Presidential election: It’s ordinariness vs pedigree

Sunday, 25 Jun 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Contemporary journalism lends itself to both shrillness and hyperbole. An example of the latter was the reaction of most of the media — apart from the habitually disgruntled sections — to the BJP’s selection of Ram Nath Kovind as its nominee for the President of India. Despite Kovind being relatively less...

What is being done is clearly not enough

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

A taste for domination is the major reason for rise of rape cases in India. Overall a change in the mindset is required to truly eradicate this menace from society Increasing public concern over the rising incidence and savagery of rape cases is entirely warranted. Clearly, massive public agitation over the...

Waiting for chemistry

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Will Modi and Trump strike a rapport? It’s needed for India-US ties to reach next level Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Washington, DC, again, but this time to meet Barack Obama's successor, the new American President, Donald Trump. The Prime Minister's first meeting with Obama had hit the right...

Now, a symbolic contest

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Desperation to project unity made Opposition fight a losing presidential election The Congress-led Opposition's choice of Meira Kumar as its presidential candidate to take on the NDA's nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, has been clearly dictated by its desire to pit a Scheduled Caste against a Scheduled Caste, and thus escape the...

Widening fault lines in West Asia

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Overtly Qatar’s terror financing is utmost concern for Saudi Arabia, but reality is different: tiny Gulf nation’s rising global grandeur can no more be acceptable to its big brother. So the feud for regional supremacy will continue and under the tutelage of the Trump administration The current diplomatic flare-up against Qatar...

Indian mediation in Korean War

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

On the occasion of 67th anniversary of the war, India’s forgotten role in Korean War resolution needs a reckoning. In this context, involving India in the Northeast Asian peace process will be instrumental in strengthening India-South Korea relations Some called it an “ideological war” between Communist and non-Communist blocs, some others...

Stability that matters for Chinese economy

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 | Priyanka Pandit | in Oped

China’s high growth rates are not sustainable and the Chinese Government needs to be less obsessed with the declining growth rates and focus more on the social stability, especially tacking the problem of unemployment in the country The Chinese Government has set “stability” as the major theme for economic planning this...

Secular Bangladesh

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Sheikh Hasina doing her best, but appeasing fundamentalists can ruin her project The Sheikh Hasina Government of Bangladesh has been rightly pursuing the 1971 war criminals — the so-called Razakars etc — despite stiff opposition within the country and from busybodies abroad, including sundry public figures and human rights activists. A...

Overriding litigations

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Government will do well to set its house in order first. It’s tough, but not impossible A recent report by the Union Law Ministry, which states that Governments, both at the Central and State levels, are the biggest litigator in various courts is not surprising. That Government-related litigation is one of...

Writing off farm loans: Is this the way out?

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

Discontent, anger and unrest among farmers did not erupt a few weeks ago. It had been there when the UPA regime ruled; and existed since earlier than that. Whenever farmer sentiments threatened to manifest or began to manifest in politically inconvenient ways, the Government under siege applied a quick-fix method:...


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