Opinion

Rescue package for the mullahs

President Obama is offering relief in a deal that is absurdly asymmetric: the West would weaken sanctions in exchange for cosmetic changes that do absolutely nothing to weaken Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.


Standing with an oppressed people

Unless we see concrete action, we owe it to the Iranian people to forcefully encourage Iran’s rulers to comply with international human rights obligations.


Discontent along the Yamuna

New power plants will improve the power situation in Uttar Pradesh but the State lacks the enterprise to negotiate with farmers on issues fundamental to their existence.


The Great Syrian Risk Game

A weakened Free Syrian Army and a chaotic Syrian National Coalition leave the rebels across the country vulnerable to retribution from both the government and the Islamists.


Banking on women

To the BMB will go the distinction of being the first-ever public sector bank to have been set up by the government, as the others came into being through nationalisation of existing private banks.


Setting right an anomaly

Supreme Court upheld a Patna High Court judgment that said being in prison or in lawful police custody will disqualify a person from contesting elections.


Undermining urban planning

Any dilution of zoning and construction in the Regional Plan prepared by the NCRPB could upset the balance between urbanisation and conservation.


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.