Opinion

Saudi Arabia‘s crown prince will have to do more to change perceptions in the W…

Saudi Arabia‘s crown prince will have to do more to change perceptions in the W…

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the de facto ruler of the oil-rich desert kingdom, landed in Paris on a two-day visit. He starts his European tour from France after spending about three weeks in the United States. His engagements while in the US, from meeting Google’s Sergey Brin to Apple’s Tim Cook to Virgin […]

The Unnao case highlights the flaws in UP‘s law and order system

The Unnao case highlights the flaws in UP‘s law and order system

Persistent media attention and public anger have finally prompted the Yogi Adityanath government to constitute a Special Investigation Team to probe the Unnao rape case. In the nine months since the survivor, then a minor, alleged that she was raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother, the case has taken many twists and turns. The latest is […]

The government must resurrect the dignity of Parliament

The government must resurrect the dignity of Parliament

Political scientist and historian Benedict Anderson described a nation as an “imagined community”, a coming together of people armed with a common cause to build a new identity. India, however, is a land of a multitude of identities, each with its own faiths, ideas, opinions and issues. Our country banks on its institutions for drawing together the ideas that adequately […]

India, Nepal have to act bold and enter into a ‘special relationship‘

India, Nepal have to act bold and enter into a ‘special relationship‘

India and Nepal meet everywhere: Sovereigns to independence, democracy to pluralism, biodiversity to livelihood, folk tales to religious spaces and fossil fuel to pharmaceuticals. Their paths have encompassed freedom struggles, migration, disasters, transborder environmental injuries, hydrological flows, currency, yoga, sports, connectography, health and education. However, in the last seven decades, we have often seen relations marred by issues such as […]

The demand for a Dravida Nadu is a warning signal which Delhi needs to heed

The demand for a Dravida Nadu is a warning signal which Delhi needs to heed

The historian Dharampal has a wonderful anecdote about villagers in India in the 16th and 17th century. He said the archives revealed that whenever villagers were fed up with the king for the authoritarian way he treated them, they would abandon the kingdom and move to a new place. The king had to follow them and apologise for his behaviour […]

What the UGC ruling on plagiarism means for Indian academia

What the UGC ruling on plagiarism means for Indian academia

The new rules approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the higher education regulatory body, say that researchers will lose their registration and teachers their jobs if found guilty of plagiarising. There will be graded punishment for offenders. This essential move should have come much earlier to ensure that Indian academia is a wellspring of fresh ideas rather than a […]

Islamabad must keep Hafiz Saeed and his ilk out of Pakistan‘s politics

Islamabad must keep Hafiz Saeed and his ilk out of Pakistan‘s politics

The United States has once again tightened the noose around the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), one of the most potent anti-India forces that operates from Pakistani soil, by designating the Milli Muslim League (MML) and Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir (TAJK) as fronts for the terror group. Both MML and TAJK are political forces created by LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, the former with an eye on […]

While Facebook faces the music, maybe it is time to #DeleteWhatsApp | Opinion

While Facebook faces the music, maybe it is time to #DeleteWhatsApp | Opinion

WhatsApp differentiates itself from Facebook by touting its end-to-end encryption. “Some of your most personal moments are shared with WhatsApp”, it says, so “your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands”. A WhatsApp founder recently expressed outrage at Facebook’s privacy policies by tweeting “It is time. #deletefacebook”. But WhatsApp may need […]

Don‘t let the Cauvery water dispute fester any more

Don‘t let the Cauvery water dispute fester any more

On Monday, Parliament was adjourned by noon after AIADMK MPs protested demanding the formation of a Cauvery Water Management Board. The protest, and a series of other stirs planned by parties in Tamil Nadu, shows how, despite the Supreme Court verdict on February 16, there has been little progress in settling the Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The […]

India‘s political class has failed to realise the gravity of the employment cri…

India‘s political class has failed to realise the gravity of the employment cri…

Twenty-five million people have applied for 90,000 blue collar jobs recently advertised by Indian Railways. This statistic captures the fundamental divide in the Indian economy. All talk of young Indians being engaged in the knowledge-based digital economy and creating potential unicorns is valid only for a minuscule minority. An overwhelming majority is desperately looking for government jobs, even if it […]