Chimera around the Quad quandary

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Ashok K Mehta | in Edit

India has to play the balancing act. It must constructively engage with the US and China to preserve its strategic autonomy through multi-alignment After the second India-China Maritime Affairs Dialogue held in Beijing last week, it was made clear to China that the evolving India-Pacific strategy was not aimed at China’s...

Queen’s gambit

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Mayawati as PM? Why seat numbers don't matter for a party that drew a blank in the 2014 poll In any other country, indeed even in India for anyone but the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), it would have been laughable to harbour aspirations for the top job in the country for...

Ailing Taj

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Saving Taj’s pristine splendour is not just a matter of national pride but a national emergency It is the world’s sixth most visited heritage site and Asia’s second most sought after monument but the Taj is probably the frailest of them all as its translucent marble façade picks up every little...

Class will tell

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The suicide by an air-hostess in a tony Delhi locality due to alleged domestic abuse by her husband is confirmation if any were needed that misogynistic violence cuts across the class divide in India. The immediate cause of the suicide appears to be a marital dispute over the proceeds from...

Sharia courts: Seeds sown 70 years ago

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

The monstrous folly of Independent India’s pursuit of a fake brand of secularism has cast a shadow on the secular aspirations of a majority of Indians The decision of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to establish Sharia courts in all districts across the country has stirred up...

Thrills and spills

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Russia 2018 is being hailed as one of the finest World Cups over the past three decades It was a Final which had everything — controversial decisions, pitch invasion, own goal, first teenage goal scorer since Pele and a comic goalkeeping error. France beat Croatia 4-2 to be crowned World Champions...

Real life resumes

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

For the past month, there isn’t a nation where, depending on the time difference with Russia, football fans haven’t stayed up all night, been up at the crack of dawn or bunked work to catch a match. But the quadrennial event showcasing The Beautiful Game is over, the French will...

Big brother tech

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

In a connected world where anybody can put their thoughts on the Internet, should the Government monitor them? The British thespian Stephen Fry has a wonderful podcast available called ‘Great Leap Years’ and in one of the episodes he describes the aftermath of an invention by Johannes Gutenberg. The invention was...

Sinha’s choice: The perils of populism

Monday, 16 Jul 2018 | Ishan Joshi | in Edit

Leadership in never about standing at the head of a mob. It’s about having the courage to oppose its demands even when, and precisely because, one is simpatico Union Minister Jayant Sinha, whom I hasten to clarify I do not know, have never met and hold no brief for or against,...

Warrior Nawaz

Monday, 16 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Nawaz Sharif is one of the canniest politicians in the world. But can he pull off a Houdini-like escape this time? Nawaz Sharif would never have imagined that he would one day become a poster-child for democracy. But in an increasingly dysfunctional Pakistan, he is now a prisoner of conscience of...

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