HindustanTimes Thu,25 Dec 2014


Maldives presidential poll: a muddle of objections

A spate of scheduling, cancelling and annulling of elections over the last three months in the Maldives has eroded whatever little legitimacy was left in its public institutions. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

Politicians cannot silence the power of word of mouth

Politicians should realise that restrictions on the flow of information will only open the floodgates of underground speculation. Sagarika Ghose writes

Falling rupee has thrown up a challenge for Indian policymakers

The rupee’s latest downward march could not have come at worse time for the UPA government in particular, and political parties in general — key state elections are currently on and Parliamentary elections are less than six months away.

Chhattisgarh won't be kept down

The voters of Chhattisgarh have got off to a bold start in these assembly elections.

Lobbying law will remove stigma associated with it

In India, there is no law that bars lobbying. But it may be about time to create a statutory structure for regulation of lobbying firms laying down the rules for mandatory disclosure of earnings.

Keran sector incursion sends out many signals

The Shala Bhata incursion may be intended to signal that the Pakistan army is willing to up the ante and test how far the Indian security establishment is willing to go to assert its dominance on the LoC.

Why Bihar matters in the 2014 elections number game

BJP's choice of Bihar for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's mother of all rallies is not without significance. The party is taking the right steps by focusing on the state in the coming general elections.

We need better public transport, not bicycle paths

The current discussion over the need for a more bicycle-friendly urban environment ignores crucial cultural and social aspects of our everyday lives, including transportation. Sanjay Srivastava writes.

India-Russia ties are stagnating despite potential

India-Russia ties are stagnating. How long can we continue with aimless meandering with no purposive foreign policy agenda when the region is transforming so rapidly? MK Bhadrakumar writes.

It's time electronic snooping by the US is curbed

At present there is no better alternative to secure data storage than the US. It is in the interest of every nation, including India, that this imbalance is addressed to protect data from getting into the wrong hands.

Omar Abdullah needs to speak with wisdom on Pakistan

Mr Abdullah has yet to come up with any proposal that is feasible. It is inexplicable how a person in the top position in a sensitive state feels that it is quite fine to speak with little thought as to the consequences of his words.

India's enduring fascination with godmen

Caught in a shadowy time between tradition and globalisation, post liberalised India's fascination for godmen continues. Namita Bhandare writes.

Window of opportunity to demand transparency from China

With the agreement on exchanging data on the rivers, there is finally a window of opportunity to demand transparency from China -- which in turn will also demand openness from India for dams proposed Arunachal Pradesh.

BCCI would do well to respect other boards

This is not the first time national boards have bent over backwards to be on the right side of the wealth the BCCI brings with it. Unless they stand up, the situation will not change.

There is no wiggle room for economy now

So how fast or how slow are we likely to grow this year? There is irrefutable evidence that long-term structural issues need to be addressed to restore the growth momentum, writes NK Singh.
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