Saturday, March 23, 2019
21 Mar 2019

‘Looking west’ with success

G Parthasarathy21 Mar 2019 | 5:41 AM

Ever since Independence, India has sought to derive maximum strategic advantage by avoiding moves that could draw it into the vortex of global rivalries.

Cong challenges satraps with ‘difficult’ seats

Rasheed Kidwai21 Mar 2019 | 5:41 AM

Madhya Pradesh is witnessing a protracted battle among three key players - Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath — over the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

How to make our water use sustainable

Amarjit Singh21 Mar 2019 | 5:41 AM

According to a report by the NITI Aayog (CWMI, 2018), 600 million people in India face high-to-extreme water stress.

20 Mar 2019

‘Horses for courses’ lesson for Pakistan

Vikash Narain Rai20 Mar 2019 | 7:06 AM

NEED we view separately the Pulwama and Balakot incidents? The two seem cause and consequence; the sheer magnitude of the Pulwama attack shocked the nation and culminated in the Balakot bombing; the expanse of India’s political and diplomatic response against Pakistan was extended to include economic sanctions and military strikes.

IAF is grossly under-equipped

Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (retd)20 Mar 2019 | 7:06 AM

THE Pulwama and Balakot incidents have pushed into the background the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the Indian Air Force (IAF) acquisitions, of which the Rafale deal hogged the limelight.

Their right to choose

Wajahat Habibullah20 Mar 2019 | 7:06 AM

Freedom’s terrible thirst, flooding Kashmir,/is bringing love to its tormented glass,/Stranger, who will inherit the last night of the past?/Of what shall I not sing, and sing?— Agha Shahid Ali, Kashmiri poet

19 Mar 2019

There’s always an alternative

Avijit Pathak19 Mar 2019 | 6:32 AM

As the elections approach, the ruling regime wants to make us believe that there is no alternative, and hence it is wise to reject the Opposition that can only cause ‘anarchy’.

Tactics at work, grand strategy unclear

Manoj Joshi19 Mar 2019 | 6:32 AM

The steps and missteps of the Modi government’s Pakistan policy are well known. Their general range has been from naivete to realism and petulance.

Challenges aplenty for Ayodhya mediators

Flavia Agnes19 Mar 2019 | 6:32 AM

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute for mediation by a panel headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, Justice FMI Kalifulla, to explore the possibility of an amicable settlement.

18 Mar 2019

The re-rise of Modi?

Vivek Katju18 Mar 2019 | 6:54 AM

There is no doubt that the Pulwama attack, Balakot aerial strike, Pakistani counter-action and return of Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman interrupted the rhythm of the Congress and other opposition parties’ election campaigns.

Hate groups, lone wolves at it again

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)18 Mar 2019 | 6:54 AM

WHEN events take place at the most unexpected places, the lessons are often unusually clear.

Contempt jurisdiction should be used sparingly

Faizan Mustafa18 Mar 2019 | 6:54 AM

AFTER the Spycatcher judgment by the House of Lords in 1987, British newspaper Daily Mirror published an upside-down picture of three law lords with the caption, ‘You Old Fools’.

16 Mar 2019

Decoding Kartarpur

Pravin Sawhney16 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

That religious sentiments will always triumph over policy prejudice is evident from the just-concluded first round of talks on the Kartarpur corridor.

Balakot gains being frittered away

Vappala Balachandran16 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

THE discordant national security discourse after the Pulwama and Balakot incidents is denigrating our armed forces.

Healthcare for elderly inaccessible, unaffordable

Dr R Kumar16 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

THE ever-growing elderly population poses social and financial challenges and puts immense strain on the healthcare system, even as specialised medical services for them are scarce.

15 Mar 2019

This seat, for her

Arati R Jerath15 Mar 2019 | 7:41 AM

Two regional leaders, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, recently walked the talk on the contentious issue of women’s reservation in Parliament.

Safe food should be accessible to all

Poonam Khetrapal Singh15 Mar 2019 | 7:41 AM

UNSAFE food causes a staggering range of diseases, from diarrhoea to cancer and hepatitis.

Mediation worth a try to resolve Ayodhya dispute

Vishavjeet Chaudhary15 Mar 2019 | 7:41 AM

THE Ayodhya dispute, which has gone on for decades, concerns contentious elements of history, politics and religion.

14 Mar 2019

Poll maths out of square

Neerja Chowdhury14 Mar 2019 | 6:42 AM

Chemistry versus arithmetic is the way Battle 2019 was being seen.

Review farming methods to tackle water crisis

Devinder Sharma14 Mar 2019 | 6:42 AM

PRESENTING this year’s budget, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal sounded an ominous warning.

Technology alone can’t root out corruption

Rakesh Kumar14 Mar 2019 | 6:42 AM

TECHNOLOGICAL solutions are being used to target corruption all over the world.

13 Mar 2019

The big let-down

MK Bhadrakumar13 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

The low-key visit by Foreign Secretary (FS) Vijay Gokhale to Washington and his talks with the US State Department officials on Monday, with focus on terrorism, signals that the Trump administration is caught in a cleft stick — it wants to stay out of the India-Pakistan conundrum.

India, Pak shouldn’t let trade ties suffer

Jayshree Sengupta13 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

RECENTLY, The Economist called India and Pakistan ‘natural trade partners’.

Slowdown no deterrent to China’s defence spend

Bhartendu Kumar Singh13 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

UNDERSTANDING China’s defence budget is a difficult exercise.

12 Mar 2019

Armed forces battling shortage of officers

Col Mohinder Pal Singh (retd)12 Mar 2019 | 7:31 AM

WHILE the country applauds the actions of the defence forces on the borders, the citizens are largely unaware that each unit of the fighting and supporting arms of the Army are battling an acute shortage of officers.

When nationalism borders on paranoia

Shiv Visvanathan12 Mar 2019 | 7:31 AM

THERE is something eerie about the events of the past week or so. Replaying the developments, one senses that one is watching a composite of two plays, radically different, but blending into each other.

Belting up for the fight

Rasheed Kidwai12 Mar 2019 | 7:31 AM

THE 2019 General Election will be a referendum on Narendra Modi and a decisive test for Rahul Gandhi and a range of regional satraps, namely Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, MK Stalin, Chandrababu Naidu, Naveen Patnaik, Akhilesh Yadav and others.

11 Mar 2019

Getting back to basics

Subir Roy11 Mar 2019 | 7:31 AM

Leaders in independent India have won historic electoral victories riding on economic slogans.

China’s defence budget reflects grand goals

Gurmeet Kanwal11 Mar 2019 | 7:31 AM

CHINA’s National People’s Congress (NPC) has hiked the defence budget for 2019-20 by 7.

Political passivity among youth a worrying sign

Salil Desai11 Mar 2019 | 7:31 AM

RECENT years have witnessed an alarming rise in authoritarian and majoritarian tendencies that threaten secular, liberal and democratic values, which one had started taking for granted.

09 Mar 2019

Modi doing an Indira

Ranajoy Sen09 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

While campaigning in Patna, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dwelt upon the menace of terrorism.

After Balakot, LoC no longer sacrosanct

Maj Gen Ashok Mehta (Retd)09 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

NOW that the clouds of war have lifted after Operation Balakot and de-escalation has commenced, the tactical and strategic actions bear scrutiny for drawing some lessons.

Men’s frustration root cause of domestic violence

Prem Chowdhry09 Mar 2019 | 6:45 AM

VIOLENCE against women takes many forms.

08 Mar 2019

Let’s help female TB patients overcome barriers

Romi Singla08 Mar 2019 | 6:58 AM

GLOBALLY, 7 lakh women die of tuberculosis (TB) every year, nearly one-third of them in India.

Women’s safety still a distant dream

Rajesh Gill08 Mar 2019 | 6:58 AM

WE have miserably failed to provide the most basic right to women and girls — the right to live in a safe environment.

Feeding the falsehoods

Ajai Sahni08 Mar 2019 | 6:58 AM

If you question the manifestly false information put out by the government and the ruling party, you are insulting the Indian armed forces; if you ask for evidence, you are anti-national and a traitor!

07 Mar 2019

A bold, new India

G Parthasarathy07 Mar 2019 | 6:47 AM

After the precision air strike by the IAF on Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, public attention in India is now focused on bringing JeM leaders, including Masood Azhar, to justice.

Militarism strikes at the root of democracy

Swami Agnivesh07 Mar 2019 | 6:47 AM

HYPE is the order of the day.

Statistical verification can boost EVM credibility

Atanu Biswas07 Mar 2019 | 6:47 AM

WHETHER to use paper ballot or EVMs (electronic voting machines) for the electoral exercise in India is being hotly debated upon.

06 Mar 2019

Playing ping-pong with the forces

Rajesh Ramachandran06 Mar 2019 | 6:40 AM

How many terrorists were killed in Balakot — 250 or 300? How many more seats for the BJP in the General Election-30 or 60? Unfortunately, the questions that have come up after the first Indian air strike into the Pakistani territory after 1971 are only political, that too, over possible electoral gains for the ruling party.

Military option should be the last resort

Bhartendu Kumar Singh06 Mar 2019 | 6:40 AM

AFTER the Pulwama attack, India’s hotchpotch national security discourse has drifted towards talk of war, hitherto a declining trend in international relations.

Retaliatory strike just a short-term measure

Anand Kumar06 Mar 2019 | 6:40 AM

THE Balakot air strike might have soothed frayed tempers in India, but it has also shown that Pakistan is a clear and present danger to India’s national security.

05 Mar 2019

Spring in the BJP’s step after air strike

Radhika Ramaseshan05 Mar 2019 | 6:36 AM

AFTER the Balakot air strike, the BJP foregrounded the retaliation to the Pulwama attack as a dominant theme in its pre-election discourse, even as the Opposition withdrew into a shell.

Dealing with Pakistan

Manoj Joshi05 Mar 2019 | 6:33 AM

Through history, it has been evident that walls and forts do not really stop invaders and that the best defence is the one that prevents the destruction of your own home territory.

Spectre of eviction looms over forest dwellers

Manshi Asher05 Mar 2019 | 6:33 AM

EVEN as the Supreme Court has stayed its order directing state governments to evict occupants from forestland whose claims for land titles under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) have been rejected, about 20 lakh tribal and other forest-dependent families across the country continue to be on tenterhooks.

04 Mar 2019

Marriage of convenience for Hindutva allies

Sunil Gatade04 Mar 2019 | 6:48 AM

POLITICS is the art of the possible. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah proved it in Maharashtra recently by finally tying up with the Shiv Sena, whose chief Uddhav Thackeray had not long ago spoken in the language of Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the Rafale deal, stating that ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (a dig at PM Modi).

India, Pakistan should give peace a chance

Shiv Visvanathan04 Mar 2019 | 6:48 AM

THE aftermath of the Pulwama attack is evolving like an action-packed serial, each day bringing a different train of events. The narrative can move towards peace or war. As one watches Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Imran Khan, one senses a difference in the body language and scripts.

The Pakistan albatross

Shyam Saran04 Mar 2019 | 6:48 AM

The good news we were all waiting for has come. IAF officer Abhinandan Varthaman has returned to India after being held by Pakistan since his aircraft was shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft at the LoC a few days ago.

02 Mar 2019

No turning of the tide

CMDE C Uday Bhaskar (retd)02 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

The post-Pulwama-Balakot sequence of events has acquired a complex contour and is playing out on many tracks, including the most visible in the collective Indian consciousness — the status of the IAF pilot, Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman, and his return to India.

Tap potential of air power to the hilt

Air Marshal Brijesh Jayal (retd)02 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

THE Balakot air strike by the IAF’s Mirage-2000 aircraft has strategic security implications that transcend its immediate tactical significance.

Migrants deserve a level playing field

Shelley Walia02 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Nations have, at different times in the course of their history, been guilty ofa gross overreaction expressed through the act of demonising the migrants moving across national borders.

01 Mar 2019

The chance India took

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)01 Mar 2019 | 7:02 AM

In assessing an ongoing military situation, things can change in a matter of minutes.

PoWs must be treated with respect, dignity

Major RK Bali (retd)01 Mar 2019 | 7:02 AM

VIDEOS of an IAF pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, being roughed up and questioned in Pakistan have turned the spotlight on the treatment of soldiers captured in the enemy territory during a military confrontation.

All is not well on the economic front

Jayshree Sengupta01 Mar 2019 | 7:02 AM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi declared recently in South Korea that the fundamentals of India’s economy were sound.

28 Feb 2019

Hidden weapon in Pak armoury

Vappala Balachandran28 Feb 2019 | 6:48 AM

IT was an unimaginable lapse on the part of Pakistan to neglect its air defence system even after receiving so many warnings.

GST rate cut comes with a catch

Subir Roy28 Feb 2019 | 6:48 AM

THE Goods and Services Tax Council, comprising representatives of the Union and state governments, has lowered the GST rates across the board for housing under construction, seeking to spread cheer among home buyers and builders before the elections (there is no GST on completed housing projects as stamp duty comes into the picture).

Let’s resist the urge to splurge on healthcare

Dr R Kumar28 Feb 2019 | 6:48 AM

EXPENDITURE on medical treatment is growing at an unsustainable rate in India.

27 Feb 2019

The barrier is broken

Vivek Katju27 Feb 2019 | 6:51 AM

Till the strike against Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) ‘massive training facility’at Balakot, the post-Pulwama internal political and external diplomatic landscape had striking similarities to the situation that was prevalent after earlier attacks from Pakistan-based terrorist groups.

IAF set for big role in counter-terror ops

Pravin Sawhney27 Feb 2019 | 6:51 AM

IN the first such operation, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a strike against the largest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, Pakistan.

The puppets and puppeteers of Pakistan

RK Kaushik27 Feb 2019 | 6:51 AM

The Pulwama attack and its aftermath have again drawn the attention of the world to the dubious activities and nefarious designs of Pakistan’s Establishment (the Army and the ISI).

26 Feb 2019

Cherrypicking in West Asia

MK Bhadrakumar26 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

On the face of it, Iran is down 0-2.

India-Pak impasse unlikely to alter soon

Rahul Bedi26 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

There is a tiredness — and sameness — in the litany of options mouthed by a variety of what passes for 'experts' locally on ways to deal with Pakistan, accused by New Delhi of planning the recent killing of over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRFP) personnel in Kashmir.

The noose of blank cheques around farmers

Devinder Sharma26 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Gurpreet Singh is a small farmer from Kishangarh village in Moga district of Punjab.

25 Feb 2019

The right to belong

Shiv Visvanathan25 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

One of the most sacrosanct terms within a modern democracy is not the idea of a nation state, or rights, or the rituals of voting but the existence of citizenship.

Rush to take visible action may backfire

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay25 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

THREE parallel tracks, of equal significance in both short and long terms, are running concurrently following the terror strike in Pulwama.

Mother tongue merits wholehearted acceptance

MJ Warsi25 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

THE United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

23 Feb 2019

Retaliation may go beyond hitting terror launch pads

Maj Gen Ashok Mehta (Retd)23 Feb 2019 | 7:08 AM

THE Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, holds the key to dousing the fire raging in the hearts of the people of India following the Pulwama attack.

Sting in the tail on the campaign trail

Salil Desai23 Feb 2019 | 7:08 AM

INVESTIGATIVE journalism website Cobrapost, which specialises in sting operations, recently came up with an exposé, Operation Karaoke, that reveals on tape 36 personalities from the entertainment world agreeing to become ‘secret’ social media campaigners for political parties, mainly the BJP, in return for a hefty fee.

Turning the tap off

Lt Gen PK Grover (retd)23 Feb 2019 | 7:08 AM

MUtual trust and cooperation are fundamental to international relations.

22 Feb 2019

Critic par excellence, colossus of Hindi literature

Apoorvanand22 Feb 2019 | 7:13 AM

IN the deaths of Krishna Sobti, Kedarnath Singh and Kunwar Narain, Hindi lost its brightest jewels.