Saturday, July 13, 2024


West Bengal is locked in a loop of one horror story after another

Too much is changing in West Bengal too quickly. Where have these bahubalis sprung from? They used to be under the thumb of political leaders. Now, they seem to be calling the shots.

Modi-Putin meeting should open US’ eyes. This is how you protect national interest

Despite NATO’s fulminations against Russia, Ukraine’s entry into NATO or EU is unlikely. It's futile then to expect India to persuade Putin to agree to a ceasefire.

In contest between private broadcasters and Prasar Bharati, sport will be the ultimate loser

Prasar Bharati can offer high-definition sports content, but risks falling short on delivering user experience that private broadcasters invest heavily in.

Modi govt must prioritise defence spending to tackle China. Depending on US, Russia is risky

India might be deceiving itself by believing China will limit itself to "grey-zone operations" along the China-Indian border, avoiding all-out war.

Modi visit isn’t driving a wedge between Russia & China, but India & Indo-Pacific allies

India’s Indo-Pacific partners are going to be none too pleased that New Delhi cannot even use the term 'Indo-Pacific' in a joint statement, giving China atleast a symbolic win.

Supreme Court alimony order is a big win for Muslim women. It vindicates Shah Bano

The Supreme Court's verdict alone can’t provide all the support to Muslim women. Justice will also hinge on the law's enforcement.

Who has the right to be ‘angry’ in Kashmir? Certainly not its power elite

The most vocal discontent about Article 370 and the institutional revamping of J&K comes from those who have stifled democracy in Kashmir for decades.

Divine diplomacy—how Jagannath shaped a millennium of Indian politics

The Cholas built massive temples dedicated to Shiva in Tamil Nadu, inspiring other kingdoms. But because they were too expensive to maintain, the Ganga dynasty in Odisha chose to patronise an existing local deity — Jagannath in Puri.

No one treats Rahul as a joke now. When he speaks, BJP is rattled, not laughing

Each day brings some new dismal headlines: a train accident, a collapsing airport, an exam papers scandal. BJP can no longer ask for votes on the basis of governance alone.

Are Bangladesh youth done with 1971 legacy? Anti-quota student protests question old ideas

Students question why jobs are given to those who flaunt their parents’ sacrifices over their own merit.

On Camera

Zomato has become the brand ambassador for food cheating between couples

Zomato’s new ‘order delete’ feature is teaching young people to pull off a nearly perfect lie in front of their parents and handing spouses the perfect weapon for food infidelity.

‘Robot tax' for AI-induced job loss & ‘wealth tax' on vacant land — RSS-affiliate SJM's Budget wish list

In pre-budget meeting held in June with Finance Minister Sitharaman, Swadeshi Jagran Manch suggested incentivising those generating more employment & measures to control food inflation.

BrahMos a wonderful symbol but Philippines lacks capability to operate, says Ashley Tellis

If a country did not have C4ISR capability, having a missile was a wonderful symbol but not of much operational use, says former senior adviser to US state department.

Modi's new universe: the normal irritants of democracy & awkward chai with Rahul Gandhi

Changed reality for Modi govt in its 3rd innings is by no means rise of a new phenomenon. It's a return to old normal where even majorities had to routinely wrestle with storied million mutinies.