Thursday, December 13, 2018

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12 Dec 2018

Mizoram, a model for polls

SY Quraishi12 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

The Mizoram Assembly polls were conducted on November 28 after a prolonged controversy about the voting rights of the Brus.

TRS regime reaps its populist plans

Afroz Alam12 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

The early sign and readings of the campaign context in Telangana in 2018 were already shaping up with a tilt towards the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). ''Will K Chandrashekhar Rao of the TRS be able to win the second term on December 11, 2018'' was never a relevant question in the state. The second term for the TRS was a nearly sure thing and thus it finally won spectacularly with a thumping majority.

A week of economic uncertainty

Sushma Ramachandran12 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

Cliches sometimes sum up situations better than profound comments. It never rains but it pours is the hackneyed phrase that suits the current situation as far as news on the economy is concerned. While political pundits were debating the five Assembly election results in television studios today, economic analysts were simultaneously trying to cope with the flood of newsbreaks since yesterday''s sudden resignation of the central bank governor, Urjit Patel.

BJP juggernaut has a flat tyre

Rajesh Ramachandran12 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

THE semifinal is over and the result is plain and stark: PM Narendra Modi is no longer the Hindi Hriday Samrat. A 2-0 victory for Rahul Gandhi-led Congress has suddenly left a gaping hole in the BJP’s Hindi heartland map.

11 Dec 2018

There is a lot on our Kashmir plate yet

Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)11 Dec 2018 | 12:33 AM

THE Kashmir panel discussion at the recently concluded Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh drew a large and varied crowd even while being the first session on a Sunday. That confirms the degree of concern which people have towards the problem.

Funds needed for protection of witnesses

Faizan Mustafa11 Dec 2018 | 12:33 AM

THE Supreme Court in Swaran Singh (2000) has rightly observed that witnesses are shabbily treated in India with no facilities extended to them. Justice Sikri termed their condition as ''pathetic.'' They are not respected even by the court. Even their travel and other allowances are not paid on time.

The politics of surgical strikes

Manoj Joshi11 Dec 2018 | 12:33 AM

LT GEN DS Hooda (retd) is right when he talks about needless hype over operations like the surgical strikes. Note, of course, that he is not arguing that such strikes are wrong, but that the accompanying hype, often aimed at playing to the political gallery, undermines their military value.

10 Dec 2018

Stop entertaining frivolous pleas against films

Salil Desai10 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

IN the last week of November, just prior to the release of the sci-fi movie ''2.0'' starring superstars Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar, a controversy erupted when the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) filed a complaint with the CBFC, urging it to withdraw certification.

Decoding Imran Khan’s balancing act

MK Bhadrakumar10 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

MISSING the wood for the trees can give wrong notions, especially when the endgame is about to begin in the India-Pakistan impasse.

A day late for the victims

HS Phoolka10 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

UNDER the law, a victim’s role is merely to support the State — investigators and public prosecutors in criminal trials. Somehow, when it comes to the 1984 carnage cases, the approach of the administration has been to shift the burden of bringing forth evidence and securing punishment on victims and their families.

08 Dec 2018

With Raje’s back to wall, it’s advantage Cong

Radhika Ramaseshan08 Dec 2018 | 12:22 AM

Much like everything suffused in myth and lore, politics in Rajasthan has shreds of fantasy. One piece of fiction is built on the belief that "chhattis kaum" (or 36 castes) determine an election verdict.

All have stake in farmers’ welfare. Let’s ensure it

Vishavjeet Chaudhary08 Dec 2018 | 12:22 AM

The last week has seen farmer groups protesting in the national capital. Earlier this year, thousands of farmers marched to Mumbai, to pressurise the government into meeting their demands.

Time for a new Tibet story

P Stobdan08 Dec 2018 | 12:22 AM

At a recent academic presentation at Tibetology Research Centre, Beijing, Chinese experts on Tibet said when Deng Xiaoping was seeking an accommodation in Tibet in the 1980s, the Dalai Lama was exploring other options in the West to play mischief against China.

07 Dec 2018

The logic of Bulandshahr

Shiv Visvanathan07 Dec 2018 | 12:15 AM

One of the most touted indices of performance that the Modi government flaunts is ‘ease of doing business’.

The Army’s engagement with sports

Rohit Mahajan07 Dec 2018 | 12:15 AM

A little woman, who usually does her best work in a shiny leotard, her face dazzling with bright makeup, has become an inspiration to several personnel of the Indian Army.

Unregulated medical fees playing havoc

Rakesh Kochhar07 Dec 2018 | 12:15 AM

The medical profession is often in the news for wrong reasons.

06 Dec 2018

’84 closure is a long shot

Rahul Bedi06 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

The recent Delhi High Court judgment upholding the trial court’s conviction of 88 persons for their role in the Sikh pogrom in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri in 1984 has come almost two generations after the horrendous massacres in India’s Capital stunned the world.

Chinese shadow on rich club’s supremacy

Jayshree Sengupta06 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

The recent 13th G20 summit in Buenos Aires was a success because at least it managed to issue a joint Communiqué, unlike in the case of the APEC summit which took place in Papua New Guinea in October when the two economic giants, the US and China, did not agree on a joint communique.

Iran’s spirit of defiance to US sanctions

Ujjwal K Chowdhury06 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

At the end of my trip to Tehran in the last week of November, the foreign exchange rates in the market dropped below the support level of 120,000 rials to a dollar — between 112,000 and 118,000 rials — as foreign currency rates continued to decline in the open market.

05 Dec 2018

Less interference, more schools

SS Sodhi05 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE ever-increasing number of disappointed parents at not being able to secure admission for their children in schools of their choice denotes that all is not well with our education system.

An Imran yorker that Punjab must dig out

Vivek Katju05 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

IF Pakistan’s object was to take the corridor to Kartarpur Sahib to the destination of peace and engage a reluctant India in full dialogue, the comments and actions of Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief Qamar Bajwa on November 28, the day it organised the ground-breaking ceremony, and later, the injudicious remarks of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi were counterproductive.

India must keep agriculture out of RCEP

Devinder Sharma05 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

At a time when the call for deglobalisation is gaining momentum and increasing protectionism has led to pulling down of global growth in merchandise trade for the second quarter this year, India's foray into the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) treaty, a mega trade agreement among 16 Asia-Pacific countries, is being seen as a risky adventure.

04 Dec 2018

Is our bureaucracy obstructionist?


Pranab Mukherjee has been one political figure whose opinion counts. Therefore, when media reported his indictment of the bureaucracy as being the biggest obstacle to the nation''s development and unduly obstructionist, it appeared unusual.

Disabling litigation against a wounded soldier

Lt-Gen DS Hooda (Retd)04 Dec 2018 | 12:28 AM

In April 2018, in the case of Union of India Vs Prithwi Singh, concerning the grant of disability pension to a soldier, the Supreme Court observed, “The couldn''t-care-less and insouciant attitude of the Union of India with regard to litigation, particularly in the Supreme Court, has gone a little too far as this case illustrates.

Dark romance of social media

AVIJIT PATHAK04 Dec 2018 | 12:28 AM

Who can deny that every new piece of technology comes with its own promises and ‘miraculous’ solutions? And in this information-saturated world, Facebook or Twitter does wonders.

03 Dec 2018

There is continual war in cyberspace

Pukhraj Singh03 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

On November 26, I uncovered the largest known foreign disinformation operation targeting the Indian users of social media. The word "disinformation" traces its origin to old Soviet intelligence manuals, brought into the popular lexicon in recent years.

Inequities have strained our democratic polity

Ashwani Kumar03 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court, Former Union Minister for Law and Justice

Centre, RBI can agree to disagree

Ram Singh03 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

THE last two months have witnessed a protracted showdown between the RBI and the Centre.

01 Dec 2018

Imran’s googly takes a wicket

Lt gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)01 Dec 2018 | 12:10 AM

Prime minister Imran Khan just completed hundred days in office. His pre-power utterances did not inspire much confidence as he mouthed only words that the security establishment of Pakistan (the Deep State) was happy to hear.

Keep political tussle out of GDP figures

Sushma Ramachandran01 Dec 2018 | 12:10 AM

A legendary comment attributed to Benjamin Disraeli is how most people view data.

Which way has high voter turnout in MP gone?

Rasheed Kidwai01 Dec 2018 | 12:10 AM

The high voter turnout of 74.85 per cent in Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections has baffled both the BJP and the Congress.

30 Nov 2018

Checking leakages in food subsidy payment

Siraj Hussain30 Nov 2018 | 12:52 AM

DESPITE the tall claims of success of Aadhaar in preventing the leakage of government subsidies, it is not being used for enabling cash transfer of major subsidies.

Shunning fear, India must export arms

Pravin Sawhney30 Nov 2018 | 12:52 AM

IF the government continues to let the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) run its defence exports policy then instead of strengthening the defence industry ecosystem, several Indian public sector companies will have to downsize, if not completely shut down their businesses.

We won, even if it was a draw!

Subir Roy30 Nov 2018 | 12:52 AM

THE recent board meeting of the RBI was widely welcomed for lowering the acrimonious pitch that had marked the government-RBI dispute leading up to it. The meeting critically laid down a roadmap for arriving at agreed solutions. However, what has followed does not seem to be in the same spirit of jointly thinking through new structures.

29 Nov 2018

Power equations at play

G Parthasarathy29 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

Ever since the assumption of power by President Trump and his advocacy of a radically new American approach to global policies, chanceries across Europe, Africa and Asia have appeared bewildered about how to deal with the US.

Kashmir, again. This time it is Guv’s action

Wajahat Habibullah29 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

Death and destruction in Kashmir is no longer newsworthy of seizing headlines.

Of Lanka PM’s fate & whether it is poll-bound

Maj-Gen Ashok Mehta (retd)29 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

In his landmark interview to the Sunday Times, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena gave several reasons for sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe — misgovernance, downslide in economy, central bank bonds scandal and most significantly, UNF minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka's alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate him and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

28 Nov 2018

Coming a full circle in J&K

Manoj Joshi28 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

Reports say that so far some 400 persons have been killed in J&K this year, more than half of whom were militants.

Why SFJ’s agenda has no takers in Punjab

Chander Suta Dogra28 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

It was on a train journey through England's picturesque countryside a couple of years ago, when I had my first brush with what false propaganda, half truths and a distorted projection of reality in present-day Punjab can do to a seemingly reasonable, raised-in-the West, educated young Sikh youth.

Time to bust myth that India doesn’t belong in APEC

Sandeep Gopalan28 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

The 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit ended in a stalemate with countries unable to issue a final statement for the first time in the summit's history.

27 Nov 2018

Long passageway to peace

MK Bhadrakumar27 Nov 2018 | 12:02 AM

The terrible beauty about India-Pakistan relationship is that it is immensely popular among the peoples in both countries.

A case for good governance as a right

Madhav Godbole27 Nov 2018 | 12:02 AM

There is never a dull moment in India.

In Allahabad name change, MHA rules flouted

Faizan Mustafa27 Nov 2018 | 12:02 AM

Yogi Adityanath has not only changed his own name (Ajay Mohan Bisht) but his revulsion to Muslim names has also led to the change of names of localities in Gorakhpur, such as Urdu Bazar to Hindi Bazar, Miapur to Mayapur, Humayunpur to Hanuman Nagar.

26 Nov 2018

He expertly paved the way for jurisprudence

Raja Sekhar Vundru26 Nov 2018 | 12:24 AM

IN recent times, the Constitution Day — November 26 — has grown into a major official celebration, renewing the story of the making of India''s Constitution.

How BJP was checkmated in J&K

Naeem Akhtar26 Nov 2018 | 12:24 AM

FIDDLING with democracy in J&K is nothing new. But that it is happening even after 70 years of democracy in the rest of the country is a stark reminder to the Muslim-majority state that it can expect only regulated dozes of self-governance.

So it may never happen again...

Vappala Balachandran26 Nov 2018 | 12:24 AM

THE November 26, 2008, Mumbai attack was as significant in the annals of global terrorism as 9/11, which saw planes used for the first time as terror weapon. The assaults (26/11) on six locations were the first ‘streaming’ assaults controlled from abroad when Lashkar leadership utilised India’s free visual media for escalating or diverting attacks.

24 Nov 2018

If Marathas get quota, so will many others

Sunil Gatade24 Nov 2018 | 12:19 AM

Time is running out.

Let prison walls be permeable to outside world

Upneet Lalli24 Nov 2018 | 12:19 AM

Prisons embody the power of the state over the liberty of the individual.

A Governor acts in haste

Shyam Saran24 Nov 2018 | 12:19 AM

The Governor of J&K, Satya Pal Malik, took a sudden decision on November 21 to dissolve the state Assembly, which had remained in suspension since the fall of the PDP-BJP coalition government in June.

23 Nov 2018

The binaries of hatred

Rajesh Ramachandran23 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

THE Brahminical caste pyramid and its oppressive social hierarchy are hard facts of Indian life.

Kejriwal’s double role & Chautala’s integrity

Shiv Visvanathan23 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

Arvind Kejriwal is a strange figure in Indian politics.

Pushing political groups in J-K to the wall

Arun Joshi23 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

November 21, 2018, will go down in the history of Jammu and Kashmir as a day when Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly without providing an opportunity to the political groups that staked claims to form a government, to show him their roadmap for stability of a new dispensation they were proposing to put in place.

22 Nov 2018

Bringing resilience in cyclone management

SP Vasudeva22 Nov 2018 | 12:05 AM

CYCLONES cause catastrophes in coastal areas due to the high wind speed, heavy rainfall, storm surge and floods that accompany them. India has a coastline of 7,516 km, of which 5,700 km is exposed to severe cyclones.

#MeToo highlights flaws in law

Flavia Agnes22 Nov 2018 | 12:05 AM

AS soon as an issue concerning women hits the public domain, the state and civil society response is routine: "The problem has arisen because there is no adequate legal provision to address the crisis."

Avoiding a costly collision

Subir Roy22 Nov 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE Indian economy has just managed to swerve and avoid a collision which would have had an enormous downside. After an escalating public spat, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the financial regulator, and the government decided to take a step back.

21 Nov 2018

Punjab must prevent terror from spreading

P Lal21 Nov 2018 | 12:47 AM

The attack by suspected terrorists in Satsang Bhawan of the Nirankaris in the Rajasansi area of Amritsar on November 18, resulting in the killing of three and injury to 22 necessitates proactive steps by the state to arrest the problem and prevent it from turning into a festering wound.

Disillusioned Ladakh seeks to search within

Phunchok Stobdan21 Nov 2018 | 12:47 AM

Ladakh is passing through a very difficult time. The recent resignation by Thufstan Chewang, Ladakh''s only Member of Parliament and also the BJP is indicative of the protracted nature of political crisis confronted by this strategic region.

Not all lost in Afghanistan

Vivek Katju21 Nov 2018 | 12:47 AM

President Donald Trump’s aggressive Afghanistan and South Asia policy has proved to be a hollow bombast. The US is in strategic retreat in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Taliban is in the ascendant; it has lost the will to militarily stem the Taliban’s creeping influence, if not, control, amid continuing instability.

20 Nov 2018

Ebbing of Maoist ascendancy

Ajai Sahni20 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

Irrespective of who wins the current elections in Chhattisgarh, the Maoists have already lost, particularly in Bastar division, one of their last strongholds.

Bomdila spat — no winners, losers all

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)20 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

As I write this I have put aside all the recent literature which has appeared in the media by veteran or serving personnel of the civil services and the Army, for I felt that in the aftermath of the unfortunate Bomdila incident, there could only be losers all around, especially the nation; self-justification only exacerbates the already fractious state of the civil-military relations (CMR).

Kesri coup was a moment whose time had come

Rashid Kidwai20 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

Suddenly a lot is being said and written about Sitaram Kesri’s unceremonious exit as the Congress president some 20 years ago.

19 Nov 2018

‘Fresh start’ for Punjab’s farm indebtedness

Jaivir Singh, Chairman & Anmol Waraich, Ph.D. Scholar19 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE growing voices of discontent amongst Punjab’s farmers are not getting quelled though the Congress government has kept its electoral promise of a loan waiver. Given the inherited precariousness in fiscal position, the crop loan waiver scheme is welcome though its shortcomings have been flagged many times.

Unburden the ‘burden’ of fresh police recruits

Vikash Narain Rai19 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE crucial lesson of Meerut’s Hashimpura episode is that procedural justice must ensure distributive justice. Only then one can expect the ‘rule of law’ harmoniously coexisting with the ‘role of law’.

Some good tidings from US

KP Nayar19 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

AN increase in the Republican majority in the US Senate in the November 6 mid-term elections is good news for India. Democrats capturing the House of Representatives from Republicans is also good news for India.

17 Nov 2018

India meets big boys at RCEP

Jayshree Sengupta17 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

The recently concluded Second RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) summit which was held along with the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore was attended by Prime Minister Modi.

Short-circuiting states in power reforms

Bhupinder Singh and Malkit Singh17 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

The Centre proposes to amend the Electricity Act-2003.

Bandwagoning at Bomdila

Major Akshat Upadhyay17 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

RECENTLY a serving IPS officer, and the IPS Association, indulged in myth-creation about the alleged ‘Battle of Bomdila’.

16 Nov 2018

A silver lining in Afghanistan

Sandeep Dikshit16 Nov 2018 | 12:08 AM

The latest round of US sanctions has given world powers like India an additional headache about sourcing their military and oil requirements from Iran and Russia.

CBI needs a law to avoid messy situations

Sankar Sen16 Nov 2018 | 12:08 AM

THE ongoing developments in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are unfortunate and deplorable.

About Sikh valour, not British imperialism

Jaspal Sidhu16 Nov 2018 | 12:08 AM

THE new war memorial in Birmingham, dedicated to Sikh soldiers of the Great War, was recently vandalised.