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Israel after the Election

Netanyahu's re-election will push Israel further into international isolation; this may even aid the peace process.

A Horror Compounded

The Hashimpura verdict after 28 years is salt in an open wound.

Freedom of Expression Is a Right

The Supreme Court's ruling striking down Section 66A ventures to provide a larger protection to free speech.

'Rebalancing' Aggregate Demand

China needs to return to the original formula of the "four modernisations" propounded by Zhou Enlai.

Sending Whistle-blowers to Their Deaths

Whistle-blowers continue to be murdered even as a law for their protection awaits notification.

India's Ocean?

The right questions are not being asked about the country's (aggressive) Indian Ocean strategy.

New Kid on the Economic Policy Block

The RBI and the government have decided to adopt the discredited policy of inflation targeting.

More Outrage, Less Action

By scaling down the number of rape crisis centres, the government stands exposed.

Building Castles in the Air

With dodgy GDP numbers, what can one make of the government's annual scrutiny of the economy?

Not a Beautiful Business

Do beauty contests have any place in institutions of learning?

The Annual Rigmarole

The budget has become a meaningless exercise with dicey figures and unkept promises.

Is Sarva Dharma Samabhava Back?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's is a neo-Vedantic Hindu interpretation of Indian secularism.

Haze and Smoke

We are killing our urban residents through the air they breathe.

Half-hearted Embrace

The centre is less than enthusiastic about the Fourteenth Finance Commission's landmark report.

GDP Numbers: More Puzzles, More Confusion

The Central Statistics Offi ce needs to do a lot of convincing to establish the accuracy of its new statistics.

On the Verge of Extinction

Can the middle-level leadership of the Congress muster courage to oust the old guard?

Environmental Hypocrisy

All governments somehow fi nd ways to subvert laws they enact.

Hope in the Grecian Air

Syriza has brought back hope and national pride in Greece, but will it succeed?

Insecure, Underpaid and Unsafe

India's vast informal sector workforce is entitled to a minimum wage and job security.

A Capital Battle

Can the massive victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi lead to a new national politics?

Consensus Stymied in Kathmandu

Powerful remnants of the old order refuse an understanding on state restructuring of Nepal.

The Offenders and the Offended

By giving in to bigots we are nourishing the soil of intolerance.

Some Answers, Some Questions

The new national accounts uses more comprehensive data but there remain problems with the GDP estimates.

Mobama's China Spectre

New Delhi should refrain from being part of Washington's plans to contain the rise of China.

Volte-face on Food Security

A "high-level" committee makes half-baked recommendations which will rollback the PDS.

No Transparency in Nuclear Deal

We need to know if the Modi government has given hidden assurances to the US administration.

Long on Eloquence, Short on Detail

The draft National Health Policy 2015 needs to pay more attention to the basics of healthcare.

The Dead We Did Not Mourn

Why does the world ignore the killings in Nigeria by Boko Haram?

Quarter Century of Exile

Kashmir's Pandits have been abandoned by a callous state and society, and cynical supporters.

Two Films, Two Opinions

The courts must decide whether free expression is a constitutional right.

Massive Achievement

A mandate from across ethnic and social groups in Sri Lanka has felled the mighty Rajapaksa regime.

Revenge of the East

The best tribute to the dead of Charlie Hebdo is the debate on freedom of speech that has now opened up.

Paving the Way for Privatisation?

The Coal India workers' demands merit more than bland assurances.

Land, Livelihoods and Company Sarkaar

The ordinance amending the new Land Acquisition Act validates Modi sarkaar as Company sarkaar.

Still Searching for the GST

Introduction of the GST Bill in Parliament does not mean all the contentious issues have been sorted out.

CIA Torture: A Mere Rogue Op?

The culpability of the highest offices of the US state cannot be denied.

Two More Wins

The BJP returns its best ever electoral performance in Jammu and Kashmir, and Jharkhand.

Significant Steps

The end of the political blockade by the United States allows Cuba a rare opportunity to renew socialism.

What’s behind Peshawar?

The inability of democratic forces to curtail the Pakistani military’s double-game continues to cost lives.

Not Made in Heaven

The political class and society are yet to work together against child marriage.

The Nationalism of Pseudo-Science

Hindutva's political success always seems inversely proportional to the development of science and reason.

Staring Down a Precipice

Lima ignored the urgent need to address climate change.

No Safe Spaces

The central issue is patriarchy and power, not private taxi services.

Shale Oil - At OPEC's Mercy?

With the price of crude oil falling sharply, the US shale oil industry is at the edge of a precipice.

Will Narendra Modi Speak Out?

There is a poison spreading against minorities but the prime minister refuses to come down on the bigots.

For They Know What They Do

Hate propaganda and attacks against Christians in Bastar are deeply disconcerting.

Learning Nothing from Bhopal

Plug loopholes and implement existing laws rather than bring in new laws.

In the Making - An Asian NATO?

The devious game New Delhi is playing alongside Washington, Tokyo and Canberra.

Panacea of 'Structural Reforms'

The main commitments of the G-20 leadership, touted at the Brisbane summit, sound utterly hollow.

Giving Dengue Its Due

The increasing severity of dengue outbreaks is not being taken seriously.