Opinion

Parliamentary supremacy under attack

The executive’s attempts to circumvent the legislature and the growing influence of money power in deciding elections have eroded people’s legitimate aspirations.


The devil is in the detail

Per capita entitlements under the food security bill will not cover beneficiaries as comprehensively as household entitlements.


Crude and not sweet at all

Far from being automatic, the energy security from India’s overseas oil assets is only as good as thecontracts and joint ventures that govern them.


A suspicious suspension

The most charitable explanation for Ms Nagpal’s suspension would have to be that the SP is trying to play politics with the religious sentiments of the people.


Understanding the poverty line

What it signifies, what it does not tell us and what it will definitely not be used for.


Accounting for accountability

In making the internal deliberations of parties and their criteria for selection of candidates also subject to the RTI Act, the CIC clearly exceeded its jurisdiction.


The drift to a national security state

Ensuring national security is an important attribute of a modern nation-state. But as the erstwhile Soviet Union realised, the threats to the state these days do not come from orthodox sources.


The shaky geopolitics of India’s food security

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) certainly seems to have, because it has pushed through a major food security initiative without so much as a murmur on how it will operate with respect to India’s international commitments.


Great power and greater responsibility

The welfare state has made governance a one-way street, offering citizens a sense of entitlement withoutany commitment to nation-building.


Caste out by the law

The British government's attempts to dilute legislation that recognises caste-based discrimination render it insensitive to the treatment of Dalits in the U.K.


Manning verdict could intimidate whistleblowers, feel rights activists

Bradley Manning faces a sentence of up to 130 years in prison and civil rights groups accuse the U.S. government of seeking to intimidate future whistleblowers.


From the granary to the plate

Despite its many flaws, the food security bill is an opportunity to end the leakages from the PDS and prevent wastage of public resources.


Predictable, but challenging

As the RBI puts it pithily but inelegantly, India is currently caught in a classic “impossible trinity trilemma” and has to forfeit some monetary policy discretion to support the external sector.


Nursing the morphine dream

The amended narcotic drugs law must be passed soon as more effective palliative care for cancer patients hinges on it.


Empowering SEBI the right way

In using the ordinance route to give sweeping additional powers to SEBI, the government is conveying a sense of urgency in plugging loopholes in capital market regulations.


Love in the water, fear on land

Russia-China defence ties are at a high but as the recent exercises by the Russian Army in Siberia revealed, Moscow is immensely wary of its powerful eastern neighbour.


The dishonesty in counting the poor

The Planning Commission’s spurious method shows a decline in poverty because it has continuouslylowered the measuring standard.


A reprieve for reason

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to institute a larger Bench to consider commuting the sentences of death row prisoners is both a nudge to the political establishment and an attempt to navigate the court’s own muddled pronouncements on mercy petitions.


A mountain strike corps is not the only option

Instead of pouring money into raising a force that can hardly address the Indian Army’s drawbacks at the border, our decision makers should have focussed on addressing China’s weaknesses in the Indian Ocean.


Why drones deserve a second look

Damning these machines as weapons of war that kill civilians is to overlook their untapped humanitarian and technological benefits.