Election verdicts

No doubt, the BJP has every reason to rejoice over its impressive electoral show in Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir (Dec.24). While its emphatic victory in Jharkhand can be attributed to its str... »

Conversion conundrum

The article, “Debating the conversion conundrum” (Dec.24), has shown the dilemmas of various faiths in our country. Though these social dilemmas continue to haunt our nation, the ‘socio-litero-eco... »

A master storyteller

“Iyyakunar Sigaram” K. Balachander was a great storyteller who straddled several cinematic genres with ease (Dec.24). Given his middle class background, it was this milieu that remained his pet hu... »

U-turn on Palestine?

India’s foreign policy architecture and core philosophy are changing under Narendra Modi’s prime ministership (“India may end support to Palestine at U.N.,” Dec.22). For decades, Palestine has bee... »

On ‘Ghar Vapsi’

The report that the Chengannur unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Kerala's Alappuzha district has converted 30 Christians from eight families to Hinduism is alarming. What does this signify? Doe... »
December 23, 2014

Culture of second rate

It is true that second rate has often been the standard in India (Dec.22). The solution lies in educating the masses through the media. Emphasis must be laid on economic independence, financial in... »
December 22, 2014

Life in Balochistan

The delightful article by Parvathi Thampi, “A dream childhood ... »
December 22, 2014

Battling the Taliban

The large-scale counterterror operations in Pakistan and the killing of militants by security forces show that Pakistan may have begun to realise the futility of fostering terror. (... »
December 22, 2014

A battle of numbers

Consecutive logjams in Parliament (“Govt. struck by Opposition unity,” Dec.21)... »
December 20, 2014

Growing prowess

The Indian Space Research Organisation appears to be determined to march ahead in its mission, first with MOM and now the launch of the heaviest rocket, GSLV Mark-III. One also hopes that this wil... »
December 20, 2014

Face of history

Any historical event must be considered from a wider perspective, one that looks at politics, economics and its social, religious and cultural aspects (“The changing face of history,” Dec.19). Rec... »
December 20, 2014

A new thaw with Cuba

The very survival of Cuba in the midst of a crippling economic blockade and attempts to change the political character of the country for decades speaks of the political will and ideological commi... »
December 20, 2014

Held innocent

It is strange and startling that George Stinney’s conviction and execution were completed all within a span of three months (“Teenager executed in 1944 held innocent,” Dec.19). The current judgmen... »
December 22, 2014

Views on conversions

BJP president Amit Shah’s views (Dec.21) on his party being against for... »
December 22, 2014

The fading bookstore

The article, “The murder of the bookstore” (‘Open Page’, Dec.21) sad... »
December 22, 2014

Exit polls say ...

If the exit poll predictions come true (“Hung verdict in J&K, say e... »
December 20, 2014

Bail for Lakhvi

Pakistan’s flip-flop over granting of bail to 26/11 terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi points to its Janus-faced approach in dealing with terrorism. Whether the terrorists are from the... »
December 20, 2014

Indian politics

Faisal Devji’s article (“Nationalism as antonym of communalism,” Dec. 19) has rightly emphasised the concept and impact of nationalism on different ideologies and practices of our polity. But many... »
December 20, 2014

Honouring Godse

It is deplorable that some attempts are being made to honour Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, who was an embodiment of non-violence, honesty and secularism (“Congress deplores plan to honour... »
December 20, 2014

‘Forget the past’

One hopes that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appeal to Tamils to “forget the past” (‘International’, Dec.19) is more an election stunt than anything else. The alleged large-scale human... »