Sunday, October 22, 2017

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21 Oct 2017

Post-Diwali sobriety

21 Oct 2017 | 12:20 AM

What kills more people than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined? Three times the total casualties of these three scourges of mankind are on account of pollution; as it is six times the number of accident victims.

US ‘love letter’ to India

21 Oct 2017 | 12:20 AM

India was the flavour of the pre-Diwali season in the US.

19 Oct 2017

Roughing up of soldiers

19 Oct 2017 | 12:45 AM

A NEW and worrying phenomenon has gripped Kashmir. There have been five incidents of soldiers being set upon by mobs in the Valley, including the border district of Kupwara and central Kashmir’s Ganderbal.

From a lone cry to chorus

19 Oct 2017 | 12:45 AM

MEN beware; women don’t want to take it lying down any more. The harrowing reality of sexual harassment has been brushed under the carpet for far too long.

18 Oct 2017

The Gujarat Battle

18 Oct 2017 | 12:49 AM

ON Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at his vitriolic best in Gandhinagar.

Mullah Sangeet Som Omar

18 Oct 2017 | 12:49 AM

IN Gujarat, the Prime Minister tries to take the high road and talks of development; in Uttar Pradesh his party MLA, a riot veteran, takes the low road and declares the Taj Mahal to be a blot on “our” culture.

17 Oct 2017

Let-off for Hafiz Saeed?

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

THE absence of a dialogue can hurt, especially if the only Indian strategy to rein in Pakistan is an endless supply of verbal fusillade.

Defending the indefensible

17 Oct 2017 | 12:17 AM

INDIA was placed 100th out of 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) according to a recent report, ranking below North Korea and Bangladesh.

16 Oct 2017

The Gurdaspur verdict

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

SUNIL Jakhar has notched up an impressive victory margin in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha byelection. It was, in many ways, an inconsequential election; the outcome does not make any substantial difference to the Lok Sabha numbers. In any case, the ruling parties tend to prevail in byelections and the Congress has registered an absolute victory.

Court curbs on crackers

16 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

DIWALI, we are reminded, is a festival of lights. Firecrackers joined the party centuries later. Soon they intermingled to such an extent that any move to curb their noise or the pollutant indices on Diwali was met with retorts about interference in religious activity, leading to a new justification for the mindless bursting of crackers by those endlessly resourceful.

14 Oct 2017

Himachal and Gujarat dates

14 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

WITH the announcement of a schedule for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll, the Election Commission has set in motion a very consequential electoral battle.

Mystery stays

14 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

On May 16, 2008, 14-year-old Aarushi, the only child of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, is found murdered at their home in Noida.

13 Oct 2017

Three sins of EAC

13 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM

THE Economic Advisory Council to the PM has wasted a fortnight in finding out the obvious.

It is rape

13 Oct 2017 | 12:38 AM

THE Supreme Court on Wednesday plugged a loophole in law that so far allowed a married man to have sex with a girl even if she is under 18, the age of consent.

12 Oct 2017

Tokenism of tax cut

12 Oct 2017 | 12:53 AM

Predictably, poll-bound states Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat have slashed taxes on petrol and diesel.

An unworthy act

12 Oct 2017 | 12:53 AM

QUITE surprisingly, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has deemed it necessary to take back the Shiromani Patarkar Award from Kuldip Nayar, one of India’s seniormost journalists.

11 Oct 2017

‘Nudge for good’

11 Oct 2017 | 12:12 AM

Professor Richard Thaler has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his contribution to behavioural economics.

Deaths at level crossings

11 Oct 2017 | 12:12 AM

The unfortunate death of a loco engine driver in a collision with a mixer truck has led to a war of words between the Centre and the Punjab Government.

10 Oct 2017

Clean Diwali

10 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

THE onset of winter makes the National Capital Region a fishbowl of toxic materials as atmospheric conditions conspire to contain, indeed trap, particulate matter from all kinds of polluting agents.

Cloud over Amit Shah’s son

10 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

THIS is the age of vikas and entrepreneurship.

09 Oct 2017

Selection of judges

09 Oct 2017 | 1:10 AM

THE last few months have been unedifying for the higher judiciary which has arogated to itself the powers to appoint brother judges.

Nothing ‘simple’ about GST

09 Oct 2017 | 1:10 AM

THE government’s half-hearted attempt to revamp GST will neither shield it from the ongoing criticism of economic mismanagement nor help the BJP in wooing back its estranged vote bank — the trading community.

07 Oct 2017

BJP bigwigs in Kerala

07 Oct 2017 | 12:40 AM

IT was fortuitous that BJP president Amit Shah was called back to the Delhi durbar a day before he was to lead an aggressive mob through the hometown of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Shooting through the lip

07 Oct 2017 | 12:40 AM

THE Modi government’s conscious blurring of the line between the military’s operational autonomy and partisan political objectives has rubbed on to the service chiefs.

06 Oct 2017

Sluggishness in economy

06 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi strongly slammed the critics of gloom and doom in an elaborate defence of the economic situation, which shows that former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha’s stinging attack on the government’s economic policies did not go in vain.

The path to Delhi

06 Oct 2017 | 12:39 AM

UTTAR PRADESH holds the key to power in Delhi and no one knows it better than PM Narendra Modi who led the BJP to victory in 73 out of its 80 seats. If the Modi government is to be successfully challenged in 2019, the battle, and a winning one at that, has to be fought in the Gangetic belt.

05 Oct 2017

Too little, too late

05 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

THE Modi government has finally slashed excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre each after continuously raising it in small doses nearly a dozen times in less than three years.

Poll-bound Himachal

05 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

THREE years as Prime Minister has not dulled Narendra Modi’s appetite to position himself as an outsider out to storm the barricades.

04 Oct 2017

Corrosive and regressive

04 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

A RETINUE of junior officers lining up to greet a senior functionary; schoolchildren deployed to greet visiting “VIP” guests; an argument punctuated with the sentence “Don’t you know who I am?” — these three examples from recent incidents are manifestations of the manner in which feudalism remains deeply ingrained in our psyche — vanity ensures that it asserts itself, again and again, even as leaders publicly profess to eschew it.

Massacre in Las Vegas

04 Oct 2017 | 12:30 AM

ALONG with the benumbed Americans, the rest of the world received in shock and disbelief ghastly news of yet another mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas.

03 Oct 2017

Visible minority leader

03 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

Canada seems to have added one more nuance to its reputation as a healthy, inclusive political society.

RSS chief on Vijayadashmi

03 Oct 2017 | 12:37 AM

The RSS Sarsanghchalak’s address on Vijayadashmi address has traditionally been considered an important political statement.

02 Oct 2017

Choices for Raj Bhavans

02 Oct 2017 | 12:13 AM

The only thing that recommends itself about the Centre’s choice of six new gubernatorial faces is that the Home Ministry at last could attend to this critical task of filling vacancies in various Raj Bhavans.

Massacre on the tracks

02 Oct 2017 | 12:13 AM

THE case for the prosecution is easily made.

30 Sep 2017

US’ South Asia strategy

30 Sep 2017 | 12:54 AM

When US Defence Secretary James Mattis overflew Pakistan while visiting New Delhi and Kabul, the symbolism was clear.

Revamping the police

30 Sep 2017 | 12:54 AM

The Cabinet Committee on Security has taken a major step by approving a Rs 25,000-crore outlay for upgrading the internal security apparatus in states.

29 Sep 2017

Women drivers in Saudi

29 Sep 2017 | 12:22 AM

THE Saudi Arabia story is not only about women. But the position of women in its societal pecking order is an intrinsic component of the Saudi social, political and royal arrangements.

Sinha versus Sinha

29 Sep 2017 | 12:22 AM

No one should be surprised at the meretricious ploy of asking a son (Jayant) to attack the father (Yashwant Sinha).

28 Sep 2017

A Judge quits

28 Sep 2017 | 12:08 AM

The resignation of Justice Jayant M Patel of the Karnataka High Court, who had ordered a CBI probe into in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case in Gujarat, has raised many questions over the functioning of the collegium system that is supposed to be free from pressure from all quarters, particularly the executive.

The Blue Whale menace

28 Sep 2017 | 12:08 AM

SIT with a group of children as small as even seven years, and chances are they would have all the information that the little minds have the capacity to imbibe of a game called Blue Whale.

27 Sep 2017

‘Our man’ at BHU

27 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

THE one-page handwritten letter by girl hostellers is poignant in its simple expectation from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) authorities: relief from the incessant hounding from the lumpen crowd that had made their lives a living hell.

Better late than never

27 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

PM Narendra Modi’s decision to resurrect the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) after more than three years can only be an indirect admission that all is not well with the economy.

26 Sep 2017

Merkel wins yet again

26 Sep 2017 | 12:50 AM

THE decidedly anti-charismatic Angela Merkel is an incongruity in this age of flamboyance and flippancy. That this dawdy, frumpish grandmotherly figure could command, for the fourth time, the respect and confidence of the world''s most discerning electorate speaks volumes about the power of governance by competence and due diligence.

India become No. 1

26 Sep 2017 | 12:50 AM

INDIA’S five-wicket win in the third One-Day International on Sunday night took them to their quickest series win against Australia, and to the world No. 1 ranking. India have won three ODIs in a row in this series, a feat the team had not achieved against Australia ever before.

25 Sep 2017

Stock market turbulence

25 Sep 2017 | 12:12 AM

The rise and fall of market indices is not often linked with the ground reality.

Cow vigilantism

25 Sep 2017 | 12:12 AM

When in opposition, politicians want the courts to breathe down the government''s neck.

23 Sep 2017

Kamal Haasan in politics

23 Sep 2017 | 12:07 AM

Kamal Haasan has stirred the political waters of both Tamil Nadu and the nation.

The Gurdaspur test

23 Sep 2017 | 12:07 AM

By fielding a candidate as tall as Sunil Jakhar, the Congress has given the Gurdaspur byelection more importance than it otherwise merited.

22 Sep 2017

Overuse of the N-word

22 Sep 2017 | 12:37 AM

A day after US President Donald Trump threatened to wipe North Korea off the map, it was Pakistan’s turn to chime in.

Denial to acceptance

22 Sep 2017 | 12:37 AM

India has not just lost the status of being the world’s fastest economy but is slowing down at a time when economies elsewhere are beginning to recover.

21 Sep 2017

A cultivated deceit

21 Sep 2017 | 12:19 AM

Apparently realising that it is not possible to double farmers’ income in five years, the Centre has passed the responsibility on to the states.

Annihilating North Korea

21 Sep 2017 | 12:19 AM

US President Donald Trump lived up to his reputation as America’s most volatile and impulsive President ever during his maiden address to the UN General Assembly.

20 Sep 2017

On road to ruin

20 Sep 2017 | 12:45 AM

Winning an election by making promises the Congress knew in advance it could not keep has its own pitfalls. No one knows this today better than Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who every alternate week rushes to Delhi to call on his one-time political rival to plead for help, some aid, some bailout, even a permission to borrow more.

India & Rohingya

20 Sep 2017 | 12:45 AM

India is tying itself in knots over its knee-jerk policy towards the Rohingya refugees. What was a clever bit of statesmanship — taking a hard line on Rohingya refugees because some of them may have radical links — is now coming unstuck.

19 Sep 2017

Flight of NRI grooms

19 Sep 2017 | 1:15 AM

NRIs often make fake grooms.

Dehumanising jails

19 Sep 2017 | 1:15 AM

Taking a serious view of custodial violence and inhuman conditions in jails, the Supreme Court has ordered far-reaching reforms as well as payment of compensation for unnatural deaths recorded in prisons since 2012.

18 Sep 2017

Calm and measured

18 Sep 2017 | 12:58 AM

The Parsons Green station “bucket bomb” is the latest.

Arjan Singh, MIAF

18 Sep 2017 | 12:58 AM

Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, who passed away last Saturday was much more than a soldier.

16 Sep 2017

Soft on cow vigilantes

16 Sep 2017 | 12:11 AM

Those following the Pehlu Khan case may not be surprised by the Rajasthan Police’s clean chit to the six accused persons named in the victim’s dying declaration.

Securing schools

16 Sep 2017 | 12:11 AM

The recent fiat by the Central Board of Secondary Education requires around 19,500 affiliated schools to have psychometric tests conducted for all school employees.

15 Sep 2017

Fuelling anger

15 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

BY introducing daily price revision on June 16, the Modi government has moved oil away from headlines. Now that the diesel and petrol prices have touched a three-year high, the issue is back in news. So is the demand to cut taxes on oil.

At bullet speed

15 Sep 2017 | 12:36 AM

THE Indian-Japanese partnership has been in the making for a decade since Shinzo Abe described it as a confluence of two seas while addressing the Indian Parliament.

14 Sep 2017

The Sasikala saga over

14 Sep 2017 | 12:38 AM

The riveting political drama in Tamil Nadu has produced one more dramatic act.

RSS, BJP recant positions?

14 Sep 2017 | 12:38 AM

IS the RSS changing its stripes? Has the Nagpur brass realised the need to recant in public its tacit support to Internet stalking or insistence on having its way on the Ram temple-Babri masjid dispute or deporting Rohingya refugees? Three recent developments provide a window to the Sangh Parivar’s exertions to salvage the government’s image sullied by its ideology’s simple-minded torchbearers on the streets.

13 Sep 2017

A different Rahul

13 Sep 2017 | 12:18 AM

It is not often that Rahul Gandhi is taken seriously.

All at sea

13 Sep 2017 | 12:18 AM

Everyone in the Modi government seems to have developed a knack for alliteration.

12 Sep 2017

Blacklisting babas

12 Sep 2017 | 12:09 AM

The blacklisting of 14 “fake sadhus” by a body of mahants may be an attempt to clean the Augean stables and overcome the acute embarrassment caused by the decidedly unholy activity of the likes of Gurmeet Ram Rahim and Asaram Bapu.

Fix responsibility

12 Sep 2017 | 12:09 AM

It has taken the gruesome murder of a young schoolboy for the Haryana Government to wake up to the need of ensuring safety in schools.

11 Sep 2017

Abe comes to town

11 Sep 2017 | 12:31 AM

JAPAN is known to unswervingly follow the lead taken by the US in developing its international relations. Now that Donald Trump, despite his reservations on migration of manufacturing from the US, has given the green signal to Boeing and Lockheed Martin to set up fighter jet factories in India, Japan seems willing to follow the lead.

Sober up

11 Sep 2017 | 12:31 AM

GOADED into action following public outrage over Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s inexcusable assault against a senior Air India staffer, the civil aviation ministry has belatedly framed rules to make unruly passengers behave in both domestic and foreign airliners.