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  • Jayalalithaa
    May 23, 2015 08:15 IST

    As Jayalalithaa returns as CM, AIADMK celebrates but question over judgement remains

    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.

  • Modi'sFirstDayAtWork
    May 21, 2015 22:44 IST

    PM to Pak: Ready for talks but violence will be met with force

    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.

  • Leprosy
    May 21, 2015 22:57 IST

    Laws against people with leprosy must go

    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.

  • Narendra Modi
    May 20, 2015 21:12 IST

    Waning confidence in economy has been decisively reversed

    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.

  • River Ganga
    May 20, 2015 21:26 IST

    Namami Gange: Old wine in a new bottle

    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.

  • Poverty, Poor
    May 20, 2015 13:24 IST

    Modi government: one year of dismantling the welfare state

    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.

  • Jinping, Modi
    May 19, 2015 21:46 IST

    On foreign policy, Modi must walk the talk

    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).

  • Modi in china
    May 19, 2015 22:11 IST

    3 reasons why Modi's northeast Asia visit sets the tone for a Sino-Indian future

    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.

  • Aruna Shanbaug
    May 19, 2015 21:24 IST

    Aruna Shanbaug ‘lived’ for our sake

    There are many questions to be asked about Aruna Shanbaug’s 42 years of incarceration in the jail of her body.

  • Devandra Fadnavis
    May 19, 2015 16:23 IST

    3 transfers that could dent the reputation of Fadnavis government

    Over the past few days, there have been reports of a turf war between ministers in chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ team and senior bureaucrats.

  • Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
    May 18, 2015 22:26 IST

    Let's not provide the investing community reasons to leave

    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.

  • Kabul guesthouse
    May 17, 2015 22:10 IST

    Kabul attack: The odds are stacked against India

    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.

  • World Aids Day
    May 17, 2015 21:59 IST

    A game-changing AIDS vaccine may not be all that far away

    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.

  • Modi in china
    May 17, 2015 14:13 IST

    Modi has shown confidence in interactions with China, Mongolia leaders

    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.

  • Jinping, Modi
    May 16, 2015 21:16 IST

    The tale of two leaders: Why Modi and Xi are similar yet different

    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.