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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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

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 19, 2014

Perpetuating casteism

The VHP’s “recommendation” that converts should choose their caste is a clear manifestation of the casteist, outdated and anti-social designs and motives of the right wing (Dec.18). While Dalits a... »
December 19, 2014

Plastic use

It was refreshing to see the menace of plastic bags being highlighted (Editorial, Dec.18). That over a trillion pieces of plastic are floating in the world’s oceans causing damage throughout the f... »
December 18, 2014

Ban on IS

Islamic State is a concept that found its way only from the last century (Editorial, and “India bans IS,” both Dec.17). Its present campaign has turned ugly and the ban is necessary. The people of... »
December 17, 2014

Massacre in Peshawar

No religion advocates the killing of any living being. The Taliban’s action in attacking an educational institution in Peshawar and overseeing the massacre of over a hundred children is hi... »
December 17, 2014

'Good Governance Day’

The reports on the BJP government’s move (Dec.16) to mark December 25, Christmas Day, as ‘Good Governance Day’ in schools with events and competitions is another attempt to replace the ori... »
December 17, 2014

CRPF replies

It is too premature to comment on many of the issues raised in the article headlined “The Central Reserve Police Force Mess”, and the report headlined “Jawans were left leaderless in Maois... »
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... »
December 19, 2014

Brutal attack

After the Beslan northern Ossetia carnage that claimed the lives of 186 schoolchildren, President Putin vowed to go after Chechnyan rebels and there has not been a single attack since then. Simila... »
December 19, 2014

GST Bill

The Cabinet decision to clear the Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (Dec.18) is bound to transform the country’s economy, boosting efforts to make India a business-friendly des... »
December 18, 2014

Carnage in Peshawar

The extremist elements and their backers who orchestrated the brutal killing of 132 innocent schoolchildren in Peshawar (Dec.17) must be completely eliminated; there is no place in any soc... »
December 18, 2014

Restraint, says PM

It is good that the Prime Minister has broken his silence to caution his MPs from making inflammatory speeches and controversial statements (Dec.17). In its pre-general election meetings, the BJP... »
December 17, 2014

Siege in Sydney

The 17-hour hostage drama at a café in the heart of the Central Business District in Sydney is a shocker (Dec.16). One can imagine the horrendous moments the hapless customers went through... »
December 17, 2014

On Sanskrit

While we are still fighting over Sanskrit (“Sanskrit deserves more than slogans,” Dec.15), a British school in London has made Sanskrit compulsory without any political warfare.The head of... »