Ht's views

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BSF officials at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Nadia, West Bengal
    May 23, 2015 21:58 IST

    The border deal can open many doors in South Asia

    Because of its size India is feared in the neighbourhood. It must remove that fear if South Asia is to reap the rewards of regional cooperation because the burden of responsibility lies on its shoulders, writes Mark Tully.

  • A BSF soldier stands guard near international border at Suchet Garh in Ranbir Singh Pura, about 27 kms from Jammu
    May 22, 2015 22:19 IST

    It's one thing to warn Pak, another to follow its flawed policies

    It is not often that India gets to be defensive on the issue of terrorism. Pakistani commentators and parts of its establishment can, however, be expected to react sharply to defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks that India will 'definitely take some pro-active steps' to preempt the terror plans of 'any country'.

  • Osama bin Laden
    May 21, 2015 23:04 IST

    Osama files testament of threat Pak military poses to its own nation

    The release of some of the documents captured in the US raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad lair has underlined the tangled web that State sponsorship of terror has made Pakistan weave.

  • Modi
    May 21, 2015 23:14 IST

    NDA has kept the scoreboard ticking in its first year

    Managing expectations in a transiting economy is, in many ways, akin to grafting an innings in a five-day Test match. When the chips are down, it is not always a great idea to come out of the wicket to hit a six every ball.

  • Gold
    May 20, 2015 21:45 IST

    Your gold will shine more in the bank

    Gold monetisation scheme can well evolve into a preferred instrument to earn attractive returns from the gold that is otherwise lying unused. Importantly, the scheme can aid the government’s plan for spreading financial inclusion.

  • Islamic State
    May 20, 2015 22:05 IST

    With Ramadi in its control, IS is in commanding position in Iraq

    ISIS, contrary to expectations, is gaining ground: It’s extending its influence to other countries, like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen; many terrorist groups are pledging allegiance to it, and the number of ISIS-inspired attacks in the West are rising.

  • May 19, 2015 23:15 IST

    Cleaning the Ganga: One more action plan

    The central government’s appeal to companies, spiritual organisations and rich Indians abroad to partake of the cleaning up of the Ganga, the river that is the life giver for the largest number of Indians, is appreciable.

  • May 19, 2015 22:51 IST

    Modi's Korea outreach: A step in the right direction

    The reasons for the outreach to Seoul are fairly straightforward. South Korea is an impressive tiger economy renowned for its prowess in manufacturing, IT services and R&D. It lifted itself out of poverty through export-led growth and investments in education and infrastructure and is now the 14th biggest economy in the world.

  • Pervez Musharraf
    May 18, 2015 22:36 IST

    Pervez Musharraf poisons Indo-Pak ties by bringing up Kargil

    The full story about the damage General Pervez Musharraf has done to Pakistan and regional security has not yet been told.

  • Kejriwal, Jung
    May 18, 2015 22:45 IST

    Kejriwal vs Jung: A power play, again

    Unsubstantiated allegations against the chief secretary weaken Arvind Kejriwal’s case against her appointment

  • IAS, Dantewada, Prime Minister
    May 17, 2015 22:19 IST

    Bastar collector got needless dressing down for informal attire

    Pulling up the Bastar collector for his attire highlights how silly some of our formal protocols have become

  • IAS, Dantewada, Prime Minister
    May 16, 2015 14:03 IST

    Crackdown for 'casual attire' not a morale booster for IAS officers

    At a time when the Prime Minister has been spotted sporting what appeared to be Maybach Character III eyewear, it was a little strange that the headlines were dominated by reports of two young IAS officers being pulled up for their inappropriate attire, including sunglasses, while receiving Narendra Modi in Chhattisgarh last week.

  • Modi in china
    May 15, 2015 22:28 IST

    Modi in China: Firm messaging amid the festivity

    Modi’s China visit builds on recent progress but political differences still cast a shadow on ties

  • Bombay Stock Exchange
    May 14, 2015 23:07 IST

    India's markets are under a cloud of uncertainty

    Around this time last year, the mood in Dalal Street was one of expectations.

  • A ragpicker
    May 14, 2015 23:01 IST

    New child labour framework leaves it open to misuse

    The realities of India’s socio-economic situation are often cited as the reason for some of our more retrograde laws. The one on child labour is a case in point.