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Suu Kyi and the Rohingya crisis

Monday, 05 Feb 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Suu Kyi deserved the Nobel Prize for her 30-year-long non-violent campaign for democracy but her mishandling of the Rohingya crisis has taken the sheen off the prize. Taking it back from her wouldn't help matters, but it would do the standing of the prize a lot of good Nobel Peace Prize...

Think now | Gautama Buddha

Monday, 05 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Oped

Charity bestowed upon those who are worthy of it is like good seed sown on a good soil that yields an abundance of fruits. But alms given to those who are yet under the tyrannical yoke of the passions are like seed deposited in a bad soil. The passions of...

Changing arithmetic in Maharashtra

Sunday, 04 Feb 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The Shiv Sena’s decision to go solo is a blow to the BJP. While the Maratha movement has petered out, the Dalit movement, farmers' woes, lack of jobs and price rise are likely poll issues. A vote-share split may work to the advantage of the Congress-NCP combine, if they come...

Clampdown on digital hatemongers: Whose freedom at risk in Germany?

Saturday, 03 Feb 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Increasing hate speech cases in Germany is bringing home harsh realities of its post-refugee crisis against the backdrop of German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcoming millions of immigrants, particularly from West Asia. Though the influx of imimigrants and their embrace by the German Government is being read as a sign of new...

Raisina Dialogue: India’s prominence growing globally

Saturday, 03 Feb 2018 | MARTAND JHA | in Oped

The Raisina Dialogue, a premiere foreign policy conference held annually by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has grown significantly and is taking an institutional character. In its third edition organised a fortnight ago in Delhi, the Raisina Dialogue began a new culture of inviting a head of State to deliver...

Budget takes the process begun in 2014 forward

Friday, 02 Feb 2018 | Bibek Debroy | in Oped

Good for the poor, good for the middle class and process-centric The Union Budget 2018-19 is a continuation of what the Government has already been doing and, therefore, it focuses on fiscal consolidation, promotion of infrastructure and their collective goods and individual initiatives — things like availability of cooking gas, electricity...

An underwhelming Budget 2018-19

Friday, 02 Feb 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Oped

Instead of using the Budget as an opportunity for economic rejuvenation, the Government marketed itself and forgot about working towards its goals The Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley, while giving his Budget speech used the opportunity to speak in both Hindi and in English. Unfortunately, all this meant was that the...

Now, focus on long-term sustainability

Friday, 02 Feb 2018 | Garima Maheshwari | in Oped

The Budget is an amalgam of various planning initiatives, which will help the farmers The Union Budget 2018-2019 was predominantly a people-centric Budget, focused on the agrarian and the rural economy. Sectors like healthcare, agriculture, MSMEs, education and skill have been given importance, while public expenditure on infrastructure and railways has...

Budget has Modinomics written all over it

Friday, 02 Feb 2018 | Sanju Verma | in Oped

The Union Budget for fiscal 2018-2019, has Modinomics written all over it. Modinomics is a socio-economic philosophy that seeks to benefit the last man standing, the marginal farmer, the committed home-maker, the enterprising youngster, the salaried middle class, the rapidly growing MSME sector that is shaping Make in India, the...

Key to peace in Afghanistan

Thursday, 01 Feb 2018 | M Ashraf Haidari | in Oped

Afghanistan is at the centre of a region that has great potential but the country’s security and prosperity depends on its neighbours, most importantly Pakistan Land-locked countries like Afghanistan are at a great disadvantage over their littoral neighbours with access to sea for regional and global trade. Naturally, peace, security, and...


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