Sunday, October 22, 2017

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21 Oct 2017

The Taj defies BJP myths

S Nihal Singh21 Oct 2017 | 12:20 AM

FOR the world, the Taj Mahal is a thing of beauty and joy forever.

This market model won’t work

Janak Raj Gupta21 Oct 2017 | 12:20 AM

The recent debate on the economic health of the country has relegated two important social aspects, viz poverty and inequality, to the background.

Quality GDP growth need of the hour

Ajay Sagar21 Oct 2017 | 12:20 AM

A great deal of discussion has happened on India''s gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

19 Oct 2017

India has upper hand over Pak

G Parthasarathy19 Oct 2017 | 12:45 AM

MALEEHA LODHI, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, is known among her friends and admirers in Pakistan and elsewhere as being high profile, ambitious and loquacious. Lodhi is regarded as being close to the military establishment since her days as an editor in Islamabad.

And now, dissent is a polluter?

Brig Gurinder Singh & Col Dilbag Dabas19 Oct 2017 | 12:45 AM

WE have all heard the story of Emperor Jahangir''s Bell of Justice (Adl-e-Jahangir). Anyone who felt aggrieved, could seek justice by ringing the bell.

The Gurmeet Ram Rahim phenomenon

Ranbir Singh19 Oct 2017 | 12:45 AM

WE now have the luxury to study the Gurmeet Ram Rahim phenomenon in a somewhat detached manner.

18 Oct 2017

Racism in Britain

Hasan Suroor18 Oct 2017 | 12:49 AM

THE test of our sincerity as law makers is not how well we can express sympathy (with victims of racism).

Punjab needs structural reforms

Sukhdeep Brar18 Oct 2017 | 12:49 AM

LESS than two decades ago, Punjab was the top state in the per capita income rankings.

Weinstein scandal shone light on bad feminists

Biba Kang18 Oct 2017 | 12:49 AM

I’ve been very wary of the many attempts to swerve the Harvey Weinstein scandal into a discussion of female shortcomings.

17 Oct 2017

Economy looks up, a bit

Sushma Ramachandran17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

THERE is finally some good news for the Indian economy.

ECI’s credibility undermined

MG Devasahayam17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

Commenting on the failure of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to declare the election schedule of Gujarat along with that for Himachal Pradesh, The Tribune editorial has this to say: "Whatever be the election commission's calculations, the Nirvachan Sadan's institutional prestige and reputation stand somewhat diminished.

Poor report card of Pakistan schools

Maha Qasim17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

RECENTLY, I spent a semester training 10th-grade science teachers at a school for low-income students in Karachi.

16 Oct 2017

What Harvey Weinstein has isn’t addiction

Shappi Khorsandi16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

SO, Harvey Weinstein is in rehab. If a 12-step recovery group is a part of that rehab, his introduction before a "share" must be a mouthful: "I''m Harvey and I''m addicted to running a company which allows me to use my power to systematically abuse women."

Catalonia — not yet independent

Pritam Singh16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

IN Catalonia''s latest stance on its independence move, the political leadership in Catalonia has demonstrated admirable maturity in dealing with the Spanish central government''s opposition to Catalonia''s demand for independence.

Anatomy of the Doklam face-off

MK Bhadrakumar16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

THE Press Trust of India featured a stunning report on October 5, quoting sources, that China maintains a sizeable presence of its troops near the site of the Doklam standoff with India and has even started widening an existing road at a distance of around 12 km from the earlier face-off site.

14 Oct 2017

Election time is here

S Nihal Singh14 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

TWO developments are likely to influence the future political landscape of the country.

Lessons from Aarushi case

Vishavjeet Chaudhary14 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

Earlier this week, the Allahabad High Court overturned the Ghaziabad lower court's judgment and pronounced the Talwars not guilty of the 2008 murder of their daughter and domestic help, Hemraj.

Saviour on a bike

Asha'ar Rehman14 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

FOR some time now, PML-N ministers in Lahore have been telling everyone how important the metro bus and the ever burgeoning roads have been in providing relief - even of the medical kind - to those who needed it.

The leisure matrix of the middle class

Salil Desai14 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

If you are a member of India's educated, hard-working middle-class, who spends his / her time slogging away five or six days a week, averaging 10 to 12 hours a day, then there is an above 90 per centprobability that your weekend plans include the following activities: Watching a movie at a multiplex, while munching on exorbitantly priced pop-corn.

13 Oct 2017

Pattern of first Anglo-Af war followed whenever Af invaded

Arwin Rahi13 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM

In 1838, the governor-general of India Lord Auckland declared war on Afghanistan, triggering the first Anglo-Afghan War.

Why is Modi silent on the Jay Shah case?

Karan Thapar13 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM

One of the themes in the Prime Minister''s campaign speeches and rallies during his early years in office that struck an immediate chord with the country was his comments on how the relatives of powerful politicians grow rich after their parents reach high office.

What China is to India

Pravin Sawhney13 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM

IS China an adversary or an enemy like Pakistan? This is a pertinent question.

12 Oct 2017

Closing up the Gulf

KC Singh12 Oct 2017 | 12:53 AM

ANALYSING the Indian foreign policy from the nation’s Capital has the virtue of local input, but in the end, it has an echo-chamber effect.

Junk idea of simultaneous state & LS polls

CP Bhambhri12 Oct 2017 | 12:53 AM

The RSS-BJP combine that sets the agenda for the governance of India has floated the idea of holding "simultaneous elections" for the Lok Sabha and 29 states and seven union territories because it will "save money and time" and the elected parties will be able to devote their energy and time for the primary task of governance.

What line will CPI(M) take to counter BJP?

KV Prasad12 Oct 2017 | 12:53 AM

An intense debate is raging within the Communist Party of India (Marxist), with the comrades divided unequally over the political line to be adopted at the triennial party congress to be held in Hyderabad next April that will remain relevant for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

11 Oct 2017

A man far ahead of his times

Yogendra Yadav11 Oct 2017 | 12:12 AM

PEOPLE will listen to me, but after my death.

Solving the riddle of missing jobs

Subir Roy11 Oct 2017 | 12:12 AM

Over half way into its term, the Narendra Modi government is unable to deliver on its electoral promise of creating a large number of new jobs.

UK Sikhs seek recognition as ethnic group

Sujinder Singh Sangha11 Oct 2017 | 12:12 AM

Discrimination against Asian Black and Minority Ethnic (ABME) people is rooted in prejudice relating to the colour of skin, visible appearance, religion, culture, attire, language or origin Ethnic data influences the public decision-makings related to employment and services, the reliability of census data on the ABME people is essential for equality monitoring.

10 Oct 2017

Let the women wear what and as they please

Satyawan Malik10 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

Haryana, UP and Rajasthan khap leaders and clerics in Saudi Arabia will disagree with Aamir Khan singing ''Ghunghat ki aad se dilbar ka didaar adhura rahta hai, jab tak na pade aashiq ki nazar shringar adhura rahta hai'' in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke.

Area planning — an alternative to MSP

SS Sangwan10 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

One of the major tragedies of 2016-17 is the lower prices of agricultural commodities, especially vegetables.

Making light of it

Jayshree Sengupta10 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

WHILE it is true that the economy is in a bad shape, all blame should not rest on the Modi government.

09 Oct 2017

MBA (baba management), anyone?

Tejinder Singh Bedi09 Oct 2017 | 1:10 AM

If success is viewed as having acquired wealth, luxuries and a huge following of blind bhakts, then doubtlessly, after politics, the annexation of a guru gaddi that confers one the title of a baba in India is the best career choice today.

Case for neighbourhood schools

Ramnik Mohan09 Oct 2017 | 1:10 AM

The voluntary, dedicated efforts of those working in the non-formal sector of education need to be recognised and appreciated and they could possibly develop models for the neighbourhood schools in due course.

Striking a balance

Vivek Katju09 Oct 2017 | 1:10 AM

SEVEN weeks after President Donald Trump announced the Afghanistan and South Asia policy, his administration is still working on fleshing out its contours to enable its operationalisation and effective implementation.

07 Oct 2017

85 years of imported air force

Abhijit Bhattacharyya07 Oct 2017 | 12:40 AM

No aspiring nation such as India can be counted upon in the international stage with (virtually) 100 per cent imported aerial assets of its air force.

RBI and Banquo’s ghost

Mythili Bhusnurmath07 Oct 2017 | 12:40 AM

THE only good thing that can be said about the RBI’s fourth bi-monthly monetary policy statement (2017-18) is that it was entirely on expected lines.

Righting the wrong of history

S Nihal Singh07 Oct 2017 | 12:40 AM

IT was a moment filled with great symbolism when the Kurds cast votes in a referendum seeking independence for the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

06 Oct 2017

Clearing garbage is not the job of army

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (Retd)06 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

THE recent order by the PMO delivered through the Defence Ministry to the Army to remove garbage etc left by climbers on Mount Everest and pilgrims going to various shrines in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, has caused much dismay and disquiet both amongst the veterans and the serving men.

Not in a fauji’s name....

Brig Gurinder Singh (Retd)06 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

LAST month, when a friend posted a few photographs about the death of 10 safai karamcharis in Delhi on his Facebook page, he received a strange counter-argument, "So what? Aren''t the soldiers dying on the border?" That happened around August 15, when Indians are usually charged up with seasonal patriotic fervor, which this year was compounded by the Doklam crisis and the security situation in Kashmir.

No second coming for Anna

Harish Khare06 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

ANNA HAZARE, that tired but persistent theoretician of a moral society, has again been heard from. On Gandhi Jayanti, he popped up for a photo-op at Raj Ghat and expressed himself to be thoroughly unhappy at the way things have worked out these last three years; in particular, he appears to be annoyed that there is no sign of a Lok Pal, the presumably magical piece of legislation that the India Against Corruption cabal had waved so earnestly before a credulous nation.

05 Oct 2017

It’s time to revisit anti-defection law

Satya Prakash05 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

Often invoked just before a trial of strength to manipulate numbers in a House, the anti-defection law is back in the news.

Medical admissions in Punjab: Merit or money?

Raj Bahadur05 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

Dhanwantri, the god of Indian medicine, emerged from the ocean when it was churned by some contesting gods and demons.

Put three heads together

G Parthasarathy05 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

AS Myanmar, Bangladesh and India face the Rohingya challenge, ‘Rohingya’ has become a household word in India, more so after Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju proclaimed on September 5 that the Rohingya were “illegal” immigrants in India “who stand to be deported”.

04 Oct 2017

Pakistanis feel pinch of Trump’s travel ban

04 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

Pakistan is among the handful of Muslim countries that are feeling the pinch of United States’ President Donald Trump’s visa ban about six months in, with 26 per cent fewer non-immigrant visas issued to Pakistanis in 2017 as compared to previous year’s average, according to a Politico analysis.

When Bapu didn’t wish to live

Apoorvanand04 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

As we marked the completion of 70 years of the Indian nation, we forgot that this was also the 70th year of the last birthday of Gandhi who was called Bapu by his people.

The nowhere people

Hasan Suroor04 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

IN Steven Spielberg’s film, The Terminal, a man from a politically unstable East European country steps off the plane in New York only to be taken aside and given the bad news that he would not be allowed to enter or leave America because while he was in the air his country had fallen off the map.

03 Oct 2017

We live in such taxing times….

03 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

After the landmark announcement that Uber, the ride-sharing app, will not have its licence renewed in London, here are the reasons behind Transport for London''s (TfL’s) decision that has lessons for India too:

Another decision lets down women!

Kunika03 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

This time a Fulbright scholar pursuing PhD from Columbia University has been told that the “forceful” act of her “good friend” of “taking away her sexuality”, even after she said “no”, did not amount to rape.

Time to oil the wheels

Sushma Ramachandran03 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

FIXING oil prices has always been a dilemma in this country. For many years after the multinational oil companies were nationalised in the early 1970s, petroleum product prices were controlled through a system known as administered pricing which basically meant that the government decided on the rates.

02 Oct 2017

Made in India vs America First

MK Bhadrakumar02 Oct 2017 | 12:13 AM

THE visit by the US Defence Secretary James Mattis to New Delhi last week provided the opportunity for the first focused high-level interaction between the two countries regarding President Trump’s announcement of the new policy outlining a new South Asia strategy.

Why Gandhi's pen halted

02 Oct 2017 | 12:13 AM

“I once sat down to write a thesis on India as a protagonist of nonviolence.

We live in hard times….

Sanjeev Suri02 Oct 2017 | 12:13 AM

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

30 Sep 2017

India’s Pakistan-bashing

S Nihal Singh30 Sep 2017 | 12:54 AM

MS Sushma Swaraj’s speech to the UN General Assembly is a game-changer in India’s relations with Pakistan.

‘Is my life in danger?’ Ravish Kumar asks PM

Ravish Kumar30 Sep 2017 | 12:54 AM

I am not only hopeful but also confident that you will be hale and hearty.

Pharmacology of faith — a new frontier for research?

Samir Malhotra30 Sep 2017 | 12:54 AM

Remember Munnabhai''s hallucinations of Gandhi described as “chemical locha”? Chemical disturbances behind some brain abnormalities are well known, Parkinson''s disease patients have deficiency of a chemical (dopamine).

29 Sep 2017

Applying for eminence!

Jagdeep S. Chhokar29 Sep 2017 | 12:22 AM

On September 13, 2017, almost all newspapers carried headlines such as ''Institutions of Eminence'': UGC to invite applications, and Varsities can now seek ''eminence'' status.

The future is upon us

Karthik Venkatesh29 Sep 2017 | 12:22 AM

The importance of education has once again made it to the front pages on account of what Nobel Prize winner Venkatesh Ramakrishnan said recently at the headquarters of the Medical Research Council''s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.

Strikes as odd

Pravin Sawhney29 Sep 2017 | 12:22 AM

ON September 29 last year, following the unprecedented admission by India that its Special Forces (SF) had conducted “surgical strikes” inside PoK, I had three immediate observations on the operation.

28 Sep 2017

Some more Pak bashing

KC Singh28 Sep 2017 | 12:08 AM

SEPTEMBER, diplomatically, heralds the UN General Assembly’s high-level segment flagging off the next annual session.

Partial truths on US-North Korea saga

Lt-Gen Bhopinder Singh (Retd)28 Sep 2017 | 12:08 AM

North Korea’s reputation as a roguish and dangerously belligerent regime is a self-earned and -established narrative, though the entirety of the truth on the genesis and the evolution of the crisis in the Korean peninsula is based on incomplete truths that belie the complete facts of history and the accompanying role of the US, over the years.

Mahira owes Pak nothing beyond her work as artiste

Hija Kamran and Shmyla Khan28 Sep 2017 | 12:08 AM

Formally Pakistan's sweetheart, our very own Khirad from Humsafar, Mahira must have been dumbfounded to find herself on the receiving end of abuse, character assassination, slut-shaming and downright asinine comments.

27 Sep 2017

Marx’s Das Kapital , 150 years on....

Pritam Singh27 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

In September 1867, Kapital Volume 1 by Karl Marx (1818-1883) was published in German language.

Farmers betrayed — at highest level

Sucha Singh Gill27 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

The decision of the Union government to shift its responsibility to states for doubling of farmers'' income displays the betrayal of the distressed farm community and farming at the highest level in the country.

No, they won’t be ‘tamed’

Yogendra Yadav27 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

BHAGAT SINGH’S birth anniversary is marked with many a meaningless ritual: functions, tributes, garlands, speeches and what not.

26 Sep 2017

Green shoots appear for Congress

KV Prasad26 Sep 2017 | 12:50 AM

OVER the past fortnight, there is a renewed sense of hope among everyday Congresspersons for two reasons — faultlines developing in the otherwise invincible Narendra Modi government in its pursuit of building a "New India" and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi indicating his readiness to be at the helm amid fresh efforts for an image makeover.

The real Rahul is revealed

CP Bhambhri26 Sep 2017 | 12:50 AM

IN his very candid interview at the University of California, Berkeley, on September 13, 2017, the "real Rahul" has spoken about his own self, and about the reality of his own Congress party, as also made insightful comments on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Informal sector still in shock

Jayshree Sengupta26 Sep 2017 | 12:50 AM

ACCORDING to the recent Trade and Development Report (2017) from UNCTAD, Geneva, India and China are no longer the growth poles of the world. The global economy needs a stimulus because its growth rate has slowed down to 2.5 per cent from 3.2 per cent in the pre-financial crisis days and India did provide a boost in the past.

25 Sep 2017

Horrors of Partition: ‘They set them all on fire’

Nabeel Anwar Dhakku25 Sep 2017 | 12:12 AM

There was a time when Chakwal''s numerous villages had considerable Sikh and Hindu populations.

Hambantota deal: Sovereignty on lease

Sanjay Kapoor25 Sep 2017 | 12:12 AM

By 2013, the Sri Lankan Government had built a fantastic infrastructure in the southern town of Hambantota with the help of some hefty investments from China.

The new RM stumbles

Lt Gen (Retd) Vijay Oberoi25 Sep 2017 | 12:12 AM

THE media has dubbed the recent Cabinet reshuffle the BJP plan for the 2019 general election while it views the appointment of the new Raksha Mantri (RM) Nirmala Sitharaman more in gender terms rather than abilities! Maybe so, but there was a sense of relief in the bulk of the military fraternity, that this government has stopped treating the defence portfolio as a temporary parking place forpolitical leaders.