Vol 11 Issue 8, Feb 21, 2020 - Feb 27, 2020.


  • Zohra Sehgal never lost her zest for life

    I fondly remember Zohra Sehgal since I first met her during 2003 at her residence. The climb to the third floor of Mandakini Apartments in Alaknanda, south Delhi, was tough even for me. I could only imagine how it was for the frail lady who was almost trapped on the top floor. It did not stop
      Posted    2014-07-11    Vol Issue
  • Why no Modi-fication on Kachchativu?

    The reiteration of the Ministry of External Affairs in an affidavit before the Madras High Court that India had no sovereign right over Kachchativu (also spelt as Katchatheevu), an uninhabited barren islet in the Palk Strait, and that the maritime boundary between India and Sri Lanka was a set
      Posted    2014-07-09    Vol Issue
  • Exposing the Great Indian Black Money trail

    “The BJP is committed to initiate the process of tracking down and bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks and offshore accounts,” said the party’s 2014 election manifesto, and promised to bring back the money which rightly belongs to the country on a priority basi
      Posted    2014-07-01    Vol Issue
  • Is Subramanium paying the price of political vendetta?

    Gopal Subramanium has withdrawn his consent to be a judge of the Supreme Court. This chapter is now almost over unless the apex court collegium takes a course which has no precedent as of now. This is not the first time that a collegium recommendation has been returned. In the past
      Posted    2014-06-30    Vol Issue
  • MoD officials linked to arms lobby gunning for Gen?

    The Supreme Court has finally come around to hearing the petition of Lt-Gen Ravi Dastane, one of the senior-most Lieutenant-Generals in the Indian Army, in the second week of July. It was to have been heard on 2 May but the Defence Ministry under AK Antony got it deferred to September which wo
      Posted    2014-06-25    Vol Issue
  • Vacate Raj Bhavan, the pleasure doctrine is clear

    Had the worthies occupying the fabulous Raj Bhavans in the country been men and women of eminence as envisaged by the founding fathers of our Constitution, we would have been spared the spectacle of Governors clinging on to the safe and cosy havens even after the President has withdrawn his pl
      Posted    2014-06-19    Vol Issue
  • The Gandhis must vacate for an opposition to take shape

    After the vigorous opening speech in the Lok Sabha by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi's rump of a party looked even more battered and bruised. The most reassuring news for them since the May 16 election results is spread across three columns of Times of India: Gandhis
      Posted    2014-06-13    Vol Issue
  • The 'Voice of America' in the Eelam imbroglio

    Gareth Evans, a former President of the International Crisis Group, does not favour international intervention in Sri Lanka on the basis of the universally recognized ‘Responsibility to Protect (R2P)’ doctrine. He continues to toe a pro-Sri Lanka line, defending a genoci
      Posted    2014-06-05    Vol Issue
  • Rajapaksa wanted peace, but India wanted war

    Although the controversial invitation to SAARC heads of governments for the 26 May swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister was intended for President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, he had invited CV Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province, to accompany him to New Delhi in
      Posted    2014-05-26    Vol Issue
  • Muslims: Framed, Damned and Acquitted

    Just when the nation was preparing itself for Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony Monday, all Indian newspapers have published a story the prime minister must find time to read. It is a story of Mohammad Saleem and five others set free, after 11 years in jail, by the Supreme Co
      Posted    2014-05-24    Vol Issue
  • Things to do if Modi becomes PM

    It is unlikely that Narendra Modi will be elected as the PM of such a diverse and vast country like India. In his election campaign, Modi’s PR machinery’s objective seemed to be to reach out to the electorate with the ideology of Hindutva and deepen and widen the politics of Hindu
      Posted    2014-05-12    Vol Issue
  • 7 reasons why Bollywood picks on Tamils

    It has become fashionable for Bollywood movies to deride Tamils and their culture. Movies like ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Madras Café’ and more recently ‘2 States’ contain scenes that betray a deep prejudice against the Tamils, stereotyping their appearance,
      Posted    2014-05-08    Vol Issue
  • What made Antony jump the gun

    Arackaparambil Kurian Antony slept over the resignation of Admiral DK Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff, on moral grounds for the series of accidents involving naval vessels and submarines, for 50 days before naming Admiral RK Dhowan as the new Navy chief because the carefully crafted “lin
      Posted    2014-04-28    Vol Issue
  • India: Non vegan majority with a vegan ruling class?

    The Hindu newspaper, which has its main office in Chennai, has asked its employees not to bring non vegetarian food to the dining room because the smell offends vegetarian members of the staff. Is it an illiberal step? In the times we live, dietary restriction, or license, would be
      Posted    2014-04-18    Vol Issue
  • A role for Kejriwal in Modi government?

    The mood for change in the country is strong, and it is imminent that we would have a new prime minister and quite likely with a significant majority. We are all under the veil of the audacity of hope thinking in assuming that the office of the new prime minister will sway a magic wand and thi
      Posted    2014-04-14    Vol Issue
  • When Dhoni had the last laugh

    How easy it is to explain away your prophecies in politics and cricket! If proved right you can have a triumphant didn’t-I-say-so look and when proved wrong you can still justify your stand attributing the unexpected turn of events to luck and providence. At the half-way stage
      Posted    2014-04-05    Vol Issue
  • A 'soldier's soldier' is belatedly remembered

    From largely being ignored post-retirement, the officer who crafted the Indian Army's finest victory in the 1971 war against Pakistan, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw received a belated, yet tepid, remembrance on his 100th birth anniversary Thursday in the form of quarter-page advertisements i
      Posted    2014-04-03    Vol Issue
  • Why Kashmiris cheer for Pakistan

    The recent controversy over the expulsion of 67 Kashmiri students by a private university in Meerut for celebrating the Pakistani cricket team’s victory against India in the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh early March has generated a lot of debate in the country. This is not
      Posted    2014-03-21    Vol Issue
  • The real reason why the media is angry with Kejriwal

    It is amusing how self-righteous the Indian media can get over a so-called threatening admonition from Arvind Kejriwal. If I was in Kejriwal's shoes, I would be as angry and upset as he is with sections of the fourth estate, some of the electronic media in particular.
      Posted    2014-03-17    Vol Issue
  • What no TV anchor will tell you about Modi

    Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has assiduously worked to create a larger than life-size image of himself. All the bigwigs of India Inc. are rooting for him, throwing open their money bag. Modi has commissioned several multinational mar
      Posted    2014-03-13    Vol Issue
  • Early bird Jayalalithaa ahead of others in PM race

    The Third Front or the Federal Front is a myth. At least leaders of five of the 11 regional parties constituting this alternative formation entertain prime ministerial ambition. Each one thinks he or she is better qualified than the others. The Left Front which has been assidu
      Posted    2014-03-12    Vol Issue
  • 7 reasons why on-screen smoking is not cool

    Prof Pankaj Chaturvedi, a cancer surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, wrote an open letter to film director Anurag Kashyap who has filed a petition in the Mumbai High Court against the law that mandates statutory warnings to be shown during smoking scenes in movies. Excerpts from the
      Posted    2014-03-04    Vol Issue
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