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March 31, 2013
BJP rejig: How Rajnath kept RSS, Modi and Jaitley HAPPY
It is clearly a sign of the changing times that Rajnath Singh is now working in tandem with both Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley, says Poornima Joshi BJP's motto for LS polls: Be brazen about Hindutva
The appointment of aggressive campaigners like Varun Gandhi, Uma Bharti, Ananth Kumar and Ajit Shah in senior positions within the party is a clear indication of which way the BJP wind is going to blow. Swaraj may be right about opposing NHRC appointment
The public would tend to believe that retired IPS officers appointed to head the investigation division of the NHRC would not be fair and impartial, points out B Raman
March 29, 2013
As allies stake out rival claims, UPA on shaky ground
Even if the SP doesn't immediately withdraw support, the UPA government will remain helplessly dependent on the SP and the BSP. Withdrawal of support by either could destroy the UPA's paper-thin majority. It will have to do a balancing act between these two rivals on a day-to-day basis, says Praful Bidwai A 360-degree look at contemporary China
There are very few authoritative and knowledgeable Indian writers who have a deep insight into Chinese strategic thinking and the internal dynamics within China. That is why China Unveiled: Insights into Chinese Strategic Thinking by Jayadeva Ranade, a former additional secretary in India's Cabinet Secretariat, makes for compelling reading, says Nitin Gokhale Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and the UN
India's vote on the Sri Lanka resolution in Geneva may well have speeded up the general elections in the country and reduced our effectiveness as a regional power, says TP Sreenivasan
March 26, 2013
India at UNHCR: Neither pragmatic nor principled
India's highly problematic move in backing an anti-Lankan resolution at the UNHCR will now make India even more marginal in the island nation with some grave long-term damage to its vital interests, says Harsh V Pant. BRICS: Why India must play its cards with care
When leaders of the five BRICS nations meet in Durban, there must be some stocktaking to assess exactly what the group wants to become, says Ambassador K C Singh. What price privileges for lawmakers?
A legislator can invoke privileges only if prevented/obstructed from performing his duty as an elected representative. Breaking speed limits on a sea link or brandishing a weapon is not one among such obligations, says Mahesh Vijapurkar.
March 25, 2013
Musharraf is finished!
What Musharraf doesn't understand is that deposed dictators are like used toiler paper: No one has any use for them and hence, they are best discarded, says Sushant Sareen. Lankan issue: An economic solution to a political problem
Once we bring the Lankans into our economic embrace we will be in a position to dominate their internal politics. And only then can we offer true protection to Tamils in Sri Lanka, says M R Venkatesh. Crimes, punishment, tragedy and farce
In India crimes matter less than exactly who commits them. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay examines India's BRICS moment is slow in coming
Evidently, something has gone awry in India's regional strategies. Yet, one feels tempted to call this India's "BRICS moment". The Durban summit will show how far India is prepared to go in a new direction. MK Bhadrakumar examines
March 23, 2013
The curious case of Sanjay Dutt
Security expert B Raman says his views about actor Sanjay Dutt have nothing to do with his celebrity status or his family and social connections
March 22, 2013
Invest in the poor, tax the rich
Most rich and upper-middle class Indians are greatly under-taxed. Worse, the government annually writes off over Rs 5 lakh crores through exemptions. This practice must be ended if the growth-development disconnect is to be abolished, says Praful Bidwai. Govt mishandling puts CBI in embarrassing position
The probe agency will be suspected if it went ahead with the investigation against M K Stalin and suspected even more if it did not, says B Raman The Wharton brouhaha: Let's get the facts on Modi right
The allegation that the chief minister of Gujarat did nothing to prevent a 'series of orchestrated riots' in 2001 is indeed serious. This needs some deliberation and analysis since this has been the most frequently made charge against Modi, says Colonel (retd) Anil Athale
March 21, 2013
After Italy, Google is taking Indian law for granted
Why is Google not being pulled up for mapping vital and sensitive installations which is against the law, asks Tarun Vijay.
March 20, 2013
India in election mode
Nobody can possibly ignore the heating up of the political climate as the country heads towards the 16th Lok Sabha elections, says AK Bhattacharya Beware! Neo-LTTE may worsen the Lanka conundrum
New Delhi's handling of the post-May 2009 situation has been a case of one faux pas after another, says B Raman
March 19, 2013
Tamil Nadu plays politics with a dead issue
After keeping quiet when the Lankan army mowed down Tamil civilians four years ago, M Karunanidhi has no right to shed tears over the community's plight, and certainly not at a time when Tamil Nadu is plagued with problems of its own, says A Ganesh Nadar
March 18, 2013
Why Maldives feels it can defy India
Unless our neighbours have a stake in our progress and success, they will challenge our role in various ways and power will become irrelevant, says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.
March 16, 2013
Narendra Modi's real missing speech
What sets Modi apart from the BJP's other successful CMs is that a whiff of the smoke of 2002 still clings to his clothing, notes Mihir S Sharma. Finishing Hugo Chavez's unfinished task in Venezuela
Sustaining the Bolivarian revolution after Hugo Chavez won't be easy. But we must all celebrate its considerable achievements and wish it well, says Praful Bidwai. New China leadership: Cautious & politically conservative
Any expectation that the new leadership -- newly appointed President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang -- would take China on the road to a more liberal society would be premature, writes senior analyst B Raman. The million dollar question about Akhilesh Yadav
After a year of docility, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seems to be in an assertive mood once again. But will the newfound confidence sustain, wonders Sharat Pradhan
March 15, 2013
The politics of gas pipelines gets murkier
As Iran and Pakistan move ahead with the gas pipeline project now, India's best option would be to wait and watch to see if the rhetoric of the "peace pipeline" actually matches the ground reality of energy security in its neighbourhood, says Harsh V Pant. Marines and chopper deal: 'Italian Hand' at work?
'We seem to be reliving the sleaziest days of the 1980s,' says T V R Shenoy. 'Defence purchases are made under controversial circumstances, and nobody is held accountable... Shoddy staffwork leads to suspects leaving India, and it is virtually impossible to lay hands on them again once they are out... The same shabby acts of commission and omission. The same stale excuses...'
March 14, 2013
View: Why the Italians take India for granted
One can say the Italians are rogue, they belong to an irresponsible republic, but what about the great democracy and the Republic of India that shows shameful pusillanimity or connivance with favoured foreigners as a pattern and not as an exception, asks Tarun Vijay.
March 13, 2013
View: India, Italy can still reconcile, and should
'Indian diplomacy should be allowed a free hand and politicians should step aside. It is difficult to see that happening, but it can happen -- and it should in the spirit of a mature democracy,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
March 11, 2013
Does heroism come with a sell-by date?
Wherever you look, heroism seems to be on the retreat. Is this a modern malaise or are heroes doomed to fall, asks Arundhuti Dasgupta. Geek in uniform
Premal Balan meets an Ahmedabad constable who is helping crime investigation become faster and more accurate with his software
March 09, 2013
The anomaly of a secular Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina should draw a veil over the nation's blood-soaked past, moderate her quest for justice and resolve the dilemma of the Bengali and Muslim identities, says Sunanda K Datta-Ray
March 08, 2013
Why the army should not be glued to counter-insurgency
The equation between the army and its countrymen in a democratic country should be one of mutual pride and implicit trust. Protracted deployment of the army on the home-turf tends to skew the equation. The people tend to perceive it as the occupation-army, says R N Ravi. Why India must pay attention to Bangladesh
India is witnessing rising turmoil all around its borders and, therefore, a stable, moderate Bangladesh is in its long-term interests. Constructive Indo-Bangladesh ties can be a major stabilising factor for the south Asian region as a whole. It can't afford to ignore Dhaka. Shiv Sena, MNS rake up 'Marathi Manoos' cause again
The trigger is UPSC's new exam pattern, entrance exams in PSU banks and undertakings, says Sanjay Jog
March 06, 2013
On par in the air, classed on ground
The move by Mumbai airport to have the drop-off point for autos at a distance from the terminals reeks of class distinctions, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Wharton and Modi: How political gamesmanship won
'I agonise for these students that only desired to create a platform to discuss India's challenges and opportunities for growth. They shot themselves in the foot and the students and Wharton administration must learn the lessons of consequences even as they seek redemption that can be theirs with the right moves forward, argues Dr Aseem Shukla.
March 04, 2013
When Kennedy drove the legendary Sam Manekshaw
Kennedy was extremely angry at how the government treated the field marshal in death. "No chief came for his burial. Defence Minister Antony sent his junior minister. Is this the way we treat our heroes Sir?," he asked. Hyderabad blasts: Terror definitely not on the wane
Hyderabad didn't just shatter the lives of families who lost their kith and kin, but also a myth that was taking root, that we are developing the competence to keep terror out of the day-to-day worries in India, says Brigadier S K Chatterji (retd).
March 02, 2013
Why India's regional influence is fading
India's regional policy has fallen between the two stools of pragmatism and principle. It's time India revisited and rectified its approach. Relations with neighbours deserve nothing less, says Praful Bidwai.
February 27, 2013
Thanks to a divided Opposition, Parl functions smoothly
Whether it is the chopper deal, the Kurien case or the anti-rape ordinance, divisions in the Opposition ranks on these issues has eased the pressure on the UPA government, feels Sunita Moga
February 26, 2013
Kashmir valley's mood of despair will impact elections
It is amazing how the political class, instead of learning lessons from costly mistakes in Jammu and Kashmir that took a toll on life itself, seeks to repeat them, writes Seema Mustafa in an article exclusive to Hyderabad blasts: Core issues which need to be addressed
India is among the countries which face the highest level of threats from terrorists. But are we geared to meet this threat? No, says Anil Chowdhry.
February 25, 2013
Kochi musings: Oil on the water, ire in the mind
R Venkataraghavan comes away from a holiday to Kochi angry and upset at the all-round callousness towards the city's source of livelihood -- water. Will A K Antony go the Arun Singh way?
'Once again we have a case where a European armaments manufacturer apparently paid bribes to win a contract from India. Once again we have an honest man in the ministry of defence. Once again there is talk of contracts being cancelled to wring the truth. As a student of history,' says T V R Shenoy, 'I can only draw parallels.'
February 23, 2013
The unprofessional way of dealing with terrorism
B Raman analyses why most terror cases in India remain undetected
February 21, 2013
A reality check for David Cameron's India quest
Bhaskar Menon explains why for India it cannot be business as usual with the British.
February 20, 2013
For cities, small is not beautiful
To make anything manageable, both the intent and the will to manage is important, not empty words. This is missing from all those involved in operating a city where budgets as they exist ought to provide good results only if politics and politicians' objective of pelf do not lead to poor execution and large-scale drain of resources. That is why even small is not beautiful, says Mahesh Vijapurkar.
February 18, 2013
Remembering the Mighty Shivaji, truly a world leader
Shivaji revolutionised the art of warfare in India. His approach to the use of violence was radically different from that followed in the preceding 1,000 years. He was one of the great personalities of world history, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
February 16, 2013
Don't allow a cover-up of the chopper scam
One cannot expect a thorough-going investigation by the CBI as long as it acts under the supervision of the government, points out B Raman
February 15, 2013
Terror threat to India after Guru's hanging is very real
Indigenous extremist outfits like Indian Mujahideen and the Student Islamic Movement of India could help Pak terror groups in retaliatory terror strikes in India in the wake of Afzal Guru's hanging, says Col R Hariharan, in an updated summary of comments made by him in a TV discussion
February 14, 2013
View: Why the Delhi rapists should not be hanged
'I wonder how we can reduce violence in society by answering it with violence,' asks Shivam Vij. 'If instead we answer it with mercy, we will be a more humane society.' Dealing with a defiant North Korea
The US should join hands with Japan, South Korea, India and Israel to target North Korea's nuclear and missile establishments through covert action, feels security expert B Raman
February 13, 2013
Afzal Guru's execution: An unfortunate yardstick
In the competitive pre-poll attempt to show who is stronger in dealing with terrorism, the government and the Bharatiya Janata Party seem to have overlooked the mitigating factors and used Afzal Guru's execution as an unfortunate yardstick to establish their strong counter-terrorism credentials, says B Raman
February 12, 2013
China's Gwadar plunge, and India's confused reaction
China's new naval strategy of 'far sea defence' is aimed at giving Beijing the ability to project its power in key oceanic areas, including and most significantly the Indian Ocean. China has fired the first salvo. Others will have to react seriously if they want to retain their role in the region, says Harsh V Pant.
February 11, 2013
Afzal Guru's execution: Propaganda, politics, portents
It would be a real shame if after having demonstrated strong resolve in acting against terrorists like Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru, the government was to fritter away the gains on the altar of politics of appeasing fringe groups, says Sushant Sareen. View from Kashmir: Lengthening shadow of the gallows
The impression in the valley that Kashmir is not only 'expendable' for buttressing New Delhi's partisan interests, but also a preferred choice to do so, is getting strengthened, feels veteran Kashmir commentator Mohammad Sayeed Malik.
February 09, 2013
Afzal Guru hanging: Move on, make India terror-free
Unless we learn to forget our differences and stand together as Indians first, earnestly believing that the cause of the Motherland is bigger than the interests of our groups and parties, the terrorist network cannot be rooted out, says Tarun Vijay View: Hanging could have damaging repercussions
'The only logical explanation for the sudden hanging of Afzal Guru,' feels Seema Mustafa, 'is the fact that general elections are around the corner. And the Congress in its usual cynical manipulation of votes is trying to eat into the majority constituency with this action.' Today, India must speak in one voice: Arun Jaitley
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley shares his thoughts on the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru How Afzal Guru spent the last few years of his life
The gallows was merely 30 meters away from the 16 by 12 feet cell in Tihar Jail in which Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was lodged. Afzal was, at all times, surrounded by security guards as he was a high-profile prisoner. Afzal Guru execution: Security focus must be pan-India
B Raman assesses the likely threats to India from Afzal Guru's execution.
February 08, 2013
How India can move from cynicism to hope
India just needs to exploit its natural strengths to live up to its potential, says Arun Jaitley.
February 07, 2013
The BJP needs to declare its PM today!
If a party is indecisive while in the Opposition, what does it say about its capacity to govern effectively, asks T V R Shenoy. Why Mumbai will never get rid of its hawkers
While hawkers are a necessity to the bribe-takers, it has to be understood that the vendors fulfil the needs of the citizens. Once they are pushed off the streets, everyone, the official fattened on bribes and the citizen deprived of a walk-through service are affected, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Rahul and Obama: A tale of two leaders
Rahul Gandhi began by plucking at the heartstrings of his party cohorts by referring at length to the sorrows and tragedies of his family. It was as if he was saying that these sacrifices entitled him to the position bestowed upon him, feels Shreekant Sambrani.
February 05, 2013
Viswaroopam saga: It is time for a reasoned debate
Be it the Hindu or Muslim community, as long as one is offended, one has to address the root causes of the offence and try to bring about an amicable solution. Secular thought is not by having a go at everything that is theistic and majoritarian in nature, it is about having an inclusive atmosphere that takes into account the apprehensions of every community at equipoise, says Sriram Balasubramanian.
February 04, 2013
Why Sushilkumar Shinde must go
The BJP is entirely justified in asking for Shinde's resignation. Shinde too must realise that when the likes of Hafiz Saeed endorse his remarks, it is time to wrap his tail between his legs and slink away from the national scene failing which the Congress party must dump him if it retains even an iota of national pride, says Vivek Gumaste. Lessons from the Vishwaroopam imbroglio
Kamal Haasan and his artistic freedom is the smaller issue. How will the world view us when a handful of demonstrators terrorise our governments to ban a movie? Who will invest in India when a few truckloads of fanatics can cause closure of the highly protected and centrally located US embassy in a prominent city of the country, asks M R Venkatesh. What Verma Committee says on sexual harassment at work
The panel's report is candid in identifying that the state has abysmally failed to promote gender equality and eradicate gender bias, says Kumkum Sen
February 03, 2013
How should India engage the new Chinese leadership
The challenge for India and China is to achieve a new web of strategic relationships without weakening the present momentum towards better bilateral relations, says B Raman
February 01, 2013
Pak inducts China into Balochistan to counter India
The Pakistani authorities are hoping that the Chinese agreement to take over the operation of the Gwadar port could act as a deterrent to India whom they suspect of helping the Baloch freedom-fighters, notes B Raman.
January 30, 2013
When HM speaks, every word has to be carefully chosen
Distorting facts in relation to politics and religion and appeasing extremist ideology has grave long term implications for India's security, feels C Uday Bhaskar.
January 29, 2013
View: Why Rahul's strategy will fail
The Congress could have regained some lost ground had it returned to welfare and a pro-poor platform. Instead, it has moved in the opposite direction. Rahul Gandhi's upper middle class-based political mobilisation strategy is likely to fail badly, says Praful Bidwai. View: Why Ashis Nandy was wrong!
If Professor Nandy was analysing our mentality to digest specific forms of corruption based on caste, why did he leave out other criteria like religion, region, sub-region, sub-caste and language, asks senior NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar.
January 28, 2013
View: How Shinde spoilt Rahul's good beginning
If the home minister knows anything unlawful about the RSS or the BJP, who has stopped him from taking the sternest action? But to blame nationalist forces without any proof is a sin against the very idea of India, says BJP MP Tarun Vijay.
January 26, 2013
The Republic's invisible people
On Republic Day in Delhi, we celebrate being citizens of the world's largest democracy in many different ways. The glitterati have long boozy lunches in the sun, the children organise flag-hoisting in their local parks, and so on.
January 25, 2013
LoC row a conspiracy by Pak Army to disrupt democracy
The Pakistan Army has indulged in this heinous crime to aggravate tensions with India and use it as a pretext to postpone the forthcoming general election, says Alok Bansal Is Verma committee yet another political gimmick?
The next few days will demonstrate whether the decision to appoint the Justice Verma committee was yet another political gimmick or whether there are some leaders left in government who are interested in making a difference, notes Seema Mustafa.
January 24, 2013
View: Why India needs Young Pravasis
'The subsequent generations of Indians abroad are free from such baggage of the past. They may be intolerant of the mosquitoes and the heat when they come to India, but they are proud of their heritage and the achievements of their parents abroad. India, to them, is a brand, which gives them added advantage in their highly competitive environment,' says T P Sreenivasan. Rarely has India faced Republic Day in as somber a mood
The general disaffection of masses arises from a widely shared perception that those in power have stopped listening to them and are content to pursue solely their own interests, says Shreekant Sambrani.
January 23, 2013
Why India need not be worried about John Kerry
Just as Pakistan will be fooling itself if it believes that US Secretary of State John Kerry is going to be Pakistan's friend, India is being unnecessarily defeatist if it thinks that Kerry's nomination will be a disaster for India. Kerry is neither going to be pro-India nor pro-Pakistan, he will be pro-US, says Harsh V Pant. Politicians think they are over and above the law
Politics as practiced is bad enough, the Choutalas, the Owaisis and their ilk have made it worse, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Mapping the changes in Pakistan
New Delhi, which views Pakistan in the context of an outdated and intellectually lazy narrative of implacable hostility, needs a clearer understanding of a rapidly changing Pakistani playfield, feels Ajai Shukla Why Rahul Gandhi has a bumpy road ahead
The Gandhi scion must focus on asserting his role as a leader of his party - and of the masses, says Shantanu Bhattacharji
January 22, 2013
What Rahul Gandhi as VP means for the Congress
In all likelihood he is going to rely on senior party leadership for political management, using the Youth Congress and the young brigade to mobilise the 'aam admi', which the Congress redefined in Jaipur as the poor and middle-classes, says Neerja Chowdhury. Harvest of Modi's personality cult has yet to be reaped
For good or ill, the veneer of a cult of personality that is now encrusted on Narendra Modi, and which animates his supporters, can no longer meaningfully be separated from the ideology that he espouses or the accomplishments that he touts, says Vivek Dehejia.
January 21, 2013
I'm pessimistic about Congress, BJP coming to power
The decline of the two national parties is palpable. Neither can hope to reach the mark of 272 on its own. One can only hope that India is spared another 1996-1998 experiment where the prime minister's party has fewer than one-tenth of the seats in the Lok Sabha, says TVR Shenoy. We should avoid over-stated expectations from Rahul
Rahul Gandhi is no Barack Obama, and his Jaipur speech wasn't his Obama moment. We should avoid over-stated expectations from the average leader, notes B Raman. And two steps backward
Country watchers in both India and Pakistan recognise the swampy terrain of the Slough of Despond ahead. It's no-visa season again
January 19, 2013
What political profit from the Dhule riots?
Saeed Naqvi on why the Muslim youth is angry and says it has lost faith in the government, police and electronic media
January 16, 2013
Is the LoC attack part of America's plan B?
The US will be secretly happy if Pakistan is forced to fight on two fronts (Indian and Afghan) in 2014, says Colonel Anil Athale (retd). Indo-Pak border: The guns must fall silent
India and Pakistan, says Praful Bidwai, have to get out of the deeply ingrained habit of regarding their Hot-Cold War as something normal and inevitable, and move towards demilitarising their borders. Rape victim and others like her deserve real change
There are ways to address the total indifference to sexual violence without taking short cuts that could ultimately further imperil the rule of law in India, says Vanita Gupta. Govt's tough stand against Pak is a pre-poll charade
Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the new government activism is to deny the Bharatiya Janata Party any gains from the killing of two soldiers along the Line of Control by Pakistan, writes B Raman
January 15, 2013
Government indifferent towards honour of ex-servicemen
The inept handling of the situation that followed the brutal killing of two Indian jawans by the Pakistan army has drawn attention to the insensitivity and casualness of successive governments towards our ex-servicemen, says B Raman
January 14, 2013
Two different meanings to the word 'consultation'
The word 'consultation' can have only one meaning, be it Gujarat judgement, Karnataka judgement or any other judgement in rest of the country, notes Arun Jaitley. Our beheaded troops: What would Vivekananda have done?
To me, admiring Vivekananda also means being aggressive against those who have wronged us, especially those who are unrepentant like Pakistan, says Tarun Vijay.
January 11, 2013
In the cult of violence, Pak has kept a place for India
Both India and Pakistan need to exercise restraint, but we also need to lay down a threshold which says -- this far and no more, says Colonel (retired) Jaibans Singh
January 10, 2013
We have allowed too much space to politicians
We are making the politician an integral part of our lives. We have conceded too much to their breed. They are no so ensconced that they will not vacate the space themselves. We will have to spare ourselves of them, says Mahesh Vijapurkar.
January 09, 2013
Creating a moral base for US foreign policy
Obama is signalling much more than a new leadership style of using more carrots than sticks, more ideas and persuasion than threats and sanctions. The bottom line is that now that he won't be running again, Obama wants to really test a values-based foreign policy approach that relies on negotiations, says M K Bhadrakumar. What to tell your son on rape
Tell him that even broken hearts can be mended but he cannot break a woman's dignity at any cost. Tell him that raping is a sin for which man will have to pay a heavy price. A very heavy price. Death penalty is no deterrent to rape
A combination of laws prescribing tough retribution with training in morals and ethics at every level of education and insistence on parental teaching would seem to be the best stratagem to counter natural animal instincts, says A K Verma. Delhi gang-rape: Time to instil the fear of law
It is the 'tolerance' of eve teasing and harassment of women that is the start point of 'social rapes', points out Colonel Anil Athale Sensitive nature of the trans-LOC ground realities
The serious nature of the latest incidents underline the need for a political hotline between the prime minister of India and the president of Pakistan, says security expert B Raman
January 08, 2013
None so blind as those who will not see
Even jihadis infiltrating across the Line of Control into Jammu and Kashmir have been found to have better night vision devices than the lavishly funded Indian Army, says Ajai Shukla A woman alone in the forest
Five stories of rape and sexual assault from the epics are particularly useful in offering an insight into the way rape works in India, says Nilanjana S Roy
January 07, 2013
Rape, rage and a reality check
It remains to be seen how this phenomenon of public activism will translate in the political sphere. Unless this outpouring of outrage over the Delhi gang-rape can be channelised politically, the change that many of us hanker for will not come. The crowds might be politically alive, but they are not politically aligned or active, says Sushant Sareen. Why the government would rather have you talk about rape
The rape of the young woman on a Delhi bus has effectively halted all discussion of corruption. The talk of mistreatment of women has pushed the massive economic mismanagement, particularly of inflation, into a remote corner, says T V R Shenoy. Delhi and Tehran: A delicate dance
A Washington-Tehran rapprochement will allow India greater strategic space to pursue its diplomatic interests and as the situation in Afghanistan continues to unravel, this will be useful in shaping the regional environment to India's advantage, says Harsh V Pant. Rosa Parks, power of resistance and the Delhi bus rape
The nationwide protests in India have focused mainly on the issue of rape. But these could as well extend to the arena of public transport because the girl's rape and death are directly related to the inadequacy of public transport and the government's abject failure to provide basic amenities to the masses, says Vidyadhar Date Carry on Mr Owaisi, you are a genuine secular leader
The way the system works here, it is difficult to think Akbaruddin Owaisi will be ever be punished for uttering those hateful words, laments Tarun Vijay
January 06, 2013
Pakistan's new military doctrine shouldn't be misread
Media reports emanating from Pakistan's civilian government as well as from the General Headquarters of the army speak of an on-going review of Pakistan's military doctrine in order to give priority to the creation of a sub-conventional warfare capability to fight domestically against non-state actors posing a threat to Pakistan's internal security.
January 05, 2013
Show no leniency to juvenile rapists
Replace the Delhi police commissioner and treat the juvenile accused of gang-rape of the 23-year-old braveheart with the same severity as adults, says B Raman
January 04, 2013
What is Indonomics? Is Narendra Modi an Indonomist?
Modi embodies the best of Indonomics. He will ensure that India's sovereign interests are never comprised even when collaboration is sought on matters where India doesn't currently have strength, says Pramod Kumar Buravalli. Blame TV, films for commoditisation of women
Whether we like it or not, popular television and cinema culture is what impacts the youngsters of the country the most. I am not advocating censorship but a sense of responsibility in depicting women in the big screen, says Sriram Balasubramanian.
January 03, 2013
Gujarat Lokayukta judgement makes CM redundant
The Supreme Court judgement is based on this paradox. Gujarat will now have a Lokayukta whom the council of ministers never recommended. Constitutional short-cuts do not establish either good governance or good precedents, says Arun Jaitley.
January 02, 2013
Can the Congress re-invent itself again?
Both the Congress and the UPA government are racing against time to try and revamp their image with the people. The new direct benefit transfer schemes, the proposed food security bill, the land acquisition bill and perhaps the women's reservation bill are among the vehicles that the Congress intends to use to reach out to the people, says Saroj Nagi. Are you a 21st century Indian man?
Sheela Bhatt's questionnaire for all those boys, teenagers, young chaps, middle-aged-men and aged men to tick before they step out at India Gate or Jantar Mantar to speak up for women. What drives the Indian male to rape?
The Indian man needs to learn that he isn't in control, that he is no one to control and that it is not he who is more than a woman. There isn't a competition between the sexes, says Chirag Shah. How to shame the shameless sexual predators
It'll be another sad day if the outrage over the Delhi gangrape withers away without achieving anything, says Raghothama C
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