Editorial - The Hindu

In a single stroke, the Narendra Modi administration has underscored its seriousness in taking indigenisation of military hardware to the next level, and signalled its intent to end the drought in... »

Looking beyond 2015

The moral and practical imperatives of creating an equitable world and a sustainable planet have increasingly become inescapable. These are not unattainable ideals either. This optimism is foregro... »

Banking on inclusion

In launching the most ambitious plan ever to extend basic banking services across the country, the government is fulfilling a promise made by the »

Commendable initiative

At a time when open defecation remains something of a taboo subject and is seldom discussed in public, it is commendable that Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned the spotlight on the practice whil... »

Constitutional duty underlined

The Supreme Court of India has a reputation for activism and has sometimes even been accused of judicial overreach. However, it needs to be said in defence of the Court that as a repository of pub... »
August 30, 2014

Talk to ease tensions

Amid all that is wrong with India-Pakistan relations, the ceasefire that came into existence more than a decade ago can be held up as the single biggest achievement. After years of daily exchange... »
August 29, 2014

Assam’s annual sorrow

In a wide swath of northern and northeastern India, from Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, to Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, seasonal floods have eased followi... »
August 28, 2014

Framework to boost exports

The new NDA government’s first annual Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) statement will be unveiled soon. Normally presented after the Union Budget, the FTP has usually concentrated on measures to boost e... »
August 27, 2014

Risky, if not reckless

Scotland, which has had a separate Parliament since 1999, votes in a referendum next month to decide whether its four million voters want independence from the United Kingdom, potentially bringing... »
August 26, 2014

Growth-inflation dynamic

The Reserve Bank of India’s Annual Report submitted to the union government is a statutory publication on behalf of its central board of directors. The most recent one, released last week covers t... »
August 25, 2014

A landmark ethical clearance

On August 11, for the first time a 12-member World Health Organization panel unanimously agreed that the use of “unproven interventions” in humans as potential treatment or prevention options for... »
August 23, 2014

Humanising the law

There are times when state and citizen are so hopelessly locked in conflict that one of them will have to give in. In normal circumstances, the state prevails. But Irom Sharmila Chanu’s 14-year-lo... »
August 22, 2014

The navy and economic growth

The commissioning in Mumbai of INS Kolkata, a formidable destroyer, has turned out to be much more than an expression of the navy’s heft to safeguard the sea lanes of the Indian Ocean. The message... » 
August 29, 2014

Generational manoeuvres

The exit of the BJP’s troika comprising Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi from the party’s all-powerful Parliamentary Board and their being moved to a newly created advisor... »
August 28, 2014

Kerala’s challenge

Kerala has moved expeditiously to curb the availability of Indian Made Foreign Liquor and get on to the road to total prohibition. Whether the decision is the outcome of intra-party manoeuvres in... »
August 27, 2014

Blow for public integrity

The Supreme Court verdict holding coal block allocations made since 1993 illegal confirms a long-known, but little-acknowledged malaise pervading the administration: cronyism often overshadowing m... »
August 26, 2014

The experiment succeeds

The latest round of by-elections to Assembly seats will be remembered for the success of a political experiment in Bihar involving the coming together of three parties against the Bharatiya Janata... »
August 25, 2014

The tasks that remain

Change, as they say, is the only constant. What is relevant in a certain context at a given period of time and environment may cease to be so in a different context, a different time or a changed... »
August 23, 2014

Dealing with barbarism

The execution of the American journalist James Foley by militants of the Islamic State is a shocking iteration of the group’s barbarity. Foley was a freelance reporter who had been abducted many m... »
August 22, 2014

Conflicts within

Persisting boundary disputes among the northeastern States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland, reflect multi-layered conflicts in the region that the formation over time... »