Opinion

A patch-up to keep it going

President Obama seems to understand Pakistan’s double game on terrorism, but is unwilling to deal with it upfront, at least not at this time.


Worlds apart in a divided city

Muslims, who used to live across Ahmedabad, are now increasingly flocking to ghettos, mostly along the city’s fringes.


A challenge to Indian federalism

The efforts of the Union government to divide Andhra Pradesh irrespective of the State legislature’s views, pose a grave danger to federalism and unity.


Slipping on onion prices

Given the inflation scenario, it is quite likely that the central bank will be forced to hike rates again, which is not good news for borrowers and the larger economy.


Engaging for a fair settlement

With each passing episode that requires it to take a tough decision on Sri Lanka — be it attending CHOGM or voting against the regime at the UNHRC — New Delhi must wonder why it has been drawn to a corner.


Keeping up with digital revolution and the NSA

The agents of our defence are revealed as security’s own worst enemies, thriving on their access to secrets.


Fading judicial independence

The 120th Amendment Bill 2013 deviates from its U.K. model in the essential requirement of freeing judicial appointments from the executive.


Catch-up in industrialisation

It was the visible hand of the state rather than the invisible hand of the market that helped the developing world catch up with the industrialised countries.


Cutting pollution and cancer

Mitigation of air pollution from key sources such as transport, coal-based power generation, industrial emissions, and cooking using biomass needs sustained policy action.


Beyond the border

With no clear understanding of how the other perceives the Line, and China preferring “status quo” along the boundary, the onus will be on India to seize the initiative.


Old roads, new highways

India and Pakistan must use the strong peace sentiment on both sides of the border to develop better trade ties.


The CBI and the bureaucrat

The investigative agency’s handling of the Parakh affair once again highlights the contentious subject of how it treats the civil services.


Al-Qaeda’s corridor through Syria

It is no longer the Free Syrian Army but the radical Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams that is a serious threat to the Assad government.


Realpolitik plus principle

Wikileaked cables quote Arab leaders as saying Iran’s nuclear programme must be stopped by “all means available” and describing Iranian leaders in highly abusive terms.


Trying times for parliamentary system

The legislature is bypassed; interruptions are on the rise; answers to questions are unsatisfactory; and the political standards of members have deteriorated.


Choosing image over alliance

That the Congress and one of its potential allies, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, were among the first to see their members disqualified from Parliament following conviction in corruption cases is only incidental.


Abandoning hope, and now homeland

Feeling defeated by the latest tragic turn toward growing violence, repression and civil strife after the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, many Egyptians want to emigrate.


To strike the right balance

There are lessons for the media and the Army in the reporting and dispensing of information on the Keran operations.


The war on migration can’t be won

Globalisation is often presented as a major threat to identity instead of being presented as a major opportunity for boosting cultural exchange and increasing our connections to the world and our creativity.


After the revelations, the reverberations

French outrage at the scale of NSA espionage is the latest in a series of aftershocks around the world triggered by Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. and British espionage that have shaken relations with their allies and partners.