Measuring human performance by using an annual basket of ‘objective’ parameters can most often yield sub-optimal results. This is primarily because old yardsticks no longer hold good, either in terms of the metrics that are applied to gauge individual accomplishments, or in terms of defining what the collective goals are.
The attack in Gurdaspur district on Monday that killed nine people, including a superintendent of police, and injured at least eight others, may not match 26/11 in its ferocity and scale, but it has serious security and foreign policy implications.
Some of the concerns expressed about the food security Bill two years ago when it was passed in Parliament are in danger of coming true. A study by HT has shown that the law is yet to be implemented wholly. Just seven states have implemented its core provisions, such as each family in the ‘priority’ category getting 35kg of grain a month.
With Turkey now militarily joining the fray against the Isis, the latter is now in a precarious position. The Isis has carried out attacks against Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey in the past few months, bringing these countries into the coalition of regional powers arraigned against it.
The Trump routine is part of what is a very social media mindset driven genre of outré-tainment. But such shtick grows old after the initial fervour. This election won’t be a troll in the park for him.
The confrontation between national hockey coach Paul van Ass and Hockey India president Narendra Batra is the latest episode in the saga within what was once a truly national game. Such controversies only show how much the country’s sports federations interfere with the work of coaches. It is time administrators realised their boundaries and allowed professionals to do their job.
The governance of Delhi is made very difficult by the multiplicity of authorities reporting to various people. But, issues like women’s safety cannot be put on hold until the two sort out their problems. The LG and CM need to sit down, preferably away from the public glare, and work out at least some of the areas in which they find common ground.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his supporters are fond of saying that the last 60 years of Congress rule has been disastrous for India. They are right about the time period. Except for the eight years of Janata and BJP rule, the Congress has held sway since the first post-Constitution general election in 1951.
By most measures, India is set to become the world’s fastest growing major economy this year, outpacing China. Yet, India remains not an easy place to do business in.
Punishment is considered a natural response to crime. But, the punishment should be commensurate with the seriousness of the crime. This raises the question of whether the State can take away a life even if the crime is murder.
When the Right to Information Act (RTI) was passed in 2005, the view across the political spectrum was that the law will provide access to services and rights, and bring in transparency.
Seven Old Monk facts that may or may not be made up
The RSS is devaluing the IITs and IIMs by branding them anti-Hindu and anti-national.
Mullah Omar’s backing of the Afghan peace talks seems to indicate that Pakistan is struggling to keep the dialogue alive.
The restructuring of the FDI rules dismantles the barriers among a class of investments.