Opinion

A flawed and unwarranted move

The Election Commission might be well-intentioned in seeking to ban opinion polls in the run-up to an election, but the move does not seem to be sound in law, and is certainly not desirable in practice.


The EU flexes its muscles on caste

The practices concerned are most widespread in South Asia and in South Asian diasporas.


Tackling new maritime challenges

The international maritime order will continue to gradually but fundamentally change as new powers acquire greater economic and naval heft.


‘In this part of the world, secularism means tolerance’

An interview with Fatima Bhutto.


Too much competition is not good for business

Regulatory environment could be more positive for operators, feels Dmitry Shukov, CEO, Sistema Shyam Teleservices.


Feeding on fires

What distinguishes negligence or lapses in administration from gross negligence or disregard of legal duty is a failure of the government or its law enforcing machinery to take swift action in the face of warnings and forebodings.


How real is the rally?

The government optimistically hopes for a growth rate of around 5.5 per cent this year, which will be a dramatic improvement over the 4.4 per cent in the first quarter.


A vision of sustainable growth

If India wants to do better as a nation, it should face up to the truth and change the structure of discourse.


A Sensex gone awry

The rise of the Sensex to an all-time high when the economy is in poor shape, points to speculation that could compound the current stagflationary crisis.


Disquiet in West Asia

Saudi Arabia has expressed obvious anger over these events and over Mr. Obama’s suspension of arms aid to Egypt after the military coup which overthrew the elected President, Mohamed Morsy, in July.


Unshackling the bureaucracy

The failure of the executive to frame a legislative framework to address the key concerns has forced the court to step in.


In Indonesia, the new ‘can-do’ politicians

Activists, academics and professionals are now breaching the bastions of the entrenched political classes — the military, big business, the clergy and dynastic families.


Penetrating the web of terror networks

A detailed study of the Indian Mujahideen, based on a clinical analysis of curated data, is beginning to pay dividends in understanding when the outfit will launch attacks and who its targets will be.


Putting out to sea a new vision

As global economic power shifts to the east, maintaining prosperity and stability across the diverse Indian Ocean region has become imperative.


Institutionalising freedom

Earlier this year, in the wake of the controversy over the ban on Vishwaroopam , the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting set up a committee under Justice Mukul Mudgal to revisit the entire legislative framework.


Rediscovering Patel

In the past few days, political parties have vied with each other to lay claim to the political legacy of India’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and to build their own partisan narratives around the beliefs that are thought to have defined him.


To correct an institutional mismatch

It is important to build a democratic civil-military relationship so that the nation does not face a crisis.


A great game that all sides can win

Pakistan is averse to discussing Afghanistan with India, fearing that would legitimise India’s interests in that country. But it would be in the interests of all three to do so.


Many strides in food security

The foundational work done in the 1960s has made it possible for India to make access to food a legal right. But more needs to be done to sustain the progress.


After the anger, Europe in slow march

Following the fury over American surveillance, there now appear to be contradictions between the verbal support for privacy among European leaders and their own policy decisions.