In Asia's season of summits, India can make unique contributions

By Evan A. Feigenbaum,

In Asia, it’s summit season again - the time of year when leaders from the Eurasian steppes to the Pacific Ocean gather at an alphabet soup of multilateral meetings. India has joined some of these groups - for instance, the East Asia Summit. It is about to join another - the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Limited upside left for Indian rupee against dollar

By Vatsal Srivastava,

The Indian equity market party is showing no signs of losing steam with the benchmark indices closing at an all time high yet again Monday. However, the Indian Rupee will not be a guest at this party for long. This column believes that there is very limited upside left for the Rupee to appreciate against the US Dollar.

Planning for 'The Future Commission'

By Rahul Singh,

As the Narendra Modi government completes 100 days in office, the prime minister seems keen to implement far-reaching changes, phasing out the old and ushering in the new. One of the first things he did was to question the relevance of the Planning Commission - a question also asked by his predecessor Manmohan Singh in 2009.

One hundred days of Modi Sarkar

By Kaleem Kawaja,

In the campaign for the recent election in India Mr Narendra Modi and his BJP followers barnstormed the nation for many months finding fault with almost every government in the last 67 years, and proclaimed that if elected they will hit the ground running to unite the very diverse nation, bring in much economic recovery, strong law and order, remove influence peddling from governance and reinforce a fairness based polity. Indeed Mr Modi's pet slogan was that the dawn of the good days is just on the horizon.

‘लव जिहाद’ और समाजशास्त्र का आईना

By राजीव यादव,

हाल में ही सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने एक गैर सरकारी संगठन जयति भारतम की याचिका पर कड़ी टिप्पणी करते हुए कहा कि भारत धर्म निरपेक्ष राष्ट्र है. धर्म को न्यायालय में न लाने की नसीहत देते हुए सर्वोच्च न्यायालय ने मामले की जयति भारतम द्वारा पेश की गयी तस्वीर पर चिंता व्यक्त की.

Modi has a penchant for a pro-active foreign policy

By Ashok Tandon,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for a pro-active foreign policy has been on display from day one. His positive initiatives of inviting SAARC leaders at the swearing-in ceremony and selecting Bhutan for his first bilateral visit followed by another important neighbour Nepal have sent encouraging signals to the world community about India's desire for constructive engagement in international affairs, especially according highest priority to peace, stability and development in the sub-continent.

A different, dangerous land: Three alternate depictions of Britain

By Vikas Datta,

Mankind has always had a hankering for a more perfect, equitable society than the one they live in and many have tried to give it a shape - Plato in "The Republic", Christian theologian St Augustine with "The City of God" for his co-religionists to aspire to, and English statesman Sir Thomas More, who coined a generic name for it with his "Utopia" (1516). But as visionaries kept on dreaming of ideal societies, its converse also developed - the brutal, dehumanising "dystopia" - based on fears of increasing intrusion of the modern state into people's lives, extreme ideologies, and technological developments that could aid control - and ultimately, repression.


Raising the temperature in rural India

By John Dayal,

This is not a Minority Report the church in India was expecting on the first 100 days of the government of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, who his ardent devotees in his Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideologue engine the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh expect to take the country in its golden age of development and global pre-eminence.

We don’t need al-Qaeda

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Of late we have been reading reports in a section of the press about al-Qaeda’s plans to enter countries of our region where Muslims are persecuted. Three such names have appeared: Myanmar, India and Kashmir. The last one has been mentioned in a way that shows as if Kashmir is not part of India.

Internal tensions: It can get worse for Congress

By Amulya Ganguli,

The Congress High Command, which is a pseudonym for party president Sonia Gandhi, must have realized by now that securing a clean chit for the mother-and-son duo in a report on the poll debacle by a servile loyalist will not put an end to constant carping by party members.