India: Independent but not free

Friday, 17 Aug 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

Even as India celebrated its 72nd Independence day this week, a glance at the current state of media regulation will reveal how Press freedom is constrained in small and large ways This week, India celebrated its 72nd anniversary of independence. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on the midnight of August 15, 1947, spoke...

Going to space

Friday, 17 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

India is doubling down on its space mission and that is a good thing. There are many more miles to achieve The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has outlined an ambitious plan to not just launch many more satellites in the coming years, but has also said that India plans to...

Cricket’s gentleman

Friday, 17 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The Indian team, which is reeling under tough times, must look nowhere but at Wadekar, the master strategist If as fans of the gentleman’s game we have been disheartened by the Indian team’s dismal showing in England, then we should seek solace from the one man who taught us the art...

Kerala’s human crisis

Friday, 17 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Submerged completely, Kerala is undergoing its worst humanitarian crisis in 100 years. Besides loss of property and displacement of lakhs of families, it is unimaginable that the Kochi airport will remain closed until August 26 as it lies under water. While Army-driven rescue efforts are laudable, a Herculean task awaits...

The curious case of Demchok

Thursday, 16 Aug 2018 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Of course, the Chinese intrusions into Indian territory are not innocent. Solutions are there which lie in the re-opening of the Demchok route. But is China ready to do this? Despite the Wuhan consensus (or ‘Wuhan spirit’) arrived at after the one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi...

Early proposition

Thursday, 16 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The idea of one nation, one election seems irresistible given its merits but needs detailed groundwork still Simultaneous polls, given the nature of logistic and legal complexities, have been put on the backburner for a while although the ruling BJP was hoping that pushing them aggressively for the 2019 elections could...

Turkish cold

Thursday, 16 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Erdogan is a model strongman but his economic policies are bizarre and have given the world a bad headache Turkey’s economy is in a state of crisis right now, exemplified by the collapse in the value of the Turkish Lira. Turkish President Erdogan, like any other ultra-nationalist leader in the world,...

Political gamble

Thursday, 16 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

It has not even been a week since the death of DMK patriarch Karunanidhi and cracks have surfaced in the party with his once-expelled son MK Alagiri challenging brother and heir apparent Stalin and trying to effect a split. Tamil Nadu politics is clearly in a vacuum post...

Rafale cocktail continues to fox us

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

The Government and the Opposition have been on the warpath over the acquisition of Rafale fighters and this is not going to end anytime soon, making it a potent poll plank The dogfight between the Government and the Opposition over the acquisition of 126 versus 36 Rafale fighters is not going...

India at 72

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

We have to start talking less and doing more, otherwise India is like the smart guy who is a know-it-all but does nothing The Prime Minister’s speech at the ramparts of the Red Fort is a celebration of Indian democracy and for the past 20 years Indian Prime Ministers have delivered...

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