Big Idea

  • Aug 03, 2008 22:00 IST

    All talk, no action

    What the states need to do is to have the local equivalent of the IB of the Central Govt, a force made up of constables and officers, dedicated to the task of intelligence gathering, writes Srinivas Hebbar.

  • Jul 29, 2008 22:24 IST

    There are very significant differences between Friday’s bomb blasts in Bangalore and Saturday’s explosions in Ahmedabad. It is likely that they were carried out by different groups, although both probably belong to the many off-shoots set up by former members of the Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), that too in the last couple of years. There was no email warning for the Bangalore blasts, unlike the 14-page email sent to media organisations just before the Ahmedabad explosions, writes Ravi Visvesvaraya Prasad.

  • Jul 28, 2008 22:39 IST

    Can you blame us for our Saarcasm?

    The 15th SAARC summit will remain a meaningless regional ritual as long as bilaterals on terrorism remain brushed under the carpet, writes Mahendra P Lama.

  • Jul 17, 2008 22:31 IST

    Counting on Teheran

    With global oil markets already nervous in anticipation of a strike on Iran, the big question naturally is what implications it would have on India, writes N Chandra Mohan.

  • Jul 03, 2008 22:28 IST

    When two is company

    The UNPA experiment is tottering. Most regional parties will join either the Congress or the BJP. This will leave the Left in a difficult situation, writes Varghese K. George.

  • Jul 07, 2008 20:26 ISTIntersections

    Multi-armed with knowledge

    University education today lags pitifully behind the demands of our globalised knowledge economy. It’s time it provides a multi-disciplinary approach to learning, writes Gautam Chikermane.

  • Jul 11, 2008 21:26 ISTThird eye

    Campus Christi

    The powerful mafia of bishops that control St Stephen’s is hell bent on destroying the college, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Jul 01, 2008 22:34 ISTThe Quota crisis

    Fallen in line, taken for a ride

    The Gujjars will be faced with the prospect of having to question the decision of the highest court of the land and will be squarely blamed for being lawless, writes Jagdeep S Chhokar.

  • Jun 22, 2008 19:44 IST

    India’s missing links

    Naxalism is entering a new phase, fed as it is by the oxygen of the states' failure in its duties towards its own people, writes Sudeep Chakravarti.

  • Jun 19, 2008 21:35 IST

    A Drinking problem

    A man-made water crisis is ravaging Bundelkhand and this monsoon could provide a crucial opportunity to save the region from disaster, writes KumKum Dasgupta.

  • May 28, 2008 22:39 IST

    UPA dithers, BJP gains

    Since 1994, the BJP has consistently improved its voting percentage — from 17 per cent in 1994 to 20.69 pc in 1999 to 28.33 pc in 2004 to nearly 34 pc in 2008. Sitaram Yechury enlists a variety of factors on this consistent rise in its support base.

  • May 11, 2008 22:55 IST

    All give and no take

    Mother’s Day, like Levi’s jeans, is a uniquely American invention that has been embraced globally. It’s a day of remembrance for a mother’s sacrifices and love for a child, writes Ravi Kalia.

  • May 01, 2008 21:57 IST

    Bowling them over

    With the emergence of IPL, cricket is now firmly part of the ‘celebrity culture’ that dominates our urban planet, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

  • Apr 24, 2008 20:52 IST

    PR and prejudice

    The US strategy of embedding journalists in combat units appeared as an unprecedented watershed in media history, writes Nayanjot Lahiri.

  • Apr 23, 2008 23:17 ISTLeft Hand Drive

    Time for a trade-off

    Any government of the day is duty-bound to take measures to insulate ourselves from global speculation and protect the livelihood of our people, writes Sitaram Yechury.