India according to Shashi Tharoor

Monday, 16 Jul 2018 | Sudip Bhattacharyya | in Oped

It’s a bit rich to hear a Congress leader hold forth on democracy and the Constitution when his own party has damaged both Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is in the limelight yet again. This time not due to the accusations about his involvement in his wife’s death but for warning Indians...

The Forbidden Fruit

Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” goes the popular saying. Maybe it needs to be clinically correlated, but nevertheless, the present world owes a lot to apple. In fact, humanity’s descent to planet earth is due to apple, if we take a cue from The Holy Bible. Was...

Crisis in Nicaragua: Will Ortega survive?

Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

President Daniel Ortega's brand of “state capitalism” has sharply divided the Nicaraguan society. His failure to acknowledge the mood of the public may cost him presidentship as he is fighting a war of survival As public protest in Nicaragua has deepened, Daniel Ortega, the embattled President of the country, is battling...

Trivia makes whole year silly season

Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

In many countries of the West, there exists a ‘silly season’, the time most natives pack their bags and go off on their sacrosanct summer holidays. It is also a time, Parliament goes into recess and there is a break from politics. In official India, holidays are regarded as avoidable...

Fake news creates its own ugly reality

Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

The spread of misinformation has weaponised social media to an extent that it is more effective than airstrikes in destroying the target, in this case legitimate news The truth is hard to find. The truth is hard to know. The truth is more important now than ever.” So goes the...

River of waste

Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

With the arrival of the monsoon, Mumbai’s reputation and streets both turn into a soggy mess. Now comes news that the megapolis’ Mithi river, one of the oldest in those parts, is flowing alright but with over 90 per cent of its volume comprising sewage. Clogged and abused, it could...

Bihar bonhomie

Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

More than for the NDA, the reiteration of the BJP-JDU alliance in Bihar is significant for the Opposition We have been flagging in these columns for a while now that the Opposition seems far too cock-a-hoop at the prospect of doing well enough in the 2019 General Election to dislodge the...

Trump’s torpedo

Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Europe was dreading Trump’s visit. First in Brussels and now in London, he is challenging trans-Atlantic ties The news that India is looking to invite United States President Donald Trump for next year’s Republic Day parade was surprising. In 2016, when Barack Obama attended the parade, one could see the sheer...

Misleading stock market index

Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

Recent stock index movements are weird and out of sync with the real economic situation of the country. Too much should not be read into it. The focus should be on a prudent pricing policy to boost industrial growth The sudden record jump of sensex to 36,548 points — up by...

Brexit: No turning point yet

Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Brexiteers’ power lies in their threat to stage a revolt that overthrows May, fatally splits the Conservative Party and precipitates an early election Even with Donald Trump scheduled for a brief visit to the United Kingdom this week amid massive protests, it’s still ‘all Brexit, all of the time’ in the...


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