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17 Oct 2019

For now, a sense of ease

G Parthasarathy17 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

The Mamallapuram Summit between President Xi Jinping and PM Modi appears to have cleared the air for improving ties.

Does movie boom indicate stronger economy?

Vappala Balachandran17 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had to withdraw his October 12 statement in Mumbai, citing Bollywood successes while trying to refute the charge that our economy was in a crisis.

World expos are gateways to future, not marketplaces

KP Nayar17 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

Diwali, like yoga since 2014, is going global.

16 Oct 2019

NRC pitch in West Bengal

Radhika Ramaseshan16 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

When Durga Puja was celebrated in West Bengal this year, Kolkata’s Kasba locality, home to residents who had endured a stateless life on being forced out of East Bengal (now Bangladesh) after Partition, the pandal used the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as its theme.

Macro dimensions of poverty brushed aside

Pritam Singh16 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

THE award of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Michael Kremer of Harvard University deserves not only to be celebrated but also critically reflected upon.

Bettering lives of the poor with small changes

Jayshree Sengupta16 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

ABHIJIT Banerjee and fellow Bengali Amartya Sen, both Nobel laureates in Economics, live in the US, but their focus of attention is India, where they return for their studies from time to time.

15 Oct 2019

Four ‘Cs’ of Chennai summit

Manoj Joshi15 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

Summits and hyperbole are not an unusual combination.

Tackling terror with smart, seamless grid

Maj Gen Amrit Pal Singh (Retd)15 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s statement that Pakistan is under immense pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to rein in terror groups operating from its soil comes weeks after Home Minister Amit Shah announced the resurrection of the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID).

Amend sedition law to check its misuse

Ayush Sarna15 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

Singing from the same songbook is not a benchmark of patriotism in a democracy.

14 Oct 2019

Economic heft matters

Shyam Saran14 Oct 2019 | 6:23 AM

The Indian economy is decelerating and the gap between its growth potential and actual performance is growing.

Putin’s note of caution to Modi on Quad

MK Bhadrakumar14 Oct 2019 | 6:23 AM

There is a deafening silence in Delhi following the first meeting of the Quadrilateral Dialogue (Quad) forum since its upgrade to the foreign ministers’ level in New York on September 27.

Another ‘sonrise’, Aaditya is Shiv Sena’s CM face

Sunil Gatade14 Oct 2019 | 6:23 AM

Aaditya Thackeray’s entry into electoral politics marks a new phase in the journey of the Shiv Sena.

12 Oct 2019

Not in safe hands

Dinesh C Sharma12 Oct 2019 | 6:52 AM

The way the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is cosying up to the very food industry it is supposed to regulate, it would appear it has forgotten that it is not a promotional agency but a legally mandated regulator.

Living together as a nation is a moral choice

M Rajivlochan12 Oct 2019 | 6:52 AM

Are we a nation? Does the natural diversity of the Indian social landscape undermine Bharat, the rashtra? Do we need to homogenise to become a nation? Does being a nation undermine our diverse identities? Logic, common sense and the experience of living in India suggest these to be red herrings.

Offensive action needed to detect drones

Gp Capt Murli Menon (Retd)12 Oct 2019 | 6:52 AM

The media has been agog about weapons being dropped surreptitiously by Pakistani drones in Indian Punjab.

11 Oct 2019

The Valley of fear

Rajesh Ramachandran11 Oct 2019 | 6:39 AM

No visit is ever pleasant when Srinagar is under the shadow of the gun.

What leaving the IAS portends for steel frame

Amitabha Bhattacharya11 Oct 2019 | 6:39 AM

Resignation from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has not been uncommon, but that by young officers within the first decade of service is rare.

Criminal law amendments need a direction

GS Bajpai11 Oct 2019 | 6:39 AM

In pursuance of the recent statement by Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, the revision of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and some other laws has been entrusted to the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPRD).

10 Oct 2019

India’s current electoral discourse has a radically shrinking space for opposition

Suchet Vir Singh10 Oct 2019 | 11:15 AM

Balakot, Triple Talaq and Article 370 represent some of the recent events in the BJP’s repertoire that dominate the political discourse today.

No longer bankable

Subir Roy10 Oct 2019 | 6:50 AM

Last week, the head of India’s monetary authority, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, said, ‘Indian banking sector remains sound and stable and there is no reason for any unnecessary panic.

Indian market is the best bet for China

Abhijit Bhattacharyya10 Oct 2019 | 6:50 AM

In bilateral trade and commerce, Customs arguably is the frontline professional organisation of the Government of India which can authentically state and report happenings and potential, or real-time consequential, damage inflicted by the import-export of a particular type of foreign goods, to the economy of the state.

A tamed Kejriwal makes peace with Modi

Arati R Jerath10 Oct 2019 | 6:50 AM

The most remarkable fallout of Narendra Modi’s return as Prime Minister for a second consecutive term is the taming of Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party’s maverick boss Arvind Kejriwal.

09 Oct 2019

Market-driven spectacle

Avijit Pathak09 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

I understand the significance of festivals — particularly, religious festivals — in our lives.

Course correction needed in Afghan policy

Lt Gen NPS Hira (Retd)09 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

The breakdown of US-Taliban talks has generated some relief in India.

Violence against policemen erodes their morale

Sankar Sen09 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

A valiant police inspector, Subodh Kumar Singh, was killed in the line of duty a few months ago at Bulandshahr in UP.

08 Oct 2019

Pak leadership at crossroads

Vivek Katju08 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

THE intense media attention in India and Pakistan over the presence, approaches and statements of PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan at the high-level segment of the recent session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York has receded.

Need to spruce up memorials of war heroes

Lt Gen KJ Singh (retd)08 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

The dedication of the National War Memorial (NWM) on February 25 this year is indeed a defining moment in honouring our bravehearts.

Preserve ancient sites of J-K, Ladakh before land is sold

Sanjay Nahar08 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

Neglect of archaeological sites is a pan-India phenomenon.

07 Oct 2019

Three ways Pak can go

Tilak Devasher07 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

The 74th session of the UNGA is done and dusted.

Rural sector direly needs stimulus package

Jayshree Sengupta07 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

Several countries around the globe are facing an economic slowdown and have announced stimulus packages to revive the slackening growth of their economies.

Private trains can put Railways on the right track

TS Ramakrishnan07 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

THE Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways but still an entity in its own right, will run two passenger trains, to begin with.

05 Oct 2019

Bail jurisprudence remains blurred legal arena

Shruti Bedi05 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

THE system of bail was prevalent in India in the form of muchalakai, i.e. a personal bond and zamanat in the Mughal period. The ancient Hindu jurisprudence provided for an expedient disposal of disputes, where laxity was not an affordable option.

Brexit policy riddled with deep discord

Krishnan Srinivasan05 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson calculated that legal ambiguity would enable his minority government to override constitutional formalities and leave the European Union (EU) without an agreement by the end of October, and the purpose of his suspension of Parliament for five weeks was to prevent it from an oversight of Brexit.

All eyes on Modi-Xi meeting

JAYADEVA RANADE05 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

IN mid-October, Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to arrive in India for his second ‘informal’ meeting with PM Modi in the coastal town of Mamallapuram near Chennai.

04 Oct 2019

Trump’s trial begins now

Neera Chandhoke04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

Substantial parts of our world have been captured by right-wing populists, and interestingly, all such leaders have a great deal in common.

China’s new missile is a wake-up call for India

Pravin Sawhney04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

AT China’s National Day Parade on October 1, the military might of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), in full display, was watched closely by the world.

Drones and the ‘forgotten’ war in Yemen

Niraj Srivastava04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

THE world was taken by surprise on September 14, when the largest Saudi oil processing plant at Abqaiq was hit by a ‘swarm’ of around 25 drones and some cruise missiles launched by the Houthi rebels in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world.

The New York takeaway

G Parthasarathy04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

Visits abroad by India’s Prime Ministers have historically been driven by geopolitics, economics, or by energy requirements.

Make most of farm subsidies, grow food safely

Devinder Sharma04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

ACCOUNTING for over 25 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), intensive agricultural practices over the past few decades have not only deepened the agrarian crisis, but also taken a huge toll on the natural resource base.

Boost exports to gain edge in world trade

Sushma Ramachandran04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

INDIA’s two per cent share of the global trade is not as high as it should be if it wants to play a decisive role in the international economy.

02 Oct 2019

A mission half done

Neerja Chowdhury02 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

The PM is all set to declare an open defecation-free India (urban) today to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi’s chappals & Smuts’ sandals

Rahul Singh02 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

I am sure readers have been overwhelmed by a surfeit of print and online matter on Mahatma Gandhi.

No film buff, yet Mahatma influenced cinema

Rasheed Kidwai02 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

WHEN India’s first feature film, Raja Harishchandra, was released, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was 7,045 km away from his homeland, carrying out his last political campaign in Durban, South Africa.

01 Oct 2019

All pomp, little to show

Manoj Joshi01 Oct 2019 | 6:49 AM

Prime MINISTER Narendra Modi spent a week in the US at the end of September.

Strikes on oil facilities fuel Gulf tensions

Maj Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd)01 Oct 2019 | 6:49 AM

ON September 14, I was in Muscat (Oman) when the Abqaiq refinery and the Khurais oilfield in Saudi Arabia were struck by drones/missiles that reduced Saudi Aramco’s daily oil production by half.

China marches on, but can’t afford to be complacent

Yogesh Gupta01 Oct 2019 | 6:49 AM

AS the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrates its 70th anniversary, its exultation at its great achievements is understandable.

30 Sep 2019

Equal rights, not minority rights, for Hindus

R Jagannathan30 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

It is regrettable that in India we have now begun to question the principle of equality before the law. In a recent article in this newspaper, Faizan Mustafa, Vice Chancellor of Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, asked a simple question in the headline: ‘Can Hindus be (a) minority?’ He tried to rubbish the idea floated at a conference of Hindus — which this writer attended as a delegate — seeking ‘equal rights’ to run their own institutions and follow their religious practices.

China, at 70, needs to be carefully watched

Abhijit Bhattacharyya30 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

Once weak, and universally acknowledged as the ‘sick man’ of the Far East in the first half of 20th century (especially the 1930s), the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 70th birthday on October 1.

Trump’s Kashmir fixation

MK Bhadrakumar30 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

On three days in New York last week, US President Donald Trump spoke on Kashmir — after his meetings with Pakistan PM Imran Khan and PM Narendra Modi and during his final press conference at the UN Headquarters on Thursday.

28 Sep 2019

Gibbeting Gandhi

Rajesh Ramachandran28 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

The Tribune, while explaining the importance of the first-ever pan-India protest against the British in the context of the Rowlatt Act, drew a picture of the emerging leader of the Indian national movement in an editorial on April 6, 1919: ‘…Mr.

Pros & cons of opening Siachen to tourism

Lt Gen BS Jaswal (Retd)28 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

Immediately after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir was announced on August 5, Gen Bipin Rawat put forth the proposal that he was not averse to the idea of the Siachen area being opened to tourists.

Potential danger, 100 ft above Indo-Pak border

RK Arora28 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

The drone technology is a double-edged sword.

27 Sep 2019

A lander called Vikram

Dinesh C Sharma27 Sep 2019 | 6:59 AM

The popular discourse and excitement over Chandrayaan-2 mission is dying down, as scientists of the space agency quietly analyse the reasons behind the lost communication with the lander.

Brown bread and liberty of J-K leaders

Keki Daruwalla27 Sep 2019 | 6:59 AM

Well, from all accounts, the Kashmiri political leaders in indefinite detention are better off.

Preparing for the next Balakot-type strike

Air Marshal Ramesh Rai (Retd)27 Sep 2019 | 6:59 AM

Employment of air power in Balakot on February 26 this year ushered the air domain into the counter-terror response matrix.

26 Sep 2019

Oppn yet to get its act together in Maharashtra

Sunil Gatade26 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

ONLY a miracle can prevent a second term for Maharashtra’s incumbent Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, when the counting of votes takes place on October 24, just a month away.

Modi, Trump set their sights on win-win deal

Surendra Kumar26 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

AHEAD of the bilateral meeting in New York, facing the media, the comments of the acerbic and unpredictable US President, who often shoots off verbal missiles, gave the impression as if the effect of what he witnessed at the ‘Howdy, Modi’event in Houston hadn’t dissipated.

Decoding the cut

Subir Roy26 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

The gloom and despondency that had hit the Indian economic scene when the latest growth rate figure fell to 5 per cent lifted dramatically when late last week the government announced a sharp 10 percentage point cut in the corporation tax rate, from 35 per cent to 25 per cent.

25 Sep 2019

It’s advantage BJP in Haryana, Maharashtra

Rasheed Kidwai25 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

The BJP-led NDA is never short of showcasing virtues of holding simultaneous polls. But when it came to holding the Jharkhand Assembly polls along with those of Haryana and Maharashtra, it developed cold feet.

Misinterpreting the law on minors’ marriage

Tahir Mahmood25 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

Ignorance of law is no excuse, goes a legal maxim. It means that one who violates a law cannot plead lack of knowledge about the law violated. The late Justice VR Krishna Iyer had once suffixed it with the words “except for lower courts.”

Can Hindus be minority?

Faizan Mustafa25 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

Last Friday, an important conference was held in Delhi on ‘equal rights for Hindus’.

24 Sep 2019

Technology, training can stop sewer deaths

GS Bajpai24 Sep 2019 | 7:33 AM

IN no country, people are sent to gas chambers to die. Every month, four to five persons are losing their lives in manual scavenging,” the Supreme Court remarked on September 18, during a hearing in a recent review petition by a three-judge Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra and also comprising Justices MR Shah and BR Gavai.

Rivalry without respect is political hatred

Radhika Ramaseshan24 Sep 2019 | 7:33 AM

ONE of the most thought-provoking images last week that captured the state of the relationship between the ruling BJP and the Opposition was of Mamata Banerjee’s call on PM Narendra Modi, and Home Minister Amit Shah.

World gets even smaller

AVIJIT PATHAK24 Sep 2019 | 7:33 AM

EVEN though nationalism as an ideology is endowed with an immensely powerful politico-emotive passion, as an educationist, I have no hesitation in revealing its discontents.

23 Sep 2019

Peace deal in pieces

Tilak Devasher23 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

After nine rounds of ‘peace’ talks between the US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Doha, President Trump, in a tweet on September 7, called off the exercise.

Corporate tax rate cut will boost investment

Jayshree Sengupta23 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

The recent gyrations of the rupee against the dollar since the rise in geopolitical tensions in the Middle East are not surprising.

Scholar-administrator of a bygone era

Amitabha Bhattacharya23 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

BACK in 1979, while serving in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, I attended a meeting in Hyderabad to which young officers of other districts were also invited.

21 Sep 2019

Round three at UNGA

Vivek Katju21 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

As Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan prepares to leave for New York to place Pakistan’s Kashmir case before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, the same day as PM Modi will address the Assembly, he would be a disappointed man.

Few takers for anti-India rant in Texas

KP Nayar21 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Houston will be unlike any of the five previous visits that he has made to the United States of America as Prime Minister.

An open letter to the citizens of UT Ladakh

Lt Gen Baljit Singh (Retd)21 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

Dear friends, I understand and appreciate your sense of elation on the prospect of becoming part of a Union Territory shortly and at the opportunity of transforming Ladakh into an all-encompassing region of your dreams.