Are countries which have not been responsible over decades, perhaps even over centuries, for huge greenhouse gas emissions, promoting global warming now obliged to cut on their CO2 emissions in global
ISIS, or more accurately Daesh, is a creation of multiple forces – its seeds were sown by America during its Cold War confrontation against the erstwhile Soviet Union, it has been nurtured well since
At the end of 2010, after a devastating four-year drought, the worst ever in Syria’s history, more than a million Syrian farmers had fled to the cities, their livestock had perished.
It is more than 10 days since the Bihar Assembly election results were declared, but the Bharatiya Janata Party continues to be in ferment.
Choose a mountain you want to climb: Don’t let yourself be carried away by the commentaries of others saying “that one is nicer” or “this one is easier”.
The post the of chairman and managing director of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), India’s largest power generation company, has been vacant for two months.
What does India need to become a superpower? The first thing is for it to become a Great Power.
After catching all political pundits and trackers of his political career on the wrong foot by his against-the-grain invitation to leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saar
It was in the month of Ramzan 2014 that there was an announcement about the establishment of the Caliphate.
Last Friday evening news began to come in of a series of terrorist atrocities in Paris: gunmen had been indiscriminately shooting at diners in restaurants and bars and spectators at a sports stadium a
In a video, Salim Benghalem, an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist who is the main suspect in the attacks on Paris, calls his “brethren in faith” to fight the “kafirs” and “mushriks” (ido
An emerging collective of regional parties after the triumph of the Mahagatbandhan in Bihar signals the building of a barricade to keep out ambitious encroachers.
The pollsters, exit polls and I were proved totally wrong in anticipating the results of the recent Bihar Assembly elections. The former’s expertise went astray in their predictions.
There is a tendency among people to show empathy by showing themselves to be co-victims.
India has been fighting for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the last 20 years but our efforts are yet to fructify.
A variation of the former British statesman Harold Wilson’s remark that one week is a long time in politics is apt for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He was habitually wont to begin a sentence with, “Amma yaar”, as in “Amma yaar, aap kaise hain?”, “Amma yaar, badi manhoos garmi hai”, “Amma yaar, aaj shaam ko thodi gup-shup ho jaaye.” <
Saturday’s cold-blooded terrorist shootings across Paris, that left an estimated 128 dead and hundreds wounded, is bound to trigger multiple reactions across Europe.
As somebody rightly said, “it is more important to say ‘perfect’ things ‘imperfectly’ than to say ‘imperfect’ things ‘perfectly’.
BJP’s defeat in the Bihar Assembly election is undoubtedly a setback for the party, more so the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, given the fact that while the former was the mascot of the party's campaign
On the evening of Friday the 13th, Paris experienced its most chilling moments since the climax of World War II.
Terrorist Massacre in Paris”, “The Horror”, “Carnage in Paris”, “The War in the Centre of Paris” — On Saturday morning I woke up to these headlines in the French press when all I wanted to know was th
Whatever other result the tragic crash of the Russian Metrojet Airbus A321 whose Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg Flight 9268 ended in the sands of Sinai, killing all 224 persons on board, may have, i
Politics makes strange bedfellows and stranger enemies. When the elections in Bihar are advertised as a clash of titans — of Nitish Kumar vs Narendra Modi — one wonders where old loyalties went.
It is a famous victory in Bihar for two regional leaders, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, even as the over-confident Bharatiya Janata Party licks its wounds on its rout at the hands of the coaliti
“The secret lover, betrayed by a sigh The impossibility of that last goodbye The cleansing tears he was forced to cry But what if a liar says he tells a lie?”
Diyar fellow Indians, as you are knowing, we have recently completed our Karva Chauth festival, a great tradition celebrated in North India since centuries, and in rest of India since the ancient era
The bravest voice among all the voices raised against today’s climate of intolerance belongs to Shah Rukh Khan. That’s because he has the most to lose.
It is rare for indigenous tribes-people in the Arunachal Pradesh frontier to be in ferment.
Within a political climate of minority bashing, the request for derecognition of their adoption centres by the Missionaries of Charity (MoC), the religious institution founded by Mother Teresa, has ac
Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India on the afternoon of October 26, 1947. At dawn the following day our troops were flown from Delhi to Srinagar.
On October 16, the Supreme Court of India revived the collegium system for appointing judges to the higher judiciary after striking down the 99th Constitutional Amendment Act that created the National
In 2008, before the climate summit in Copenhagen, I wrote the book Soil Not Oil.
American management guru Peter Drucker had famously said, “The spirit of an organisation is created from the top”, and Union minister for railways Suresh Prabhu, with an excellent track record of his
The collective decisions by authors, academics, activists, filmmakers and scientists to return awards given to them may be dismissed as “politics by other means” and as “ideological intolerance” by th
The dramatic downturn in India-Nepal relations in recent weeks raises a number of questions.
How can a hulking schoolyard bully be restrained from harming smaller and weaker peers?
So finally, here’s the announcement that British Indians have been impatiently waiting for! Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to the UK, in the second week of November.
I absolutely love the level of political discourse these days. Forget content. Forget style. Forget logic. Forget civility. When the gloves come off, what we get is straight and simple name calling.
It has been a fortnight since the Supreme Court struck down the Constitution (99th Amendment) Act and also declared the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014, as unconstitutional and voi
Last Friday, in case some of you didn’t notice, the executive board of the Sahitya Akademi, an institution that has been very much in the news, met and passed a resolution upholding India’s “spirit of
Melinda Gates, one of the world’s most powerful women, while speaking against the increased spate of rapes in India, said that a survey conducted by her foundation confirms that the menace of domestic
Dal prices have been on fire and the bureaucrats and politicians have been caught napping once again. In the recent past, tur dal prices have crossed Rs 200 per kg.
In an article published in a financial daily a week ago, columnist Aakar Patel who readers of this paper are familiar with, tries imagining what it must be like to be a Muslim in today’s India.
Recent reports of a Chinese hydro-electric power project at Zangmu, feeding off the Yarlung Tsangpo river in Tibet (which in its lower reaches is the Brahmaputra in India) has come as an unpleasant su
Some years ago, a socially mobile Indian Foreign Service officer in charge of the high-profile external publicity division (XP), whose penchant for publicity of the Page 3 kind irked the then foreign
Watching the crowds gathered in London last week for the stately Xi Jinping and his stylish wife, it occurred to me that there’s a vital difference between Indians and Chinese in Britain.
The resolution passed “unanimously” by the Sahitya Akademi (SA) — which still pretends it is India’s National Academy of Letters, no less — at its special meeting on October 23, leaves little doubt th
Article 44 of the Constitution of India stipulates that the State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code (UCC) throughout the territory of India.
On October 16 this month, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act of 2014.
Ravan is the epitome of evil — his effigy is burnt ritualistically every year during Dussehra, in every street corner in north India.
The Supreme Court of India, in a landmark verdict, declared the 99th Constitutional Amendment and the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act void and unconstitutional.
Can we use the power of food to motivate people to find common ground? In these turbulent times, when food is a combustible issue, it is tempting to be sceptical.
What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? / Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? — Lady Macbeth
One of the essential components of the process of finding a home by adoption is to provide children and families a larger information base to the emerging identity and consciousness about adoption.
Many officials in the Uttar Pradesh government do not carry any visiting cards because they are not sure whether they will hold the same position the next day or not as there’s a possibility of becomi
Governments, whether of the United Progressive Alliance or the National Democratic Alliance, have been desperately trying to bring their unique identification scheme (UID) under the Aadhaar umbrella a
You have to understand that there is a fundamental misconception among a major section of Hindus that eating beef is a virtue for Muslims. It is not. Islam has nowhere said you should eat beef.
The Dadri lynching was unfortunate and killing for whatever reason is unacceptable. A perception is being created that the man was killed over beef.
Electoral politics and ecological politics can represent two different ways of life. In an ecological society, one can use symbols from the past to sustain affiliations.
Old Bombay-Delhi battles used to go like this. Delhi : Look at our wide roads, our grand homes, our lovely winter. Bombay: You are an overgrown village. This then changed to —
The wise men have spoken — the moot point is, will they be heard?
Nearly a quarter century ago, when the Babri Masjid was demolished, Fahmida Riaz, a well- known Urdu writer, poet and feminist of Pakistan who had spent many years in exile in India with her husband a
Plenty of ink has been spilt on the Prime Minister’s recent visit to California where he received a resounding reception from people of Indian origin and from executives at the helm of some of the wor
When assistant professor Arvind Thiruvengadam at the West Virginia University applied for a grant from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to augment resources at his modest lab i
Declare foreign assets by Septemb-er 30, 2015, or perish”, thundered the government on September 21.
All this heady talk of digital India makes me think we are aspiring to sprint before learning to walk.
I write this article with some authority based on my visits to almost all nations (except Afghanistan) of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and not only having lectured there, but discussed with think tan
Syria has been in the throes of civil conflict for nearly five years.
A painful decade of bloody Maoist insurgency and then another decade of failed attempts later, Nepal, on September 20, got itself a new Constitution, a development that has led to celebrations in Kath
Now that Mamata Banerjee has served the appetiser, everybody is hungering after the big meal.
What do Delhi’s headline-grabbing Aedes mosquitoes have in common with the city’s equally notorious political aides? To start with, neither feels threatened by mere talk about clean surroundings.
Hardly a year passes without an election somewhere in India, but it is a rarity in Myanmar. Here people will have the opportunity to exercise their franchise on November 8.
Daring twists in the plot are a spectator sport, be it in cinema, theatre or real life.
Eight more young lives have been lost, this time in Manipur’s southern district of Churachandpur in the most recent explosion of violence since the agitation for and against the implementation of the
The divide and rule policy of the British invented reservation in favour of the so-called “backward classes” on the basis of caste and in provinces like Madras the policy yielded fruit.
As the compelling and crazy Sheena Bora murder case unfolds before us, detail by bizarre detail, the main focus remains on the prime murder accused Indrani Mukerjea.
The discovery of a new planet is always an occasion to celebrate. For it may generate a rise in confidence (so far unproven) that we are not alone in the universe.
Personalities that aspire to be cult figures often resort to hyperbole and lies and Vandana Shiva has done exactly this in her piece, GMO in my mustard, which appeared in this newspaper on August 12,
I had never been an apologist for the Right to Education Act of 2009 for it was not brought out with any political will to provide all children quality education.
The Central government's decision to have annual examination for every class from 1st to 12th is definitely a positive move, because students need a minimum knowledge and performance which should be e
As an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, I feel sad seeing what has been happening at the prestigious institute for months now.
Weeks after the Babri Masjid demolition in Decem-ber 1992 by crazed pracharaks, a handful of Indian — and Pakistani — expatriates stormed the Krishna temple tucked away in the warren of shops in the I
A little over 70 days ago the government in its infinite wisdom appointed six people to helm the affairs of India’s premier film institute, the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
In the end, Mahinda Rajapaksa of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), who presented himself as the Sinhala warrior king, lost the parliamentary election, frustrating his attempt to return to t
In 1993, Kashmiri separatist Firdous Syed got to meet Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul, who had formerly headed the Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate and who had retired the previous
The formation of a “Naga Club” by 20 young men of the French Labour Corps in 1918 initiated the longest insurgency in modern Indian history.
The current media discourse on One Rank, One Pension (OROP) is focused only on the financial aspect of the issue which, perhaps, is understandable.
The debate over the right to privacy becomes imperative and eminent in the light of several incursions into this right in recent times.
Gurdaspur has been in the news lately but, unfortunately, for the wrong reasons.
Death penalty is barbaric and inhuman in its effect, mental and physical upon the condemned man and is positively cruel.
What often goes unnoticed is the fact that the genesis of Kashmir (commonly known as Jammu and Kashmir) is linked to 565 princely states, which became independent along with the birth of two sovereign
Lately, I have been feeling that I am part of a dwindling minority that has the ability to differentiate between colours since most people in my city, Mumbai, seem rather deficient in this regard.
Old books and manuscripts provide a measure of the intellectual maturity of the society that produced them. Spread over centuries, they generate a credible story of the evolution of the society.
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 sharp and sudden collapse of international prices of crude oil brings significant short-term gains for the Indian economy.
The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s presidential election is good riddance for the troubled island.
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.
If anyone in India thinks heaping abuse upon a politician or their families can wreck careers, they must think again. Sometimes the more an individual is reviled, the more public sympathy s/he arouses.
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.
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.
Congress scion Rahul Gandhi has announced his party’s leadership transition with a bang. His dramatic intervention to scuttle the ordinance nullifying the Supreme Court order on convicted politicians in public life demonstrates his desire to dictate the future course of his party.
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
New York Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may not be king again but he certainly can launch a guerrilla action or two.
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.
The Supreme Court’s ruling that legislators must cease to be members of the House if they are convicted by a court for an offence where the punishment is more than two years, and its more recent judgm
The personal is political. And the political is personal too. Only the incurably innocent or doggedly somnambulant would refuse to recognise this.
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 Indian Navy has always had a sound strategy to develop a “balanced force capability” comprising naval aviation, submarines, warships and marine commandos, so that it can protect national interests
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.
“How far can you go If you’re not Rimbaud? How much do you dare If you’re not Baudelaire? Contemplate time In its grip be calm Drink a toast to Omar Khayyam” From Fatty Ravi the Kavi by Bachchoo
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.
Once again, we are furiously debating parental abuse. A court in Norway has convicted an Indian couple for allegedly maltreating their seven-year-old son. This is the second time that Indian parents have fallen foul of Norwegian parenting laws. A furious war of words has broken out about good parenting.