Behind India’s Pakistan quandary

Faced with Pakistan’s firing across the LoC, India has no option but to respond. However, in general, more subtle strategies to contain and counter threats from Pakistan would be in the country’s inte... »
October 31, 2014

Ending the impasse in Delhi

With the Supreme Court setting a deadline for Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to exhaust the possibilities of forming a government in Delhi, the political impasse in the National Capital Territory is bou... »
October 31, 2014

Giving new life to Aadhaar

The imperatives of governance have a tendency to make political parties think differently once they are in power and revisit earlier misgivings. Nothing illustrates this better than the Narendra M... »
CENTRALISATION OF POWER: Indira Gandhi contributed significantly to promoting an idea of power that was highly personalised and weakly institutionalised. Here, she is seen with some of her cabinet colleagues in April 1984.

The Empress’s long-term legacies

Thirty years ago today, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her bodyguards. She had been the Prime Minister of India for sixteen years and involved in politics for much longer. When... »

Africa’s ‘Big Men’ and their mystery illnesses

When dying Zambian President Michael Sata flew to London last week he was following a long line of African leaders who have sought emergency — and secret — medical treatment in foreign hospitals m... »
BRINGING CLARITY: Transparency, clear communication and forward guidance are pillars of a modern monetary policy framework. Picture shows RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan with his Deputy Governors at a press conference in September this year. Photo: Paul Noronha

Modernising the monetary policy

The Finance Minister in his maiden Union Budget speech had observed that “it is also essential to have a modern monetary policy framework to meet the challenge of an increasingly complex economy. »
SENSATIONAL: Though the CAG kept explaining the rationale behind each of the three figures for the national loss from 2G allocations, the figure 1.76 lakh crore became a real one in the minds of the public. Picture shows Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India who was behind the 2G audit reports. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

A constitutional impropriety

At a Conference of Accountants-General, K.V. Thomas, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, is reported to have observed that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) should report on financi... »
A.S. Panneerselvan. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

A.S. Panneerselvan

Lessons from Edward Snowden

Steve Coll, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and former Managing Editor of The Washington Post, is an inspiring journalism teacher. He is, in a sense, the in... »

C. R. L. Narasimhan

Financial Scene

Reforming India faces an uncertain global situation

The linkage between the Indian economy and the global economy, always important for policymakers, has become pronounced recently. As the Modi-led NDA government embarks on some long-pending but ove... »
October 31, 2014

List of account-holders

After the first and bold step of identifying Indians holding money abroad, (“627 names on list; SIT probe is next,” Oct. 30), the next step must be to define how to curb black money. This could be... »
October 31, 2014

Indonesian mandate

The humble background of President Joko Widodo of Indonesia should help him establish a rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (“Interpreting the Indonesian mandate,” Oct. 29) and take bilatera... »
October 30, 2014

Account-holders' list

The topmost temple of justice in the country has rekindled the hope of retrieving the much-talked-about stash of black money (“SC orders govt. to submit all black money names today,” Oct 29). The... »
October 31, 2014

New tyrannies

Shiv Visvanathan has rightly said that we have a “silent media” now (“Old repressions, new tyrannies,” Oct. 30). Maybe it has something to do with media bosses. If pluralism is undermined, democra... »
October 31, 2014

Schools in danger

The article, “Schools in grave danger” (Oct. 28), is on the mark except for the critical omission of the topic of language. Why is it always omitted in such articles? Please note that in practical... »
October 30, 2014

Enter, Fadnavis

The election of Devendra Fadnavis as the leader of the Maharashtra BJP Legislature Party is the first step towards the formation of a BJP-led government in Maharashtra. There are bound to be hurdl... »
Urjit R. Patel
New Delhi, October 31, 2014

RBI on Fed taper: India will need domestic funding for infra

Earlier this month, Reserve Bank’s Deputy Governor Urjit Patel spoke about the impact the US Federal Reserve’s Taper would have on India to The Hindu. The interview was conducted before... »
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressing the inaugural session of the first summit (October 9-10), in New Delhi on October 09, 2014. The young billionaire will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and key members of Modi's Cabinet. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
October 9, 2014

Benefits of bringing connectivity to India are going to be profound: Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for the next billion Internet users has brought him to India for the first time. But given the lack of Internet connectivity and challenges related to a... »
U.S. Ambassador to India, Kathleen Stephens. Photo: K. V. Srinivasan
Chennai, October 21, 2014

‘India’s visa concerns will be addressed’

During a visit to Chennai, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, the charge d’affaires at the U.S Embassy in New Delhi, answered questions on the way forward after the Modi-Obama summit in Washi... »
Economist Esther Duflo.
Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
October 1, 2014

‘Political courage needed to admit government can’t deliver promises’

In 2003, French-American economist Esther Duflo co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Abhijit Banerjee and Sendhil Mul... »
October 26, 2014

Unlearning to relearn: a physician’s thoughts

I was supposed to be a good student in school and medical school, and passed examinations with credit. In retrospect, half a century later, I feel that was not a compliment. It is only now I realis... »
October 26, 2014

Ode to a father

A friend of mine lost his father yesterday. I heard about it from another friend of mine and was left reeling. What shall I do? What am I supposed to do? Shall I call him? Or shall I call his moth... »
October 26, 2014

Tweak the message for results

I was having evening tea with my mother, and there was the usual chai par charcha going on. The nine-year-old boy in our neighbourhood was becoming naughtier by the day. She recalled how he... »
October 26, 2014

Corporations and the karma effect

Satya Nadella, the Hyderabad-born numero uno of Microsoft, recently kicked off a controversy when he reportedly said women employees of Microsoft should count on their karma for thei... »

Public Lectures: India and Climate Change

A series of public lectures on "India and Climate Change" by Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, and Senior Visiting Fellow at The Hindu Centre, will be held in partnership with the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore on November 10, 2014 (5:30 pm.)Watch the live streaming of the lecture here »