Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Talk Point

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Talk Point: Did India wake up late to the idea of privacy? Can law help us put personal privacy firs...

Most liberal democracies across the globe debated privacy at least half a century ago. Did India wake up late to the idea of privacy?

Talk Point: Is Nitish Kumar the smartest political opportunist in India?

What does Nitish Kumar stand to gain by resigning as Bihar Chief Minister.

Talk Point: Can Doklam be contained? Will the tensions go beyond Doklam?

Indian and Chinese soldiers are locked in their longest border face-off in decades in the Doklam tri-junction area.

Talk Point: Is the space for Dalit identity politics and Dalit-first parties shrinking?

The UP election results earlier this year signaled a growing support among the Dalits for the BJP. This was followed by NDA fielding Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate, forcing the opposition to field another Dalit, Meira Kumar, as his rival. Then last week, Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha, protesting against what she said was the attitude of the ruling party to suppress her voice raising Dalit issues. As parties from across the spectrum aggressively target and woo the Dalit community, what is the future of exclusive appeals by smaller parties? We ask experts.

Talk Point: Is the proposed inter-agency review of American support to Pakistan different from such ...

What will the implications of this move be on Pakistan and on the South Asian region? We ask experts

Talk Point: How did some pockets of West Bengal become so communally polarised?

A controversial Facebook post about Islam recently prompted angry Muslim mobs to go on a rampage setting buildings on fire and clash with the police in West Bengal, killing a 65-year-old Hindu man. Retaliatory Hindu mobs burnt down the dargah and shops owned by Muslims. Who is responsible for this communal tinderbox? We ask experts.

TALK POINT: Is PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel more about symbolism and less about real gains?

Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel – the first by an Indian prime minister – is being hyped as a key shift in the global power axis.  What is the strategi...

TALK POINT: Can official data be fudged? How can we ensure that the credibility of official data is ...

In recent months, many allegations have been made about fudging of official data by government departments in both the centre and the states. How do the allegat...

TALK POINT: Should Indian military chiefs step out of their professional jurisdiction and talk about...

Eyebrows have been raised over Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s statements on Kashmir and Pakistan. While some are cheering him, others say that an Indian Army chief should not make provocative statements. Is the chatter of TV channels and digital India changing the culture of the military leadership? We ask experts about the pros and cons of having an outspoken military chief in a democratic India.

TALK POINT: Is it time to revisit the culture of farm loan waivers, minimum support prices and take ...

As UP and Maharashtra write off farmers’ loans and MP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab struggle to tackle fresh demands for debt relief, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says the Central government will not help foot the bill. And RBI Governor Urjit Patel calls loan waivers a “moral hazard”. Is it time to revisit this culture of farm loan waivers? We ask experts.

Modi’s BJP is not just Congress + cow, but it is Congress + cow + Indira Gandhi

Young Indians bought new hope & optimism of Brand Modi in 2014. Now they're confused & angry as BJP government turns out to be Indira-era Congress, plus a cow.