Opinion

Breaching the Vienna Conventions

Every Indian diplomat in the U.S. has told the same lie, because none of them can afford to pay the local minimum wage when their own pay, even with the foreign allowance, is barely more than that.


Linking India’s financial centre with its IT hub

The Bengaluru-Mumbai Economic Corridor, as an anchor of the U.K.-India partnership, is set to change the economic landscape of the region it passes through.


Restructuring a savings scheme

The prospect of getting a negative real return is forcing investors away from conventional financial savings instruments such as bank fixed deposits, to gold, real estate and other physical assets.


No respite for Muzaffarnagar

Four months after a local skirmish escalated into a Hindu Jat-Muslim clash leading to deaths on both sides, there is no sign that tensions have abated.


The legislative court

The court needs to reaffirm its central counter-majoritarian purpose in a liberal democracy. It must stop voting and stick to adjudicating.


Tapping the transformative energy

In this interview with The Hindu , AAP leader Yogendra Yadav says that in his dream script, his party will be the natural political hope for the transformative energies he sees in public life


Collective parroting and political culture

The course structure of most teacher education programmes is obsolete and devoid of theoretical depth.


Flawed preference

The prevalence of child marriages among as much as 30 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 19 years, compared to 5 per cent among boys, is a matter of some concern.


Transformational politics

Given the high moral ground on which the AAP had placed the game of government formation, the BJP could not afford to be seen as any less righteous than the AAP.


Digging for virtual gold

Despite the futuristic appeal of Bitcoin, what’s really happening is a determined march to the days when money meant stuff you could jingle in your purse.


An abuse of immunity?

Notwithstanding the several privileges and immunities Indian diplomats and consular officers are entitled to, they have a corresponding duty under the 1961 Convention and the 1963 Convention to respect the laws and regulations of the host State.


A tale of two citizens

While India has rightfully objected to the treatment of its diplomat, it needs to address the fact that she broke the law of the host country she was posted to.


Open letter to Anna Hazare

The anti-corruption movement is very important. The impression must not be created that it is a fractured movement, writes Ramaswamy R. Iyer


Dangerous disengagement

By putting off bilateral dialogue, India is missing the opportunity to engage with the changing reality of Pakistan’s power structure.


Political arrogance on display

The project involved erecting a multi-storeyed residential complex on public property, ostensibly for defence personnel.


The beginning of taper

GDP growth has rebounded in the second quarter to 4.8 per cent, though the growth impulse continues to be weak.


A cure worse than the malady?

Not much will change under the new Lokpal for the Central Bureau of Investigation except that it will have one more master.


Protecting women at workplaces

As many victims will shy away from the publicity and procedures in the criminal justice system, the alternative process under the new Act needs much alteration.


A punitive sexual security apparatus

While the definition of rape is now expanded, the new enactment has taken us dangerously in the direction of a sexual security regime than toward more rights.


Counting tigers more accurately

A mere 10 per cent of the habitat today hosts 90 per cent of the reproducing populations of the big cat.