• Kejriwal a dangerous idea: No establishment will let him survive

    The wag has a point. The 2017 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, we are being persistently reminded, were won by the BJP handsomely because of a single factor: a Modi wave. Fair enough. But the BJP won the two previous Delhi municipal elections also. Who generated the waves then?The anc...

  • Who will stop the BJP? No one in sight

    After the resounding victories of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the UP assembly and Delhi municipal elections, the party increasingly appears to be politically invincible.The three parties which offered some resistance to it in 2014 -- the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odi...

  • Trump era: 100 days of turns, TV & twitter!

    Washington: Donald Trump has been awfully busy since he did the impossible and became the President of the United States a hundred days ago.He was supposed to be the most powerful person on the planet, yet some "unelected" judges twice blocked his travel ban from six terror-prone Muslim majority cou...

  • Emerging trend of 'Build & Sell' model in housing

    Three years ago, when Manav Singh, an aviation entrepreneur from Shimla, forayed into real estate with the launch of a mega 100-acre luxury township in the picturesque Auramah Valley, next to popular tourist spot of Naldera in Himachal Pradesh, he was treading on an alien and risky terrain amidst th...

  • Absent teachers: Not as big a problem as we think

    Hiralal, a 36-year old head teacher in a small government school in Basarpur, a village in Rajasthan, was absent 45 out of 200 working days (22.5 per cent), the school time prescribed by the Right to Education (RTE) Act. (The name of the teacher and the school have been changed to maintain confident...

  • Do you know who is killing children in UP?

    Despite recently revealed improvements, primitive sanitation is killing, retarding the growth and leaving susceptible to disease millions of children, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of the latest available national health data.Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Chhattisgarh had the...

  • Is it Cold War-II already?

    The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without th...

  • As Mallya's custody sought, India's extradition success rate is 36 per cent

    The government has sought custody of liquor baron Vijay Mallya from the UK, but Indias success rate at extradition has been no more than 36 per cent over 15 years, according to a report by Factly.in, a data journalism portal. This means India managed one extradition of every three sought.While 62 fu...

  • Media shouldn't sensationalise earthquakes

    Most educated people are used to sipping tea and reading a newspaper in the morning. If other family members are sitting in the same room, they sometimes exchange news. Disaster-related news is one of the big sources for initiating a discussion. Earthquakes which occur suddenly have a priority over ...

  • South Asia needs to improve its subdued competitiveness

    South Asia is becoming one of the most interesting regions in the world economy, displaying unprecedented growth, averaging close to six per cent per annum since the 1990s. According to a new World Bank report, it has consolidated its position as the global leader in growth.South Asia is expected to...

  • Afghanistan, Africa new priorities, but a small monarchy remains India's top foreign-aid priority

    The monarchy of Bhutan has remained the biggest beneficiary -- by amount and share -- of Indian foreign aid for 17 years, but over the last nine years, Afghanistan has made it to the distant second spot, preferred over traditional recipients Nepal and Bangladesh, according to an IndiaSpend analysis ...

  • Angels, demons, the Apocalypse - and the human will

    Are good or evil intrinsic in humans or does free will play a role? Does destiny guide our actions or do they instead stem from the choices we make? These questions are the basis of most religious thought and a major part of philosophy -- where they may sometimes need learning the new vocabulary cre...