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Why on earth did Rahul Gandhi meet Chinese envoy?

 There is a huge difference between chalk and cheese. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, it appears, has not developed acumen to decipher it. He is not a quick learner. But, when a major stand-off between India soldiers and Chinese PLA is

Staying with the Rashtrapati

  They may not have tweeted about it, as some did, or been vocal about it. But for the many guests who spent time at Rashtrapati Bhavan, as president Pranab Mukherjee’s guests, the experience was nevertheless overwhelming. Many

Why #NotInMyName can’t be in my name

 It was big. It was energetic. It was emotional and soul awakening. It was the need of the hour. Its message was loud and clear. But #NotInMyName cannot be in my name. The #NotInMyName protest is a demonstration that was scheduled i

Will Modi be able to charm Trump?

Since becoming prime minister in May 2014, it would be Narendra Modi’s fifth visit to the US when he lands there on June 25. Modi will not only be meeting US president Donald Trump for the first time, the visit may also help  New Delhi

Cricket, not just a sport

In this nationalistic age, sports seem to play an important role, and in India, this can be seen during cricket matches. For most, a victory symbolises prestige and supremacy.   On Sunday, India lost to Pakist

India enjoys hockey too

‘A game is a game and one should take it in that spirit’ is a common exhortation people make irrespective of their different backgrounds, ideologies and religion. But how will one explain the country’s sudden fall into a deep g

Job are drying up with slowdown in economy

Job prospects appear bleak with the recent release of the provisional estimates of annual national income in 2016-17. The lacklustre performance of the Indian economy observed during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016-17 is expected to decelerate the

Death unites three terrorism warriors

Three men who have played a key role in India’s fight against terrorism have passed away, one after the other, in the last one-and-a-half months. They are Girish Chandra Saxena, an IPS officer who rose to become head of the Research and Inte

Make PAN a part of Aadhaar

With the supreme court upholding the Aadhaar and PAN card linkage, it would be a good idea to have one unique number for both identity as well as for financial dealings. “Parliament in its wisdom thought that one PAN to one person

Farmers are incensed and a fast won’t calm them

There are different arguments for the farmers’ agitation which first caught Maharashtra in its octopus grip and then spread to Madhya Pradesh where six people were killed in police firing. Unaddressed demands like waiver on loans, better pri

In defence of humble momos

Momos are cute little dumplings that are quite filling. So, why on earth would anybody want to banish momos from our plates? A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA in Jammu and Kashmir wants a ban on momos. And the poor momos fault,

A tree-climbing minister and other mobile signal tales

“Hello, hello. Can you hear me now,” shouted a man as he waved his mobile phone in the air, hoping to catch the elusive signal. It didn’t work. He gave a forlorn look at his mobile phone.   That loo

Of peacocks and pea-brains

So, does the peacock do, or doesn’t he do? After a long, long time, the nation wants to know all the bedroom secrets of the peacock and the peahen, thanks to a certain judicial observation.   I must make an hon

State, vigilantes and the right to way of life

1. A worrying phenomenon has become widespread on the political horizon of our country. Extra-legal forces and vigilante groups have emerged under the wings of political parties. Most parties forming government in the centre or states are allied t

Thrusting language on people akin to ticking time bomb

Nobody ever learnt a language that was imposed on them. Language is an emotive issue and history is replete with instances when making a language mandatory has led to outrage and even bloodletting. We don’t seem to have learnt our lessons fr

Hindi Medium, a movie that takes a dig at education system

If you are a parent living in Delhi who has fought a battle of nursery admission or is a parent who would do that in near future, the film Hindi Medium is your story. Having covered the nursery admissions in the last one decade as a journalist and

India’s labour problems: better education and laws can be the answer

Ever since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1439 and paved the way for the Industrial Revolution, two new classes of society emerged – the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat. The former is the business class and the latter form

AAP in hot water following MCD poll debacle

The BJP’s clean sweep is not just a referendum on the Arvind Kejriwal government, but also could mark the beginning of the end of one of India’s youngest political parties, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). After the Bharatiya Janat

Petro-products home delivery isn’t a new idea

A plan to home-deliver petroleum products may look like an out-of-the-box idea, but it is not exactly a new one. Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “Options being explored where petro products may be door delivered

Will Narendra Modi act on his own vision of RTI?

Following is an excerpt from a letter written in 2005 by Gujarat chief minister Naren



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