Monday, 28 May, 2018


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


Breathe easy, NSE. Your index isn’t Star Wars

Even if the National Stock Exchange succeeds in getting an injunction against Singapore Exchange, SGX won’t be the only loser. Global money managers will also be affected.
File image of H.D. Kumaraswamy | Yasbant Negi/The India Today Group/Getty Images

While JD(S) & Cong reconcile differences, BJP looking for another go at Karnataka coalition

The Congress and the JD(S) activists, rivals on the ground, are yet to reconcile to the new political reality. The BJP might benefit by admitting disgruntled defectors from both the parties.  As H.D. Kumaraswamy prepares...

Northeast leaders campaigned for BJP in Karnataka. Lessons for opposition in 2019?

The BJP has begun to leverage every bit of its organisational capacity across the country. The party uses its leaders from the northeastern states to campaign during elections in other parts of the country.
File photo of H.D. Deve Gowda | Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Learn from the Gowdas the unique art of coming last but finishing first

The clout of ideology-agnostic power-seekers that had diminished after 2014 seems to be returning, from UP to Karnataka.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar

Khattar’s ‘Sunday to FUNday’ remark is like fighting depression with a Hallmark card

Dissent makes for a healthy democracy, no matter what day of the week it is.  People are far more likely to be happy if we have ministers who address problems.
A file photo of Akshay Kumar | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Akshay Kumar deletes old tweets on petrol price hike, but public memory isn’t that short

Modi government does not take kindly to criticism. Those who do it are labelled anti-national, anti-sanksari.
Two children and their father in Chennai (representational image) | Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

‘Tu jaanta nehin mera baap kaun hain’ and India’s anxiety about the father

Voter card and Aadhaar print only the father's name. Mother’s name is not mentioned. On the passport, father’s name is clubbed with ‘legal guardian’, and is placed above mother’s.
An anti-rape sign at a protest

Registry of sex offenders carries immense risks. It also puts the survivor in mortal danger

Privacy is a basic human right, and even criminals have those. To undermine this capacity because vicious, punitive justice sells on primetime TV debates is to tear through the foundation that this country.
Representational image | Bloomberg

What it will take to finally defeat Tuberculosis

A shortage of global funding for medical research — which is only a third of what’s required — explains why decades have passed with no new TB treatments or vaccines.

Tuberculosis kills 4000 people everyday : Understanding the world’s problem with the deadly disease

From 2000 to 2015, TB claimed 33 million lives and cost the world economy an estimated $616 billion. By 2030, a further $1 trillion and 28 million lives may be lost. 
shahid aziz

From key Pakistani general to ISIS terrorist ‘killed’ in Jihad, the chilling saga of Shahid Aziz

An army cannot afford to allow so many ideologically motivated hardliners to rise to senior ranks and to freelance on behalf of their ideology after retirement.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

How should the Indian army ethos handle Major Gogoi’s case?

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat has said that 'exemplary punishment' will be given to Major Leetul Gogoi, if he is found guilty of violation of Army rules. Experts weigh in.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

The barely told stories of Indian and Pakistani spies making peace while waging war

Some untold or barely told stories of Indian and Pakistani spymasters making peace on the sidelines of war.