Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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21 Aug 2017

Beta padhao, beti bachao

Manju Gupta21 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

It is not enough to save a girl at birth and educate her. To make use of her education and to reach her full potential, she will have to leave home. It should be safe for her to do so. This is not possible without teaching boys decent social behaviour.

Defence Minister as a force multiplier

Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh (retd)21 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

The post of the Minister of Defence is the singular nodal point for all matters pertaining to the defence forces. Despite internal and external security challenges, India has been consistently bereft of a passionate Minister of Defence, who could effectively address and allay institutional concerns.

Status over substance

MK Bhadrakumar21 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

US President Donald Trump’s telephone conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15 went beyond a protocol gesture.

19 Aug 2017

Denigrating Nehru

S Nihal Singh19 Aug 2017 | 12:31 AM

AN attempt to denigrate Jawaharlal Nehru, the maker of modern democratic India, has been put in high gear with the installation of the new President of the ruling BJP’s choice, Mr Ram Nath Kovind.

Walking the tightrope in China

Sandeep Dikshit19 Aug 2017 | 12:31 AM

The first glimpse of Beijing for a traveller from New Delhi is always groggy.

18 Aug 2017

Towards reasonable pension for all

Subir Roy18 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

THE immediate bad news for the elderly is that in the near future things are likely to get worse. The overall picture is painted in some detail by the 2017 Global Retirement Index, the fifth annual in depth assessment of retirement security in the developed and emerging economies conducted by a large French entity, Natixis Global Asset Management.

High debt holds back India’s growth

Jayshree Sengupta18 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

BOTH the RBI and the recently released Economic Survey do not seem very upbeat about the economy in their reports. The biggest cheerer, however, has been the normal south-westerly monsoon this year. Otherwise the economy’s prospects would have looked gloomier.

Doklam and beyond

Gen VP Malik (retd)18 Aug 2017 | 12:23 AM

THE ongoing China-Bhutan-India confrontation at the Doklam grazing ground is characterised less by soldiers sitting eyeball to eyeball and more with bullying, threatening and disparaging language being used by China against India.

17 Aug 2017

Mandate gives PM no immunity from law

Zahid Hussain17 Aug 2017 | 1:01 AM

In an unprecedented move, the Pakistan Senate has decided to initiate an intra-institutional dialogue to prevent the collision of state institutions.

Economy performing way below potential

Mythili Bhusnurmath17 Aug 2017 | 1:01 AM

We seem to have run out of policy options on how to break the vicious circle of low investment leading to low growth, and in turn, leading to still lower investment.

Opportunity India must grab

17 Aug 2017 | 1:01 AM

THIS column is a letter from Silicon Valley, California.

15 Aug 2017

Growth vs appeasement

Nirmal Sandhu15 Aug 2017 | 12:14 AM

Even though we have demonstrated adequately that we are incapable of a meaningful, civilised debate on any issue — be it in Parliament, television studios or a public forum — we need to decide whether the size of the government needs to shrink.

Living in no-nonsense times

Rajmohan Gandhi15 Aug 2017 | 12:14 AM

THIS valued newspaper asks me to write for free India's 70th anniversary, but I must begin with recent matters.

The other ‘F’ word on the young Indian’s mind

Nosheen Kapoor15 Aug 2017 | 12:14 AM

If the anxiety overshadowing the 21st-century Indian Zeitgeist was to be deciphered, it might reveal its origins in a concept we are all too familiar with.

14 Aug 2017

And then there were Muslims who chose India

Vivek Shukla14 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

A man of dignity, Ghulam Sarwar was known for taking swift decisions. Those were the days when the dates of Partition of the country were announced. When Sarwar was asked by his relatives in faraway Peshawar to leave the then Bombay and return home, he took a crucial decision.

What Ansari said needs a second thought

Vivek Katju14 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

ON the eve of demitting office Vice-President Hamid Ansari chose the platform of an academic institution to speak his mind and open his heart. In doing so he largely rooted himself in a Nehruvian vision of India and, in its light, critiqued present trends and developments in the nation’s journey.

The Doklam test

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (retd)14 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

THERE appears to be no early solution to the ongoing standoff on the Doklam plateau. China''s unilateral action to alter the location of the tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China is unexceptionable and violates the 2012 agreement.

12 Aug 2017

At 70, Indian leadership losing sense of humour?

Karan Thapar12 Aug 2017 | 12:28 AM

Next week independent India will reach the biblical age of three score and 10.

The rising spectre of authoritarian rule

Salil Desai12 Aug 2017 | 12:28 AM

All authoritarian regimes that come to power through the democratic route strengthen themselves by targeting opposition parties and other opponents, with escalating ruthlessness, painting them all as enemies who need to be eliminated for their sins.

Foreboding in Rajya Sabha TV

S Nihal Singh12 Aug 2017 | 12:28 AM

With the election of Mr Venkaiah Naidu as Vice-President, an era of uncertainty has descended upon Rajya Sabha TV.

11 Aug 2017

Unburied Nawaz Sharif plans to wreak revenge

F.S. Aijazuddin11 Aug 2017 | 12:11 AM

ELECTED governments in Pakistan have less to fear from the Indian Army than from their own — with good reason.

Trump unveils a fresh Af-Pak policy

Maj Gen Ashok K. Mehta (retd)11 Aug 2017 | 12:11 AM

The legendary Trump tantrums and tweets have so convulsed the White House that a four-star Marine General, John Kelly, in charge of Homeland Security, had to be transferred to the White House as Chief of Staff to maintain dignity and decorum and keep strategic policy-making insulated from chaos.

A new baptism

Harish Khare11 Aug 2017 | 12:11 AM

Seventy years ago, two nations were created in the Indian sub-continent.

10 Aug 2017

Trump Administration dithers

G. Parthasarathy10 Aug 2017 | 12:47 AM

The Trump Administration is dithering and the President has inexplicably blamed his military commander, General Nicholson, for not securing "victory" in Afghanistan.

Upholding dignity of the Upper House

KV Prasad10 Aug 2017 | 12:47 AM

ON Friday when M Venkaiah Naidu takes oath of office of the Vice President of India, he also assumes another role envisaged by the Constitution — the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Punjab’s water deficit

Pritam Singh & RS Mann10 Aug 2017 | 12:47 AM

THE current information about water availability in Punjab and the water required for producing just one crop (rice) shows that Punjab does not have surplus water to share.

09 Aug 2017

India’s pro-Israel tilt

Hasan Suroor09 Aug 2017 | 12:45 AM

The Americans have spoken; the European Union has spoken; the United Nations has spoken; Britain has spoken; and, of course, most of the Muslim world has spoken.

Dangerous economics of auctions

Sandeep Dikshit09 Aug 2017 | 12:45 AM

IN the coming days, the czars of the telecom sector, from Sunil Mittal to Ratan Tata, are bound to cruise to Raisina Hill to seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi's indulgence.

Violence, power and patriarchy

Rajeshwari09 Aug 2017 | 12:45 AM

Violence against women is the most-compelling social problem in India.

08 Aug 2017

Will the government walk the talk for farmers?

HS Sidhu08 Aug 2017 | 12:25 AM

While hearing a writ petition filed by the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Haryana, The Punjab and Haryana High Court has indicted the Punjab government for failure to procure maize, oilseeds and other crops for which Minimum Support Price (MSP) is announced by the Centre.

‘Acceptance goes beyond tolerance’

M Hamid Ansari08 Aug 2017 | 12:25 AM

Experience shows that secularism has become a site for political and legal contestation. The difficulty lies in delineating, for purposes of public policy and practice, the line that separates them from religion.

Standoff on the border

Sushma Ramachandran08 Aug 2017 | 12:25 AM

Tensions between the two Asian giants have sent ripples all over the world.

07 Aug 2017

Tidings from Doklam

M. K. Bhadrakumar07 Aug 2017 | 12:19 AM

IF you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately. So I think it’s a cost-benefit ratio.” These are words by James Mattis, US Secretary of Defence.

Legalise drugs, get rid of addiction

Rajendra P Jindal07 Aug 2017 | 12:19 AM

TWO different news, apparently unrelated, made it to the newspapers a fortnight or so back. The first of these appeared, possibly, in The Tribune, with the headline “81 lakh lesser tobacco consumers since 2010”.

Looking for angels

Irfan Husain07 Aug 2017 | 12:19 AM

WANTED: angels for positions of members of parliament; excellent perks; opportunities for advancement to ministerial posts; five-year tenure. Applicants must be “sadiq” and “ameen”, or honest and upright.

05 Aug 2017

Fall of a rising star

S Nihal Singh05 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

It is sad to see the fall of a promising leader.

Dali’s surreal gift for the Maharaja

Capt MS Kohli (retd)05 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

SUUREALIST master Salvador Dali, Spain''s most prominent artist who died 28 years ago, hit the world Press recently when his moustache on exhumation of his body on courts'' orders was found in perfect “ten-past -ten” shape as it used to be in his lifetime.

Missing grey shades

Tejwant Singh Gill05 Aug 2017 | 12:43 AM

THESE days, the film, The Black Prince, is being hailed a lot.

04 Aug 2017

An Article of bad faith?

Arun Joshi04 Aug 2017 | 12:26 AM

THERE is no doubt that there are genuine fears in Kashmir over scrapping of Article 35-A of the Constitution of India that debars Indian citizens from buying immovable property and settling in the state.

Of private varsities and public good

GS Bedi04 Aug 2017 | 12:26 AM

EDUCATION is the alchemy that can take India to its next golden age”, said the outgoing President, Pranab Mukherjee during his farewell address to the nation.

A case of judicial overreach

Faizan Mustafa04 Aug 2017 | 12:26 AM

There is a difference between ‘patriotism’ and ''nationalism''.

03 Aug 2017

Pakistan’s descent into chaos

Zahid Hussain03 Aug 2017 | 12:32 AM

THE gloves are off and it is a free for all. Politics is a dirty game in this country, but it has seldom been so ugly. In this no-holds-barred war of glib talk, the entire endeavour is to prove the rival more corrupt. While Parliament is rendered dysfunctional, the apex court has become the battleground.

Theme for the Chinese dream

Pravin Sawhney03 Aug 2017 | 12:32 AM

THE crucial meeting between the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Chinese leadership has not resolved the Doklam crisis. The two sides discussed "bilateral and major problems", suggesting that diplomatic channels are functioning.

Tales from two Punjabs

KC Singh03 Aug 2017 | 12:32 AM

TWO events affecting the chief ministers in the two Punjabs on the opposite side of the Indo-Pakistan border remind one of William Wordsworth’s The Solitary Reaper: “For old, unhappy, far-off things; And battles long ago”.

02 Aug 2017

Unequal equation

Satish Kumar Dogra02 Aug 2017 | 12:41 AM

Many years ago, when I was the Superintendent of Police in a district and was handling a case of domestic violence against a woman, a legal hurdle arose and I tried to explain to the young victim how both men and women were equal before the laws.

Scientist, leader & institution-builder

S N Tandon02 Aug 2017 | 12:41 AM

Yash Pal, the eminent scientist and educationist served as a role model to be emulated. He was against the barriers between science and technology or between natural sciences and social sciences For him, a full education should involve exposure to all the areas of human interest.

A cut in time!

Mythili Bhusnurmath02 Aug 2017 | 12:41 AM

All eyes are on the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) as it meets to review the bank''s monetary policy stance. Expectations are running high that the MPC will finally relax its overly cautious stance and cut interest rates on August 2.

01 Aug 2017

On the same side at WTO

Jayshree Sengupta01 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

Years of efforts by India to build good relations with China have ended up in a prolonged faceoff at Doklam.

The verdict & unseen hand of Generals

Vivek Katju01 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

AS Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned on July 28 after the Supreme Court decision in the Panama Papers case, memories, two decades old, of his success in hounding out Sajjad Ali Shah from the office of Chief Justice of Pakistan would have come back.

Long march of the People’s Liberation Army

Bharatendu Kumar Singh01 Aug 2017 | 12:16 AM

ON August 1, today, the Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) will be celebrating its 90th anniversary, tracing its birth on this day during the Nanjing uprising in 1927.

31 Jul 2017

Is it the end of the Sharif dynasty?

Zahid Hussain31 Jul 2017 | 12:58 AM

The disqualification of Nawaz Sharif is a serious blow to dynastic politics. The Panama ruling has also broken the widespread perception that Sharif being a Punjabi leader was untouchable while leaders from Sindh and the other smaller provinces could easily be dispensed with.

An economy in limbo & the ripple effect

Subir Roy31 Jul 2017 | 12:58 AM

Several indicators point towards an economic slowdown. Those who had weathered the demonetisation disruption in their lives are having to face a second GST-induced trauma in just a few months. The future looks uncertain.

The big split in Bihar

Shaibal Gupta31 Jul 2017 | 12:58 AM

THE fall of the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar is a tragic affair.

29 Jul 2017

Militarising students

S Nihal Singh29 Jul 2017 | 12:37 AM

THE amazing proposal of JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar to station an Army tank on the campus is the tip of the iceberg.

The rise and fall of Nawaz Sharif

RK Kaushik29 Jul 2017 | 12:37 AM

THE judgement announced by a five-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Azmat Saeed Khosa, declared Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan as disqualified (NAAHEL) for the post of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

World Cup: India’s family secret, barely kept

Harcharan Bains29 Jul 2017 | 12:37 AM

“On such a full sea are we now afloat,And we must take the current when it serves/ Or lose our ventures.

28 Jul 2017

Decoding the Nitish fiasco

Harish Khare28 Jul 2017 | 12:56 AM

A neat coup has been staged in Patna.

No mocking please, we are Indians!

Nonika Singh28 Jul 2017 | 12:56 AM

MUCH as there have been other bans, humour has not (yet) been banned in India.

When Nitish had first upstaged Lalu

Sandeep Dikshit28 Jul 2017 | 12:56 AM

NITISH Kumar would be drawing quiet satisfaction from having turned the tables on Lalu Yadav, a man who almost always stole the limelight because of his superior intercommunication skills.

27 Jul 2017

Inventing history through fiction

Vimal Sumbly27 Jul 2017 | 12:31 AM

FOR quite some time, vigorous attempts are being made to malign the image and reputation of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi, both former Prime Ministers of the country.

Ambedkar: Economics crucial for social justice

Pritam Singh27 Jul 2017 | 12:31 AM

BR Ambedkar was an original economic thinker who believed in advancing the interests of the Dalits by focusing on the economy. According to him, the economic conditions that affected the Dalits were — monetary circulation in the economy, size of land holdings and the pattern of public finance.

Straddling two worlds

G Parthasarathy27 Jul 2017 | 12:31 AM

SCANNING through global media reports ranging from The Wall Street Journal to broadcasts by Qatar’s Al Jazeera network, one has been amazed to see the extent of coverage of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel.

26 Jul 2017

The queen who reigned over hearts of people

Atul Nanda26 Jul 2017 | 12:25 AM

BORN Mohinder Kaur in Ludhiana on September 14, 1922 to Harchand Singh Jaijee, a nobleman and member of the Patiala Riyasat Praja Mandal (an affiliate of the Indian National Congress), it could be said that politics ran in her blood early.

Why Bajwa must act on Jadhav’s petition

Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh (retd)26 Jul 2017 | 12:25 AM

ODDLY for a democratic country, the Chief of Pakistani Army, General Qamar Bajwa is the last word in reviewing the Kulbhushan Jadhav mercy petition, even though the COAS is officially at level/article 6 in the official Pakistani "Warrant of Precedence".

Ideology strikes back

Hasan Suroor26 Jul 2017 | 12:25 AM

RECENTLY, the British Conservative Party’s semi-official house journal, The Spectator, ran a cover page story with the dramatic headline ‘The Dying of the Right’.

25 Jul 2017

Fund-raising exercise

Sushma Ramachandran25 Jul 2017 | 12:06 AM

THE decision to finally go ahead with the merger of two public sector oil giants, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has been taken after over a decade of mulling over the proposal.

Bringing some order to turmoil in Punjab

Gobind Thukral25 Jul 2017 | 12:06 AM

AT one point of time, the SAD-BJP government had planned big-time governance reforms and hoped to reap rich political dividend.

Partition through writers’ eyes

Priya Satia25 Jul 2017 | 12:06 AM

AS India and Pakistan begin celebrating the 70th anniversary of their Independence as nation-states, it is worthwhile recalling the internationalist ideas that also exercised great influence in that moment.

24 Jul 2017

Poland inches closer to bad old days...

24 Jul 2017 | 12:59 AM

FOR almost 30 years, Poland has been presented as an inspiring example of a successful transition from a totalitarian state towards a fully liberal democracy, from a centralised, corrupt economy to a free market, open and successfully resisting the crises structure.

India and the path of ‘principled realism’

TKA Nair24 Jul 2017 | 12:59 AM

AS Prime Minister Narendra Modi was busy crisscrossing the globe in his tireless pursuit of winning friends, influencing people and marketing India in its many manifestations— from Yoga to space technology — loud rumbles of disquiet were heard from our backyard border.