OPINIONPAGE

milestone man

FORMER Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a truly milestone man in international cricket. In the second One-Day International (ODI) against England, played at the iconic Lord’s on Saturday, he joined the ranks of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid a..

CROWN AWAITS

WITHIN seven years of becoming an independent state, breaking away from Yugoslavia, the tiny nation of Croatia was within touching distance of its biggest sporting moment -- a World Cup final. Destiny had willed otherwise as the red and white shirts were ..

REPREHENSIBLE

IT IS beyond common man’s wit why a man as learned as Mr. Shashi Tharoor should make such an absolutely reprehensible statement that India would get converted to Hindu Pakistan should the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win the 2019 elections. This tho..

EDUCATING WOMEN

EDUCATING WOMEN NOT educating women has a tremendous economic cost. That is the finding of the World Bank, revealed in its latest report, released on the occasion of ‘Malala Day.’ According to the report,  not educating women globally ..

central issue

central issue..

HOUSE IN ORDERHOUSE IN ORDER

A PRS legislative research says, the last Parliament session conducted in April was the least productive budget session since year 2000. The Lok Sabha spent just one per cent of allotted time on legislative business as the Opposition parties, led by Congr..

unholy bias

THE United Nations (UN) will find it extremely difficult to erase India’s observation that the world body has demonstrated an unholy bias against India through some of its reports on the situation in Kashmir. India’s Permanent Representative t..

ALL-WEATHER ALLY

                  CHINA seems to do everything to prove that it is a true ‘All-weather ally’ of Pakistan. While China is helping Pakistan in building its infrastructure projects and bail ..

evening of life

EVENING is not just a time of the day; it is also a time of reflection, of meditation, of leaning back, of looking back on the journey of the day, as well as a time still to look forward to a good night’s rest for the day next! But a study by New De..

NEW WAR-FRONT

WHILE implementing reforms suggested by a committee headed by Lt Gen (Retd) DB Shekatkar in the Indian Army last year, the Central Government had put a big thrust on upgradation of technology and weapons. However, precious little has been done on the &lsq..

problem party

THE news from the Opposition front is certainly unwelcome for the Congress which is emerging fast as a problem rather than a solution. In Uttar Pradesh, two major parties -- the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) have entered a pre-pol..

stricter rules

THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has done well to add to its rule books another stricter clause that aims at bringing discipline in on-field behaviour of players and also impose stricter penalties for offenses like ball-tampering and fixing of any ..

Maximize Tech Use

                    The major reason why we lag is the lack of adequate original and advanced research in our universities and technical institutes. We are more geared towards producing white c..

bottomless pit

BY NOW, the nation’s Government and people should have known that offering massive loan-waivers for farmers is nothing like trying to fill a bottomless pit to its brim. For, waiving off of loans to farmers is never going to solve the basic issues th..

GOOD POINT

UNION Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh has made a very critical and accurate observation that peace and stability could be brought to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) through an honest administration. Though this observation may appear simple, its criticality i..

 NOT JUST MONEY

  EVEN as the Central Government decided to infuse fresh funds into the coffers of  Air India (AI) to make it work, particularly when there are no takers for the idea of its disinvestment, it is necessary to remind the powers that be that mer..

PEOPLE’S TRUST

                PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has rightly raised the issue of winning people’s trust, at an interaction with fresh recruits in Indian Administrative Services (IAS). He has insisted..

good decision

  THE decision of the Central Government to grant a steep hike of Rs. 200 per quintal in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy and up to 52% for other summer crops, needs to be welcomed whole-heartedly. For, not only does it fulfil a promise mad..

WHOSE FAULT?

                DESPITE repeated warnings and alerts by competent agencies and commuters, the Railways and Mumbai’s civic bodies refuse to come out of their sluggish mentality towards passenger safet..

slated to fail

THE contents of some Maoist documents -- seized by the Police -- admitting to failure to take appropriate counter-offensive ‘action’ against the Government forces apart, the very ideology and methodology adopted by the ultra-Left extremists (U..

CARING FOR MIND

                THE reason Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi gave for not publishing a White Paper on the Indian economy in 2014 when he came to power, is absolutely legitimate. He said in an interview that..

evil force

THE killing of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan by the Islamic State activists on Sunday, exposes the evil designs of extremist Islamic State to carry out ethnic cleansing wherever these minority groups exist. Kashmir has witnessed such an ethnic cleansing..

WATER GAINS

                A HAPPY and welcome change is visible in the rural areas of Maharashtra that has come out largely unscathed through the harsh summer without any alarming water crisis. A large chunk of cred..

game changer

UNION Finance Minster Mr. Piyush Goel has rightly said that the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has proved to be the game-changer, a unifying factor as far as indirect tax regime of the country is concerned. Though still in the process of evo..

grind begins

THE grind for the Indian cricket team of the long tour of England has begun in right earnest with the visitors giving Ireland a sound drubbing in the two opening Twenty20 games. But such an ease of proceedings would stop at that because the Britishers hav..

CHILD SHIELD

EVEN as the United Nations has talked of how terrorists are recruiting children for their nefarious activities and how over 10,000 children were killed or injured globally after having been used a human shields or child-activists, it has stated unequivoca..

MENACE PERSISTS

THE menace of black money being laundered and stashed in safe havens abroad appears to have made its reappearance, if the report of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) is to be believed. According to the Swiss  central banking authority, there has been a..

US BULLYINGUS BULLYING

                THE United States’ threat of imposing sanctions on India and other countries should they continue importing oil from Iran is unlikely to be heeded by the NDA Government. Iran is a cri..

the truthb

THERE could be a few raised eyebrows as to why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) restoked the issue of Emergency to describe it as a dark period at an odd time of 43rd anniversary of imposition of the condition by the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi..

WELCOME EXERCISE

                THE move of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance to seek presentations from eleven public sector banks (PSBs) on the current situation in the banking sector, is a welcome exercise gi..

stop all this

EVERYBODY will agree with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi that Emergency of 1975 was a ‘sin’ of the Congress party, and to that extent something no democracy ever should allow. But who will agree with Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley w..

PAWAR GAMES

                 TRUST Mr. Sharad Pawar, chief of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), to change colours at the drop of the hat. The Maratha leader has mastered the art of swift U-turns that has ultimate..

expanding base

THE importance of the proposed Naval Base which India plans to construct at Assumption Island in Seychelles as a joint project, cannot be underestimated in the given current geopolitical situation in the Indian Ocean. Once the project assumes appropriate ..

RIGOROUS TEST

                 THAT the highly professional and specialised security force National Security Guard (NSG) is going to introduce more rigorous psychological test at entry level for those who are desir..

attitude issue

THE Government’s proposal to assess the performance of Secretary or Additional Secretary level officials on the basis of their attitude towards people from weaker sections of the society, deserves to be appreciated. Unfortunately, despite all the ex..

high hopes

THE Indian hockey team has begun its Champions Trophy campaign in right earnest by mauling arch rivals Pakistan 4-0 in the lung opener. The team is hoping to write a new chapter by winning the Champions Trophy this time. After the Commonwealth Games disas..

Major Drawback

“It has proved to be a major inspiration to a large number of villagers who still practice open defecation in their respective villages. Open defecation is a major drawback of India that is riled and loathed world-wide. Nowhere in the world is the p..

TOUGH TASK

THE fact that the whole of Srinagar city saw deserted streets for a day in response to a shut down called by separatist front Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) spearheaded by Syed Ali Geelani, Miawaiz Umer Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik, shows how tough..

BEAST OF BURDEN

HAVE we seen the last of Leo Messi? His subdued demeanor, wavering focus and ashen face lacking intensity of a champion during Argentina’s tortorous night against Croatia in the World Cup were clear indicators of Messi’s end as an internatio..

DEEPER ROT

                  THE arrest of the serving and past C h a i r m a n - cumManaging Directors (CMD) of Bank of Maharashtra on Wednesday by Pune police is a clear sign of the deep rot that has set in i..

PROCESS BEGINS

THE process of introduction of Governor’s Rule has begun in Jammu and Kashmir in right earnest with a seasoned administrator like Mr. N.N. Vohra taking the first step of putting the J&K legislature in suspended animation. Once the basic objectiv..

FAILED SALE

                THERE was no option for the Government but to abort its bid to sell majority stake in Air India as no bidder had turned up for a deal. And it did not require an aviation expert to spell out..

moot question

THE moot question in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is not about a tighter control of the administration just for the sake of it, but about being able to combat separatism and terrorism more capably, something that was not happening under the leadership of M..

DOUBLE-EDGED TOOL

                  DIGITAL technology is proving to be a double-edged tool in the hands of modern society. It has hugely impacted communication and is proving to be a great help in financial transacti..

GROWTH STORY

PRESIDENT Mr. Ram Nath Kovind’s assertion in Greece that India was aiming to become a USD 5 trillion economy and the world’s third largest consumer market by 2025 is reiteration of a growth story that the country has started realising on the s..

RIGHT DECISION

THAT the Government has declined to extend ceasefire that it has had greed to implement during the month of Ramzan in Jammu and Kashmir, is the most logical step to take in the given situation. To that extent, Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh is righ..

APT DEMAND

THE residents of Palghar in Maharashtra are right in their insistence on their demands being fulfilled first before they hand over their land for the ambitious bullet train project. Their resistance to part with the their land is not without reason. It ..

war over var

BARELY into the third day of the World Cup-2018 in Russia, controversies have begun to make their appearance on the scene. The one that will remain in discussion through the duration of the current World Soccer Cup tournament would be the technology-drive..

hocus potus!

US SENATOR from Texas, Mr. Ted Cruz, describes President of the United States of America Mr. Donald Trump as “a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America”. The analogy of a grenade is not too far-fetch..

SHEER MISCHIEF

EVEN a seven-year-old child will be able to assert that the first ever report by the United Nations on so-called violation of human rights in Kashmir is “fallacious, motivated” and full of mischief. It is more than obvious that the said report..

MUCH NEEDED HELP

THAT the Railways are now providing basic healthcare kits, equipment and assistance on running trains, is a welcome change. The Railways thus appears to have taken a step forward towards passenger care. This is, thanks of course to the committee appoint..

CHANGING EQUATION

THE approval by the Trump administration to sell six Apache attack helicopters to India is a sign of changing geopolitical equations. In the past the US policy used to be hyphenated with Pakistani security concerns. That impeded any development of Indo-US..

pagdi politics

IT IS a matter of sheer shame that a senior political leader like Mr. Sharad Pawar should resort to venomous caste politics. He is trying to whip up casteist sentiment by stressing that in Maharashtra a Brahminical rule has descended by way of Chief Minis..

RAHUL’S RANT

                  THE utterances of Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi in the past two days is a reflection of his poor knowledge as well as the crass brand of politics his party resorts to time and..

tough task

RESERVE Bank of India’s Governor Dr. Urjit Patel deserves full sympathy from the nation when he asks for more powers to tackle the problems of the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) whose accumulated loss in fiscal ending March 2018 amounts to a whopping Rs..

TENUOUS TRUCE

MAY there be no doubt at any place about the tentative truce achieved by United States President Mr. Donald Trump and North Korean President Mr. Kim Jong-un at their much-publicised summit at Singapore. Given the nature of diplomatic endeavours by the two..

OLD IS GOLD

 LAST season the tennis world was witness to an incredible event when the four Grand Slams were shared two each by two legends  -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The ‘FeDal Slam’ was supposed to be a gauntlet that the next generat..

CUP OF JOY

IN A couple of days, soccer fever will rule the world for one month. The World Cup, football’s quadrennial extravaganza will hold sway again over untold number of people who take to the ‘Beautiful Game’ as a succour to tide over the trav..

dirty design

EVEN as more and more evidence is available that Ultra Left Extremism (ULE) is getting defeated all over the country, the Maoists seem to be getting more and more disturbed and are planning to hit back at the Government and its leaders. A few years ago, t..

IDEA OF BHARAT

THE idea of Bharat has been highlighted by scholars and thinkers in different ways all the time since time immemorial. Yet, the manner in which former President of India Dr. Pranab Mukherjee and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan B..

RAJNATH’S CONCERN

UNION Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh is justifiably concerned over the future of the Kashmiri youths. But it is also the concern of the entire nation that secessionist and terrorist forces are misleading and waylaying gullible youths of the State towards..

SICK PSUs

                  THE Union Cabinet has taken a welcome decision to expedite the closure of sick and loss making Central public sector units (PSUs). Under new guidelines, the land likely to be freed ..

start-up push

WHEN the national economy is buoyant and growing faster than any other in the world, the biggest requirement is creation of job opportunities, self-employment plays a critical role. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s thrust on start-ups is part of h..

PERPETUAL CRISIS

                  THE drowning of over 50 migrants in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Tunisia and Turkey, is the reflection of the continuing humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Middle East. Hund..

political stir

THE events in the past four days of the so-called farmers’ agitation make it clear that it is a stir run not by farmers but by some political elements that are being sponsored by bigger vested interests particularly in the pre-election year. Reports..

NEW DAWN

                  A NEW hope, a new dawn, a new life. That is what a lone crusader in the hot-bed of Maoist activity is trying give to the children of Bijapur district of Bastar through his ashram sc..

harsh truth

JAMMU and Kashmir Chief Minister Ms. Mehbooba Mufti is more than right that increased militancy in her State will step up military footprint as well in the area. And this must happen to cope with whatever level of militancy is visible there. For, the secu..

sports varsity

THE National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government needs to be congratulated for taking the decision to set up the country’s first sports university in Imphal, in the North-Eastern State of Manipur. The Government also needs to be congratulated for s..

best option

  PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has made a correct observation that unnecessary rivalries in Asia will hold the region back, but cooperation among nations will take the region forward in every sense. In the same statement, Mr. Modi also insiste..

NO TAKERS

THAT there were no takers for the Government’s plan of disinvestment of Air India even after an extension of deadline for submission of ‘Expression of Intent' (EoI), comes as a reality check on what the Government has done of many a star compa..

NOT THIS WAY

FARMERS in some parts of the country are pouring milk, throwing vegetables and other agricultural produce on streets as part of their ten-day village bandh. While the grievances of the farming community may be genuine and must be addressed, they should ..

NEGLECTED SECTOR

                THE death of three patients in a Government hospital in Gwalior tells the story of a highly neglected sector in not just one State but all over the country. That three patients die because ..

good sign

THAT the ICICI Bank has ordered a comprehensive enquiry into allegations involving Mrs. Chanda Kochhar, its own Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, and will go full distance to dig out all facts, is a good news from the Indian banking sector do..

MUDRA GAINS

                PROVIDING finance to non-corporate, non-farm small and micro enterprises was always a serious matter given the politics played in the schemes floated to help such sectors. Tiding over this ..

tenuous truce

THE decision of the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan to follow in ‘letter and spirit’ the Ceasefire Pact of 2003, is quite likely to be only a tenuous truce which would be violated time and again by the tr..

NO DIALOUGE

                MAKING it clear that peace is essential prerequisite for dialogue, Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Ms. Sushma Swaraj have once again put the ball in Pakistan..

dilly dally

IF the proposed summit between United States President Mr. Donald Trump and North Korean President Mr. Kim Jong-un got in a limbo because of the alleged touch-and-go attitude of latter, then at least some part of the dilly dally over the meet is also due ..

CSR BENEFIT

                  THERE is a good news coming from India Inc about development of Naxal-hit districts of Chhattishgarh as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Tata Trusts have led the i..

UNITY ISSUES

OPPOSITION unity, now under discussion in a more pronounced manner since leaders of various parties met at Bengaluru recently, is certainly going to be a very difficult task. For, even before a joint front of all Opposition parties has been formed officia..

workload

VETERAN spinner Harbhajan Singh has rightly raised the issue of workload taken by a player and the importance of rest. The issue has cropped up in the light of Virat Kohli deciding to skip the proposed county stint in England due to pain in his neck and t..

STERN WARNING

EVEN as Pakistan Army continues to violate ceasefire to aid infiltration by ultras bred on its soil, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has issued a terse warning to Pakistan to desist from its nefarious plans of sending terrorists in the Indian side if it wa..

POSITIVE PERIOD

WHEN he took over as Prime Minister of India having led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a clear majority-win in the Lok Sabha elections four years ago, Mr. Narendra Modi had done a little numerical jugglery by converting his tenure of five years into months..

TRUMP’S U-TURN

SINCE the day US President Mr. Donald Trump expressed willingness to hold talks with North Korean leader Mr. Kim Jong-un, international experts were apprehensive of a volte-face by the former. As is his wont, Mr. Trump did not disappoint the experts and..

WHAT A SHAME

                  WHAT a shame! A country that is aspiring to be among global economic superpowers and is fifth largest economy in the world, is languishing even behind its small neighbours like Sri ..

true mandate

THAT Mr. H. D. Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (S) has been sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka with the support of the bigger party in the coalition, Congress, agreeing to act as a junior partner, is only a technical detail. The people, however, are fully ..

SPEEDY JUSTICE

                JUSTICE in general and gender justice in particular is a matter of debate for long in the Indian society that is still finding ways to bring in a change in the tardy pace of judicial proces..

re-think issue

THE ugly development in Tamil Nadu involving killing of 12 persons in police firing on mobs protesting against the Sterlite plant by Vedanta Group in Tuticorin makes a strong case for a serious re-think on various dimensions of the age-old debate of devel..

SOCIAL IMPLICATION

                  THE authorities of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), busy fighting Naxalites in red extremist affected regions, deserve to be complimented for taking a thoughtful decision to..

Strategic

THE strategic importance of the informal summit between Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin cannot be driven home unless the global geopolitical situation is understood in the larger perspective. In the given situatio..

INCORRIGIBLEINCORRIGIBLE

                CHINA is truly incorrigible and the dictionary gives the meanings of the word as :hardened, hopeless, unruly and that cannot be corrected. All these traits are discernible in the Chinese be..

tit for tat

THE manner in which the Border Security Force (BSF) hit back at Pakistani posts, demolishing bunkers, killing Pakistani soldiers, and making the Pakistan Rangers’ top-brass realise the ferocity India was capable of demonstrating, indicated something..

ipl gains

THE gravity-defying boundary catch by ace South African cricketer AB de Villiers on May 18 playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament in Bengaluru, was aptly described by..

proper exit

WHAT Mr. B.S. Yeddyurappa achieved in Karnataka Legislative Assembly was what Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee had done when he resigned as Prime Minister in 1996 after a 13-day regime -- winning people’s hearts for himself and for his Bharatiya Janata Part..

FRIVOLOUS

THE move by political parties like Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and others is absolutely frivolous that they would meet the Governors of Goa, Bihar, and Manipur to stake claim to forming Government in those places on the basis of one point that th..

WELCOME PROPOSAL

THE proposal circulated by the Union Government to pay monthly pension of Rs. 1000 after construction worker attains the age of 60 years and offer scholarship to their children, is a long pending demand and hence is welcome. This proposal, in a way, rec..

FARM BOUNTY

                  THE Central Government has reason to be satisfied on the food front as the country has registered a record agricultural production during the 2017-18 crop season. At 279.51 million ..

bad politics

THE attempt of the Congress party to stall the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. B.S. Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister by approaching the Supreme Court late in the night, only shows how desperate the party has become to hold on to power in one of its las..

NEW VISTAS

                WITH the prospect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) eating up conventional jobs as a consequence of large scale automation, experts expect alternative energy sector to open new vistas of job ..

why violence

THE ugly violence during the local self-government elections in West Bengal killing dozens of people and injuring countless scores of others in addition to causing severe damage to property including election materials such as ballot boxes, demonstrates h..

HIGHHANDED

                    THERE are two guilty parties in the massacre of 41 Palestinian people on Monday: The Palestinian Army and US President Mr. Donald Trump. The Palestinian people were legitima..