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    Donald Trump hits where it hurts most

    American president Donald Trump’s recent tweet that US tariffs on imports from China are working ‘big time’ and that the stock market in China has crashed by 27 per cent in four months may be an exaggeration but there can be little doubt that China has been severely hit. The Chinese economy was riding on the strength of the import boom in the US market and there was a smug sense of

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    Kerala ignored ominous red signals

    The ongoing devastating floods in Kerala which have wrought havoc in the State in terms of loss of lives and extensive damage to property have understandably brought focus on the myopia with which the recommendations of the Madhav Gadgil committee in 2011 on the warning signals were brazenly disregarded by the Congress government of the time and subsequently the CPI (M) regime. Madhav Gadgil is ecologist and founder of the Centre for

  • Colour blindness is spreading to other spheres

    The days of the white 007 are numbered. The next James Bond will be black. There are hints it might be an actor, producer and disc jockey called Idris Akuna Elba born in London of a Sierra Leonean father and Ghanaian mother. This is the new face of Britain, and it’s deliberately not white.

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A statesman par excellence

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on Thursday after a prolonged illness at the age of 93, was one of the tallest leaders of the post-Independence India. Outside the Congress stable, he ranked the highest. Though the Opposition had several notables, nobody contributed as much for so long to end the Congress monopoly over power as he did. He was the face of the Opposition long before the Congress, basking in the reflected

  • We open the doors to new possibilities: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    The poet-Prime Minister, an awarded parliamentarian, is renowned for his sparkling oratory, often laced with humour. He made many powerful and historic speeches; here are extracts from five of the most memorable ones.

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A man of dignified words and silence

    It was the summer of 1996. The Congress government of Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao had lost the general election and, for the first time, there was an opportunity for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed by the moderate and well-liked Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to take power. He lacked parliamentary majority but nevertheless made the bid to form a government and become Prime Minister — an ambition that he had long nurtured

  • A good report card

    The Prime Minister addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Wednesday, the last Independence Day before he returns to the people for a fresh mandate, devoted most of his time listing what all the Government had done in last four-plus years. It was a dhobi list of big and small things meant to ameliorate the condition of the underprivileged and to set the economy on the path to

  • A great vision for healthcare, if…

    The present government should soon announce (maybe on Independence Day)  the Ayushman Bharat—National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) which could make India have the world’s largest health insurance programme.  The scheme could also have a multiplier impact on allied sectors like pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical devices and the overall Indian economy by way of employment generation.

  • Loaded I-Day electoral message

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s persuasive India-rising speech at Red Fort carried an electoral message, with a subtext of continuity-with-change. The country’s rapid growth trajectory, he hinted, must not be compromised by political upheaval. A masterful balance of fact and dream-mongering, it was aimed at ramping up the feelgood factor induced by a satisfactory monsoon.

  • Simultaneous polls likely

    The on-going debate over simultaneous polls received a huge fillip with the BJP president Amit Shah writing to the Law Commission making a strong case for them. Shah’s detailed letter has naturally caused disquiet in the Opposition ranks. Speculation that the letter is a precursor to the idea being accepted officially is rife in the political circles. Shah has forcefully countered the Opposition plea that simultaneous polls are against the federal structure

  • Feminism and freedom: The Indian way

    The hold of Western feminism on Indian mindset is alarming, deadlier than colonization. Before taking out morchas for women’s rights, we must peep into the deep crevices of our own cultural history and determine whether we really have a woman suppressing tradition. Is the nickname “oppressive,” attached to our culture by manipulative western thinkers, justified? Should we retort that freedom and equality are intrinsic to Indian life, since Vedic times? The West,