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Why Pakistan, China Back the Taliban

The Taliban has its backers, notably Pakistan and China.Their purpose is to have a monstrous entity near India's northern borders to keep democratic, secular India off-guard, observes Amulya......

What is Biden trying to tell India?

It is difficult to recall an Indian minister in modern times pushing back at the US publicly, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. IMAGE: External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar with......

Why the Poor vote for Modi, and Rich vote for Left

Why are the poor turning Right instead of turning toward far-Left parties, ponders Pranab Bardhan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   Some decades back the typical voting pattern in......

Heatwave singes North India, monsoon to be delayed: IMD

The unending wait for rains and respite from searing heat in north India, including Delhi, is likely to stretch a bit longer as there are no favourable conditions for advancement of the Southwest......

'He called me by his daughter's name'

'I try to say to myself, 'Don't cry in front of people'. But sometimes I can't help it.' *IMAGE: "It's very crushing. Constantly feeling like we are failing our patients by just not doing......

Diesel at 100!!!

'The question often being asked is whether the demand for petrol and diesel is price inelastic?' asks Arun Balakrishnan, former chairman and managing director, Hindustan Petroleum. *Photograph:......

Does Modi lack courage about the economy?

'Modi has not lacked courage in the political sphere. It is time he showed it in the economic sphere as well.''To do this, he needs to shed the simple-minded nostrums about economic growth and......

Textile hub Tirupur in trouble as world brands cut down export orders

MotherCare, the baby and maternity clothes retailer that annually sourced garments worth Rs 100 crore from a single exporter in Tirupur, filed for bankruptcy in the UK and will close all its 79......

Delhi is crumbling under its own weight

While Delhi boasts of one of the best metro systems in the world and decent infrastructure, reckless construction, legalising unauthorised colonies, and the worsening water and air quality dent its......

What's the Aashiqui star's Afghan link?

'They didn't speak Hindi or English, but love is a universal language.' Photograph: Kind courtesy Anu Aggarwal/Instagram Anu Aggarwal, who shot to fame with movies like Aashiqui and King Uncle,......

Why Sonam is more than just the 'F' word

The word 'Fashionista' is used dismissively to ridicule Sonam's other abilities, as though being fashionable (along with being beautiful) discounts her from any chance of being a competent actor,......

A standing ovation for the Oscars

Subhash K Jha applauds the Oscars for Anthony Hopkins and Frances McDormand. Giving the Best Actor award to Anthony Hopkins in place of the late (and no doubt great) Chadwick Boseman is an act of......

5 memorable Ram bhajans from Hindi films

IMAGE: Waheeda Rehman in Neel Kamal. Bollywood has a history of great bhajans for Lord Ram, Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. Great melodies like O Duniya Ke Rakhwale (Mohammed Rafi, Baiju Bawra) and......

5 must-watch films on Ambedkar Jayanti

On Ambedkar Jayanti, Subhash K Jha picks five unforgettable Hindi films that capture the inequality of the caste system. Sujata (1959) Inspired directly by Dr Ambedkar's treatise on abolishing the......

NZ in Pakistan after 18 years for white-ball series

New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003 for a white-ball series and since then have avoided touring the country because of security reasons.   IMAGE: Led by Tom Latham, the New Zealand squad......

How India bowlers decimated England batting

IMAGE: India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow on Day 5 of the 4th Test at the Oval in London on Monday. Photograph: Andrew......

Olympics: Goalies feel heat of Tokyo's sizzling summer

'I'm probably drinking five litres of water in a game and it's still not replacing it. It's pretty big.'   IMAGE: Australian hockey goalie Andrew Charter keeps a wet towel and ice water near......

Wimbledon PIX: Djokovic, Barty advance; Jabeur makes history

Images from Day 7 of the 2021 Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in London, on Monday. Djokovic rolls into quarters with Garin thrashing IMAGE: Serbia's Novak Djokovic......

Euro 2020: Czechs cash in with surprise last-16 win over Netherlands

IMAGE: Czech Republic’s Tomas Holes celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match against Netherlands. Photograph: Alex......
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