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Subsidised JNU Fees Is Passport to Opportunity And Empowerment

We can easily get lost in simple statistics that encourage genteel middle-class outrage on Jawaharlal Nehru University. The hostel charges ... Read More

Sabarimala Redux: Marxists Caught Between Court, Ayyappa and Activists

The ways of the Supreme Court, like that of God, are inscrutable. In one case the apex court declined to ... Read More

A Homage To Earth And Andal’s Poetry

“I had to internalise the poem, and be the voice of the flower,” says Alarmel Valli, about her new Bharat ... Read More

Pollution Levels Worsen As Policy Paralysis Engulfs National Capital R...

It has been almost three weeks that the Delhi-NCR and large tracts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) are experiencing one ... Read More

Why European Parliamentarians’ Propaganda Trip To Kashmir Was A ...

Information management has always been practised by governments throughout history for instilling public confidence, impressing the foreign audience and for ... Read More

From Kartarpur To Dhaka, South Asia Needs To Tear Down Its Walls And F...

At 9 am on November 9, I arrived at the North-Western edge of India - the Immigration terminal at Dera ... Read More

Is Beauty Skin Deep? It’s Time To Change Our Mindsets

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder - if that was really true, there would be so many definitions ... Read More

A Cat Riding The Roaring Tiger

Some years ago, when Union minister Nitin Gadkari was president of the Maharashtra unit of the BJP and attending a ... Read More

Kashmir Gaining International Traction, But Is It Being Heard?

To Kashmiris, in the region and the diaspora, the October 22 hearing on ‘Human Rights in South Asia’, organised by the committee ... Read More

Universities Like JNU Have Been Forced To Move Apart From The Nation

If you look up any recent news entry or Op-Ed article on the proposed JNU fee hike and the protests ... Read More

A Post-Kudankulam Roadmap For India’s Cyber Deterrence

The network intrusions into the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and Indian Space Research Organisation highlight a glaring gap in India’s ... Read More

Ayodhya Verdict: Peace Until Political Exigencies Turn Kashi, Mathura ...

Now that the verdict on the Babri Masjid case is out, it is time to look forward to the future ... Read More

Ayodhya Verdict Invokes Doctrine Of Necessity; The Judicial Precedent ...

The Ayodhya judgment has reminded one of our judicial histories. On the Indian subcontinent, the judiciary has invoked something called ... Read More

Will Ayodhya Verdict Really Bring An End To Dispute Or Is Closure Just...

The Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya elated tens of millions of people. It also left Indians, certainly fewer in number, ... Read More

JP Morgan Global Council: Assembly Of Benign Politicians Or Sanitisati...

Philosophers of ethics, long passive before the new inventiveness of violence, are now asking for new concepts, new articulations to ... Read More

Why India Needs To Join RCEP – And Soon

Indian officials and experts have doled out several political and economic reasons why India opted out of Regional Comprehensive Economic ... Read More

Delhi Police Reap What They Have Sowed: Lawlessness Of Lawyers

The police in Delhi are up in arms, protesting the assault on them by lawyers in and around the city’s ... Read More

RCEP Fiasco May Be Good For Economy, But A Disaster For Foreign Relati...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eleventh-hour decision in Bangkok to keep India out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is ... Read More

6 Things To Know About WhatsApp Snooping Row

Let us look at a few facts to try and understand the WhatsApp hack on Indians.  First, the company that ... Read More

Recreating ‘Bird Of Paradise’ In Lucknow; An Exhibition Sa...

Breaking away from bridal fashion shows that show models weighed down by multi-kilo ghagra sets and laden with jewellery walking ... Read More

Foul Air Is Internal Security Threat, Delhi Smog Needs Surgical Strike

Why is Bollywood not making films on harmful smog? That rhetorical question may well answer some of our concerns as ... Read More

Delhi Smog Is Man-Made. It’s Time Policy Makers Stop Blame Game ...

The Delhi smog has now become an annual feature, but with a difference. It is getting deadlier every season. Like ... Read More

Maharaj As King Or Everyone’s Prince?

I hold a grudge against Sourav Ganguly, despite being his huge fan like every other Bengali and a sizeable section ... Read More

OPINION | The Plight Of The ‘Nowhere People’ — Of Pa...

She is in labour. Her contractions are coming faster, getting more intense! But she still has to walk the 500 ... Read More

Is India’s Rejection Of Western Approach To Rationality Behind I...

The question of whether there is a crucial need for stirring a socio-cultural, attitudinal and ideational transformation on a mass-scale ... Read More

A Sensational Halloween Tragedy And The Tales Handed Down Through Gene...

As Halloween approaches, one is reminded of a Thakur of Mehrauli who died under mysterious circumstances during the time Sir ... Read More

Diwali or Jashan-e-Chiraghan During Mughal Reign

Tales of the Diwali of the Pharaohs, which lighted up the pyramids and the whole Nile area, and later its ... Read More

‘Patriotism Is Last Refuge Of Scoundrel.’ Just Look At Uni...

Samuel Johnson, who compiled the English dictionary once said: “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Meaning that any ... Read More

Futility Of Writing Studios: Can Imagination Or Creativity Be Taught?

Can imaginative writing be “learned” or “taught”? Fiction, poetry, essays, plays, scripts and screenplays: can these be coached? Is a ... Read More

The ‘High Command’ Culture Destroying Congress, Can Sonia ...

It was not a great idea to face the Congress president at the breakfast table every day, every morning. That ... Read More

Art Must Get Off Its High Horse

While the state and patrons sponsor contemporary art, traditional artists are still considered supplicants to be pitied, exploited or patronised, ... Read More

When The Girls Go Marching In

Four million girls in India are still not showing up at school. The reason? They are ­females. While the number ... Read More

Food For Soul In The Hills And Magical Rhythm Of Kathak

At the recently concluded KSLF, a boutique Literature fest named after the well-known, well-loved Khushwant Singh, each day’s session began ... Read More

FATF May Give Pakistan Chance To Save Itself From Brink

The “Stern warning” to Pakistan by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) during their plenary session in Paris (October 16-18) ... Read More

#BoycottMuslims: When Hate Is Mainstreamed, It Becomes A National Trai...

I am not active on Twitter. When I heard #boycottmuslims was trending on Twitter India, I browsed through some of ... Read More

BJP Set To Win Maharashtra, Haryana, Yet Party Supporters Are Somewhat...

It has been a disappointing season for Bookies and Pollsters. It did not require any sophisticate psephology to predict BJP’s ... Read More

INX Media Chargesheet Does More Damage To CBI Than Chidambaram

Arrested two months ago, on August 21, and in judicial custody since September 5, former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram ... Read More

Why Pakistan Continues To Struggle To Get Its Name Off Grey List

Pakistan has been given another four months by the Financial Action Task Force to act strongly on two issues: money ... Read More

Majoritarian Politics Impoverishes Both Democracy And Citizenship

Majoritarianism has assumed monumental proportions in India. It is gargantuan, demographically overwhelming and the very logic of politics makes it ... Read More

Content Is King — How Digital Streaming Is Bridging Internationa...

I am quite astonished to see the phenomenal reach of web series. I receive calls and messages from places as ... Read More

The Amazon and Aarey, Nilgai And Nero

It was nearly four years ago—on December 1, 2015—that the central government put out the notification. “Overpopulation of nilgai and ... Read More

Wielding The Magic Wand

I met late professor T.N. Srinivasan (popularly known as TN) a couple of months before he passed away in November ... Read More

<em>Sabka Vikas</em> Must Include <em>Vikas</em&g...

Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu (1914-1990), the great Telugu literary genius and poet was a polyglot adept in fourteen languages. This versatile man ... Read More

Opinion: Judiciary, Especially Apex, Must Stand Firm Against Tyranny O...

The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, took the unprecedented step of recommending the British Monarch that the British ... Read More

Why Our Education System Is A Factory Producing Clerks And Bureaucrats

In Calcutta (now Kolkata) where I grew up, there were those spots you just couldn’t walk past without people sneaking ... Read More

How Modern-Day Nostradamus, Ray Kurzweil, Predicted Biggest Feats In T...

"It is difficult to make predictions", goes the old joke, “especially about the future.” However, there is one way in ... Read More

Russia in Middle East: The Unputdownable Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the middle of this month has ... Read More

Use Of Religion As Commodity, A La Baba Ramdev, Is Gross Misuse

It is impossible to discount contributions of leading saints whose practices are not profit-driven even in relation to their commercial ... Read More

Why Is There Hue And Cry Over Sedition Law? Every Country Has And Need...

The law on sedition has always been contentious. It is ridiculous to slap sedition charges on people writing a letter ... Read More

After Syria, Will Trump’s “Unmatched Wisdom” Now Sho...

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria should be of particular interest to India. The withdrawal ... Read More

Despite Hype, Benefits From ‘Howdy, Modi’ Event Are Not En...

The hype that “Howdy Modi!” extravaganza on September 22 would immediately usher in rich policy dividends was based on an ... Read More

In Memory Of A Musical Era Where Melody Was Queen

It’s October and across the city of Mumbai, the past unravels like a series of melodious tapes. The sounds of ... Read More

India Wants Another 200 Fighter Planes, But Do They Really Win Wars Th...

A story in the morning papers caught my eye. It was about the Indian air force wanting another 200 fighter ... Read More

Behind The Smokescreen: Comprehensive Policy Needed On Tobacco

Much has been said and written about the government’s decision to ban e-cigarettes which go under the fancy name of ... Read More

OPINION | Why Private Sector Intervention Is Necessary In Higher Educa...

The evolution of human beings has been an outcome of their quest for knowledge. A tangible expression of this quest ... Read More

OPINION | The Importance Of Liberal Arts In Business Education CanR...

What is the relation between liberal education and getting trained for a professional career? By definition, they are very different ... Read More

Atop Asia’s Twin Towers

The 2nd Informal Summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping of China will take place 11 - 13 ... Read More

When Delhi Had Three Red-Light Areas And Tommies Made Merry

Imagine the days when Delhi had not one but three red-light areas – Chawri Bazar, the square opposite the Red ... Read More

Civilisational Responsibility Limits Indian Citizenship To Persecuted ...

“India, that is Bharat…” When framers of our Constitution used those words in that sequence in its very first article, ... Read More

The Parent Major And The Passion Major

When I was teaching at Stanford, I had a colleague who had graduated college with a major in Biology and ... Read More

Confusion Over Terrorism And Terrorist Leads To Low Conviction Rates

Che Guevara was a cross-border terrorist. He was a doctor who is idolised by millions of people around the world ... Read More

Futile Ban: E-Cigarettes Do Not Pose Major Health Risk To Users, Cigar...

In what has so far been a relatively open market, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or e-cigarettes seem to have been ... Read More

Book Which Tells Muslims To Get Over ‘Excesses’

Much of the discourse on domestic and international politics, terrorism, extremism etc. has become stale and eminently predictable. If it ... Read More

OPINION | A Five Per Cent Growth May Not Sound Too Good But It’s...

It is human to focus on the transient. By transient, I mean 5 per cent real growth in Q1 of ... Read More

Why Mahatma Gandhi A Role Model For Leaders Who Can’t Handle Dis...

This October 2 has special significance. It is Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary and there expectedly will be a rightful rush ... Read More

Not Modi. Not Gandhi. Ambedkar May Be The True Father Of India

In our college days marked by boyish humour with braggadocio, we used to have a saying: "Those of you who ... Read More

With Collapse Of US-Taliban Talks, NSA O’Brien Faces Challenging...

“Hostage negotiation” should be a point of common interest between our National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Robert O’Brien, the ... Read More

PM Modi’s Diplomacy Dalliance With US Goes Way Beyond ‘How...

Just as it was for UPA’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2014, the US remains a magnificent obsession ... Read More

Why Only Technical And Experimental Startups? Why Not An Ethical One?

I was talking to a colleague of mine recently, and she was complaining, sadly. Hers was not a grumble, it ... Read More

To Become $5-Trillion Economy, India Needs To Grow at 9%. It’s N...

How can India achieve and consistently keep a high rate of growth? A high-rate would be 8% per year or ... Read More

Conflict Of Interest Impairs Tie-Ups Between Food Industry And Its Reg...

The nexus between the food industry and its regulator continues unabated even a decade after it was first exposed in ... Read More

How IIT, The Development Dream Of The Dispossessed, Turned Into A Nigh...

Alankar Jain, an IIT Bombay graduate, wrote, a few years ago, a viral piece for Quartz.com. In his article, Jain ... Read More

OPINION | Abrogation Of Article 370 Will Influence State Elections Thi...

Polling dates for assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand will be announced soon with some conjecture that Jharkhand may ... Read More

OPINION | Lynchings In The Name Of Cows Scaring Away The Global Invest...

Ministers of the BJP government are at pains to underscore that the fundamentals of the Indian economy are “strong”.  Investment, ... Read More

OPINION | Can We Dream Of A 5-Trillion Dollar Economy When Indian Poli...

The maintenance of law and order is of ­utmost importance to realise the Prime Minister’s dream of a 5-trillion-dollar eco­nomy, ... Read More

Nation’s Pulse In State Polls

Polling dates for assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand will be announced soon with some conjecture that Jharkhand may ... Read More

Honey, I Shrunk The Economy

Ministers of the BJP government are at pains to underscore that the fundamentals of the Indian economy are “strong”.  Investment, ... Read More

The Constrained Arm Of The Law

The maintenance of law and order is of ­utmost importance to realise the Prime Minister’s dream of a 5-trillion-dollar eco­nomy, ... Read More

OPINION | Opposition To Hindi Is More Political Than Realistic

India is not new to the politics of language. Language has been used as a great unifying force and also ... Read More

Heavy Fines Against Offenders Is Unlikely To Reduce Traffic Accidents ...

While introducing the bill to amend the motor vehicles law in the Lok Sabha in July this year, the Minister ... Read More

Culinary Legacy: Evolution of Indian and Arabian Cuisines

The water-body, the waves of which lap the shores of the western coastline of India, is aptly named the Arabian ... Read More

What A Waste, Bengal

It is the run-up to Durga Puja and the roads are a mass of bamboo. Hammers can be heard in ... Read More

Opinion: Guardian’s List Of Top 100 Movies Pricks Bollywood&rsqu...

Bollywood has, of late, been patting itself hard for making content-rich cinema in the new millennium, thinking it has finally ... Read More

An EU-Like Arrangement With SAARC Nations Could Reinvigorate IndiaR...

The European Union has the largest free trade zone in the world. The EU’s single market has more than 50 ... Read More

Will Hike In Fines Be Enough To Deter Traffic Violators?

Have you ever bunked college or skipped work, perhaps cheated in an examination, or evaded taxes by submitting fake bills? ... Read More

Economic Slowdown Is An Opportunity For Radical Change

Over the last few weeks, we have been reading about the economy slowing down with companies cutting production and piling ... Read More

Animal Spirits Are Comatose

After the Lok Sabha resu­lts were declared in May, equity markets had rallied to all-time high levels with feverish anticipation ... Read More

100 Days Of Decisive Action

While the first 100 days are an important ­milestone for any government, it is never easy to comprehensively evaluate its ... Read More

To Russia, Once More, With Love And Misgivings

The Modi-Putin relationship is, perhaps, the most fascinating of India’s external “affairs”. The reasons for their diplomatic bonding and evolving ... Read More

Lack Of Clarity, Transparency In Kashmir Lockdown Could Lead To ‘...

As the Kashmir lock down enters 39th day, a thought arises if this would eventually fizzle out under international pressure ... Read More

JNU Will Survive Morons, For Resistance To Tyranny, Ignorance Is At Co...

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration is unique. Perhaps even matchless in the history of education. We have heard numerous stories ... Read More

PM Modi’s Vladivostok Visit Strengthens India-Russia Ties Throug...

Early this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Vladivostok in Russia as the Chief Guest for the Fifth Eastern Economic ... Read More

Confessions Of A Failed Comic

I like humour; it makes me laugh. Humour can be funny. I mean look at me; when I was dating, ... Read More

ISRO Chief Dr K Sivan Has Every Right To Cry Over Chandrayaan-2’...

In the last two weeks, we have seen Good Morning America’s host Lara Spencer ridicule Prince George for his special ... Read More

Is It Possible To Redefine ‘Eminence’ Title And Confer It ...

How do the institutes of higher education achieve eminence? Is it possible for an institute to be born eminent? A ... Read More

Opinion: Exploration Of Universe Only Way For Humans To Survive. ISRO,...

If we view life on the evolutionary scale, what are the important milestones? They would be the first appearance of ... Read More

Mousiqi Manzil: Where Music Resides

Imagine a place where the Muse of music, Erato, has her abode. That’s Mousiqi Manzil which reminds one of the ... Read More

Opinion: Risks And Failures Part Of Space Business And ISRO Well-Equip...

The euphoria around India’s first soft landing mission to the moon has ended in disappointment and gloom. The head of ... Read More

OPINION | Why India Must Support Free And Fair Elections In Afghanista...

On September 2, US special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad revealed details of an ‘in-principle’ agreement between the US and ... Read More

Would BJP Icon Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Have Approved Of Kashmir Lockdo...

In an address to the nation on August 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said abrogation of Article 370 had fulfilled ... Read More
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