Difficult task: “Adding 12.5 million tonnes of stockpile would take at least five 5 years to build.” Picture shows a petrol pump in Mumbai.
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Difficult task: “Adding 12.5 million tonnes of stockpile would take at least five 5 years to build.” Picture shows a petrol pump in Mumbai.

Building on strategic reserve

With the country consuming more than four million barrels of crude a day, the argument for a strategic oil storage project is a no-brainer. »
In search of home: “Intense U.S. bombing around Ramadi could not contain the Da’esh onslaught.” Picture shows displaced Sunni people from Ramadi on the outskirts of Baghdad. Islamic State fighters captured the city in May.

Overcoming a resilient Islamic State

Long-term antidote to IS is not Arab jails and American jets, but the creation of an honest and wide-ranging political dialogue in the region. »
Varun Gandhi

Poetry as inappropriate response to brutishness

Varun Gandhi exudes an image of the thinking man’s politician and talks about the only ideology that can work in India »
Powerful: “Sufi philosophies provide major sources of resistance to Salafist and other exclusionary ideologies.” Picture shows the Dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.

The Salafi war on Sufism

A new civil war in Islam is raging between the unarmed Sufis and the Salafis. »
Practical reason: “Mr. Modi doesn’t like rights-based entitlements such as MGNREGA as they cannot be subjected to fiscal tyranny.” Picture shows MGNREGA workers in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Modi’s war on welfare

The Modi government is determined to dismantle the two-pronged welfare paradigm. »
May 28, 2015

From the Archives dated May 28, 1965

Non-Hindi States’ plea not met The proposals to amend the Official Languages Act formulated by the Cabinet Sub-Committee on official languages and approved by Cabinet a few days ba... »
A view of the Indian ocean.
May 26, 2015
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Redefining SAGAR in Indian Ocean

The emerging dynamics of international diplomacy has meant that India has recently begun to take note of managing the oceans, especially the Indian Ocean, more seriously. The participation of clos... »
May 26, 2015

Not a sprinkle, but a spread of saffron

At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is completing one year in office, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi made an embarrassing statement. The beef ban, Mr. Naqv... »
“Mr. Modi has been exceptionally clear in articulating India’s interests and trying to leverage the relationship with the U.S. and China.” Picture shows the Prime Minister at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, in 2014.
May 25, 2015

Pushing the envelope in foreign policy

Foreign policy is all about securing permanent interests. As such, it may be best judged in the long run. Nevertheless, since foreign policy has been so prominent during the government’s first yea... »
May 23, 2015

Electorally, it’s still status quo

It would be a mistake to conclude that electoral support for the Bharatiya Janata Party has been growing following the party’s massive victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and its subsequent vi... »
Dilip Cherian. Photo: Vipin Chandran
May 22, 2015
Modi 365

Will Modi trot or knot?

That lone heckler from among Uttar Pradesh’s feisty MPs hasn’t triggered any muscle knot in his foot soldiers who are out to battle. No effort is spared to mark ‘The Sarkar’s’ first anniversary in... »
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15, 2015.
May 21, 2015
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China and India: Rivals and Friends?

Narendra Modi found himself marking a year as Prime Minister of India in neither his home state of Gujarat nor his current base of New Delhi – but incredibly, in the bustling metropolis of Shangha... »
Gopal Yadav at the Chai Pe Charcha in 2014.
May 21, 2015
Modi 365

Tea goes cold in Bihar

On February 12, 2014, Gopal Prasad Yadav, a tea seller, was the most talked about man in Patna. Mr.Yadav, 42, had been chosen for a much-publicised video conference conversation — chai pe charc... »
May 27, 2015

From the Archives dated May 27, 1965

Avalanche buries tents of climbers Weather has deteriorated and there have been strong winds at higher altitudes in the Everest region, according to a message from the Indian Evere... »
What is the reason for this exclusion of non-human animals from rights? Because there is a legal and moral distinction between ‘persons’ and ‘things.’ Photo shows Rhesus monkey in captivity. Photo:S. Subramanium
May 26, 2015
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The absent referent — violence and malice of another kind

Between the murder of an animal and the murder of a man, there's no more than ONE step! - Count Leo Tolstoy For the longest time, I have been looking for a peg to hang this article... »
“While Mr. Modi’s invitation to Mr. Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony had been hailed as a ‘masterstroke’, the strokes played since have puzzled many in both Islamabad and in New Delhi, including the government’s supporters.” Picture shows Mr. Modi and Mr. Nawaz Sharif at the opening session of the SAARC summit in Kathmandu in 2014.
May 25, 2015

Best poised to deliver results

In the one year of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s travels to five continents have been marked by one common motif: that he is on the front foot. To borrow a phrase, he has boldly g... »
May 23, 2015

An education in acronyms

Every year multiple agencies, private and public, tell us that an unacceptable number of school-going children at age 14 are functionally illiterate and that their numbers are not declining. Teach... »
Balveer Arora
May 22, 2015

The distant goal of cooperative federalism

Apart from the promise of providing a Congress-free India, the most frequent leitmotif of Mr. Modi’s electoral campaign was that he would usher in a new era for Indian federalism. Based on the ide... »
Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
May 22, 2015

The one-man show

On his first day, first show at Parliament House on May 20, 2014, Prime Minister-in-waiting Narendra Modi was a picture of humility. He was seemingly overwhelmed by the moment and by the enormity... »
Illustration: Satwik Gade
May 21, 2015
Modi 365

When the traveller returns

At the end of a year of hectic diplomacy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may well have come to the same conclusion that his predecessor Manmohan Singh did when he told the India Today Conclave in Fe... »

Non-Hindi States' plea not met and it was declared that there should be no imposition of Hindi in the matter of correspondence between non-Hindi speaking States and the Centre.

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