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.
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'.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The full story about the damage General Pervez Musharraf has done to Pakistan and regional security has not yet been told.
Unsubstantiated allegations against the chief secretary weaken Arvind Kejriwal’s case against her appointment
Pulling up the Bastar collector for his attire highlights how silly some of our formal protocols have become
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’s China visit builds on recent progress but political differences still cast a shadow on ties
Around this time last year, the mood in Dalal Street was one of expectations.
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.