Opinion

Surveillance and its privacy pitfalls

The Gujarat snooping incident should be used as an opportunity to ask how the government has assumed the power to order such invasive, unchecked surveillance.


No defence for poor enforcement

The Campa Cola housing tragedy is not just about the displacement of residents, but also about the regularity with which unauthorised construction occurs.


The promise of Vikramaditya

India’s naval doctrine professes a three-carrier force: one each on either flank, with a third one remaining on periodic maintenance at any given time.


Sudan’s tribal smokescreen

Since January, ferocious fighting between rebel tribes and government-backed forces has killed 800 people and displaced 460,000.


Finding the time and the money for space

The most important achievement of India’s 50-year space programme is the establishment of R&D facilities.


Criminality in the Indian political system

In their own long-term interest, all political parties must jointly agree to stop sponsoring criminal candidates.


Mars Orbiter tests have shown our ability to predict

An interview with K. Radhakrishnan , ISRO Chairman.


Ban pirates, U.N. tells Somalia

The lingering threat to shipping, the council resolution said, complicates U.N. and international efforts to ship food for famine relief to Somalia.


Ridding the net of the poison of child abuse

As sex offenders get ever more technologically advanced, we must keep one step ahead.


Crippling deadlock

Bangladesh’s political impasse appears all set to worsen in the coming weeks unless the two main political parties, the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, demonstrate maturity of a high order.


Rationales for separation

The violent agitations leading to and following the Cabinet approval for Telangana were in part engendered by the indecisiveness of the government at the Centre, and the absence of any structured dialogue among the various stakeholders on the bifurcation.


The importance of being Indonesia

Indonesia can talk from a position of confidence to everyone, from its ASEAN cousins to western powers, and also countries such as Egypt and Tunisia.


Radicalism as a challenge to Ethiopia

Sporadic outbursts of violence across Ethiopia show how state intervention in religion has alienated sections of Muslim youth and generated the kind of anti-regime sentiments the government had hoped to defuse.


From Sri Lanka, questions about wars

The real question in the debate over India’s Sri Lanka policy isn’t whether it is pragmatic or ethical. It goes, instead, to the heart of the ethics of the wars our country fights, and will fight in years to come.


Tasks for Mr. Yaameen

India, the Maldives’ closest friend and neighbour, adopted a mature approach, which could form the template for its engagement with other neighbours too.


Freeing the world from hunger

The Bali ministerial conference in December presents a crucial opportunity to bring about changes in WTO rules, by which developing countries can support small farmers and move towards eliminating hunger.


Drawing a line of peace & tranquillity

An agreement that includes CBMs similar to those in the 1996 India-China pact, with the January 2004 India-Pakistan joint statement additionally written into it, could have an impact beyond the Line of Control.


Who betrayed Sardar Patel?

Sardar Patel persuaded the Constituent Assembly to guarantee payment of Privy Purses and preserve the rights of the erstwhile rulers. But the Congress betrayed him 20 years later by abolishing the Privy Purses.


Challenge to artistic expression

The High Court’s order underlines the urgent need to reconsider the film certification process, and indeed, the archaic Cinematograph Act of 1952


Commonwealth games

This year’s CHOGM cruelly showed up New Delhi’s inadequacies in dealing with an important neighbour, hostage as Sri Lanka policy has become to the short-sighted vision of Tamil Nadu’s political parties.