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Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian’s first Economic Survey is notable for three main reasons. First, the overall sense of optimism that it exudes — and justifiably so — on the economy and i... »

Needless provocation

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent comment that the prime motive behind Mother Teresa’s work among the destitute and desperately poor was to convert them to Christianity may... »

Towards a modest goal

No laundry list of new trains to be started. No announcement of new lines to be laid with ambitious targets. No pet projects to be set up in core constituencies of the ruling party. Make no mistak... »

The Oscar accolades

This year’s Oscars were touted to be a Birdman versus Boyhood race (though Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game and Damien Chazel... »

Pragmatism over politics

The nomenclature for the PDP-BJP coalition points to the pragmatism needed on the perilous path the two parties have bravely undertaken in forming a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. Thei... »
February 26, 2015

Empowering the States

The broad contours of a cooperative federal polity where the Centre and States engage as equal partners in development is now emerging after the government on Tuesday accepted the recommendations... »
February 25, 2015

Rahul on leave

Rahul Gandhi could not have chosen a worse moment for self-introspection, coinciding as it does with a parliamentary budget session. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s humiliating defeat in the recent D... »
February 24, 2015

India on a roll

Ardent fans of Indian cricket would have given a lot in exchange for the team’s current position in the World Cup. With commanding victories over Pakistan and South Africa — on paper, India’s toug... »
February 23, 2015

The cost of negligence

The failure of successive governments in India, especially those in States that have the highest mortality rates among children younger than five years, to address the critical issue of training h... »
February 21, 2015

A thoughtful Obama

If taken at face value, President Barack Obama’s closing address to the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism could signal a repositioning of the official White House line on the war against glob... »
February 20, 2015

Political boost in challenging times

Ruling parties tend to have an advantage in by-elections, but even so the victories of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Srirangam in Tamil Nadu and of the Trinamool Congress in Bong... »
February 19, 2015

Marching to its own beat

That the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a self-contained world, with an internal logic all its own, was abundantly clear from Monday’s player auction. Unlike 2014, this wasn’t a year for overhauls... »
February 18, 2015

Egypt strikes back

Egypt seems to have set its foot deep into the Islamic State (IS) quicksand. Since Monday, the Egyptian military has been carrying out raids on IS camps and weapon storage areas in northeast Libya... »
February 25, 2015

The return of Father Alexis

The details of how exactly India secured the release of Father Alexis Prem Kumar remain unclear. From the little that has emerged, the Afghan authorities had managed to establish contact with the... »
February 24, 2015

More like a flood than a leak

It is akin to an organised industry. The systematic “pilfering” from the Petroleum Ministry’s office in the heart of New Delhi of documents which were then handed over to “consultants” and interes... »
February 23, 2015

The return of Nitish

With Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar being sworn in Chief Minister of Bihar, a phase of political uncertainty has come to an end in the State. But his return to power also kicks off anothe... »
February 21, 2015

Dealing with broken marriages

Shelving the decision to allow an amendment of the marriage laws to include ‘irretrievable breakdown’ as an additional ground for seeking divorce will be a regrettable step. This progressive amend... »
February 20, 2015

Maximum City

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has given a new spin to the term SEZ. His proposal to make Mumbai truly the Maximum City and open up select non-residential areas for a vibrant nightlife has bee... »
February 19, 2015

Secularism is not a policy option

In speaking up against violence and incitement of hatred on the basis of religion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seeking to correct a growing perception that his government passively encouraged... »
February 18, 2015

New thrust in India-Sri Lanka ties

Relations between India and Sri Lanka have not just been reinforced during the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena but have also gained new direction and momentum. As Sri Lanka’s closest neigh... »