Protests are a vital part of democracy but in India this right is often misused. The ongoing agitation of the Gujjars in Rajasthan over their demand for 5% reservation in state government jobs and a lower scheduled tribe status instead of their current higher OBC status is a case in point.
Janata unity is already in trouble as the old rivalry between RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal (U) leader Nitish Kumar seems to be resurfacing with the former having qualms about putting up Mr Kumar as the alliance’s CM candidate for the Bihar polls later this year.
India has to overcome its electricity woes if it wants to become an economic superpower
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.
Unsubstantiated allegations against the chief secretary weaken Arvind Kejriwal’s case against her appointment
The full story about the damage General Pervez Musharraf has done to Pakistan and regional security has not yet been told.
Terror has yet again raised its macabre head in Pakistan. On Wednesday morning six gunmen, dressed in police uniforms, opened fire inside a passenger bus killing at least 43 and wounding more than 13 in Karachi.
Last year, the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) agreed to create a new multilateral development bank to fund unmet infrastructure investment and related needs.
When China’s President Xi Jinping visited India last September, New Delhi and Beijing had decided to ‘strengthen political communication, deepen strategic trust as well as intensify political dialogue and consultations at all levels’.
Two road-rage incidents on two consecutive days only serve to show that neither the law-enforcing agencies nor society is sufficiently educated on public behaviour or civic life.
The news has been greeted with all the colour and pageantry of a Tamil blockbuster. No sooner did word come that Puratchithalaivi — as former chief minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa — is referred to had been acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in the disproportionate assets case, her followers, who are legion, set off fireworks, took out processions, conducted poojas and danced on the streets.
The recent earthquake in Nepal has left behind a trail of devastation. The temblor has not only destroyed the country’s present but also its rich past.
The relentless pummelling of Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) for seven weeks starting in early July last year shocked and outraged the world.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley has rolled back a proposal for an independent public debt management agency (PDMA), defusing tension between the government and RBI, with the latter retaining its status as the sole regulator of State bonds.