Ht's views

  • Assembly Elections 2011
    May 29, 2015 22:41 IST

    Mamata's new spirt of accommodation

    It is an extraordinarily conciliatory gesture coming from the usually volatile Mamata Banerjee. The West Bengal chief minister has decided to go with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his maiden visit to neighbouring Bangladesh, something she refused to do when former PM Manmohan Singh went calling to that country.

  • Congress slams Omar over AFSPA removal
    May 28, 2015 22:07 IST

    Lifting Afspa: Right thing for people’s rights

    Despite being a region of great diversity and promise, positive news from the Northeast is rare. It is not the region’s fault, the fault lies in the way ‘mainland’ India views the place.

  • All about the Commonwealth Games
    May 28, 2015 22:47 IST

    Sports arenas in the country need attention

    The last major multi-discipline sports event held in India, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, was supposed to trigger an explosion of sporting activity in a country which had for decades faced ridicule for not achieving sporting success at the highest levels.

  • J Jayalalithaa, K Rosaiah
    May 26, 2015 21:42 IST

    BJP's alliance with AIADMK will come at a high price

    The NDA’s best bet in the south is Jayalalithaa. But any alliance with the AIADMK will come at a high price

  • Prashant Pandey
    May 26, 2015 22:23 IST

    Under continuous threat, whistleblowers need more legal protection

    The deaths of whistleblowers in the MP exam scam show that they need more legal protection

  • Heat wave
    May 25, 2015 22:23 IST

    India's electricity woes: The heat’s on, the power’s off

    India has to overcome its electricity woes if it wants to become an economic superpower

  • Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar
    May 25, 2015 22:35 IST

    Fragile unity: Future CM issue pulling RJD, JD(U) apart

    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.

  • Zeshan Ali Khan
    May 24, 2015 23:04 IST

    No one should be discriminated based on religion

    First, it is the inhumanity of an organisation that can tell a youngster that only ‘non-Muslims’ are considered for a job. The exporter is now trying to take shelter behind the excuse that it was a mistake by a junior member of the human resources department, but such explanations simply won’t wash.

  • Kejriwal-Jung
    May 24, 2015 22:58 IST

    Game of Thrones: Bigger stakes at play in Delhi

    The ongoing tussle between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Centre-backed lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung over who calls the shots in Delhi is being played out at two different levels: Legal and political.

BSF officials at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Nadia, West Bengal
    May 23, 2015 21:58 IST

    The border deal can open many doors in South Asia

    Because of its size India is feared in the neighbourhood. It must remove that fear if South Asia is to reap the rewards of regional cooperation because the burden of responsibility lies on its shoulders, writes Mark Tully.

  • A BSF soldier stands guard near international border at Suchet Garh in Ranbir Singh Pura, about 27 kms from Jammu
    May 22, 2015 22:19 IST

    It's one thing to warn Pak, another to follow its flawed policies

    It is not often that India gets to be defensive on the issue of terrorism. Pakistani commentators and parts of its establishment can, however, be expected to react sharply to defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks that India will 'definitely take some pro-active steps' to preempt the terror plans of 'any country'.

  • Osama bin Laden
    May 21, 2015 23:04 IST

    Osama files testament of threat Pak military poses to its own nation

    The release of some of the documents captured in the US raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad lair has underlined the tangled web that State sponsorship of terror has made Pakistan weave.

  • Modi
    May 21, 2015 23:14 IST

    NDA has kept the scoreboard ticking in its first year

    Managing expectations in a transiting economy is, in many ways, akin to grafting an innings in a five-day Test match. When the chips are down, it is not always a great idea to come out of the wicket to hit a six every ball.

  • Gold
    May 20, 2015 21:45 IST

    Your gold will shine more in the bank

    Gold monetisation scheme can well evolve into a preferred instrument to earn attractive returns from the gold that is otherwise lying unused. Importantly, the scheme can aid the government’s plan for spreading financial inclusion.

  • Islamic State
    May 20, 2015 22:05 IST

    With Ramadi in its control, IS is in commanding position in Iraq

    ISIS, contrary to expectations, is gaining ground: It’s extending its influence to other countries, like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen; many terrorist groups are pledging allegiance to it, and the number of ISIS-inspired attacks in the West are rising.