July 26, 2011Why 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, 2011Indo-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, 2011The 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, 2011Why 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, 2011What 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, 2011Despite 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, 2011Accidental 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, 2011View: 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, 2011It 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, 2011Judicial activism: How far does it go?
Colonel Anil Athale (retd) on the state of the judiciary in the country.
July 08, 2011How 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, 2011Why 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, 2011The 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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