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  • India and Israel: Personal chemistry shores up strategic ties

    By C. Uday BhaskarThe visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India (January 14-19) commemorates the 25th anniversary of the opening of an Indian embassy in Tel Aviv in 1992 and will further consolidate an important and strategically distinctive bilateral relationship for both...

  • Rahul must move away from his mother's populism

    By Amulya GanguliJob creation, revamping of the education system and making India the global hub of health care are the three goals which Rahul Gandhi has set for a "new, shining" Congress, as he told a convention of NRIs in Bahrain recently.Since there's many a slip between the cup and the lip, it...

  • Triple talaq bill politically motivated, feel Muslim intelligentsia, women's groups

    By Mohd Asim KhanNew Delhi: The triple talaq bill, unilaterally drafted and brought by the Narendra Modi government, is politically motivated, feels the Muslim intelligentsia cutting across sectarian lines and schools of thought -- but they are happy that the controversy has created awareness in...

  • 15 ways to prevent a Kamala Mills kind of fire

    Mumbai: The recent ghastly fire tragedy that occurred at the Kamala Mills compound in Mumbai should set the alarm bells ringing. This is yet another wake-up call for us to consider the issue of fire safety seriously. Mumbai has witnessed a boom in restaurants, pubs, bars and lounges, with...

  • India needs to maintain its strategic autonomy

    With the call that "America is in the game and America is going to win", strongly reminiscent of his populist campaign speeches, US President Donald Trump launched his first National Strategic Security (NSS) policy document on December 18, 2017. He categorised his ambitions for the US based on...

  • FSSAI not a Lone Ranger, states have to complement it

    In the same week as a Delhi court acquitted all the accused in the 2G fiasco, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), which had a defining role to play in the case, tabled yet another report slamming Indias apex food regulatory body. According to the CAG's observations, the Food...

  • At 75, Big B just keeps on going

    In case people haven't noticed, Amitabh Bachchan has stopped giving interviews since the second half of 2017. Even when his 75th birthday arrived, he was steadfast in his resolve to stay mum. When he makes up his mind to do something, no mountain can move Mr B to change his mind. And no one...

  • As things change, much remains the same

    As they say, never reinvent the wheel. Well we haven't in millennia. It is ironical that some of the oldest inventions of man have remained unaltered for centuries. In an age where mobile phones, cars and even airplanes get an upgrade every few months, some products and services remain unaltered...

  • The many challenges before the 15th Finance Commission

    There is an upward trend in the fiscal deficits of states. The inter-governmental transfer system has become overly complex with different sharing arrangements for different taxes; the spending autonomy of the states, combined with their ability to borrow, has obstructed efforts at consolidating...

  • How long can Kashmir afford martyrs to different causes and ideologies?

    Two martyrs, two ideologies, two funerals and two mourning families. Kashmir's saga of tragedy and destruction could not have a more poignant symbolism as these funerals took place when the world was welcoming another New Year. Hundreds attended the funeral of Fardeen Ahmad Khandey, the 16-year-old...

  • India needs to harmonise ties with major power nodes

    The first, which is most recent, is the killing of four Indian army personnel, including a major, in the Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir in the run-up to Christmas in end-December and the retaliatory action in the Rakh Chikri sector of Poonch that resulted in the death of three Pakistani...

  • Four reasons why India can look forward to 2018

    Mumbai: The seeds of many positive changes were sown in 2017 and could bring news to cheer Indians in 2018. Here's a look at four positives. Renewed fight against TB: The government, in March 2017, increased its focus on tuberculosis (TB) -- a preventable, airborne infectious disease that...