Remembering October Revolution

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | SV NAIR | in Oped

This year will mark the centenary of the October Socialist Revolution and it’s encouraging that both India and Russia are willing to further jointly counter challenges and threats of the 21st century In his monumental book, Ten Days that Shook the World, John Reed has brilliantly reflected on the soul of...

A new strategy for Afghanistan

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | Maroof Raza | in Oped

The best bet for India is to use Trump's interest in India, but re-crafting an India-US partnership that addresses India's core concerns and possibly of Pakistan With US President Donald Trump's first public articulation of his policy thrust for Afghanistan — which has demanded more from Pakistan than either George W...

Was demonetisation worth it at all?

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | Basant Potnuru | in Oped

Undoubtedly, demonetisation came as a big bonanza but overall, the costs outweighed the benefits. To curb the menace of black money, the focus must be to fix the demand for black money than on curtailing the supply through cash-less measures Since 99 per cent of the demonetised currency is back to...

Shedding strategic ambiguity

Monday, 18 Sep 2017 | Ninad Sheth | in Oped

The finalisation of the bullet train programme between India and Japan is significant. Both countries are discovering a steady concurrence of interests and concerns in a deteriorating security situation in Asia Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India, that witnessed the finalisation of the Shinkansen (bullet) train programme is strategically...

The world's most persecuted minority

Monday, 18 Sep 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Mistreatment of ethnic and religious minorities is not uncommon in Myanmar. But the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims is driven by anti-Muslim paranoia During the past 65 years of military rule in Burma, the Army has killed thousands of people from almost every one of the country's numerous minorities: Shans, Karens,...

Healthcare convergence is need of hour

Monday, 18 Sep 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

That the Government wants to ensure cost containment in health services is welcome. However, price control is a blunt instrument which will effect change through dictate but not fully resolve a vexing issue. More systemic and holistic reforms are needed The Government of India has embarked on price controls on drugs,...

Breaking BRICS’ impasse on terror

Saturday, 16 Sep 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

The 9th annual summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries, which took place in the Chinese city of Xiamen on September 4-5, 2017, is historic in the sense that it started with an uncertain note but ended positively. This generated a sense of optimism among the...

Unlocking urbanisation potential of India

Saturday, 16 Sep 2017 | KK Pandey | in Oped

We have failed to utilise full potential of urbanisation in India. The size of urban population is significantly underestimated; all classified areas are not governed by city governments; there is lack of suitable planning and follow up; economic potential of cities is highly underutilised; large part of cities has developed...

Failing on a Kashmiri solution

Friday, 15 Sep 2017 | Khursheed Wani | in Oped

Rajnath Singh, during his visit to J&K, refused to extend formal invitation to engage in talks. Sans this engagement, the road-map for permanent solution to Kashmir raises more questions than it answers On his fifth visit to Kashmir in 14 months since a massive uprising erupted after the killing of Hizbul...

Diminishing India’s traditional role

Friday, 15 Sep 2017 | Sudip Bhattacharyya | in Oped

Western culture has enlightened us in several ways but it has also destroyed the hold of early Hindu culture. We need to get back to our ancient roots Despite 500 years of occupation and some conversions, Islamist rulers could not influence the Hindu culture any significantly. In the 200 years of...


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