Tuesday, 26 September, 2017


Rajiv Gandhi was the first to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

The only thing PM Modi & Swami Vivekananda share is their first name

It was Rajiv Gandhi who began celebrating Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day since 1985.
Narendra Modi's speech on the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was blocked in the states of Karnataka and West Bengal

Nobody owns Swami Vivekananda, stop playing politics over him

Blocking of PM’s speech, West Bengal and Karnataka played with the delicate balance of power between states and the centre.
A protest in Bengaluru over the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh protest shows liberalism can’t be confined to classroom, TV or Twitter

The revival of a new form of constitutional liberalism can be the political glue that binds diverse social forces.
Nirmala Sitharaman shouldn't just focus on big weapons purchases but improving the defence forces as well

Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘modernisation’ drive must go beyond buying big weapons systems

Even as India continues its big-ticket weapon buying spree, Sitharaman must address the key question of the soldier behind the machine, and the structure behind the soldier.
The UK government has reportedly frozen properties belonging to Dawood Ibrahim and a former Delhi police commissioner recalls what it was like surveying a property belonging to the gangster.

The noose does not tighten around Dawood Ibrahim, but Pakistan

A former Delhi Police commissioner recalls his reconnaissance visit to a plush London neighborhood to survey a villa owned by Dawood Ibrahim.
The CIA had kept a close eye on the 1967 clash between India and China in Sikkim reveal documents.

How the US viewed the 1967 Sikkim skirmishes between India and China

The CIA saw the Nathu La clashes as “military expressions of intensified political relations”, and asked for better reporting on the Sino-Indian border situation.
Rohingya refugees at a camp in New Delhi

The flood of Rohingya refugees can pose a security risk to India

India must work with Myanmar, Bangladesh to minimise effect of violence on Rohingya refugees so that they are not susceptible to exploitation.
Hurriyat leaders have been raided by the NIA and accused of corruption.

NIA crackdown in Kashmir risks creating a political vacuum and a slide into the...

The central government seems believe the NIA raids will help contain political unrest and erode the public credibility of the Hurriyat leaders.
Book cover and image of author

K. Vaitheeswaran’s new book has many lessons for Modi’s Startup India

K. Vaitheeswaran co-founded India’s first e-commerce website, Fabmart.com and his book speaks of how it collapsed.
The book cover of 30 Second Thrillers

Not always a stroke of genius: Decoding decades of Indian advertisements

The book traces decades of Indian advertisement, what went behind their making, and how it relates to changing public psyche and economics of the times.


A picture of TN Ninan, chairman of Business Standard Private Limited

Failure in the good times

Since Mr Modi and his team expect to win the 2019 elections, the groundwork for improved performance in their second term should be done now.

National Interest

The notion that young Indians leading liberated lives are asking for trouble needs revisiting after the Punjab & Haryana HC bail order in a gangrape case.

Anyone here been raped and likes sex?

And smokes, drinks and has condoms in her room? Notion that young Indians leading liberated lives are asking for trouble needs revisiting.

Talk Point

Security agencies resort to internet shutdowns to control violent protests, but is this really a solution?

Talk Point: Are internet shutdowns the best way to restore peace during violent protests?

There were 42 times security agencies resorted to internet shutdowns this year to control volatile conditions in eleven states. Is this the only way to restore peace during violent protests?