | 12:51 AM

The BSE Sensex and Nifty are scaling new highs every other day though the economic landscape is not that uplifting.

14 Jul 2017

Hard questions

14 Jul 2017 | 12:52 AM

For long the Election Commission has escaped a serious public/media/judicial scrutiny.

Censor Board on rampage

14 Jul 2017 | 12:52 AM

The template for the Censor Board was set a few months after the BJP stormed to power in Delhi.

13 Jul 2017

The Amarnath aftermath

13 Jul 2017 | 12:54 AM

The reverberations from the Amarnath attack on innocent pilgrims will be felt for some time to come.

The new coaches

13 Jul 2017 | 12:54 AM

After some uncertainty and confusion, Ravi Shastri has been appointed the head coach of the Indian cricket team.

12 Jul 2017

The Amarnath attack

12 Jul 2017 | 12:14 AM

There could not have been a bigger rebuff to the terrorist attack on Amarnath yatris than the surge in the number of pilgrims visiting the revered shrine in the violence-hit Kashmir Valley.

Gopal Gandhi in fray

12 Jul 2017 | 12:14 AM

Cracks that had appeared in Opposition unity during the delay in the announcement of the presidential candidate have been adequately repaired with the unanimous selection of Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, for the office of Vice-President.