Indian coaches have burnt their bridges

By Veturi Srivatsa,

What exactly is the role of Ravi Shastri, the new director of cricket operations of the Indian team now in England to complete a tortuous tour playing five one-dayers and a Twenty20 game after losing the five-Test series 1-3?


Does love know Religious boundaries?

By Ram Puniyani,

Communal politics, communal violence all over used women’s bodies as the site of contestation and community honor. This is the worst expression of patriarchal values inherent in the communal politics. We recall that it was the presentation of a road accident between boys of two religious communities that was propagated as an issue of the honor of ‘our girl’ being violated by the ‘other’. The Panchayats were mobilized; openly flaunting the arms, and Muzzafarnagar violence was orchestrated. And that’s not the end of the abuse of ‘our women-their women’ mind set. Post Muzzafarnagar violence, UP is abuzz with various activities aimed at polarizing the communities using this issue.

‘अच्छे दिन’ – सच या शिगूफ़ा

By सिद्धान्त मोहन.

एक लंबा समय बीत चुका है. जिस समय अरविन्द केजरीवाल ने दिल्ली में सरकार बनायी थी, सरकार बनने के अगले दिन से ही भाजपा ने केजरीवाल से एक-एक दिनों का हिसाब मांगना शुरू कर दिया था. तब तत्कालीन दिल्ली सरकार के लगभग हरेक फैसलों पर भाजपा ने आलोचनात्मक रवैया अपनाया था. थोड़ी कूटनीतिक चूक और ज़्यादा जोश की ज़द में आकर जब अरविन्द केजरीवाल ने खुद की सरकार को 49 दिनों में गिरा दिया, भाजपा ने भी मौके को भिन्न-भिन्न तरीकों से भुनाने में कोई कसर नहीं छोड़ी. यह भी एक कारण था कि बनारस की इस साल की लोकसभा सीट पर हुए चुनाव में अरविन्द केजरीवाल को हार का सामना करना पड़ा. इन बातों को यहां गिनाने का आशय साफ़ है, यदि भाजपा किसी एक सरकार की आलोचना करने का अधिकार रखती है तो इतने स्पष्ट और विराट बहुमत से आई केन्द्र सरकार के प्रति भी सराहना और हौसलाफ़जाही के साथ-साथ जनता को प्रश्नांकन और आलोचना का अधिकार प्राप्त है. कुछेक महीनों पहले मोदी सरकार ने कांग्रेस के दस सालों के शासनकाल का हवाला देते हुए जनता से अपनी सरकार को ‘हनीमून पीरियड’ देने की गुज़ारिश की थी. लेकिन जनता, जो लगभग पिछले एक साल से वादों, घोषणाओं और भर्त्सनाओं के ज़रिए ‘रामराज्य’ के सपने देख रही थी, द्वारा देश की केन्द्रीय सत्ता से सवाल करना गलत तो नहीं है. चूंकि नरेन्द्र मोदी बनारस से चुनकर प्रधानमंत्री की कुर्सी पर बैठाए गए हैं और उन्होंने बार-बार ‘माँ गंगा’, ‘बनारस के बुनकरों’ और बहुलतावादी संस्कृति का हवाला दिया है, इसलिए TCN ने बनारस के भिन्न-भिन्न तबकों – जिनमें मतदाता, चुनाव प्रत्याशी, सामाजिक विचारक और राजनेता शामिल हैं – से मिलकर मोदी सरकार के इन लगभग शुरुआती तीन महीनों का हिसाब माँगा.

The man who would have made India the most powerful country

(August 20 is Rajiv Gandhi's 70th birth anniversary)

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed,

On the fateful day, May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur, Rusy Karanjia, chief editor of the Blitz tabloid, was with Rajiv Gandhi for a few minutes. Gandhi disclosed to Karanjia that he had learnt from the mistakes of the past and that in the days to come, he was going to be really an enlightened leader - either as the prime minister or as the opposition leader.

Raghuram Rajan's call for coordinated global monetary policy a distant dream

By Vatsal Srivastava,

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has been constantly urging major central banks, particularly the US Federal Reserve, to keep in mind the spillover effects of their ultra loose monetary policies on emerging economies such as India. This column agrees that in a highly integrated global economy, the zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) era and Quantitative Easing (QE) measures undertaken my major central banks has affected India to a great extent. For example, apart from geopolitical tensions, QE has been a major factor which has held crude prices so high after the financial crisis. Thus, to some extent, importing higher energy costs can be attributed to India’s inflation woes in recent years.

Nazi Noir and more: Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series

By Vikas Datta,

Is it a feasible idea to set a series of noirish detective novels in a totalitarian state like Nazi Germany which itself practised violence intensively against its own citizens, or even in the midst of the viciously bloody conflict that was World War II? It may appear paradoxical but even in midst of such blood-letting, there are crimes that such a regime should have solved as they have not been "sanctioned". And since a totalitarian state may not be a monolithic entity but an aggregation of competing interests, an independent investigator is needed. Step in Bernie Gunther, a worthy counterpart to Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe but with higher stakes - his American counterparts don't risk being sent to a concentration camp permanently.

Burning Sands of International Relations

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

International relation is gravitating towards chaotic world order. The forces of conflict seem to be dominating over those supposedly mandated to maintain global peace. There seems to be conspiracy of silence by the guarantors of peace, as the perpetrators of violence are masquerading like free booters on rampage all over the world.

Is (only) Jamia Nagar ‘bad’ for Women?

By Mahtabnama,

Having lived in Jamia Nagar for almost half of my life (nearly 14 years), last week, I was startled to read the heading of an anecdotal piece of writing in, Is Jamia Nagar bad for women? A firsthand account from Aamna.

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.