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Kerry visit: India, America need to get past bumps

India-US ties have, in recent years, been marked by lofty rhetoric, high ambition, intensive engagement and underwhelming outcomes. Obama described the India relationship as one of the 'defining partnerships' of the 21st century. Kerry leaves for India

Old habits die hard

People in our cities seem on a very short fuse. To say we lack civility and civic sense would be an understatement.
It is known that over one-third of India’s fruit and vegetables valued at over Rs 13,000 crore is wasted annually in the absence of adequate refrigerated storage infrastructure and logistics deficiencies, writes Kunal Bose.
The introduction of four new vaccines into the immunisation programme is a huge boost for the public health system.
Bombing a house with civilians in it is immoral. But silence in the face of such actions, in and outside Israel, is consent by default, writes Yuli Novak.

The two presidential candidates must ensure that the democratic transition does not come to a premature halt.

The challenges of governance that the new government faces require changes in the administrative structure, writes Hardeep S Puri.
Ever since former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju blew the whistle on shady goings on in the judiciary, we have realised the glaring lack of rules and procedures in the whistle-blowing business says Manas Chakravarty
In commemorating Kargil Vijay Diwas with the solemnity and honour it deserves, the Narendra Modi government will not only be correcting a wrong, it will also draw attention to the unfinished agenda for those who have served and serve in our armed forces, writes Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
AAP has a decision to make at it's national executive meet- whether to invest all its energy in the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi or contest simultaneously the elections in Haryana and Maharashtra.
I’ve devoted my adult life to the study of India and the promotion of a sensitive public image of India. Deeply disturbing, however, is the realisation that Indians don’t care much about this, writes Frederick M Asher.
When a bunch of rowdy Shiv Sena MPs, some with colourful criminal records, attempted to shove a chapati down the throat of a fasting Muslim caterer at the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi last week, it suggested many things about a political party that has essentially not been able to grow out of its limited local appeal.
Tamil Nadu netas may stand by the veshti but it’s Sri Lankan leaders who celebrate it as an international costume.
At a meeting on making public transport more affordable, officials proposed that the excise department should charge Rs. 1-2 on the sale of every bottle of liquor and the fund accumulated would be used to subsidise bus fare.
A democratic government’s job is only partly about running ministries and departments; the other part is about making laws and running parliament efficiently. There the NDA government has started with a few hiccups, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
Is it fair that governments unhesitatingly increase the tax on cigarettes with almost every budget they pass? No doubt this happens all over the world, says Karan Thapar
A slew of recent studies are showing that paracetamol, the world’s favourite painkiller, is not as wonderful and safe as it was thought to be. Concerned with the findings, pain experts have begun reconsidering their universal endorsement of this wonder-pill as the first drug of choice for all painful afflictions.
Once the self-appointed champion of the Global South, India has, in recent years, shown signs of a psychological shift to a philosophy of pragmatism.
Nadine Gordimer’s death at 90 earlier this month revived interest in her life and work as no event in her life had, not since the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to her in 1991.
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