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  • Editorial, RSS, Myth and Reality, RSS, Mohan Bhagwat

    RSS: Myth and Reality

    What the RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat said in his three-day outreach programme in the national capital beginning last Monday, is so unexceptionable, indeed, so wholesome, that you are left wondering what the controversy is all about the 92-year-old-organisation. He forthrightly explained his position on the very issues which the RSS’s critics invariably raise to dub it fascist. There was nothing fascist in his views frankly expressed before an invited audience which was

  • editorial, BJP, oppositions, Lok Sabha Elections, Narendra Modi,

    Several fault lines in Opposition help BJP

    The countdown to the Lok Sabha elections may have begun but the question “Modi versus Who” continues to remain a riddle in the absence of a strong Opposition challenger. As of now it is an unequal war — between Brand Modi and Brand Rahul — with the former having an edge that, though, is slowly ebbing. The BJP-led government has lost lustre in the last four-and-a-half years and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • editorial, Foreigners, Draft National Register of Citizens, Assam, BJP, Amit Shah

    Foreigners to the fore again

    The moment the Draft National Register of Citizens was published, omitting over forty lakh names from the list pertaining to Assam alone, it was clear that the BJP would use it as a campaign-handle in the coming elections. The fear was not unwarranted. On Tuesday, the BJP president, Amit Shah, addressing a conclave of party workers in Jaipur, the capital of the poll-bound Rajasthan, threatened to identify all illegal migrants from Bangladesh

  • editorial, R N Bhaskar, RBI, crucial chinks, Reserve Bank Of India, Demonetisation, digital payments

    The RBI points to very crucial chinks

    The latest annual report of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is quite candid about its assessment of demonetisation. More cash has come back into the system than had been envisaged earlier. The pace of increase in digital payments has slowed down. And while the RBI does not mention it, the absurdity of having e-commerce and digital payments under the IT ministry and not under the finance ministry continues to baffle experts.

  • sushil kutty, kerala nun rape case, nuns, rape, church, editorial

    Nuns are at the bottom of pecking order

    In ecclesiastical hierarchy, nuns are bottom-line functionaries, dingbats and footnotes in the order; they come and go in nondescript robes. And if one gets laid, that’s God’s will, no questions are asked. The Church is a male preserve and that of the clergy.  Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal is allegedly up to his neck in rape and “unnatural sex” charges, and yet he gets a free pass while the nun he abused

  • bhavdeep kang, indian politics, editorial, politics, BJP, Congress, Fuel Price Row

    Politics is the art of selling the impossible

    At the BJP National Executive in Delhi last week, the party leadership projected a picture of confidence and determination, at a time when the government is under fire for rising fuel prices and a falling rupee. The upbeat mood in the BJP, it appears, has more to do with the disarray in the Opposition than its own performance. Indeed, the BJP leadership devoted considerable time to criticising the proposed mahagathbandhan.

  • mid day trade, dollar, dollar rate, editorial, prices, relentless pressure

    Relentless pressure on pump prices

    The rupee slumped further on Tuesday, touching a lifetime low of 71.37 against the dollar, a drop of 16 paise during the mid-day trade. Brent crude oil hovered over $78 a barrel on Tuesday. Petrol in Delhi sold for Rs79.31 a litre and diesel for Rs71.34. Corresponding prices in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata were: Rs86.72 and Rs75.74; Rs82.41 and Rs75.39; and Rs82.22 and Rs74.19. In the last one year, petrol prices have

  • Kamalendra Kanwar, Editorial, Maldives, India, Chinese Hegemony, World affairs

    Maldives would continue to depend on India for support

    With recent events in Maldives where the over-riding influence of India has given way to an uncompromising Chinese hegemony in recent years, India has got a taste of what Beijing can be up to especially in terms of asserting its naval supremacy. But it would set a bad example if New Delhi were to cave in to Beijing meekly and not assert its right to exercise due to influence in its backyard

  • veste, public secret, editorial, reluctant, blood, BCCI, Cricket, sports

    Vested interests hard to beat

    It is hard to fight entrenched vested interests wherever they may be. It is a public secret that various sporting bodies in the country have for long been the preserve of a small group of people who are reluctant to step aside to allow fresh blood to be inducted. Scan the list of office-bearers of various sporting organisations and you will find that the top honchos have been around for decades, some

  • Marxist, Editorial, party, Opposition, Somnath Chatterjee, Lok Sabha, Lok Sabha speaker, Communist, CPI-M

    A Marxist abandoned by his party

    For long, the voice of Opposition, Somnath Chatterjee, was the first Communist Speaker of the Lok Sabha and one who defied his party and refused to quit the post over the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008, leading to his expulsion from the CPI-M. From championing the cause of the downtrodden as one of India’s finest parliamentarians and barristers, and settling effortlessly into the role of wooing investors to industry-dry West Bengal, Chatterjee

  • session work, parliament, editorial, freedom

    Will this session work?

    Another session of Parliament is set to begin today. Hopefully, it will not go the way of the previous session and function in an orderly manner. Though the chances of good sense prevailing do appear slim, we still hope that rival parties would refrain from turning Parliament into a laughing stock of the people — good only for shouting matches, defiance of the presiding officers, and very much precious little else. Twenty-five

  • homemaker, stereotype, dirty, women, show boys, editorial, deepa gahlot

    Can a homemaker stereotype get any worse?

    Even today, a lot of advertisements, for instance, show boys getting clothes dirty and women doing the washing. Women, supposedly never go to the market or look at ads, because men tell them which washing powder or toilet cleaner to use. If she does not use a particular hair colour or cream, her husband will lose interest in her.

  • kamlendra kanwar, american, america, US President, Donald Trump, US, strange, editorial

    American people have to bear the cross

    Donald Trump is truly different — he evokes a lot of smirks and scowls but having been elected to such a high office, he is lord of his own destiny till such time as the US elects the next President. Strange are the ways of destiny. There had to be an American President to question and repudiate past international agreements like the climate deal of Paris and the US-Iran nuclear deal, agreements

  • FIFA, Fifa world cup, fifa world cup 2018, great show, sports, france, croatia, football, russia, editorial,

    Worthy end of a great show

    The 21st FIFA World Cup, the best and the brightest show of international football, ended in Moscow with the French emerging the worthy winners, though the sympathies of the fans everywhere were with Croatia who had a better game and a longer possession of the ball than their much-vaunted rivals.

  • politics, campaign, parliamentary election, rival politicians, editorial, pm, lok sabha, state elections,

    Rising bitterness in politics

    The broad contours of what is going to be a long and bitter campaign before the parliamentary election next year are already in sight. Rival politicians have begun to prepare ground for the vital State elections before the crucial Lok Sabha poll next year. The Prime Minister’s itinerary now increasingly includes official events and public rallies in the States headed for the polls.

  • A L I Chougule, Brexit, Editorial, Britons, European Union, EU, UK, Brexit vote,

    Harsh reality of Brexit finally sets in

    A few months after Britons voted to leave the European Union (EU), there was considerable apprehension across the UK. One of the major reasons for pervasive uneasiness was the post-Brexit vote ambiguity over the economic fallout of the disastrous referendum. By October 2016 when this writer visited London, the pound had slumped over 15 per cent and Britain had one quantitative easing stimulus to tide over economic uncertainty. The economy was not

  • real fear, global trade war, world's largest economics, US, China, tariff, Editorial,

    Real fear of a global trade war

    Setting off fears of a global trade war, last Friday the US and China, the world’s largest and second largest economies, slapped on each other tit-for-tat import tariffs. To begin with, $34 billion worth of each other’s imports would attract punitive tariffs. Donald Trump, the US President, seemed undeterred by the retaliatory Chinese imposts, warning that at this rate he would target all of Chinese imports into the US. Weeks ago, Trump

  • bharatkumar raut, aap, aap celebration, editorial, Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttaranchal, Chattisgarh, Editorial, Bharatkumar Raut

    AAP celebration has been short lived

    Delhi is one of the smallest states of the Indian Union, perhaps smaller than many small states like Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttaranchal or Chhattisgarh. However, this capital state keeps hitting national media headlines, perhaps because it happens to be the city that happens to be the seat of the Union Government, and secondly, because it is run by one of the most vocal politicians, Arvind Kejriwal. The founder-president of the ruling Aam Aadmi

  • CJI, roster, master of roster, Supreme Court, SC, Chief Justice of India, Dipak Mishra, Editorial,

    CJI’s status as master of roster confirmed

    The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday that the Chief Justice of India is the sole master of roster in allotment of cases to benches should remove any doubts in view of the campaign against Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s ‘unilateralism’ in assigning some sensitive cases to the second rung of judges. Constitutionally, that prerogative belongs to the CJI, it has now been made very clear by a two-judge bench comprising Justices A K

  • Kumaraswamy, Kumaraswamy's budget, editorial, karnanataka, farmer, Janata Dal, Congress,

    Kumaraswamy’s budget for farmer

    If there was hope that the Janata Dal (S)-Congress first budget in Karnataka would move to wipe off the five years of drift and kickstart the economy on a high-growth path, those expectations have been belied. There is little to suggest that Kumaraswamy’s budget is growth-oriented or designed to incentivise the software sector to deliver strongly in the country’s software capital. Instead, it is populism and giveaways at work to woo the

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