- May 23, 2015 08:15 IST
At around 2:30pm on Friday, under a scorching summer sun, traffic was at a standstill on arterial Anna Salai in Chennai. The reason – a victorious J Jayalalithaa was heading to garland a statue, in her first public appearance in 217 days.
- May 21, 2015 22:44 IST
Externally, Modi has also managed to increase his ability to ignore Pakistan while avoiding international pressures. The message sent to Pakistan over the past 12 months has been consistent and simple: India is ready for dialogue, but will respond to any Pakistan recourse to violence with disproportionate force, writes Frederic Grare.
- May 21, 2015 22:57 IST
India declared itself free of leprosy as a communicable disease in 2005 in the belief that the National Leprosy Eradication Mission had eliminated it. That was a huge mistake and we became complacent. The result: Over 100,000 cases have emerged every year since 2012, the maximum in the world, writes Navin B Chawla.
- May 20, 2015 21:12 IST
True, a year is too long a time in politics. Nonetheless, it may still be too short a time slice for the five-year Narendra Modi mandate, writes NK Singh.
- May 20, 2015 21:26 IST
The new plan to clean Ganga focuses on pollution abatement infrastructure strategies. There is no mention on how to improve the ecological health of the river. There is not even a word on how to restore the river’s environmental flow, which is vital for the river’s rejuvenation.
- May 20, 2015 13:24 IST
Governance moves toward a state which nurtures globalised markets and private investment, and trusts markets to enable people to purchase healthcare, education, nutrition and social security.
- May 19, 2015 21:46 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s belief in the power of personal diplomacy was on full display during his just-concluded visit to China (May 14-16).
- May 19, 2015 22:11 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tour of northeast Asia was a geopolitical mood setter. Neither Indian nor Chinese officials expected major breakthroughs. The problems between New Delhi and Beijing were too difficult to be solved in a few days of back and forth. The real goal was to set an environment for future resolutions.
- May 19, 2015 21:24 IST
There are many questions to be asked about Aruna Shanbaug’s 42 years of incarceration in the jail of her body.
- May 19, 2015 16:23 IST
Over the past few days, there have been reports of a turf war between ministers in chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ team and senior bureaucrats.
- May 18, 2015 22:26 IST
The decision by the Bombay High Court to grant Aberdeen Fund Management interim relief has refocused attention on the minimum alternate tax (MAT) issue. Some global ‘gurus’ are again proclaiming that ‘resolving’ MAT is the panacea for all investment-related ills.
- May 17, 2015 22:10 IST
Last week, the Taliban’s assault on Kabul’s Park Palace Hotel, killed 14 people including four Indians. The Indians were working in different capacities to help rebuild Afghanistan. This was yet another attack on Indians working there with significant implications for our engagement in the country.
- May 17, 2015 21:59 IST
One disease that has crossed all borders and seems to be re-emerging is HIV/AIDS. Since the first case was diagnosed in 1981, HIV/AIDS has devastated families, societies and economies. More than 7.8 crore people have been infected with HIV worldwide and half of them have died.
- May 17, 2015 14:13 IST
Four days into a historic visit to East Asia with Seoul waiting eagerly to do business with India, Narendra Modi has shown confidence, sincerity and vision in his interactions with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and the Mongolian leadership, writes Shishir Gupta.
- May 16, 2015 21:16 IST
Modi and Xi are said to be part of a new wave of nationalistic, assertive Asian leaders that includes Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Indonesia’s Jokowi. All of them profess to do more than just rule; they have technicolour visions of national revival.