Europe’s past is India’s future. That dismal thought is inescapable amidst these tranquil Tuscan hills where the clash of arms between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines is a 500-year-old memory.
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 —
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is developing the habit of responding only to prodding of the presidential variety. The credit for securing the first response goes to American President Barack Obama.
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
Free trade deals have always generated controversies. Its ardent advocates see it as the panacea to the world’s most pressing problems. Its critics argue that free trade is not fair trade.
The unnecessary controversy about renaming Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi as Dr A.P.J.
It’s an old cliche to say that we live in two countries — India and Bharat. The distinction is generally made along the urban-rural divide.
Hell hath no fury like a would-be minister scorned.
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
Mohammad Akhlaq’s horrific killing in Dadri, in western Uttar Pradesh, just outside Delhi, is an act of infamy.
This piece is about the Indians abroad whom we have seen so much of in the last 16 months.
“The book says that the snake misleads But Eve now knows it’s love The emotion that sows the seeds Of venom when push comes to shove! The apple was hardly to blame Was plucking it a sin?
In the past 16 months the Prime Minister of India has travelled aboard 29 times. It roughly translates into two overseas visits a month. In the next four months another eight trips are on the anvil.
A few weeks ago, I had two hours to kill between flights at Singapore’s Changi airport. I was on a mission. Two, in fact.
Myanmar is actively engaged in peace talks with a key Naga insurgent group whose cadres straddle the densely wooded international border at a time when New Delhi has clamped a ban on the rebel group.
So what did the Silicon dudes, collectively representing around $500 billion in purchasing power, think of the case placed before them by the self-made, roughhewn yet charismatic Indian Prime Minister
Those who have had the good fortune of travelling to China as part of any Indian delegation will readily testify to the generous and lavish hospitality of offer.
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
Anniversaries are moments of conscience; they remind us of things we have forgotten. But, often, they are empty rituals which become a substitute for authenticity.
Declare foreign assets by Septemb-er 30, 2015, or perish”, thundered the government on September 21.
Fate has been harsh to Nepal, a small Himalayan country, arguably amongst the most impoverished in the world.
All this heady talk of digital India makes me think we are aspiring to sprint before learning to walk.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has scored a diplomatic coup by inserting his country into the rearming of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad with new weapons and plans to set up an air base in the A
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
The Bharatiya Janata Party has not declared its chief ministerial candidate in Bihar, but it is assumed that former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi is the chosen one.
My late father, who was in the Indian Civil Service (ICS), used to tell me a story about the functioning of the bureaucracy that I think is relevant.
The National Democratic Alliance government is getting increasingly beleaguered.
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.
Three months before the end of the calendar year, it is already apparent that 2015 will go down in contemporary history as a watershed year for the planet’s political economy.
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.
“Declaring the atrocities of Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) as against the basic tenets of Islam, over 1,050 Islamic scholars in India have issued a fatwa against the terror group…”
The problem with “smart” cities is that there is no end to the smartness.
A decade after enacting the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (or the Domestic Violence Act) on September 13, 2005, which was meant to revolutionalise family relationships in India, the B
In mid-August, I took my son to Calais to catch the cross-channel ferry to England.
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.
Now that defence minister Manohar Parrikar has complained that a murder story is getting more coverage than the 50th anniversary of the 1965 “victory” against Pakistan, in the coming weeks, the Indian
As frenzy over a young girl’s presumed murder three years ago gripped the media, I wracked my brains to think if I had ever met Sheena Bora while visiting my son when he lived in Bandra, Mumbai.
A great Zen master, in charge of the monastery of Mayu Kagi, owned a cat, who was the real love of his life.
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.
A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India is to pronounce whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right or not.
A comprehensive new ranking of countries labelled “Soft Power 30” by a London-based political consultancy, Portland Communications, carries a rude awakening for India.
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 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
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s August 16-17 United Arab Emirates visit produced pictures of bonhomie, ending with fist-clenched slogans to Mother India in Dubai in a stadium packed with expatriate Ind
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.
It will take much more than curious laws to clean up our dirty money.
Gurdaspur has been in the news lately but, unfortunately, for the wrong reasons.
The recent execution of Yakub Memon after his conviction in the Mumbai blasts case of 1993 has brought the debate regarding death penalty in India into a sharper focus.
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.
Eleven-year-old Lachimi has no time to play with friends, enjoy leisure, study or even do homework.
“When we are young, we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old we invent different pasts for others.” — Julian Barnes in his 2011 prize-winning novel,
Under the new regualtions of the University Grants Commission, even Albert Einstein cannot become a vice-chancellor of an Indian university.
In all the recent activity that we have witnessed on the economic front, representing a continuous attempt to free the economy from the clutches of red-tape, statism and rampant bureaucracy, there is
At the end of May, the Oxford Union held a debate on the motion “This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies”.
Quick, how many joint statements between leaders of nations have their own “anniversaries”!
You should’ve seen it coming”, my PT sir said. He was right. What he didn’t know was that I was a pre-teen with all the hand-eye coordination of a drunk panda.
“The innocent are struck by lightning — it’s frightening! Tsunamis wreck all before them — it’s mayhem! Earthquakes, floods, acts of God — it’s really odd
We have an epidemic in India of food and lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, cancer, hypertension, infertility and heart attacks with the number of diagnosed cases of cancer jumping from 8.2
It is perhaps best to describe the recent Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi meeting in Ufa as “been there done that” in the India-Pakistan context.
The recent announcement by commerce secretary Rajeev Kher that the government will, in a phased manner, open up India’s non-litigation and international arbitration services to foreign law firms is a
On Sunday, July 5, another chapter opened in the odyssey of Greece’s tortured relations with the eurozone.
When it was observed in this column a month ago that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suffered a precipitous loss of popularity within one year flat, faster than his predecessors who lasted longer tha
Unlike India, where submarine force levels have reached an all-time low of 13 obsolete conventional subs, China has always regarded its conventional and nuclear submarines as the spearhead of its long
Over the last year and-a-half, Iran and the P5+1 have steadily reached various milestones in their negotiations on the nuclear issue.
Most capital cities have a concentration of government offices of various tiers and responsibilities crowded in as close as possible to the real and imagined corridors of power.
It was on June 26, 1975, that the Emergency was declared in the country.
Nothing energises a news room as much as a cataclysmic event. The Emergency clamped on the country late on the night of June 25-26, 1975, merited such a description.
The declaration of a state of Emergency in India forty years ago is a matter of debate even now.
Yoga being branded and fought over as a Hindu discipline, one that is against the edicts of Islam, on one hand befuddles me and on the other exposes a very fundamental discord in our country — the Hin
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 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.