Delhi University’s comedy of errors

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The change to a four-year undergraduate course has been taken without a concept paper, without discussion and apparently in a whimsical manner. The curriculum doesn't explain how it would make students more employable While the US is looking to revert to three-year degree courses to cut cost during a recession-hit economy,...

The die has already been cast

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | in Oped

It is one thing to demand that China be meaningful and accept India as an equal partner in trade, integrate it into supply chains and move ahead. But the ground reality dictates that this simply is not going to happen. We’ll only get platitudes Li Keqiang’s India visit has given...

No different from Left Front misrule

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

Good governance is not to be confused with bad politics. But Mamata Banerjee has apparently not understood this reality. Her regime meanders on Two years is a good time to audit the delivery on promises by a Government elected for a five year term. The Trinamool Congress Government in West...

Meaningless declaration for now

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Nripendra Misra | in Oped

The Election Commission should be given the responsibility of public oversight and scrutiny of statements filed by candidates. A special nodal cell should be attached to the EC for this purpose. Accountability will then happen The enforcement of political standards of transparency and accountability through the requirements of declaration is...

Law is there, followers aren’t

Monday, 20 May 2013 | Pc Sharma | in Oped

Functional autonomy is what matters most to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Of course, concomitant financial and administrative autonomies too would be an ideal situation, because the absence of these autonomies results in arm-twisting Never before has the Central Bureau of Investigation been surrounded by such a fierce controversy as ...

Older and wiser, with the passage of time

Monday, 20 May 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Nawaz Sharif has enough on his hands, ranging from the resurrection of a ruined economy to the containment of Islamists in Pakistan The first time Nawaz Sharif became Prime Minister of Pakistan was almost a quarter-century ago. His second term was ended 14 years ago by a military coup that drove...

Telangana leaves UPA in a bind

Monday, 20 May 2013 | Rekha Saxena | in Oped

The rapid pace of globalisation has had a profound impact on federalism, which seeks to manage sovereignty with dual rule. Liberalisation, juxtaposed with the rise of coalition regimes, has strengthened decentralisation The political debate over the division of Andhra Pradesh makes one ponder over the nuances of re-organisation of States...

Fallacy of political tourism in Pak

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Subramanian Swamy | in Oped

A lot of Indians are justifiably cheered by Nawaz Sharif’s return to power through an election which saw ordinary Pakistanis defy the Mullahs. But helping this new order with compromises on Kashmir and national identity would be a grave mistake The problem with Indo-Pakistan relation is the deep rooted malaise in...

Good script, now act on it

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

Nawaz Sharif, the comeback kid of Pakistani politics, has once again fired the imagination of optimists in India. But first he must resolve Pakistan’s unique problems Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) is poised to form the next government. Although this had been widely predicted by observers...

Real touchstone is action on 26/11 accused

Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

Despite the all-pervasive optimism over progress based on the PM-elect’s personal interest in economic ties with India, it’s unlikely that much would change in Delhi-Islamabad relations. If a change does indeed come, it’s unlikely to come in the short-term and may have nothing to do with Nawaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif’s thumping...


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