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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our National Museum should help visitors understand the histories of the objects on display as the Hermitage does.
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.
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.
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.
Tharoor’s speech went a long way in explaining in easy-to-understand ways how colonialists ruined and exploited India.
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.
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.
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