Bills

  • Power of 49: The power & its mystique

    The Straight Drive |  Sriram Balasubramanian
    The world's largest democracy is bracing itself for the most anticipated event every 5 years. To keep things in perspective, almost 1 in 6 on...

  • 2014: A year for change?

    Just Asking |  S K Srivastava
    Election-2014 will be interesting, especially with the new entrants-AAP. Despite AAP made a mark in Delhi and there seems an increasing popularity across India because...

  • Arvind Kejriwal's resignation: Was it a strategy or for a cause?

    The Magnifying Glass |  Priyanka Rathi
    Delhi, the national capital, the centre of all political activities was brought to a standstill by outgoing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Aam Aadmi Party,...

  • If Telangana is the symptom, what is the disease?

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    "Statehood for Telangana reinforces this fatal message and pushes India into greater darkness-that darkness which envelops the entire nation when all power is diverted to...

  • Parliamentary behaviour, and other vices

    Plan B |  Bharat Joshi
    This recent session of Parliament, the last of the UPA 2 government, was expected to be stormy, but the lack of civility displayed by some...

  • You gave up Mr Kejriwal

    Kindred mind |  Ayushman Jamwal
    This country celebrates underdogs, but will never respect quitters. Arvind Kejriwal entered politics as a common street fighter on a mission for grassroots reform and...

  • India is changing and it's in the positive direction

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    A year can be almost an eternity in a country like India: last December, there was a sense of doom and gloom around us. Angry...

  • Arvind Kejriwal - has his ear to the ground and the ears of the aam aadmi

    Rupashree's space |  Rupashree Nanda
    The aam aadmi Party will face its first electoral test just seven days after it turns one. It is up against the three decade old...

  • One side of the see-saw

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    In Parliament, there is a deadening artificial consensus between all parties The Monsoon Session of Parliament has drawn to a busy close, with MPs ...

  • The Right to Life = the Right to Food

    The One World Blog |  Manu Bhagavan
    An interview with Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate with the Supreme Court of India On the 26th of August 2013, the Indian Lok ...

  • Industry does not have a right to snatch land cheaply

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    I am surprised at the reaction of business leaders to the new land acquisition bill which the Lok Sabha approved on Thursday. They say the...

  • The Food Security Bill has the obituary of India's growth story written on it

    Unapologetically Right |  Tuhin A Sinha
    I have two major reservations against the Rs 1,25,000 crore Food Security Bill and both are at the fundamental level. One, after the economic ...

  • The anti-neta neta

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    AAP is doing what politicians have forgotten to do As the summer kicks in, people's representatives are often seen scurrying for their cool drawing ...

  • What Arvind Kejriwal should actually fast for

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Are Delhi's three private electricity distribution companies gouging consumers as Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party claims? Ever since the state monopoly was abolished...

  • Four more years!

    Delhi Musings |  Shormishtha Panja
    Now that Barack Obama has won a second term, let's look at some of the reasons for his victory in what was predicted as a...

  • A plea for sanity…

    Not Quite Miscellaneous |  Shalini
    "I don't want this bill..." she said, sitting in the garden at the Women's Press Club. "If the health ministry means it when it ...

  • Will Arvind Kejriwal succeed where TN Seshan failed?

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    In the early 1990s, when TN Seshan as Chief Election Commissioner was the flavour of the season, a packed Rotary Club meeting in South Mumbai...

  • Where Hazare got it wrong

    Fresh air |  Vivek Sengupta
    The anti-climactic collapse of the Anna Hazare movement brings to mind TS Eliot's classic phrase: Not with a bang, but a whimper. This is not...

  • Has Anna Hazare lost his aura among the masses?

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    Anna Hazare and team are back in town but this time, not with much of a bang as they could muster the support of less...

  • The pals of our time

    The Pied Piper |  Avinash Dubey
    If you thought of PayPal as a registered trademark of the US, think again. Many moons prior to the advent of the first digital transaction,...

  • Where to fast?

    Dextra Aria |  Kajal Iyer
    Most of us in Mumbai had hoped for a quiet New Year after an eventful news year. But along came Anna. In the ...

  • General in his labyrinth: Khanduri and the Uttarakhand Lok Ayukta Act

    Sine Qua Non |  Sumit Pande
    "War is too important to be left to the generals," said Georges Benjamin Clemenceau, French premier during World War I. Nicknamed "the Tiger", Clemenceau would...

  • So, who decides how many children you should have?

    Southsayer |  Dakshina Muraleedharan
    Well, Kerala had a share of this debate recently when a newly formulated Women's Code Bill was submitted to the state government. The Commission on...

  • Communal Violence Bill: Nothing secular about it

    Unapologetically Right |  Tuhin A Sinha
    Three days after the Delhi bomb blast on 7 September, the PM convened a meeting of the National Integration Council. Surprisingly, combating terrorism was not...

  • Irom's cause is riskier to support, Anna's is safe

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    "Why don't you cover Irom Sharmila's decade-old fast with the same intensity as you did Anna Hazare's 13-day fast?" asked Binalakshmi Nepram, the founder of...

  • Heads Anna wins, tails Government loses

    Musings |   Rohit Khilnani
    Anna Hazare's fight against corruption is now a full blown mass movement. The country is with him and he knows that! From school and college...

  • It's not all 'DK Bose'

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    There is too much cynicism and negativism A stray insight sometimes goes unnoticed. Manmohan Singh's closed-door meeting with handpicked editors last month generated controversy ...

  • It's Government vs country now!

    Unapologetically Right |  Tuhin A Sinha
    The ever increasing divide between the Government and the Civil Society is bound to undo the country's achievements. Sadly, neither of the three - the...

  • TV news a zero sum game?

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    24 x 7 media is an amoral beast and the camera is Shiva's third eye. It sees the positive and the negative, and it doesn't...

  • Dear PM, India maange more

    Voice Over |  Rajen Garabadu
    Dr Manmohan Singh was always a favourite with the educated middle-class. Members of the fourth estate held him in high esteem. He was always a...