Governance first

Governance first

Saturday, 25 May 2019 | Chandan Mitra

The nation hopes that with this resounding majority and consequent political stability, the Prime Minister will succeed in actualising his own vision and India’s unbound aspirations The BJP was well on its way to emerging as India’s ‘natural party of Government’ under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee when its hope...

Choking the Opposition

Choking the Opposition

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | Pioneer

Emboldened by the euphoria over exit polls, the BJP is trying to destabilise MP, Karnataka Governments Certain things just don’t change in Indian politics no matter how historic a verdict is or how tectonically an election shifts. And that is the transactional nature of power players, the smaller ones trading their...

Engage with Taliban

Engage with Taliban

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

While the US has made several U-turns in brokering peace in Afghanistan, India’s biggest policy failure has been the inability to make its only military base in Tajikistan operational The Afghanistan peace process has undergone nuanced changes and several U-turns under the Trump dispensation. These are worth reflecting upon. It is no...

Trouble in the skies

Trouble in the skies

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | Pioneer

Even as promoters of IndiGo resolve problems, other airlines are cribbing that it is being favoured over flying rights The news last week was that IndiGo’s two promoters, Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal, have had some differences and were trying to resolve them. In a way, this was actually a positive...

Vote for leadership

Vote for leadership

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | Pioneer

Be it Modi at Centre or Mamata and Patnaik in States, exit polls favour leaders who are byproducts of immediate contexts While some scepticism remains about the range of margins and the swing factors of exit polls, that is a debate of psephological granularity and arithmetical precision. But in totality, the...

The Italian connection

The Italian connection

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | A Surya Prakash

BG Deshmukh’s revelations in his book, A Cabinet Secretary Looks Back, shows how security protocols in the Rajiv era weren’t entirely above board  There is much talk of how Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister took his Italian relatives on a holiday to Lakshadweep and compromised national security by misusing the...

Trump’s rulebook

Trump’s rulebook

Monday, 20 May 2019 | Pioneer

Under the US President’s proposed ‘skill-based’ migration programme, Indians are in a quandary For a country that has been built by immigrants for the past four centuries, the United States (US) has become oddly hostile to immigrants over the past couple of decades. Now, President Donald Trump, who was elected...

Get down to business

Get down to business

Monday, 20 May 2019 | Pioneer

The economic challenges are far tougher this time and real euphoria will be when the new leadership surmounts them Every election has its own takeaway and this, too, has one, certainly beyond the noise of violence, rhetoric, bigotry and raging passion. It is that of the silent voter, who has zipped...

Sunday Edition

Globe Trotting

19 May 2019 | Agencies | Sunday Pioneer

Left, TMC urge EC to ensure free, fair polling

19 May 2019 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer

Didi’s nephew sends defemation notice to PM

19 May 2019 | Saugar Sengupta | Sunday Pioneer

MoD rejects Vice Admiral Bimal Verma's petition

19 May 2019 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer