July 26, 2011
Why every Indian must fly the tricolour
It is every Indian's fundamental right to fly the tricolour with dignity and honour. If the national flag is flown by a larger number of Indians, it will revolutionise, significantly, the way we think and feel about India, making us a happier and prouder nation, while enhancing our sense of patriotism, says Naveen Jindal.
July 25, 2011
Indo-Pak: The hollow dialogue process
There is a distinctive downside to the dialogue process. It has not succeeded in arresting the terrorism campaign against India, says A K Verma.
July 22, 2011
The Murdoch crisis and lessons for India's media
Much of India's big corporate media has acquired a conservative and retrograde character. It faces a serious crisis of credibility. If it does not reform itself, it will find its greatest asset getting rapidly devalued and eventually vanishing, says Praful Bidwai. The Hillary Clinton Visit: No Cheers, No Tears
India-US relations appear to be increasingly privatised, with little strategic content in it. The hopes raised during the Bush era and the momentum indicated during the Obama visit seem to fade away, at least for the time being. View: Indians at Fai's seminars should come clean
Senior analyst B Raman argues that the Indian participants in Fai's seminars should avoid any future embarrassment by taking the initiative in informing the public and the government about the details of their participation
July 21, 2011
Why India shouldn't be thrilled about Fai's arrest
Senior analyst B Raman explains why the calculated arrest of prominent US-based Kashmiri separatist leader Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was allegedly trying to influence American policy over Kashmir at the behest of ISI, shouldn't over-excite India.
July 20, 2011
What Jairam did and didn't do as green minister
Jairam Ramesh's tenure as Minister of Environment and Forests cannot be assessed in a hurry; there are lots of positives there, but also many question marks, says Himanshu Thakkar Why female foeticide continues unabated
Twenty-three years after the state's own legislation and thereafter, a legislation on the lines of the Centre's own formulation which came a few years thence is long enough to have got a proper and workable drill in place to prevent it, says Mahesh Vijapurkar.
July 19, 2011
Despite denials, China has a big problem in Tibet
The logical next step for a nation promoting democracy in North Africa or the Middle East would have been to invite the 'elected' leader of the Tibetan diaspora along with the Dalai Lama. But no, Washington prefers to receive the Dalai Lama and ignore Dr Lobsang Sangay, the new 'elected' Kalon Tripa. It is more convenient to receive a 'religious' leader, says Claude Arpi
July 18, 2011
Accidental Chinese Wisdom
Kissinger asks Zhou Enlai' 'What do you think is the impact of the French Revolution?' Zhou, after a pregnant silence so beloved of Statesmen says, 'It is too early to tell'. This comment about the Revolution that changed history has been a subject of analysis for decades. Hillary Clinton's rescue mission
An alliance of minds, which is essential to elevate the strategic partnership to a higher level, appears hard to accomplish. A new sense of realism, rather than undue optimism, will prevail in India-US relations in the future, says TP Sreenivasan
July 15, 2011
View: The time for restraint is over
If India is not to be reduced to a Lebanon of yesteryears or another Pakistan we need to act with sense of urgency, marshalling our resources and spirits and acting with a single minded determination to eradicate the scourge of terrorism before it consumes us, says Vivek Gumaste. All the while you push away the pain, the shock
Now the pain is back and it is unbearable. It sort of chews mercilessly at you as you chug through your day. It pulsates as you drive past knots of dead-bored cops. Or bump over pot-holed roads. Or past a drawing of a happy face that says India Smiling. It pricks sharply as you read articles on what politicians have to say. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel on every Mumbaikar's agony
July 14, 2011
It can only happen in Mumbai
Yes, Mumbai has been sucker punched again. As much by its own as by the bastards who routinely put bombs in crowded places, says Sumit Bhattacharya. Pak could help save dialogue with India
'The US should make clear to Pakistan that, whether or not the attack originated in Pakistan, now would be an opportune time to move ahead with the prosecutions of the LeT members involved in the 2008 attacks.' Column: India's Forever War
'The terrorists who have done this know well that the ever-forgiving Indian government knows only one way to respond -- with high-sounding, but meaningless words.'
July 13, 2011
Judicial activism: How far does it go?
Colonel Anil Athale (retd) on the state of the judiciary in the country.
July 08, 2011
How about a Buddhist vihar in Ayodhya?
A vihar dedicated to the Buddha, apostle of universal love being built on the disputed site in Ayodhya, might actually be a mutually acceptable and eminently sensible settlement for many Hindus and Muslims themselves, says Yogi Sikand on reading Ambedkarite scholar Balwant Singh Charvak's book
July 06, 2011
Why do we accept bad civic services?
Unless the citizens demand and secure in each sector a citizens' charter setting out the minimum standards of provisioning and performance, things will not improve, says Mahesh Vijapurkar.
July 04, 2011
The dangerous drift in governance
Team Congress says it opposes Team Anna's Lokpal recommendations because it could create a parallel system of government. If so, we should support Team Anna without reservation because right now we seem to have no government at all, says T V R Shenoy.
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