Thursday, 19 April, 2018


Sharp and latest opinion on politics, policy and current affairs.

Rahul Gandhi at a temple in Gujarat

Rahul Gandhi must apologise for blatant and unabashed Hinduphobia on Mecca Masjid blasts

The Congress party, in the past, has used terms that are deeply offensive to large sections of the Hindu population.
Mecca masjid

Terrorism, like the Mecca Masjid blast, is too serious a business to leave Ram and Rahim ‘bharosa’

Be it Kathua and Unnao rape – or Mecca Masjid the core issue has got diverted from the crime to the religio-political dimensions of it.
Protest against rape

Two child rapes in India and Pakistan expose the shallowness of the middle class

The way Indians and Pakistanis reacted to Kathua and Kasur rapes exposed the delusion and hypocrisy of the middle classes.
Outside view of Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon

Fortis should put this bid to bed and forget its founders

The founders had taken at least 5 billion rupees of Fortis Healthcare’s cash without board approval. The market regulator, and India’s Serious Fraud Investigation Office, are looking into the company and auditors have refused to certify financial results.

Under Narendra Modi, India can become a ‘jewel’ in the Commonwealth, but does it matter?

Most members of the Commonwealth found other multilateral organisations such as UN, African Union, organizations of Pacific Island States or in the Caribbean to be more relevant. Both the UK and India, for their own...

Mecca masjid acquittals show that the NIA is a caged, blind and deaf parrot

In our present system, miscarriage of justice happens when Muslims are the victims and when the Muslims are the accused. For Monday’s acquittal of the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast, my complaint is against...
Narendra Modi

In his first year, Modi launched six reform measures, but has now noticeably slowed down

The business community’s ‘vote’ in 2019 may not count as dearly as farmers and other rural voters. For the business community, Modi’s initial reform outburst has faded into memory.
PM Narendra Modi bows in front of B.R. Ambedkar's portrait on Ambedkar Jayanti in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

The many ways in which BJP’s attempts to adopt Ambedkar backfired

Away from the PM’s lofty speeches, here’s what the BJP tried to do on Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, and how it all went pear-shaped.
March for Science

Don’t expect govt to promote scientific temper, scientists must take science to Indians

It doesn’t cost a lot of money to publish a great science magazine online. Making good video-based science programmes is not as expensive as you think.
File photo of Donald Trump

Trump’s protectionist tariffs not directed at India, but can have a collateral impact

US expects partners to comply and bend to its domestic politics-driven decisions, and India needs to strengthen its countervailing strategies.
Graphic design by Siddhant Gupta

TalkPoint: One nation, one poll — a good idea or an impractical plan for India?

Recently, the Law Commission released a draft paper supporting 'one nation, one poll.' Experts weigh in on the talks of holding simultaneous elections from the Panchayat to the Parliament in India.
journalist protest

Indian journalists face a brutal equation: Fight together for press freedoms or perish

The media can disagree, fight and judge each other. But it can survive and thrive only by closing ranks when its first principles are under attack.

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