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The Reserve Bank of India has granted licence to set up banks after almost a decade.
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C. R. L. Narasimhan


Two new banks on the horizon

A day after reviewing the credit policy statement on April 1, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced its decision to award ‘in-principle’ approval to two applicants, IDFC Limited and Bandhan Fi... » 1 comment

A.S. Panneerselvan

Election coverage: Going beyond passions

It is not easy to be an ombudsman for a national newspaper during election time. Millions of readers have myriad opinions about who should win and what a newspaper should do to ensure that their fa... » 3 comments

Not being prescriptive

The 2014 general election is in full swing. Some readers have been writing to me specifically wanting to know about this newspaper’s approach to the election. They want to know whether the paper wo... » 4 comments

C. P. Chandrasekhar

Pre-election euphoria?

To start with, though the psephologists are near unanimous in predicting a one-sided result, the election outcome may be more divided, throwing up another government that cannot wantonly reward Indian... »
Ted Corbett

Ted Corbett

English cricket in the doldrums again

Now, as the season begins in England, it is mocked as the worst team in the world, writes Ted Corbett » 1 comment
Dayamani Barla. Photo: Manob Chowdhury
April 12, 2014


The Other Half

No time for parties

The exhilarating process of elections has begun. There is genuine and understandable apprehension about the future. But there is also hope. Because in this election, an element has been injected t... » 1 comment
Ban ki-moon
April 8, 2014

Ban Ki-Moon

World View

Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda

Today in the Central African Republic, government and community leaders are struggling to help the country find the path of peace.On Monday in Kigali, I will join the people of Rwanda in com... » 2 comments
Makarand Waingankar
April 2, 2014

Makarand Waingankar

Cricket hardly a priority for BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in a crisis of its own making. As a sports organisation it spends more time and money fighting cases in courts than doing something worthwhile in... » 10 comments
March 31, 2014

A.S. Panneeerselvan

What readers want

One of my primary mandates as the Readers’ Editor is to ensure dialogue and provide meaningful feedback mechanism to the editorial team. Despite the strides made by technology, talking to one anot... » 2 comments
No empowerment here. Photo: Paul Noronha
March 29, 2014


The Other Half


Mumbai’s taxi drivers are repositories of earthy wisdom. They come from all parts of the country. A few are grumpy. Some are silent. But mostly they are loquacious, if you ask them the right questi... » 2 comments
March 23, 2014

C. R. L. Narasimhan

financial scene

Flip side to good news

Amid the generally bleak economic scenario, two recent news items should provide some relief to the government. The narrowing of the current account deficit (CAD) to $31.1 billion (2.3 per cent of... »
The Jats at a panchayat. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
March 22, 2014



Blaming the ‘other’

The on-going suffering of traumatised Muslim families in Muzaffarnagar was spurred by reports of a Muslim young man stalking a Jat girl. The story spread like a forest fire from village to village... » 10 comments
The Brits call them “crisps”.
March 22, 2014



Hello, Mr. Chips!

When I started planning menus, they were always austere and healthful. Austere because I was the cook and couldn’t manage more than two dishes in one meal, and healthful because I was dutiful and... »
chennai, April 12, 2014


write angle

Books as journalists

The other day, a Facebook friend defended the Gujarat Chef Minister against any charges of complicity or inaction in the 2002 pogrom. A well-established journalist, she noted that Modi had been giv... »
April 7, 2014

Nirmal Shekar

In praise of a villain

Man is a natural-born retributivist. All it takes is the merest hint of a letdown, a failure, and we can be counted on to spout forth outrage clearly directed at a single individual or group — out... » 24 comments
Congress Party's star campaigner, actor Rajesh Khanna, addressing an election campaign in New Delhi in 1993.
chennai, April 2, 2014


capital check

Time to twinkle

The biggest elections in the world attract the biggest names to the Capital. Some contest the elections, others merely chip in as guest speakers, seeking votes for the candidates in the fray. All a... »
Greg Chappell. File photo.
March 30, 2014

Greg Chappell

Learn to bat before learning to bash

Sir Donald Bradman said in his seminal book “The Art of Cricket” that he would rather tell a young batsman what to do than how to do it.Batting in Test cricket is the most challenging... » 2 comments
March 24, 2014

Know thy media

One of the privileges of being a Readers’ Editor is the vantage point the office provides from which one can see how the fine balancing act is performed on a daily basis by those in the business of... »
March 22, 2014

Nirmal Shekar

Sport without borders

AS with many other piercingly honest observations he made about life, George Orwell was right about sport too. It is war minus the shooting. Any evolutionary psychologist worth his Darwinian... »
Photo: 'I too am Oxford' campaign.
March 22, 2014



A black & non-white issue

Consider this rather familiar scene. You’re asked, “So, where are you from?”You reply, “I’m British.”“No I mean from where?”“From Manchester.”“No, no, where are y... » 7 comments