The Narendra Modi government has suspended the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010, (FCRA) for 180 days, preventing it from receiving any foreign funds
The Hindu Council UK has prepared its own “manifesto”, a list of demands submitted to political parties ahead of next month’s elections in the United Kingdom.
Can I pack the fridge items now madam?”, one of the packers asked and proceeded to wrap our pickle jars, sauce bottles and sundry other items from the fridge.
“An insult should be true to bite Facts are heavy, fantasies light — A truth is heavier than a lie Hush, my darling, don’t you cry…”
Earlier this month it was announced that Amaravati will be the new capital of what some have disparagingly called, “the rump state of Andhra Pradesh”. This will not be just any old capital city.
The locality in Srinagar where Massarat Aalam Bhat — who has been in the news these past few weeks — comes from is where I once used to have my home: Zaindar Mohalla.
The death of a farmer, Gajendra Singh Rathore, during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in Delhi in front of cameras and crowds has shocked an increasingly insensitive nation. Whether the death was a publicity stunt gone wrong, or suicide, is now being hotly contested. The statements by relatives of Rathore that have been reported from his village in Dausa so far suggest that he had political ambitions, was not poor by Indian standards, and had spoken of returning from the rally at which he died.
Middle-class urban India woke up to some bitter truths last week when a young woman doctor ended her life in a hotel room in New Delhi’s Paharganj area.
When politics, business and media rivalry get mixed up in wildlife conservation, the consequence can be pretty bizarre.
When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.
Some months ago, a prominent journalist posted a photograph on Facebook of Indira Gandhi visiting a Government of India-run emporium in New York.
Official visits by heads of state or government are like vital surgical operations — if you come out of the operation theatre alive and are back in your room, it is deemed a success.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon be in Beijing following up on the Chumar incident blighted visit by Chinese’s President Xi Jinping.
The 124th Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations on April 14 (leading to the 125th next year) are trying to tran-sform Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar into an acceptable Buddha of our times by totally opposite politica
The Indian Navy has once again kept the country’s flag flying high, in the emergency evacuation of a large number of Indians from Yemen.
A leading Jewish figure’s warning to Britain’s Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, to change his position on Israel and Palestine before the May 7 parliamentary election is a reminder that minorityism i
As a school principal, I cherish talking to our school alumni whenever I get a chance. Each such interaction often triggers a new line of thought.
Speak truth to power, make the truth powerful, and make the powerful truthful,” said Jeremy Cronin, a South African poet and Communist leader.
The recent announcement by the ministry of home affairs, that the government is planning to dilute the provisions of Indian Penal Code’s Section 498A due to its alleged misuse has alarmed not just wom
Considera-ble thought has gone into the question of how to make teaching interesting to the taught.
Deepak Parekh, the non-executive chairman of the board of HDFC, has rightly lashed out at the government that there has been little improvement in the “ease of doing business” in India by the governme
The best thing about Mumbai’s draft development plan (DP) is that there is one.
When a 71-year-old nun, who has dedicated her life to the service of society, is gangraped, it becomes a symbol of our collective shame.
The recent crisis in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has cynics chuckling quietly to themselves. They insist that ideals and utopias are alien to politics.
The verdict of the Tis Hazari trial court (in State v.
A month has elapsed since the alliance of convenience — People’s Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party — came to power in Jammu and Kashmir.
Praising the Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23, the diplomat Henry Kissinger pointed to his economic achievement.
Human resource development minister Smriti Irani is facing yet another crisis with chairman of IIT Bombay’s board of governors Anil Kakodkar resigning.
On Friday, March 27, President Pranab Mukherjee graciously went to Atal Behari Vajpayee’s residence to confer upon him the nation’s highest award, the Bharat Ratna.
I attempted to file this column piously early so that, if the passion arose, computers this column is likely to pass through at this newspaper’s office could be switched off in time for Earth Hour on
While the nation heaved a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court struck down the draconian Section 66A of the Information Technology Act as violative of the rights to freedom of speech and expression
The controversy surrounding the banning of Leslee Udwin’s film India’s Daughter somehow glossed over the question as to how the permission to film the documentary was given, notwithstanding the well-e
In the early hours of January 11 this year, Priya Parameswaran Pillai, an Indian citizen, was all set to board an Air India flight to London from Delhi.
Lee Kuan Yew, the father of modern Singapore, who died on March 23, at the age of 91, was in the mould of South Korean military dictators who pulled their country by the bootstraps to modernise it.
As long as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister, no questions were raised about the worth of who were selected for Bharat Ratna.
China’s government and state-owned media are on cloud nine. “Welcome Germany! Welcome France!
Few would like to call it mid-life-crisis, considering the age of the leadership but I prefer to pronounce the present episode in AAP, as the crisis of Adolescence.
Having learnt a bitter lesson on the Sri Lankan front by placing all its bets on Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election, the National Democratic Alliance government is now treading carefully.
“All things bright and beautiful God made their DNA Then came the dark and ugliness The devil had his way…” From Haram Hymns by Bachchoo
Make no mistake. Rape is a heinous crime.
The recent lynching of Syed Sharifuddin Khan, a man accused of rape, in Dimapur, Nagaland, raised several uncomfortable questions.
Forty-five days is an insignificant period in the reign of a new monarch.
Should freedom of expression be an absolute right was the provocative punt that set the Hooghly ablaze one cool evening in Kolkata?
While Indian TV channels have spent more than a week discussing Leslee Udwin’s film, India’s Daughter, the British media has shown no such enthusiasm, apart from some sporadic discussions on mostly As
Human influenza, while causing ordinary sneezes, occurs in three types.
Every time Pakistan says it wants to talk about Kashmir, India finds itself on the back foot.
The “Budgetometer” and its elsewhere equivalent played the real hero — caught in between the ecstatic urge to give a 10-plus and the understandably unreasonable rush in search of a negative score, it
Listening to Suresh Prabhu presenting the Railway Budget, I wondered whether he was really promising to bring back the halcyon days of luxury on the rails. But no, he can’t and won’t.
The devil, they say, is in the details. There is a world of difference between the Budget speech of Arun Jaitley, peppered with smart announcements, and the real numbers in the Budget documents.
True to form the Budget presented by Arun Jaitley has concentrated on giving relief and support to the business interests in the country, with only an illusion of sustaining the common man.
In the ever-changing political and economic scenario, seismic changes take place in the corporate world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often mentioned that India enjoys a 3D advantage of democracy, demography and demand in the global economy.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s maiden Budget was presented on July 10, 2014.
The 14th century Sufi master Sharfuddin Maneri of Maner in Bihar is known as the Sufi of a hundred letters.
The word “change” is generally confused with Lampedusa’s famous phrase: “better to change a little so that everything can stay the same.” And when we feel that the time has come for a change, we uncon
Let’s just say my spoken and written language is anything but ladylike depending on the context, of course (luckily for me, I always manage to find a context!) I like cuss words. Always have.
In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, physicist and philosopher, Thomas Kuhn revolutionised the history of science by showing that science does not evolve linearly on the basis of objective, the
Fred Hoyle was arguably the most imaginative astrophysicist of the 20th century.
Mehdi Masroor Biswas’ was indeed a curious case.
For the first time since the beginning of the Afghan Taliban war in 2001, Kabul officially admitted, in March 2014, that 13,700 of its security personnel were killed.
Indian Railways is perhaps, the cheapest rail transport system in the world with an average revenue per passenger, per kilometre of Rs 1.9 for upper class, 27.47 paise for second class mail/express, 1
This much seems clear: The Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi (I think I should have written that the other way around) did not lose Delhi because Mr Modi wore that Rs 10 lakh suit pinstriped wi
The classics warn us “beware of Greeks bearing gifts”, a reminder of ancient Greek trickery in infiltrating Troy hidden in a wooden horse presented as gift.
In October 2014, a popular daily newspaper carried an interesting news item “HC unties the knot for man who claims he was forced into third marriage”.
The ignominious exit of home secretary Anil Goswami, for trying to dissuade the CBI from arresting former Congress MP Matang Sinh for his alleged role in the Saradha scam, is a strong message from Mod
As cricket hurtles toward another World Cup, another test of cricketing greatness, one question lingers: Who is the greatest batsman in cricket history? Myths surround every sporting legend.
In its most benevolent interpretation, Hindutva is the ideology that proclaims that India is, should be, a Hindu rashtra (nation) where the status of religious minorities should depend entirely on Hin
The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment on December 18, 2014 — Additional District and Sessions Judge ‘X’ versus Registrar General, High Court of Madhya Pradesh pronounced how sexual harassment case
Years ago, when I was a student apprentice in Hyderabad, people in buses would thrust money in my face demanding, “One ticket Nampally.” My friends suggested that I stand towards the front of the bus
A bitter little tale that did the rounds of Calcutta’s buses and trams during the Emergency had it that India would have been spared a great deal of anguish if only Raja Rammohun Roy hadn’t helped to
US President Barack Obama’s visit to India may be over, but controversies swirl ranging from the cost of the pinstripe button-up suit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to what exactly has been the solut
On the first day of American President Barack Obama’s visit to India, the two most commonly used words were chemistry and optics.
Two recent events — seemingly unrelated and separated in time and space need our careful consideration.
January 27, 2015, was an eventful day. A few events took place almost simultaneously on this day that are likely to impact the future of India’s security and economy.
The undivided Indian Army was a unique institution set up by the British in India.
I am happy that we have more tigers today than yesterday. But I am not happy that, as a nation, we are bent on counting tigers and alternately moaning or gloating over it.
US President Barack Obama’s second visit to India has set tongues wagging about his rare personal chemistry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
US President Barack Obama, during his visit to India this week, intends to highlight the strategically essential US-India relationship and shore up support for a wide variety of shared policy interest
There are several ways of looking at the debates around freedom of speech.
This past week’s Supreme Court judgment striking down clause 6.2.4 of the constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as well as emphasising the BCCI’s decisions were open to jud
“Tight ropes; loose talk; vain Hopes and she hangs in the air In a Haiku space Waiting for the ep- Iphany that she may yet Trapeze-like embrace.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to US President Barack Obama to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade is a confident, bold stroke.
Narendra Modi’s electoral juggernaut finally hit marshy ground in the nation’s capital.
The controversy that has erupted in the wake of Tamil writer Perumal Murugan declaring himself dead, disowning all entire writing, and requesting readers to set fire to all his novels, not just Matho
The three-day siege in Paris between January 7 and 9 can at best be understood as a consequence of something much larger at play in Europe.
The smallest of diplomatic gestures are sought to be analysed from the prism of China-India rivalry on the island nation of Sri Lanka.
The DNA of Kiran Bedi and the Bharatiya Janata Party seem twinned at birth.
In 1963, just after the trauma of the border war with China, the Congress lost three high-profile parliamentary byelections in quick succession.
The hopeful candidate of a year ago had three characteristics — he boasted, he denounced, and he made entreaties; he begged the people for their vote even as he regaled them with made-up stories about
Last Sunday, in the historic Paris show of solidarity of nearly four millions against the Islamist attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, French President Francois H
Is censorship good? Wait, dear reader, do not recoil in horror. Think about it. Of course not, you say? Well then why is it necessary to have a film censor board in this day and age?
It is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Enid Blyton moment. Instead of the mystery of the disappearing cat or the missing necklace, we have the gripping mystery of the missing show cause notice.
To the mourning parents, siblings, children, spouses, lovers, family and friends of those who were gunned down in the horrific massacre in Paris, what can I say?
The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s presidential election is good riddance for the troubled island.
There is a deep anger and revulsion here over the despicable attack on cartoonists and editors at the Charlie Hebdo by a bunch of cowards, but the sad realisation is that this could happen in the UK t
What happened at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was condemnable without reserve and the world’s media, including in India, have risen in solidarity.
Good intentions may sometimes lead to bad outcomes.
Many doctors often prescribe a particular brand of medicine for personal gains.
As the New Year begins, I feel compelled to reflect on how fictions and abstract constructions are ruling us; the nature of being and existence is being redefined in such fundamental ways that life it
It’s like that old story. You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbours.
This is the time of the year when anxious parents begin running about to ensure that their kids get admission to a good school.
I rarely go to a cinema hall to see a film, but made an exception for PK. On the last day of 2014, my wife and I went to a nearby PVR and saw the new Aamir Khan release, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Most Indians with the slightest knowledge of India’s nationalist struggle have at least a passing familiarity with Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s “two-nation theory” Pared to the bone, Jinnah’s contention was
Beginning of a New Year is an apt time to appraise the nation’s performance in the management of its foreign policy and diplomacy as also to reflect on what may be in store in the coming months.
If a New Year comes, can wish lists be far behind? Here is one that is short and simple cut out the clutter. There is a new government with a decisive mandate.
Will the subcontinent click the pause button for just a few moments, please? I suspect that right now most of my fellow countrymen don’t have time for that self-indulgence called introspection.
Tolerance requires no more than the ability to ignore what is not to one’s liking. But people expect others to be “reasonable” — in other words, be like me.
When Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won the election in May, many commentators were worried that a new brand of authoritarian nationalism would soon rear its ugly head.
2014 was the year in which pictorial satire in India deliberately sought and found new worlds to conquer.
Two unconnected developments marked 2014 as a unique year in the contemporary history of India’s political economy.
What Rahul wants, Rahul gets,” was the headline in one national newspaper. Others were not so direct, but nevertheless played up Rahul Gandhi’s outburst against the ordinance on convicted MPs and MLAs.
Relationships are really the bane of our life whether they be with our loved ones and also within our so called professional lives. We’re, throughout our lives, seeking that one very right relationship with a very right person who we think is absolutely right for us.
Now, why am I not surprised? The very actors, directors and power-brokers, who had once dismissed her either as just another pretty face or as an actress who looks good but acts bad, are now eating their words for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Has Narendra Modi softened himself as his campaign continues to progress? This week we had a statement from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate that for him, toilets were the priority over temples.
A charitable interpretation of the acceptance by our leaders of Partition and the bloodbath that it entailed would be that they expected it to have, once and for all, settled communal conflict in Inde
A Muslim is not a terrorist. A terrorist is not a Muslim”.
The significance of the second test on September 15, 2013, of India’s improved Agni-V intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Wheeler Island test range, off the coast of Orissa, has to be per
Along with holding public rallies all over the country to up his profile and take his message of throwing out the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Narendra Modi has also been working to get friends
Rahul Gandhi’s intervention last Friday on the side of the Supreme Court and the people, and against the ordinance-in-the-making that seeks to bail out criminal politicians, was the stuff of history.
I’m a 20-year-old college student. I was in love with my classmate. Last month I broke up with her. She cheated on me. And now it is very hard for me to face her all day in class.
Slut as in slattern “Isn’t it strange? Isn’t it rich? That Panini The Grammarian of Sanskrit Is now an Italian sandwich?” From Hai Doonya!
It is easy to be nostalgic about US-India relations. Think of the days when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would gush to President George W.
The world is staring at another military intervention by the United States and its allies in Syria to punish the Assad government for allegedly using chemical agents leading to hundreds of deaths of civilians.
Certain “dastardly deeds” (how our netas love these two words!) are just more “dastardly” than others. The cold-blooded, pre-meditated daylight murder of a legend called Narendra Dabholkar was one of them.
Gazing into India, on my occasional visits, standing on the Pakistani side of Wagah border, the only land crossing permitted along the border between India and Pakistan, I have inevitably, with moist eyes, remembered my late father.
Kajol, who lived on the upscale Altamount Road, had never seen life in the raw.
John Garver, a leading American expert on Sino-Indian relations, has likened Beijing’s strategy towards India to the Chinese way of cooking a frog. Plonk the frog in a vessel and turn up the heat slowly. If the water was hot to begin with or the temperature were to rise much too quickly, the frog would simply jump out and escape.
Nations on the march, or those in the dumps, have sometimes found great leaders to lift their spirits, offer a guiding vision, fuel ambition and help them leap forward. A down and out China found Deng Xiaoping, a fast-declining Britain got Margaret Thatcher, and a de-spirited America had Ronald Reagan.
Maverick, eccentric or unique? Which of these adjectives describe Justice Markandey Katju — the current chairman of the Press Council of India — adequately? Considering Justice Katju’s ability to shift from reality to fantasy without any forewarning, all of these epithets may fit on a given occasion, but none as aptly as I-centric.
One of the most tumultuous occurrences in the history of British media took place this year when some journalists working at the highly successful tabloid, News of the World , were accused of using underhanded means for news gathering.
In the next 10 days, Gujarat will go to polls, ostensibly to elect a legislative Assembly, but in reality to put a stamp of approval on its chief minister for over a decade, Narendra Modi. The only suspense is whether it does so with absolute conviction, that is, with a clear majority of votes cast, or through a plurality.