Behind the great firewall of China

It is evident that the media environment in China is getting more hostile to journalistic reporting and moving more in line with its government-approved commercial and propaganda role. »
August 22, 2014

Conflicts within

Persisting boundary disputes among the northeastern States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland, reflect multi-layered conflicts in the region that the formation over time... »
August 22, 2014

The navy and economic growth

The commissioning in Mumbai of INS Kolkata, a formidable destroyer, has turned out to be much more than an expression of the navy’s heft to safeguard the sea lanes of the Indian Ocean. The message... »  

A democracy of armed soldiers

To get to the room where Irom Sharmila has spent a majority of her protest life one can pass the corridor of the main block of Imphal’s Jawaharlal Nehru hospital, turn around a flight of stairs an... »
REACHING OUT: Narendra Modi’s talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made for good optics in both countries. Picture shows the leaders in New Delhi in May this year. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Surprise is a tactic, not a strategy

In March this year, members of the Pakistani establishment laid out the red carpet for an unusual visitor. The gentleman, who will not be named, was an envoy of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RS... »

Preserving humanity in times of war

One hundred and fifty years ago to the day, the first Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field was adopted, enshrining the idea i... »

The yogi who became a global brand

On a visit to China in 2011, where B.K.S. Iyengar found himself surrounded by crowds of followers he did not know he had in that country, one young student told... »  

Makarand Waingankar

Let Shastri be given full reign

Short-term measures are meaningless, writes Makarand Waingankar »
David Shariatmadari


Deciphering the untranslatable

Words like the Portuguese saudade, or Danish hyggelig, can only truly be understood by speakers of those languages. Right? »
August 22, 2014

A great loss

What Pandit Ravi Shankar was to the sitar, B.K.S. Iyengar was to yoga. If... »
August 22, 2014

Justified anger

Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled States are fully justified in deciding to limit their presence during Narendra Modi’s official visits to what protocol requires of them. They have every reason to... »
August 21, 2014

Crusader Dabholkar

I thank The Hindu for keeping a social crusader like Narendra Dabholkar alive in the hearts and minds of people (“»
August 22, 2014

Barbaric act

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by th... »
August 22, 2014

For secularism

This refers to the article, “A pull away from the periphery” (Aug. 2... »
August 21, 2014

Authority on yoga

The passing of B.K.S. Iyengar, the yoga guru, is a loss for yoga practitio... »
Shah Rukh Khan. Photo: Vivek Bendre
August 15, 2014

‘I have become more reclusive’

Twenty-six years after he made his acting debut with the TV serial “Fauji,” India’s most articulate Bollywood star is ready to unveil the trailer of his new film “Happy New Year,” releasing this D... »
Dell India President and Managing Director Alok Ohrie
August 3, 2014
talking business

We have started looking at the business from an outside-in perspective

Two quarters ago when Dell India announced its new go-to-market strategy for the Indian market, the global tech major had just gone private. Since then, Dell has overtaken PC market leader Hewl... »
August 9, 2014

Exclusive interview with Daman Singh author of ‘Strictly Personal’

Jacket of the book ‘Strictly Personal’ authored by Daman Singh, daughter of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. This is the closest and most personal view anyone has offered of the man who led India for ten years. What drove you to write a book about Dr. Manmohan Singh? Actually, the book is... »
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan: “To the extent I was involved in the workings of the PMO, and I can tell you categorically not a single file to my knowledge went anywhere it was not supposed to go... To say that a file was taken and show is completely ridiculous, because the content of a file can always be discussed over the phone or in a core committee group”. Photo: Vivek Bendre
August 2, 2014

‘Content of files can be discussed on phone, but no files were shown to Mrs. Gandhi’

You were a part of the PMO as Minister of State during the period Natwar Singh was Minister for External Affairs. How do you respond to his specific allegation that files were shown to Congress... »
August 17, 2014

Notes from a software spouse’s diary

My family moves a lot. Not the one I was born into — they stay put: same street, same house, since 1968. We move because of the husband. You could call him a nomad. He thrives on change; in six mo... »
August 17, 2014

Beyond the House: MPs and their roles

The nominated members of Parliament are meant to be the ornaments of the House. Parliament honours itself by having them in its midst. No one expects them to grapple with serious issues, represent... »
August 17, 2014

Freedom now: judgment unreserved

The verdict on a Public Interest Litigation petition that the Supreme Court of India gave, disallowing a stay on the release of the Aamir Khan film PK, is indeed a landmark in more ways tha... »
August 17, 2014

Cancer and happiness

Twenty trillion human cell Work in tandem, all is well They grow, divide, their function planned Nature’s design, intricate and grand Somewh... »

New Public Policy Scholars​

The Hindu Centre is pleased to welcome its new Public Policy Scholars, Deya Bhattacharya, Sumit Chaturvedi, Nandini Dubey, Vanya Mehta, Bharti Mishra Nath and Rajesh Kumar Rai. Click here to read more on the Scholars and their proposed research over the next four months.​Read more »

In the 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014, West Bengal has witnessed some interesting trends. Apart from the debacle of the Left and the ascendance of the Trinamool Congress (AITC), the other somewhat s... »