• Cabinet ministers
    Jul 28, 2015 00:16 IST

    Sections of India Inc impatient over calm pace of reforms

    Just as the tenure of this government enters its teens and the growing pains abate, a section of business and the media is reported to be growing impatient with things. Perhaps it is reflecting our cultural temperament to now feel things only in extremes.

  • Poverty
    Jul 26, 2015 23:42 IST

    India's silence on sustainable development goals is alarming

    The UN is finalising a fresh set of development goals. But sadly the public in India has given the run-up a miss, writes KumKum Dasgupta

  • Yakub Memon
    Jul 26, 2015 23:31 IST

    Yakub Memon deserves no compassion, 1993 blasts victims do

    It was a Friday. As usual, Mumbai, then Bombay, was bustling with activities. But everything came to a standstill at 1.30 pm when the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was hit by a powerful explosion. It was a car bomb that went off in the basement of the BSE building. More than 50 people were killed.

  • IPL spot fixing
    Jul 26, 2015 10:11 IST

    IPL spot fixing: BCCI quick to ban players but slow on officials

    On Saturday when the players it punished, on the basis of a police spot-fixing probe, were cleared by a city court, the BCCI was prompt in issuing a statement that its ban won’t be affected by the verdict. Contrast the Board’s alertness on player punishments with how it deals with officials. When Chennai Super Kings’ Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals’ Raj Kundra were arrested for betting and bookie links, it formed a two-member committee of retired judges which hurriedly gave a clean chit.

  • Narendra Modi with Nitish Kumar
    Jul 25, 2015 21:15 IST

    PM Modi talks development in Bihar but subtly plays caste card

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked mostly development on Saturday but subtly played the caste card by repeatedly invoking Yadavs and Mahadalits, who together make up about a third of the state’s population, as he opened campaigning for the state polls.

  • rbi
    Jul 24, 2015 23:36 IST

    RBI’s conflicting objectives complicate issues of independence

    The latest draft of the Indian Financial Code (IFC), which the government released on Thursday, effectively seeks to take away the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor’s overriding powers on interest rate decisions.

  • cattle
    Jul 24, 2015 23:21 IST

    Disaster management is not only about humans

    India’s Disaster Management Act 2005 is shockingly silent on the issue of animals notwithstanding the fact that they touch the lives of an average Indian much more than anywhere else in the world.

  • National Museum
    Jul 24, 2015 08:35 IST

    The National Museum: Gilded threads of gifting and looting

    Our National Museum should help visitors understand the histories of the objects on display as the Hermitage does.

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri
    Jul 24, 2015 08:31 IST

    Politics of resignation: Folklore without modern variants!

    Political resignations mean two things: assertion of high moral ground or tactics to put rivals on the back foot. In either case, the person giving up office has to have a clean image sought to be unfairly besmirched.

  • Narendra Modi
    Jul 22, 2015 23:04 IST

    Properly used, Jan Dhan Yojna could lessen farmers' suicides

    For a country that is set to be ranked among the world’s top five economies over the next decade, India cannot afford to be counted as a home for impoverished farmers who are ending their lives because they do not have the money to return loans as small as Rs 10,000.

  • A file photo of the parliament building. (HT Photo)
    Jul 22, 2015 22:58 IST

    Ways must be found to pass laws despite logjam in Parliament

    The gameplan of both the Congress and the BJP as this Parliament session gets underway is quite clear. Each charge will be met with a counter-charge and neither side will give in an inch.

  • Shashi Tharoor
    Jul 22, 2015 12:18 IST

    3 reasons why Shashi Tharoor's speech at Oxford is a must watch

    Tharoor’s speech went a long way in explaining in easy-to-understand ways how colonialists ruined and exploited India.

  • Medicines
    Jul 21, 2015 22:37 IST

    India must keep patent laws for manufacture of cheap generic drugs

    But, RCEP negotiations on intellectual property (IP) are at a standstill because India and the Asean countries are unwilling to trade away health by adopting IP provisions that go beyond what is required of them under international trade rules.

  • BCCI
    Jul 21, 2015 22:15 IST

    Time for BCCI to put its house in order

    Reeling under the blows landed by the Justice Lodha report, the Governing Council (GC) of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has given itself a six-week window to salvage the league.

  • violence against men
    Jul 21, 2015 17:29 IST

    Sexual assault on men: Crime that is a reality

    It’s been more than two years since the December 16 gangrape incident shook Delhi. The incident saw citizens take to the streets protesting against the failure of police, government and society. Would the same people protest against the collective apathy of society had the victim been a man? Writes Sowmya S