Wednesday, 15 August, 2018


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

Manual Scavenging

The ‘c’ in Swachh Bharat is caste and Modi needs to address it

Manual scavenging is a reality and Dalit women, particularly, will be forced to shoulder the burden of cleaning dry pits.
crude oil

Iran oil sanctions will hurt more than you think

Under Obama, Iran's crude and condensate exports fell by around 1.2 million barrels a day. Under Trump, it seems the decline will be bigger and faster.
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin

This is why China could collapse like the Soviet Union

China's dying labour-force boom, like the Soviet Union's in the 1970s, may not revive even with Silk Road project’s heavy investments.
PM Modi

In Modi’s final Independence Day speech of this term, look forward to another jumla

Having played most of their cards, Modi-Shah are searching for a new one. That is why an effort is being made to polarise the voters.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje | Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The many ‘sins’ of Vasundhara Raje that are coming back to haunt her

Rajasthan is abuzz with a negative sentiment against the chief minister, and lynchings are only part of the problem.

Drop cartoon, take photo instead: Cartoonist at English daily quits after he’s censored

Satish Acharya explains how his association with tabloid ‘Mail Today’ came to an end.
Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Does ethnic diversity help or harm India’s economy?

A new study shows that accounting for jati and not just govt-defined castes gives new insight into India's ethnic heterogeneity. 
Imran Khan

What is this democracy Pakistan keeps referring to?

As a consequence of continuous appeasement of military in Pakistan, the current ‘arrangement’ has given khakis authority to call shots.
V.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul was like family. Even if you didn’t love him, he was part of your story

The Nobel Prize winner passed away Sunday at the age of 85.
The school in Rehman colony | Arshad Yousafzai

What a temple school in Pakistan can teach India about Hindu-Muslim unity

In Pakistan's Rehman colony, which has neither a public school nor an empty plot, the local Hindu community offered to set up the school at their temple.

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.