Why are we biased about nuclear power?

By Nihit Goyal,

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to triple the country's nuclear power capacity by 2023-24. No sooner had he done so than some quarters issued statements protesting against the proposed Jaitapur power plant in Maharashtra. This highlights the sharp responses that nuclear power generates, which are partly responsible for the slow growth of nuclear power in the country, even as India desperately needs energy.

Modi's success makes BJP a one-man party

By Amulya Ganguli,

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking its time to select its chief minister for Maharashtra, Narendra Modi is leaving his distinctive mark on political and other fields.

In politics, the prime minister has brushed aside the earlier by-poll setbacks by his successes in Maharashtra and Haryana. Although the BJP failed to get a majority in the western state, it made a few points which the party probably wanted to make for some time.

‘Haider’- miles away from reality

By Saquib Salim,

Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Haider’ is the flavor of the season – you like it or not. I cannot take away any credit from him as a great narrator, who can adapt Shakespeare for the Indian scenario and can captivate the audience so well.

Gandhi’s people in Maoist land

By Aishik Chanda,

Kukurbhukka, Jashpur district (Chhattisgarh): They travel in a van donated by a Gondi Adivasi organization of Bastar. They spend the night with benevolent villagers and eat whatever is offered. The 12-member CGNet Swara team that travels through central India promoting citizen journalism through mobile radio is a diverse lot.

Silent diplomacy more effective than high-profile one

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Diplomacy is not just about hype and hoopla as many of our television era journalists would like us to believe. It is a serious business and there is little scope for theatrics. Sometimes too much publicity and media-hype harms the larger cause of the nation.

Collapsing credibility Of Western media: An opportunity for India

By Saeed Naqvi,

Even the skeptics now agree that India shall be a power in the Asian century. To insure this rise to the top, India must maximize all its assets. One asset for which it has a reputation is a lively media, a function of a relatively stable democratic order since independence.

Modi visit to Siachen: Deed must match word

By C. Uday Bhaskar,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world.

Shootout in Ottawa: Indian-Canadian MP's first person account

By Nina Grewal,

When Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking at about 9.30 a.m. Wednesday in a caucus room of parliament, we heard a couple of shots. We were not alarmed as we thought some construction work was going on. Then, more shots were heard and we were alarmed, more so as the Prime Minister was in the room, standing and speaking.

Why China does not want a boundary settlement with India

By Ranjit Singh Kalha,

Recent transgressions by Chinese troops in the northern border areas of India and the protest note by the Chinese foreign office on road building in Arunachal Pradesh have again highlighted the fact that the Sino-Indian boundary issue remains to be settled, despite negotiations for nearly half a century.

Congress’ decline continues

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

With the BJP’s convincing win in Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections earlier this week, Congress’ steady decline has deepened further. There is an ominous signal in Maharashtra that forebodes a UP-Bihar like long-standing setback in the western state too.