The importance of high turnout

The 2014 Lok Sabha election saw several previous records being shattered, participation of voters being prominent among them.

Issues in electoral arithmetic

Arguments over electoral systems will continue, and the 2014 results raise questions about whether or not the formally and legitimately representative Lok Sabha represents in its composition the spread and range of voters’ support across the country.

State of anxiety

The return of single party rule at the Centre, after a gap of 30 years, has considerable implications for Centre-state financial relations.

A window of opportunity

Geo-strategically, some of the big issues that confront the United States today, China, Pakistan, and the shaping of the post-2014 transition in Afghanistan, all happen to be in India’s periphery.

A full plate for Modi

Focussing on the health of banks has to be an important component of the Prime Minister's ‘to-do’ list.

Uncertainty in Libya

In keeping with the kind of political chaos one has seen in Libya, what appeared to be a straightforward coup was nothing of the sort.

A needless row

Telangana and the successor-state of Andhra Pradesh must look forward to working in coordination, and not start off in confrontationist mode.

Ecuador to go ahead with oil drilling in rainforest

The permits allow Petroamazonas, a subsidary of the state oil company, to begin construction of access roads and camps to prepare for drilling

The story of the Coorg Education Fund and its mission

The CEF represents foresight and service rendered silently over the years, helping many a Kodava to blossom and contribute to society.

Inviting the neighbours

Narendra Modi’s swearing-in could well serve as a kick-off point for a new foreign policy regime for South Asia; that is, if he desires to make a break with past precedents.

The shine is back

Representations made to the central bank by the jewellery trade, which was groaning under the impact of the strict measures, were a major factor behind the RBI easing up a bit now.

Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin

The alignment of the world’s two leading anti-western powers marks a major alteration in the global balance of power.

Nepal glaciers shrink by quarter in 30 years: study

A government report in India recently blamed hydropower projects for devastating floods last year that killed thousands in India and Nepal.

Getting women on board

Companies must look beyond male-dominated networks and help develop the right mindset.

An economy that needs to break free

The new government must pull out all stops to get foreign investment in infrastructure.

Putting MCX back on track

The snail’s pace at which the commodity market regulator, the Forward Markets Commission, is moving in closing the sale of Financial Technologies’ stake in the Multi Commodity Exchange is unacceptable.

Inclusive growth, an exaggerated claim

Poverty remains a rural problem with a vast majority of the poor located in rural areas. According to the Planning Commission, the total number of poor in 2011-12 was 270 million of which 217 million lived in rural areas (80 per cent).

Putin’s pivot to the East

Russo-China economic cooperation will help Putin fast-track his Eurasian Union project, which seeks to set up a union of Eastern European and Asian countries on the line of the European Union.

Seven steps to an economic rebalancing

India’s economy is at the core of its global profile. The incoming government can transform global equations by rebalancing the Indian economy, making it a platform for a foreign policy outreach.

Neighbourhood initiative

While dressed up as an outreach to all SAARC leaders, the invitation was clearly meant primarily for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan.