Hawkish Yellen is what the Indian equity market needs

By Vatsal Srivatava,

On equity strategy, Currency Corner has maintained that we have reached a point where the risk-off move of the previous years (a slightly upbeat hawkish Fed leading to a fall in stock prices) is now working in just the opposite manner. As of today, the market will only rally further if Fed chief Janet Yellen talks about the first rate hike after the commencement of QE in October. Any talk about the weak labour market recovery and lack of clarity about the time gap between the first rate hike and the end of the QE taper (this was 6 months earlier)would just imply a lack of a clear exit strategy.


Xi visit brings new opportunities amid old challenges

By Vijay Kranti,

Irrespective of the final outcome of Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to India, it surely marks a unique and qualitative change in the India-China relations. Hitherto, this relationship has been known more for its vocal than the real, vital content.

Can Assam push BJP's northeastward thrust?

By Subir Bhaumik,

From Mamata Banerji in West Bengal to Manik Sarkar in Tripura, not to speak of Assam's hat-trick Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, a host of regional chieftains are under fire in the east and the northeast. This could make the BJP's task of penetrating the region much easier than what many would imagine.

Xi visit to India: Symbolism should not score over substance

By Saurabh Kumar,

The focus of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week should be on tangibles - on mutually beneficial diversification and intensification of economic and cultural ties, tapping of all possible complementarities through imaginative arrangements and programmes. Not on political documentation, which there is a surfeit of already.

A Timely Reminder to the PM

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi has said recently on the 13th anniversary of 9/11 that if the United States had heeded Swami Vivekananda’s call for universal brotherhood, America would not have to see that day. We have a point to ponder here.

Asma Nama: I Can Marry Four. What about you?

By Asma Anjum Khan, teaches English, talks a lot, read her at your own risk.

[follow her:@asmaanjumkhan] # fourmarriages,#islam#the prophetmuhammadpbuh #widowremarriage#polygmay#khulaa#culture#monogamy# H.Aaishah RA

Saturdays usually signal the end of a hectic week. A soothing sensation after doing time for the last six days begins to engulf me. After my talk, a sister comes and hugs, nothing unusual; but a continuous stream of tears, from her eyes was. Her visage with droplets smearing it appeared a bit white. My little talk about H.Aaishah RA and other Ummahatul Momineen had touched her, she said. When probed about the weepy act; her reply not just stunned but kept haunting me for the next few weeks.

Kipling's poetry: Of soldiers, monarchs and revenue-raising

By Vikas Datta,

Gifted novelists have never been confined to a specific genre, or even to a form of literature - for they are adroit in weaving magic with words, using them in sentences of matchless prose or evoking their aesthetic and rhythmic aspects in verse. But somehow their poetic contribution is always overshadowed by their prose corpus. Sir Walter Scott, Hans Christian Andersen, Thomas Hardy, right down to Michael Ondaatje, Alice Walker, Russell Banks, John Updike, Vladimir Nabokov, Erica Jong and their ilk are not exactly more famous as poets. But there was one who strode both spheres with aplomb - and Rudyard Kipling's art was recognised by conferment of the Nobel Prize for Literature - the first ever to an English writer.

Muslims should respond to the divisive ‘love jihad’ campaign with friendship towards secular Hindus

By Kaleem Kawaja,

"Abhee sub kuch nahin mita shaayad
Hindu-Muslim main pyaar baaqi hai
Ek Bhaayee kaa ek Bhaayee pur
Pyar ka kuch udhaar baaqi hai "

- Jawaid Badauni

No compulsory retirement for public figures, they can only opt for VRS

By Soroor Ahmed,,

When Mahatma Gandhi can successfully lead India to freedom at the age of 78 and would have continued to serve the country for several more years had he not fallen to Nathuram Godse’s bullets, when fit as fiddle Morarji Desai can become the prime minister at the age of 81, when Jaya Prakash Narayan can launch his Total Revolution in his mid-70s and when septuagenarian Anna Hazare can undertake a 12-day long fast for Jan Lokpal the BJP is busy shunting out senior party leaders in the name of old age. A few recent examples of the leaders of the US, UK and a couple of western countries––Obama, Cameron, Merkel etc––are being cited to buttress the argument in favour of young team not knowing that in beleaguered Israel there is no dearth of generals entering politics after retiring from the defence forces only to become minister or prime minister at the fairly ripe age.

Obama's coalition: Willing to wound and yet afraid to strike

By Saeed Naqvi,

As soon as President Barack Obama Wednesday announced his intention to lead a Coalition of the Willing to “degrade and destroy” the ISIS, his core coalition partners began to fidget and reach out for the exit door.