Egypt under Sisi: The mask and the Brotherhood

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Worrisome, as some experts on North Africa may say, is the fact that quietly and gradually the General is exporting its most irritant domestic malady — the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood — to the rest of West Asia, with lethal effects. It is time for him to lessen his...

Worst inflation inflicted on land of pharaoh

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | AP | in Oped

Pro-Sisi media consistently demonise dissidents and discourage any complaining, urging a patriotic front. Calls for protests following the initial price hikes in November fizzled and, for the moment, there appears to be little attempt at more, writes BRIAN ROHAN Egyptians are bearing down under their worst inflation in a decade, cutting...

Jobs in the Mahatma’s name

Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 | Shreya Kedia | in Oped

The latest Union Budget is a clear indication of the direction the Modi Government wants to take: Aggressively address issues concerning rural India. Its decision to strengthen MGNREGS is part of the gameplan. However, this scheme needs more tweaking Union Budgets, every year, come up with a few surprises and some...

Ephemeral memory and compassion

Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Slamming the door on refugees, many of whose lives have been shattered, is nothing but inhumanity. Just think: Supposing you become a refugee tomorrow? In the midst of impersonal third-person narratives of death and destruction caused by war, which have become so routine that people read through them like any other...

Noise: Neither safe nor sound

Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Excessive noise has come to be a part of our daily life so much so that we have forgotten the sounds of nature, be it chirping of birds or the wind rustling the leaves of a tree. The sound of loud, offensive horns is heard more The rapid advancement of science...

Translation as a cultural tool

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 | Sachida Nand Jha | in Oped

We can read, write and speak in English. But there is a creative activity which is crucial to keep our mother-tongue alive and growing. That is literary translation, which has a tremendous potential to strengthen the country’s linguistic plurality and cultural diversity The idea behind the celebration of International Mother Language...

Giving the girl child in India her due

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

Haryana can be a trendsetter, given its enormous success in busting its image of a State having among the worst sex ratios in the country In a bizarre coincidence, at about the same time when a group of people was working for girl child empowerment through a ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’...

Pain in heart, hole in the pocket

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 | Rajeev Ahuja | in Oped

The Government has done well to cap the prices of coronary stents but this is just a short-term measure. It needs to think broadly to keep a check against inflation of prices in this industry which is bound to happen By capping the prices of coronary stents that will reduce their...

US sending the wrong message

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 | Ishaan Saxena | in Oped

Trump will take some time to realise that his actions cannot revamp a system which is so intimately related to his own country. Revoking agreements and enforcing controversial bans belie what America has historically stood for, in decades since the Second World War US President Donald Trump’s first few days in...

‘Peace clause’ that brings prosperity

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 | Uttam Gupta | in Oped

New Delhi should engage proactively with the WTO to ensure that issues of concern to developing countries, primarily related to agriculture, are addressed Roberto Azevedo, Director General of World Trade Organisation (WTO), who was recently in Delhi to explore and understand India's perspective on issues for taking up in the 11th...