Several somewhat specious defences have been offered for Harbhajan's outburst against Symonds -- the most evidently specious among these being the one that finally succeeded with Judge Hansen. But...
The Pakistan Army has certainly taken something of a beating over the past over a year -- and particularly after the Lal Masjid assault in July 2007 -- but its collapse is far from imminent.
Why, for example, the 'secular' Congress finds it expedient to project BJP defectors as its face in Gujarat, peddling 'soft Hindutva', instead of articulating and advancing its own ideological and political agenda.
All our grandiose plans and projections collapse at the stage of execution and the truth is that the planning process is increasingly becoming a blueprint for the waste and misappropriation of national resources by government agencies.
The 'administrative and political lapses' that Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee would like to dismiss as an aberration in Nandigram are, in fact, a chronic malady of the political executive in almost all states today
The UP blasts are yet another reminder of India's inability to respond coherently, proportionately and with sustained institutional commitment to terrorism. The cause? Failure of the intelligence of the national political leadership, not the failure
It is incomprehensible how such perverse nonsense relating to the controversy on Ram Setu could have entered a supposedly secular government's representation before the Supreme Court of India.
Indian Hockey is, today, run on an annual budget that is a small fraction (barely a tenth) of the cost of Chak De India; small European clubs invest more in the game than this country does
A majority of MPs think India is big enough to go for the nuke deal. But partisan politics, rather than any considered critique of specific clauses of the Indo-US agreement, is fuelling the current political frenzy.
As a nation, we have always been excellent at analysing situations- -our problem is with finding and implementing solutions. the The 'intellectual community' and people in high government offices continue to focus on pseudo solutions and politically
In the Haneef case, we are behaving as unreasonably towards Australia as various Western powers did toward India. There are no allegations that he has been mistreated, tortured or otherwise discriminated against. We must not prejudge him.
The Bangalore connection urgently highlights the flawed manner in which Islamist terrorism is perceived and projected by the national leadership, and the counter-productive tyranny of political correctness and undercurrent of apologetics that domina
A tribal was beaten to death by three forest guards on the mere suspicion that he may have cut a tree. The 'evidence' of this offence was that he possessed (The horror! The horror!) a wooden cot...
The Supreme Court's intervention in the 'Gujjar violence' sharply underlines the fact that the state has certain constitutional obligations that it cannot abdicate. Perhaps the SC should now ask for special coaching classes for all politicians.
Unless the dynamics of the implicit or explicit nexus between this leadership group and Maoist violence is understood and neutralised, an effective strategy to defeat the Naxalites can neither be framed, nor implemented.
A new 'priesthood' - essentially self-appointed, but immensely powerful - has now appropriated the 'right' to interpret Islam, seeking to impose its will on all the 'faithful', and to punish all whom they label 'apostates', deviationists, sinners or
Unless strong and sustained external interventions, coherently directed at re-engineering the power relations in Pakistan, and at demolishing the ideological state, are evolved, Pakistan will continue to grow into a bigger problem, both for itself an
Religion, caste, or feigned nationalism, may help divert public attention for a while, and may win an occasional election, but cannot be permanent electoral strategies.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.
They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.
Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.
The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.
Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.
Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.
The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.