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.

Bring the CBI under the Lokpal

A Lokpal with the CBI under it may not be a panacea for all our ills, but it is the first of many steps towards ushering in good governance.

Some reflections as ‘Sachin’s child’

On Sachin Tendulkar and how he has mattered to India, and the writer, for 24 years.

A road map for foreign banks

A minimum capital of Rs.500 crore has been fixed for each wholly owned subsidiary of a foreign bank.

For light-touch monitoring

The EC’s disciplinarian approach is essential to make elections free and fair, but the activism should not go to the extent of robbing the election of all character.

Renewing an India-Pakistan peace process?

A workable strategy would be to act nationally and multilaterally against terrorism; negotiate bilaterally on Kashmir; and build trade under the radar.

The money trap

The Euro was supposed to bring Europe together, in ways both substantive and symbolic ... What we’re getting instead, however, is a climate of anger and disdain on the part of both creditors and debtors.

Drone attacks, a convenient explanation

By blaming extremism on only 9/11 and U.S.-led drone attacks, the Pakistani state and society are seeking to externalise an internal issue.

If it may please the Supreme Court

With no effective system in place to check, investigate or punish instances of sexual harassment by serving or former judges, the apex court now finds itself in the dock.

The talks must go on

The key point for Iran is relief from western economic sanctions, and the G6’s concerns have to do with Iran’s work on a nuclear reactor at Arak, south-east of Tehran, which could potentially produce weapons-grade nuclear fuel.

Tightrope walking

Policymaking on the basis of a sound economic rationale, overriding practical political realities and social concerns, would be particularly difficult in an election season.

Questions about India’s drug industry

Unless a deeper, institutional change is ushered in to break the nexus between drug companies and the regulatory regime, Indians consuming drugs may be exposing themselves to serious risks.

Whose tribunal is it anyway?

The independence of specialist tribunals must be ensured. But this is not happening, as the functioning of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board shows.

A question of accountability

While it is apparent that due process has been subverted to the advantage of a few by the political executive, it is equally true that there has been some politicisation of the civil service.