Wednesday, 15 August, 2018


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

File photo of Mahatma Gandhi | Central Press/Getty Images

Can India have a liberal mass hero ever again?

The Congress party today looks like the one Gandhi found it in 1915 – and changed.
Pakistani media channels film a press conference (representational image) | Warrick Page/Getty Images

Pakistan’s mysterious ‘agriculture department’ is plumbing to new depths of censorship

Even as they have practiced unprecedented levels of self-censorship, channels have been taken off air and newspaper distribution disrupted.
Mi17 V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force at 'Aero India' | MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images

Modi govt will further alienate the south by moving Aero India to Uttar Pradesh

Prematurely organising Aero India in a state like Uttar Pradesh which is not yet ready for it might prove counterproductive.
BJP National President Amit Shah | Swapan Mahapatra/PTI

Amit Shah’s trumpet in West Bengal must not sound like ‘dog whistle’ for miscreants

BJP hopes to keep Mamata Banerjee busy in Bengal, leaving her less time to be a mover and shaker in national politics ahead of 2019 election.

Slump in Turkish lira won’t take Asian markets down with it

The lira's decline has been a long time coming since Erdogan refuses to hike interest rates.
Representational image | Allison Joyce/Getty Images

What explains the Muslim silence in the face of BJP’s aggressive Hindutva?

Surveys show that Babri Masjid has lost its provocative essence while Muslim disregard for Modi is in line with national sentiment
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Rob Stothard - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Narendra Modi’s 2019 headache will come from within the BJP and the NDA coalition

If the BJP doesn’t cross 250-mark in 2019, Modi will suddenly realise how upset his party’s allies really are 
Mark Zuckerberg

Google, Facebook, Twitter don’t know how to tame the monsters they’ve created

The world expected more from these companies whose CEOs neither knew nor cared enough for the problems they created.
A view of the Idukki Dam as water level continued to rise in Kerala | PTI

Understanding the 42-year-old Idukki dam which is now saving Kerala

The Idukki and Idamalayar reservoirs alone store 21.3 per cent of the total annual flow of Periyar river
Satish Acharya | Commons

Cartoonist Satish Acharya censored because some people are mightier than the pen

Censorship exists because Indians believe denial is better than cure.

Finally, Bollywood has courage to look at Muslims as regular Indians & not terrorists

Anubhav Sinha's Mulk breaks Bollywood’s Sunny Deol-ised mould of the Muslim as a terrorist. It makes you feel an ordinary Muslim family’s fears, dilemmas and anger.