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  • Election Mania: What's at stake?

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    If you're sitting here in India, you can't be oblivious to the election mania. We are in the middle of the 9 phases, and it's...

  • Abstention louder than any vote

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    With India's abstention vote, it would seem that South Block is wresting back control of its decision-making authority from that domestic sphere that has ridden...

  • The bankruptcy of compulsive Modi bashing

    Unapologetically Right |  Tuhin A Sinha
    As Modi appears set to set to become India's next premier, Modi-bashing seems to have entered a new zone. It is no longer about Modi...

  • In election season, media faces credibility crisis, becomes a punching bag for politicians

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    This is open season against the Indian media. Arvind Kejriwal says that he will throw journalists in jail if he comes to power (he later...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Rahul Gandhi shows who is the real boss, PM looks even more pathetic than what we think

    Storyteller |  D P Satish
    The withdrawal of the ordinance to protect the convicted politicians by the Union Cabinet has cleared all doubts over the real boss once and for...

  • Should Muslim girls below 18 be allowed to marry? Detective Kutty investigates

    Life As It Is |  Rajesh Kumar
    If you are a woman in India, there are quite a few things you need to do to get married, legally married. The most important...

  • Railway finances off track, why is railway going slow on defaulters?

    Simply Put |  Marya Shakil
    Rising inflation, falling rupee, rising home loans, fuel hike and an indication coming from railways of a passenger fare hike. Can the UPA II get...

  • 12 rupee meal anyone?

    Dextra Aria |  Kajal Iyer
    Raj Babbar, in defense of the poverty figures, said that a full meal is available in Mumbai for 12 rupees. My colleague Shawan went out...

  • Karnataka - An outsourced Congress government?

    Storyteller |  D P Satish
    DK Shivakumar, one of the most powerful Vokkaliga leaders and a six-time MLA was in the race for the Chief Minister's post till last week....

  • An election Budget

    Fresh air |  Vivek Sengupta
    Make no mistake: Regardless of what pundits tell you, this is an election Budget prepared skillfully not just with a view to the upcoming Lok...

  • Direct Cash Transfer: the cart before the horse?

    Of such times |  Vandana Kohli
    In the early 80s, there was a scramble for Video Cassette Recorders or VCRs in India as more and more people watched films at home...

  • India Against Corruption: The Fourth Estate's Alter Ego?

    Kindred mind |  Ayushman Jamwal
    Not too long ago, the media had quite a handicap in the pursuit of the truth. Privy to all information, the political class was unchallenged...

  • Robert Vadra: Will the truth ever come out?

    Voice Over |  Rajen Garabadu
    Ten years ago, I bought a new apartment under construction in DLF Exclusive Floors, Phase V, Gurgaon. I took a loan from ICICI Bank to...

  • Anasuya's dream rhapsody

    Post Mortem |  Brijesh Kalappa
    It was the day of her superannuation and Anasuya was quite thrilled. Everyone at the bank spoke to her in endearing terms and asked after...

  • Why Fear FDI in Retailing?

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    While approving foreign direct investment in multi-brand retailing, the central government says states have the discretion to deny them entry. Though investment policy is decided...

  • Evil thrives on Mammohan Singh's emasculated goodness

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    A sinister wind of communal violence is blowing across the country. A senior editorial colleague tells me that it is being fanned by fanatic saffron...

  • Is Rahul Gandhi ready for the big role?

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    Now with the presidential election a thing of the past, the Congress has finally decided to gear up for 'Mission 2014' with Rahul Gandhi announcing...

  • How dictators run the government in a democracy

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    If you think a week is a long time in politics, just forget it. In India, it can take just a few hours for a...

  • Lokpal? The joke is on you

    Life As It Is |  Rajesh Kumar
    A pandal came up outside Ittooppu's tea stall. The year-end came as a bonus for the goat - three days of debate in Parliament on...

  • 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 ...

  • Our Prime 'Flip Flop' Minister on Telangana

    Telangana Tales |  K Kavitha Rao
    12/11/2011: "Telangana is a complicated issue. Creation of a separate state will not solve the problem. Solving one national issue should not create more problems....

  • Pranab holds a poorly led UPA together

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    Conventional wisdom has it that there are two power centres in the UPA; in reality, there have been three. As chairperson of the UPA, Sonia...

  • The monster of scams

    Chanakya's Chant |  Ashwin Sanghi
    With Dussehra around the corner and an uneasy truce between the Home Minister and Finance Minister, Panditji's prediction is that the 'devil' lies in the...

  • Strong Lokpal plus laws against Black Money = India Shining

    Straight Talk |  Tanuj Khosla
    As much as I keenly follow WikiLeaks, I don't know how true they are. So when I read Julian Assange's claims about Indians having more...

  • 2G case is crumbling

    Post Mortem |  Brijesh Kalappa
    Lawyers appearing in the Special Court trying the accused in the 2G Scam and those appearing for various parties in the Supreme Court affirm this...

  • 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...

  • A class apart

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    The powerful must speak the language of equality In the crowds at Ram Lila Maidan, at the height of Anna fever, there was anger ...

  • Anti-corruption wave: The solution lies within us

    The Straight Drive |  Sriram Balasubramanian
    The anti-corruption mood has indeed engulfed India for now. Every nook and corner that I go I see people of my age going to various...