Obama’s Syrian dilemma

Syria provides no easy answers. This time, IS knows that the U.S. will not send massive troop deployments into Syrian territory and has signalled that it does not care about international norms and we... »
September 18, 2014

Lessons from a disaster

As life slowly acquires a semblance of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, the extent of damage caused b... »
September 18, 2014

After the great Bengal scam

Creating a huge political wave that threatens to wash away several political reputations is the Saradha Ponzi Scheme scam of West Bengal. More arrests are revealing scores of new suspects who took... »
It is apparent in this disaster that the encroachment of the riverbeds and flood plains and the destruction of the once-abundant water bodies exacerbated the Jammu and Kashmir floods. Picture shows the submerged Srinagar-Baramulla Highway in Srinagar. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Chronicle of a tragedy foretold

“What suddenly caused Jammu and Kashmir to be ravaged by floods?” is now the raging question. As families of victims struggle to come to terms with the large-scale impact of the tragedy and as peo... »

How the media didn’t play fair to the Scots

Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper — local, regional or national, English or Scottish — that supports independence except the Sund... »
Illustration: Deepak Harichandan

Developing model village clusters

The Narendra Modi government has launched an ambitious programme for both rural and urban development. In his budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “The Prime Minister has a vision of... »
Progress has been made in the negotiations between India and China on the boundary question and the two sides have worked together to maintain peace in the border area. Picture shows the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: AP Exclusive

Towards an Asian century of prosperity

My first visit to this ancient and magic land was 17 years ago, a time when the Indian economy was undergoing reform and beginning to show new vitality in growth. The market was booming in Mumbai,... »
Makarand Waingankar

Makarand Waingankar

Identify the bowling action problem early

It’s pointless to have an academy for umpires if the menace of chucking in domestic cricket is not weeded out, writes Makarand Waingankar  »

Getting the picture right

There are moments when the use of a particular image triggers a debate. Readers question the appropriateness of the photograph. The world of journalism was in a state of dilemma when the images of... »
September 17, 2014

Faith and conversions

Mushirul Hasan’s article, “Love, faith and conversions” (Sept.16), appears to be a... »
September 17, 2014

Institutional decay

The editorial page article, “The impact of institutional decay” (Sept. 15),... »
September 16, 2014

Floods in J&K

The current floods take my memory back to another disaster in the Kashmir Valley, the earthquake of 2005 (Sept. 15). I was posted in Srinagar as an Army officer, and saw at close quarters the magn... »
September 17, 2014

Relief for J&K

It is disappointing that the media have overlooked the role of the Golden Temple in extending relief assistance to those displaced in Jammu and Kashmir. The Akal Takht, the supreme religious body... »
September 17, 2014

PSU disinvestment

The Editorial, “Disinvestment takes off” (Sept. 16), was timely. Jawaharlal Nehru... »
September 16, 2014


The news of Islamic State beheading British aid worker David Haines is deeply disturbing. The list of crimes being committed by the group keeps growing by the day and the time has come for concert... »
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Photo: Special Arrangement
September 11, 2014

‘We will not allow an external probe’

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the twin challenges of external pressure for an international probe into allegations of war crimes and internal pressure over the dialogue p... »
August 23, 2014

‘Courts should be dealing with serious criminal offences, not with petty cases’

The Law Commission of India recently submitted its 245th Report to the Law Ministry. The Report is the first scientific attempt to define and measure the backlog in India’s lower courts. The Commi... »
DEFINING IDEAS: Most of Pouzin’s career has been devoted to the design and implementation of computer systems, most notably the CYCLADES computer network.
September 2, 2014

‘U.S. monopoly over Internet must go’

Louis Pouzin is recognised for his contributions to the protocols that make up the fundamental architecture of the Internet. Most of his career has been devoted to the design and... »
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... »
The sudden disappearance of sparrows is a warning to humans about impending environmental hazards
September 14, 2014
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Where have the sparrows gone?

The House sparrow and its subspecies are worldwide in their distribution, except in the polar regions. Sparrows have had a symbiotic relationship with humans for the past 10,000 years. Poets have... »
September 14, 2014

The pros and cons of the CSAT controversy

The Civil Services preliminary examination 2014 has concluded. The new scheme involving the Aptitude Test CSAT, has been alternately criticised fiercely and defended equally. From 2011, i... »
Continuity and change mark the evolution of the national capital. Photo: S. Subramanium
September 14, 2014

Past, present and future in New Delhi

Reading recently a recollection by Anjolie Ela Menon of her childhood in Delhi, I recalled my own childhood. Indeed, with childhood in Lutyens’ Delhi, and now resident in Nizamuddin East at the end... »
September 14, 2014

The squirrel brave: testimony from a playground

Recently I happened to witness a strange event in our indoor badminton court where I enjoy playing daily after a hectic daily schedule as a doctor, with fellow-players from different age-groups.»

Mr. Modi's 100 Days: A Reality Check

Much of the adulatory media coverage of the performance of the Modi Government in its first 100 days overlooked significant gaps between intent and action, points out Vidya Subrahmaniam.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... »