Opinion

Changing perceptions

Determining the correct level of the rupee is always an onerous task, especially when the sharp improvement in CAD is due not to any sustained export revival but to a contraction in gold imports and a fall in non-oil imports.


No space for dissent

This technocratic India of growth and capitalism is at its most feudal when it comes to its elected representatives.


How not to contain the fiscal deficit

The UPA has played around with numbers. This makes fiscal consolidation a daunting task for the new government.


How US' hypocrisy in its Afghan policy will have repercussions for India

Pakistani non-interference in Afghanistan's internal affairs can occur only if Washington finally makes that a condition for continuing its generous aid to cash-strapped Pakistan.


New Companies Act may give directors sleepless nights

Beginning the All Fools Day this year. 282 vital sections of the new company law have been made effective, giving vent to a modern, resilient regulatory testament.


Need to revisit India’s nuclear doctrine as a lot has changed since 2003

Those who advocated making the bomb were clear thinkers. They were ahead of their time while pushing for a nuclear India, but at the same time they were careful not to repeat the bad experiences of the cold war.


Crony capitalism or plain corruption?

Ideological labels are likely to mislead by channelling the debate into issues of capitalism and socialism and detract from the real problem


A significant capability

To keep costs down, the Indian Space Research Organisation has opted for a constellation of just seven satellites to provide accurate navigation signals over India and up to 1,500 km from its borders.


Unhealthy defiance

The EC, indeed, ought to exercise its authority to ensure fair elections but without giving the impression that it is riding roughshod over elected governments.


U.K. scientists make body parts in laboratory

People think your nose is very individual and personal but this is something that we could mass produce like in a factory one day.


A new foreign policy agenda

With an unsettled neighbourhood, an increasingly aggressive China and a politically weak and ambivalent U.S., India’s external environment is defined by uncertainty. Yet, unfortunately, in all the party manifestoes released so far, the weakest sections are on foreign policy


Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda

The United Nations and its partners are more frequently deploying human rights monitors to trouble-spots — “eyes and ears” that show governments and non-state actors alike the world is watching.


Together we will be able to find some way to take a historic step

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq , the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, wants the people of India to raise their voices and press the elected representatives to rise above domestic politics on the Kashmir issue.


Dark possibilities of dual transitions

Will plebiscitary authoritarianism that we seek this year make governance more equitable? Evidence from other countries suggests a mixed picture.


Diplomatic gains from a strategic abstention

If India manages to put political pressure on Sri Lanka to address some of the problems in the Tamil areas, the abstention could gain value.


Neutralising a mass killer

Besides the direct benefits from the vaccine, the isolation of the human neo-natal rotavirus strain and the conduct of clinical trials in India have given the science of vaccine development a much-needed boost.


Japanese online retailer ends whale meat sales

It is the first time the Antarctic hunt, during which harpoon vessels target almost 1,000 mainly minke whales, has been cancelled in more than a quarter of a century.


Why corporate debt restructuring mechanism needs a revamp

As on December 31, 2013, a total of 605 cases have been referred to CDR cell since inception with aggregate debt of Rs 4,07,656 crore.


A vastly misunderstood region

India’s Northeast has suffered state oppression and economic neglect. It’s time policymakers broke out of their mould.


An inclusive growth policy

The impressive gain by rural households in spite of the favouritism towardsnon-primary activities appears real.