Indian players should have 20-20 vision of Test cricket

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Ask any player anywhere in the world and he will say Test cricket is the ultimate. But today - though he may not openly admit it - he knows in his heart that his Twenty20 performance is far more important.

It may sound nonsensical yet the aspiring cricketer has started believing that the easiest way to get into the limelight is through the shortest format of the game.


Competitive cities as fundamental drivers of prosperity

By Amit Kapoor,

Cities have been the engines of growth and prosperity since time immemorial. In fact, it may be surprising to note that the rise of Europe before the industrial revolution was, in part, driven by port cities like Genoa and Venice which competed against other centers and amongst themselves for gaining competitive advantage. Asian cities like Malabar, Calicut and Malacca were also well-known for their trading as well as toleration during the same period.

Shaitan ki khala: Hinglish Vinglish presents a new column by self-proclaimed "Shaitan ki khala" Asma Anjum Khana. TCN is not responsible for her shaitani ideas but they are worth reading and pondering.

By Asma Anjum Khan for,

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Ladies and gentlemen, have you got over your Mid May crisis? I did. Holidays, books and mangoes, helped. So now? Ready to take the new flight?

Courageous of Modi to talk of toilets from Red Fort

By Saeed Naqvi,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s courageous elaboration in his maiden Independence Day speech, on the nation’s need to build toilets had in it a touch of Acharya Vinoba Bhave. It also brought back a Devi Lal story.

Modi's foreign policy: Good beginning in protecting core national interests

By Shiv Shankar Mukherjee,

Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal, the first by an Indian prime minister in 17 years, has received kudos from all stakeholders and commentators on both sides of the border and, most importantly for India, from the public in Nepal.

National sports awards need to be purified

By Veturi Srivatsa,

The controversy over every national award is getting beyond the pale. Unedifying hankering, uncultured lobbying and above all the lack of firmness in sticking to the norms have robbed the awards of the grace they deserve.

It is not just the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna and the Padma awards which are mired in the unseemly tug of war, even sportspersons have crossed the limits of decency in running down the chosen athletes and glorifying their own credentials undermining the sportsman's spirit.

Book in Urdu on heroes of ‘First War of Independence’

Book: Jang-E-Azadi Ke Sarkhail
Language- Urdu

By Dr. M Waseem Raja,

The book by Dr. Mohammad Shahid Siddique entitled “Jang-e-Azadi ke Sarkhail” published by Educational Publishing House is very timely, informative and a documented work which deals with revolt of 1857. In this book Dr. Shahid has tried to bring out the detailed biographical sketches of the prominent freedom fighters who fought the first war of independence during the revolt of 1857. He widely consulted the source material on the theme and brought out the detailed descriptions of the contribution by the Indian native princes, commanders and those brilliant warriors have been portrayed.

Selectors' logic: Heads I win, tails you lose

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Selectors in most sports insist they are invariably correct while picking teams. Sometimes they take the rankings into account and on other occasions they argue about the potential of a player for picking him or her -- it is a case of heads they win, tails you lose.


Will saffronites heed Modi's I-Day counsel of restraint?

By Amulya Ganguli,

Perhaps the most important part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech from the ramparts of New Delhi's Red Fort was his call for a 10-year moratorium on caste-based and communal violence.

Reflections from the margins on Independence Day

By John Dayal,

It is not a jubilee year for independent India, but it is nonetheless a landmark anniversary. Not since Mrs. Indira Gandhi, second only to her father Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru as the country’s longest serving prime minister, lost office and Mr. Morarji Desai assumed power at the head of the Janata Party, a motley group supported by the RSS on the one hand and the socialists and Leftists on the other, has there been such a drastic change, even a reversal, of ideologies, policies and a vision for the future.