Historian Peter Heehs is part of a long list of foreigners who've made a signal contribution to India. A favourable review of his visa extension will benefit the nation, Ramachandra Guha writes.
With Suu Kyi's win and a reformist general, democracy is now a possibility in Myanmar, HT writes.
Biopics are our best available guides to how India in the 21st century shapes and gets shaped by the values of the new middle classes, writes Rachel Dwyer
The past few weeks have seen a fair bit of activity from the freak newsmakers of the world, be it the emergence of Bharatiya Janata Porn in the Karnataka Assembly, or the Congress slamming Mayawati for poor governance and corruption, which is a bit like Kim Sharma judging Aarti Chhabria for being absolutely pointless.
The unexpected results of the civic polls have had different effects on two major alliances in the state. While it forced the Nationalist Congress Party to reconsider its plans to go solo in the 2014 assembly election, it has revived the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) hopes of coming out of the shadow of the Shiv Sena.
Over the years, the chosen heads of Mumbai’s Congress party have evolved from being highly educated elites from the island city to candidates coming from across the suburbs.
The work for citizen groups that want to provide an alternative to political parties in Mumbai has not ended with the BMC elections, but only just begun.
Two forms of democracy exist in India: constitutional and populist. There are deficiencies in both, since netas don't honour their duties and activists lack civility, Ramachandra Guha writes.
The benefits from the interest hikes must not be scaled down for small-term gains.
The frisking of APJ Abdul Kalam in the US was a dumb idea. But are we guilty of under-frisking?
It's not easy, but India and Pakistan must grasp the nettle, writes Varghese K George.
The Formula 1 event was a good example of a private-public venture. But when will we see such enthusiastic partnerships in building hospitals in UP?, writes Rajdeep Sardesai
Who, by the way, is India's environment minister? By the look of things, it's still Jairam Ramesh
Two spurned politicians may become serious bugbears for the Congress, writes Pankaj Vohra.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has left Nepal in the lurch, writes Kanak Mani Dixit.