- May 29, 2015 22:57 IST
Almost exactly five years ago, US President Barack Obama addressed a gathering in the Silicon Valley town of Fremont in California. “The future is here,” he crowed. His government put its money where his mouth was, giving nearly half-a-billion dollars to the startup called Solyndra, which promised the next generation of solar technology, with tubular thin-fuel cells that aimed to displace the standard flat photovoltaics. Instead it turned into Gen Ex, declaring bankruptcy a year later.
- May 15, 2015 22:17 IST
This was a leader who surfed the wave of the sort of unadulterated adulation tweens reserve for beardless boy band members, to secure a historic mandate. Just a year after the result was announced, a major media outlet moaned that the “promise” of “shaking up the system” had gone AWOL. “That goodwill from the early days evaporated quickly,” it commented.
- Apr 17, 2015 22:44 IST
Something strange happened during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral visit to Canada. He gained a shadow — not his security details, even if that was substantial — in Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
- Apr 03, 2015 22:42 IST
As a long war waxes in West Asia, there is no simple chart with defined alliances and axes that can act as a roadmap for a twisting path, with detours, U-turns, and bottlenecks.
- Mar 20, 2015 22:29 IST
Blindsided by ISIS (which, about a year back, Obama described as a junior varsity version of al-Qaida), out of touch on Syria, deaf to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there are multiple reasons why this administration’s regional policy has made little sense. In each instance, India’s pragmatism has prevailed.
- Mar 07, 2015 16:16 IST
The first international cricket match was played in New York in 1844, but the game was already being played here for a century... What is left today is really just history. In effect, even as cricket’s global footprint shrinks in countries where it had taken baby steps, like the US and Canada, it hasn’t quite managed to crawl much beyond the Commonwealth core.
- Feb 20, 2015 21:32 IST
Last December, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri was addressing an audience in Wisconsin and she related one of her formative experiences growing up. In third grade, she said, a schoolmate castigated her: “If you don’t believe in Jesus, you’re going to hell.”
- Feb 06, 2015 22:57 IST
New York and Los Angeles aren’t even the capitals of their respective states. But they thrive on their unique vibes. While Mumbai immediately connects with its Bollywood base or as the fulcrum of the country’s financial world, Bengaluru is the symbol of India’s IT chops. It’s time for Delhi to develop a unique character, Anirudh Bhattacharyya writes.
- Jan 23, 2015 18:33 IST
The real change is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his appearance on America's Most Wanted list, but not quite in the manner his detractors may have wanted.
- Jan 09, 2015 23:53 IST
The liability of the brain drain has made way for a cohort of foreign assets to be drawn upon. The new wave of card-carrying Indian-origin folk is plugged into and plugging India abroad, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.
- Dec 26, 2014 22:18 IST
Through the year, we saw social media networks providing tools for jihadi outreach that the Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, would surely have envied. It has become the vehicle of choice for anyone seeking attention.
- Dec 12, 2014 21:57 IST
The US has been regurgitating the same stale pap on Kashmir for decades. It shouldn’t be a surprise, therefore, that as that pablum flows from the top, US President Barack Obama has been diagnosed with acid reflux
- Nov 28, 2014 22:57 IST
We all have a bit of ourselves in a database now. Biometrics is on the cusp of a revolution that will have privacy advocates going round in circles. The latest generation of inventions dig deeper into the body, writes Anirudh Bhattacharyya.
- Nov 17, 2014 13:23 IST
India has always wanted to stride on to the global stage. Reality hasn’t matched that script, which the Modi government needs to change.
- Oct 31, 2014 22:02 IST
Eighteen years after it was mooted the Convention on Terrorism still remains in draft, as the UN cannot find a compromise definition of the very word terrorism. The UN has said that 'it would not be beneficial to proceed hastily in the negotiations'.