Rude campus awakening

Friday, 15 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

ABVP may call NSUI’s win incidental but it is a pointer to 2019 general election While the jury is still out on whether it is a major upset for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) or an incidental Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India win as the hard-pressed...

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...

Selective amnesia on Gauri’s killing

Friday, 15 Sep 2017 | RK Sinha | in Oped

Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder has sparked widespread outrage in the country. Rightly so, but what is shocking is that such condemnations are discriminatory in nature. A murder is a murder, one cannot and should not condemn a crime selectively No word will be strong enough to condemn the killing of...

Think now | Frances Hodgson Burnett A Little Princess

Friday, 15 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to...

Post-Doklam, Chinese aggression not yet over

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

The renewed Chinese aggressiveness, including against India's Army Chief, is probably triggered by a great sense of insecurity, not to say instability. The battle for Chairman Xi is far from over The Doklam incident is over and one could say, ‘All’s well that ends well’, to paraphrase the title of Shakespeare’s...

The dynastic problem

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Dynastic politics and nepotism in India is for real. But we shouldn’t dismiss the problem Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is on a world tour, much like the princes and princesses of Europe used to do. And the British still do a ‘grand tour’ of the world — they see the...

Game of Thrones is back

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Sanitisation process in Tamil Nadu’s epileptic politics is welcome but still open to question Politics is inherently theatrical in Tamil Nadu, so it is not surprising that the next act of the drama has inevitably unfolded in the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) with two warring factions getting...

Surely, the time is of essence

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Arresting dwindling combat strength of the IAF will be a priority for Sitharaman. Each category of the aircraft has specific roles and only a naÔve would suggest replacement of one category with another Arresting the dwindling combat squadron strength of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be a priority of the...

Where there is a will, there’s a way

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | RC Acharya | in Oped

Even as the country is witnessing job crisis, a silent but significant change has come in the lives of rural India, which now hopes to be torchbearers of their community India is adding an Australia to its population every year and its teeming youth is increasingly getting restless and frustrated for...


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