Ht's views

  • Arun Jaitley
    Feb 28, 2015 21:43 IST

    Arun Jaitley stepped out and hit a six in his first budget

    If the last nine months were about proof of concept through a raft of new initiatives such as Make in India, Jan Dhan, and Swachh Bharat, the next 12 months could be about proof of delivery.

  • Arun Jaitley
    Feb 27, 2015 23:13 IST

    Union budget 2015: A unique window of opportunity

    The mandate received by the government affords a unique window of political opportunity which should not be foregone. It is often the case that contrarian opinion, if politically important, influences the pace, if not the direction, of reforms.

  • rail
    Feb 26, 2015 22:55 IST

    Prabhu's budget aims at more investment without sacrificing populism

    Railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s rather business-like budget is an attempt at marrying canny entrepreneurship with uncanny populism to set out a medium to long-term vision for the network that is crying out for modernisation.

  • RK Pachauri
    Feb 26, 2015 23:00 IST

    Pachauri case highlights plight of sexual harassment victims at work

    The sexual harassment case against RK Pachauri highlights that even though the law is strong, few women have the courage to come forward.

  • Economy
    Feb 25, 2015 21:47 IST

    Fiscal empowerment could be a grand bargain for rolling-out GST

    The government’s acceptance of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission (FC) signifies its intent to fix its finances as well its determination to change the development paradigm.

  • Delhi is a mini-India, Delhi is the pride of the nation, said PM Narendra Modi in a rally in the capital city. (ANI Photo)
    Feb 25, 2015 22:30 IST

    Modi govt has done the right thing to re-engage with Pakistan

    India and Pakistan cannot continue to be in a state of unremitting hostility for long without violent consequences as seen in the intensive cross-border firing in recent months.

  • Coal India
    Feb 22, 2015 22:12 IST

    The India story is back in the news

    Seize the moment, remove constraints to growth and create job and income opportunities.

  • swine flu
    Feb 22, 2015 22:40 IST

    Swine flu can be contained only if medicines reach affected on time

    India is reeling under its worst swine flu outbreak in half a decade with over 12,000 cases and 800 deaths within seven weeks.

  • Jitan Ram Manjhi
    Feb 23, 2015 22:01 IST

    Manjhi, BJP have lost credibility in Bihar political drama

    Nitish Kumar’s reinstatement as chief minister has proved that the Bihar strongman has not lost his firm grip on the party. This should be enough encouragement to him because the state goes to the polls this year. Since last year, Mr Kumar has been facing crisis after crisis.

  • Raghuram Rajan
    Feb 23, 2015 22:07 IST

    RBI guv pegs growth on quality education

    In India, it is not very often that one hears those in high public office go beyond their remit to speak candidly on issues like governance, democracy and accountability. This is because all three are fraught with the danger of multiple interpretations which then could be seen as the speaker’s take on the government of the day.

  • Mohan Bhagwat
    Feb 24, 2015 21:55 IST

    Bhagwat's comments undermine PM's assurances to minorities

    Indian sessions of Parliament are getting into the habit of being foreshadowed by controversial remarks made by prominent public figures. There was an uproar during the winter session over Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s unacceptable remarks about the Opposition.

  • 1
    Feb 24, 2015 22:12 IST

    Congress seems unable to function out of power

    A somewhat lengthy sabbatical by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, just as the budget session of Parliament gets underway, has raised speculation on his motives and also suggestions that the grand old party has lost the plot.

  • An overwhelmed Miss America, Nina Davuluri, poses for the shutterbugs.
    Feb 20, 2015 21:32 IST

    Hindus in US: They have come of age

    Last December, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri was addressing an audience in Wisconsin and she related one of her formative experiences growing up. In third grade, she said, a schoolmate castigated her: “If you don’t believe in Jesus, you’re going to hell.”

  • Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai
    Feb 20, 2015 21:15 IST

    Centre vs Priya Pillai is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

    At a time when the PM sent out a strong message on religious freedom, why is the BJP is investing so much of its capital fighting voices of dissent?

  • North Carolina
    Feb 20, 2015 21:23 IST

    Blame the farmers of resentment also

    Three American Muslims were shot dead in Chapel Hill, US, on February 11. A few days later, two shootings in Copenhagen cost the lives of two more. No court has declared a guilty party in either of the killings, but there is enough evidence in both cases that the police got their man.