States as magnets for investment

By Amit Kapoor,

The theory that developing countries should attract investments is based on the fact that investments, especially FDIs have immense ability to raise the standard of living of the people. FD’s continued to be the most significant foreign inflows to developing countries in 2014. If the inflows to China are taken out of the equation, FDIs become the second largest inflows after remittances. India accounts for roughly $71 billion out of the $608 billion expected to be remitted to countries, according to the World Bank, in 2014. China is at a close second and is expected to have remittance flows of $64 billion.

Central banks will not be able to avert next global crash

By Vatsal Srivastava,

Last week marked the inflection point many market pundits have been waiting for. The stage is set for the deepest global stock market correction since the rally began in March, 2009.

Haider: Kashmir’s dilemma – To be or not be

By Mir Liyaqat Nazir,

Haider is one of the first ever Bollywood movie that attempted to stage the Shakespeare’s revenge play Hamlet on the recurring Kashmir tragedy. It is meant for an audience, who, in the name of national interest, were always entertained and enthralled over the grievances and miseries of victims.

Yoga is more than just 'asanas'

By Amar Chandel,

Whenever one talks of yoga, the image that forms is that of a semi-clad person doing certain complicated exercises or 'asanas'. Most think this is all there is to yoga. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

NIA seeks special powers to go undercover: Is it a tough call for the Modi govt?

By A. Mirsab,,

New Delhi: The apex anti-terrorism investigative agency of India – the National Investigative Agency (NIA) – recently applied to the government for grant of special powers for conducting undercover operations in terrorism-related investigations.

‘Narrative of shakhas and fulminations of right wing fundamentalists are now mainstream discourse’

With six MPs, the Lok Janshakti Party may not count for much in the 330-plus ruling NDA. But Abdul Khaliq, secretary general of LJP, is the first ally to speak out against ‘the unfettered hate being spewed’ against Muslims by ‘a long list of hate mongers’.

The by-election results in Bihar and UP are being viewed as a vindication of the deep-rooted and strong secular credentials of the nation. As heartening to the secular devotees is the Prime Minister’s statement that Indian Muslims would live and die for the country. However, the fact that the PM has thought it necessary to underline the patriotism of Muslims is in itself deeply disturbing. Implicit in the statement is the frightening reality of how the Muslim is viewed in today’s India.

BJP likely to be No.1 in Maharashtra, Haryana

By Amulya Ganguli,

The forthcoming assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana have a special significance for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in view of the setbacks it suffered in the recent by-elections.

Ankara, Baghdad and Riyadh ask: Are US air strikes working?

By Saeed Naqvi,

The ISIS, plaguing many countries in West Asia, made a symbolic assertion during Haj too. At the ritual stoning of the devil at Mina, five kilometres to the East of Mecca, fluttered a black banner of the Islamic State (IS). The police said nothing.

Why India should engage more with Morocco

By Tarun Basu,

Two vignettes stand out from a recent trip to Morocco -- one, a smartly-dressed woman police officer flags down an errant male driver at a busy Rabat intersection and ticks him off for a traffic violation; two, the arresting spectacle of the setting sun dancing behind undulating sand dunes as one glides down an ultra-modern highway system that can compare with the world's best. Both fly against the conceptual stereotype of an Arab Muslim nation that is part of the Arab world but shares none of its puritanical conservatism; is part of the African continent and is yet one of its most developed nations.

Challenges remain for girls' education in India: Shabistan Gaffar

By Nivedita Khandekar,,

The Indian sub-continent received a unique honour on Friday when Kailash Satyarthi, Indian child rights campaigner, and Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani child education activist, jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. We take this occasion to review the Indian scenario vis-à-vis girl child education. Excerpts from an interview with Dr Shabistan Gaffar, who is the president of All India Confederation for Women’s Empowerment Through Education and was also the chair of Committee on Girls’ Education for the National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions: