This may be Narendra Modi’s government, but India may be on its way to becoming Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s republic. The signs point that way.
The past is another country, said L.P. Hartley and how true that sounds when one looks over the newspapers of just a year ago.
The massacre of the innocents at the Army school in Peshawar highlights dangers that our schools are exposed to.
Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party’s poster woman, Smriti Irani, has been made the Union human resources development minister, she has been embroiled in controversies.
India’s retail sector is a potpourri of formats.
There was a news report not so long ago that ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), an international organisation and part of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on Inte
Good governance seems to be all about seeking coherence through confusion.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) has become a very controversial issue.
As the big freeze descends, London begins to look as it used to, before we knew what global warming was.
Elections are cathartic moments in the life of a democracy, a time for a new beginning, a new order and a new way of doing things.
The late Dilip Singh Judeo, poster boy of the Bharatiya Janata Party for re-conversion of Christian tribals to Hinduism became the subject of a TV sting in 2003.
After watching Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj holding forth in Parliament about Nathuram Godse, something happened in the pit of my stomach.
The Internet is the boldest attempt at anarchism and it has succeeded. It epitomises the vastest ungoverned sphere on the globe.
A booming stock market should normally indicate a booming economy, but the link doesn’t always hold.
December 26, 2004, Sunday morning, saw the calm in Naval Headquarters (NHQ) being shattered by ominous reports of powerful seismic shocks and giant tidal surges in our Bay of Bengal islands and coasta
On November 26, 2008, ten Pakistani jihadists of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba travelled by sea to Mumbai in a fishing trawler, infiltrated ashore from rubber assault boats near Cuffe Parade, split up into te
This week we had a minister separating Indians as being either “Ramzadas” (meaning Hindus) or “haramzadas”, meaning bastards.
The delivery of fin-ancial services at af-fordable costs to vast sections of disadvantaged and low-income groups continues to remain a big challenge in our country.
Kuppegala isn’t one of those places that instantly ring a bell.
The recently-held conference of the police chiefs of the country in Guwahati was a bit of disappointment considering the expectations generated by the Modi government.
Being a comedian is far from being funny. After a while you cease to be a person.
Verdicts of the courts can roughly be categorised into three classes.
Suresh Prabhu, the newly appointed railway minister, believes in moving on the fasttrack so that he can meet the expectations of Prime Minister Modi on improving the railway’s performance.
The 18th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit was held on November 26-27 at Kathmandu.
Viswanathan Anand has for the second year running been outclassed in the World Chess Championship by a player nearly 20 years his younger.
Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister on May 26, 2014, and has clearly won the sprint when his government completes six months in office on November 26.
The spiritual world has known so many wonderful mystics and most of them have been men.
Now that the newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party government has won the much-talked-about confidence vote and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is in the saddle, at least for some time, a question ari
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electrifying speech to a sellout crowd of over 16,000 Indian Australians in Sydney’s grand Allphones Arena is another landmark in what is becoming a trend of shining lig
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is certainly an icon for a large number of people but he is also fast emerging as an iconoclast when it comes to the Nehru-Gandhi legacy.
The Nehru era, which started in the 1930s, came to an end with the last election in India. Those who came to power following the elections are not particularly interested in Pandit Nehru’s legacy.
The debate on Pandit Nehru on TV channels as well as in the press is so philistine and pathetic that one wonders whether our country has lost the sense of history and intellectual rigor altogether.
With television, the Internet and our smartphones we have daily sightings of our leaders.
If Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy to India is liberal Hinduism, B.R. Ambedkar’s legacy is Navayana Buddhism, what is Nehru’s legacy in terms of socio-religious ideas and thought? Atheism and rationalism.
It was meant to be no more than a gentlemanly gesture. There was a nip in the air during the recent Asia Pacific Summit.
November 9 marked 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, a potent symbol of the Cold War.
Saif Ali Khan, in the context of the recent “love jihad” controversy, wrote in a newspaper: “When Kareena and I married, there were similar death threats, with people on the Net saying ridiculous thin
“He who has the ultimate laugh Will without a doubt Laugh alone with moistened eyes And nothing to laugh about!” From Kem Dikra Kem Chhe by Bachchoo
One of the promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party before the 16th Lok Sabha elections was that it will get back all the black money that has left India over the years.
Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot flagged off “the theatre of the absurd” movement, which was so popular in the 1960s.
Barely six weeks after a Chinese submarine docked in Colombo port in mid-September this year, the Mahinda Rajapaksa government is clearly cocking a snook at Delhi, in allowing a second Chinese submari
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for public debate on Article 370 and not for it being struck down as such.
If nothing succeeds like success, nothing fails like failure either.
It seems that democracy in India is coming of age.
When Krishna is the charioteer, Arjuna’s arrows cut through the darkness and sheer clarity is produced.
Foreign funding of NGOs is a topic that never seems to lose currency.
The recent comments of Justice Markandey Katju, a retired Supreme Court judge, in support of the uniform civil code on the ground that the Muslim personal law is “barbaric, backward and unjust” has ra
What is common among Joshua Wong, Akbar Ali al-Kishi and Tef Poe? All three happen to be remarkable activists for social justice and freedom in their respective societies who are shockingly young.
A new committee to “restructure” railways under the chairmanship of Bibek Debroy, an economist helped by six former bureaucrats and business executives is to find the magic pill for all of Indian Rail
I felt happy and proud reading about the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
There was a time when the charge of neglect by the central government was the staple of Northeast India’s politics. That is no longer the case.
Information warfare is both offensive and defensive the first, to dominate the mind of an opponent population and shape their perceptions to our own advantage; the second, to prevent similar efforts b
I left Srinagar a week before the floods.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Last week, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with leaders in New York and Washington, DC, there was an all-out campaign by pharmaceutical companies to force the Prime Minister’s hand on intellectual property.
The Indian media, with the odd exception, has missed out on analysing a recent incident at the Karachi naval dockyard. On the night of September 6, half a dozen serving and retired Pakistan Navy (PN) personnel, led by an officer, entered the Karachi naval dockyard in a boat and attempted to take over the 3,000-tonne Chinese-built frigate, PNS Zulfiqar, when the warship in the harbour.
Most investors and analysts are today upbeat about India’s growth prospects. In 2013-14, the Indian economy grew at 4.7 per cent, staying below 5 per cent for the second consecutive year. From now on, analysts say, things can only improve. They see growth accelerating to 5.5 per cent in 2014-15, 6.5 per cent in 2015-16 and over 7 per cent in 2016-17.
Ai aab-e-rood-e-Ganga woh din hai yaad tujhko Utra tere kinare jab kaarvan hamara — Iqbal
That Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the United States was distinctly successful is without doubt. He was, according to commentators, the second most googled — after President Barack Obama — person within the United States during the period of his stay.
When the first Asian Games began on March 4, 1951, it was a modest affair. Over eight days, 400-odd athletes from 11 countries took part in six disciplines, which included athletics, swimming and water polo, cycling, weightlifting, football and basketball. In contrast, the ongoing Incheon Games has 13,000 athletes taking part in 36 sports, including Asian sports such as kabaddi and sepak takraw, 12 more than the Olympic Games.
Between 2 pm on October 1 and 10.30 am on October 2, Central government offices in New Delhi remained closed. Why? Because Prime Minister Narendra Modi, concerned about widespread filth in India, is “launching” the nation-wide “Swachchh Bharat” (Clean India) campaign today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Indian diaspora in New York with a grand promise: “India will touch new heights.” The crowd of 20,000 Americans of Indian origin erupted in re
Egos or simple ambition? Expediency or strategy? Betrayal or good, old-fashioned politics? What lies behind the big splits in Maharashtra, virtually at the 11th hour before the elections?
OMG! The Old Lady of Boribunder has Boob envy! Well, if you can be sexist, misogynist, misanthropist, egotist, chauvinist, you may as well add ageist, in the Deepika Padukone-Times of India cleavage controversy.
Barely three years after they withdrew from Iraq, US forces have once again unleashed their fire power in the region, this time not against an abhorred regime but on a non-state actor — the “Islamic State” (ISIS).
It has been a bout of haggling the likes of which are rarely seen outside of saree shops and fish markets, but it didn't end like haggling in the fish markets and saree shops does.
The article, Darkness at Noon, by your Srinagar correspondent Yusuf Jameel, which appeared in The Asian Age on September 21, stated: “Their (Army and Air Force) first priority was to rescue their own near and other security force, tourists were next and then came the turn of seasonal labourers and other non locals, whereas, common Kashmiri was left to the mercy of god”.
Trade is not just about transactions between two or more parties. It is more about networking and building relationships. They help create positive externalities, resulting in low transaction costs.
A controversy has arisen over a government regulation (GR) issued by the department of women and child development (WCD), government of Maharashtra, that in cases of domestic violence, counselling or mediation between the parties can be conducted only through an order of a magistrate and any stakeholder engaging in this practice without a court order would amount to a violation.
Kashmir’s history is dotted with natural calamities and man-made disasters. And over the centuries the people of Jammu and Kashmir have perfected the art of rising from the ashes. They have seen famines and epidemics, floods and earthquakes, blazes and mayhem, organised violence and massacres, forced and voluntary migrations, incarcerations and worse.
The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.
Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his historic meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday afternoon in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. As per schedule, Mr Modi took Mr Xi on a tour of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram.
Chanakya believed that the unfolding present will cast its shadow on the configuration of the future. That is why he believed that analysing the situation as it exists today, provides the material for devising the strategy that must be shaped for the morrow. There is a causal continuity between the past, present and the future.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is desperate to form a government in Delhi, but its attempts to cobble together the requisite numbers keep hitting a roadblock.
Jammu and Kashmir must have a new Assembly in place by January, but this is unlikely to happen. Unusually in India, and because it has its own Constitution, the state goes to the polls every six years instead of every five.
In 2012, a precocious 10-year-old girl filed a Right to Information query with the Prime Minister’s Office. She wanted to know when the government had declared hockey as India’s national sport.
“The green-eyed beast lives in the closet And now and again comes out to fight. His bark is filth and obscene fantasy Threat and blackmail are his bite
How much progressive liberalism can our dear old right-thinking government take? How can it unflinchingly fall in line when our highest court looks below the belt? The avuncular, ostensibly God-fearing sarkar also needs to protect our revered social conventions, our cultural traditions, our delicate sensibilities.
The first Arthur C. Clarke story I ever read was The City and the Stars. Set in Diaspar, an advanced city one billion years in the future, its protagonist, Alvin, though a few thousand years old was considered young compared to other Diasparians.
It’s a tough life being a liberal these days, but someone has to do it... Or, in other words, anything is better than being a bigot.
Until recently we only needed to worry about Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the agency responsible for funding, training, arming and showing the terror path to a small number of Indian Muslims.
While those in India are grappling with the idea of “love jihad”, in the UK the popular press is now obsessed with jihadi brides. These are young “radicalised” British Muslim girls who have actually gone to Syria to marry men from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and are obsessed with martyrdom.
Narendra Modi’s report card right now is looking pretty theek thaak — even impressive — compelling critics to concede the Prime Minister has passed his crucial 100 days in office with straight “As”. Nationwide polls have endorsed most of his initiatives and the overall mood in the country is as upbeat as the Sensex.
In 1959, just a year or so ahead of his impending retirement on attaining 60 years of age, M.C. Chagla, the legendary Chief Justice of Bombay high court, resigned from office to accept the Government of India’s offer to be its ambassador to the United States of America.
On July 22, 2014, an international partnership across India, Africa and the US launched the “One Agriculture-One Science: A Global Education Consortium” initiative aimed at revitalising global agricultural education, capacity building and technology transfer.
A few weeks ago a public school in the National Capital Region organised an Id Milan during school hours for students. Not all students were invited to it. During the mid-morning recess, teachers instructed Muslim students to line up and go to the place for the function.
If elections come, can conspiracy theories be far behind? With bypolls around the corner, Uttar Pradesh is abuzz with talk of a sinister plot of young Hindu women being tricked into marriage by Muslim men, and made to convert to Islam. Over the past week there has been a flood of reports about “love jihad”.
Peace is at the best of times a tenuous proposition in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even as the world hopes the new indefinite ceasefire that has brought 50 days of bloodshed to an end will last, the real causes of the conflict have been put to the side, rather than resolved.
Chennai celebrated her 375th birthday last week. In my admittedly benign view as a dedicated Chennaiwasi, the celebrations ought to have been nationwide, highlighting all the absolutely wonderful dimensions of Chennai and her residents.
The first time terrorists abducted hostages with a political message to foreign powers warning them against intervention was the series of kidnapping done by “Islamic Jihad” in Lebanon during the 1980s.
In January this year there was a special meet in a town in northern Maharashtra to celebrate the 900th birthday of the Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya. According to records, his birth place was near Chalisgaon, although like many historical events in our country, lack of proper records makes this claim subject to controversy.
It is sometimes said that not even God can predict the price of oil. As a humble mortal, that too a practising atheist, one must confess at the outset that the dip in the international prices of crude oil has taken me and many others completely by surprise. Iraq is in a turmoil, almost on the verge of imploding.
The word “think-tank” owes its origins to John F. Kennedy, who collected a group of top intellectuals in White House, people like McGeorge Bundy, Robert McNamara, John Galbraith, Arthur Schlesinger and Ted Sorenson among others to give him counsel on issues from time to time.
The Bharat Ratna is of the politician, by the politician, for the politician. A look at the Bharat Ratnas awarded since inception makes revealing reading. In their 60 years of existence — the Padma awards were instituted in 1954 — the Bharat Ratna has been given out 43 times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.