- A look at the Holocaust through Anne Frank's eyes(18:22)
By Siddhi Jain
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The diary of Anne Frank, a young chronicler of the horrors of the Nazis' genocide of the Jews, offers a beacon of hope - and humanity - to the millions who read her thoughts, written while hiding with her family for two years before being betrayed and sent to the death camps. Reflecting on her life 75 years after her arrest, and death, is a travelling exhibition that has come briefly to Delhi.
- Redacted Russia probe report to add to collusion controversy (News Analysis)(11:32)
By Arul Louis
New York, April 16 (IANS) The release of the report of the investigation into allegations that Russia colluded with President Donald Trump's campaign in the 2016 election that is scheduled for Thursday with some redactions will only amp the volume of debate, rather than set the controversy at rest.
- Priyanka won't make difference to Congress in UP: BJP MP (IANS Interview)(18:46)
By Rajnish Singh
Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh), April 14 (IANS) BJP's Bulandshahr MP Bhola Singh, who won the 2014 election by over four lakh votes, is hoping to increase his victory margin this time around as he dismissed the BSP-SP-RLD alliance as of no consequence and said Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi was a flop.
- India needs a strong leader, strong nation (Column Political Calculus)(17:56)
By Jayanta Ghosal
I am a human being - Homo sapiens. But does that mean I am poor, brutish, nasty and small? That is what Thomas Hobbes had thought. Machiavelli's prince had also said that if you want to control people, the masses, the electorate - then you've to keep a whip in your hand like the ringmaster in a circus. Only a strong leader can control the mobocracy.
- The flawed narrative on Kashmir (Column: Spy's Eye)(10:36)
By D.C. Pathak
The debate on Kashmir has produced a crop of 'experts' whose analysis is in many cases tinted by their political alignment. In the run-up to the 2019 General Election, the issue of handling of Kashmir by the Centre and the connected question of India's Pakistan policy figure prominently in the opposition's attack on the government. In essence, the stand of the Modi regime was that the prime challenge in Kashmir was to counter the cross-border terrorism instigated by Pakistani agencies from across the LOC and prevent the latter from converting some vulnerable young minds in the Valley to the path of the gun in support of the infiltrated terrorists - all in the name of faith. The narrative on Kashmir whipped up by the opposition is silent on three important aspects of the issue - these have to be explained so that the distortion these gaps produced in the Kashmir story is understood.
- IPL versus Box Office (Column: B Town)(09:42)
By Vinod Mirani
Films, when released, are sensitive to any and everything that may affect its potential. The box office is sensitive to just about everything that happens outside of a film auditorium. Say, a strike, an unrest, cricket, festivals and so on. Not to forget the television, video, CD, DVD and, now, OTT, the small screen content streaming.
- Vivek Oberoi's Modi act loses steam & esteem (Bollywood Spotlight)(15:22)
By Subhash K Jha
The unexpected clamping-down on the much-debated biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi would affect Vivek Oberoi much more than anyone else associated with the film. And not only because Vivek is/was (lets face it, the EC verdict has killed the film) a producer on the project. Not even because it is said that Vivek Oberois politically-connected in-laws have a big hand in concretising the project.
- Priyanka preparing UP for 2022, Rahul the Congress for 2024 (Comment)(11:54)
By Saeed Naqvi
It is true that there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends in politics. But this Machiavellian law is clearly not applicable when a coalition of parties is in the midst of an existential battle. No one can grudge the Congress partys desire to revive, but fighting the main enemy, in this case the BJP, and at the same time firing lethal rounds at allies has created bad blood among coalition partners.
- Political parties need to focus on issue-based election campaigning (Column: Active Voice)(11:30)
BY Amit Kapoor
The Indian elections that kicked off on Thursday are a democratic exercise the likes of which the world has never seen. In the worlds largest democratic practice, around 900 million voters - more than the combined population of all the European countries, across 543 constituencies will cast their votes to decide the fate of political parties.
- 20 killed in bombing at Pakistan market (3rd Lead)(19:42)
Islamabad, April 12 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed, almost half of them belonging to the Shia Hazara minority, and 48 injured when a bomb hidden in a sack of potatoes exploded in a crowded market in Pakistan's Quetta city on Friday.
- Enclave dwellers vote in large numbers in Cooch Behar(23:58)
Cooch Behar (West Bengal), April 11 (IANS) Despite all their woes, the residents of the 51 former Bangladeshi enclaves in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner amid instances of sporadic violence in the region on Thursday.
- Congress on path of resurgence in UP: Raj Babbar (IANS Interview)(15:28)
By Amita Verma
Lucknow, April 8 (IANS) "The Congress is clearly on the path of resurgence. The change is palpable on the ground and after a long time Congress workers are enthused. We are on the comeback path in Uttar Pradesh," says UPCC President Raj Babbar.
- Mamata in Communist garb : BJP journo nominee (IANS Interview)(14:00)
By Bappaditya Chatterjee
Kolkata, April 7 (IANS) A renowned journalist, he once greatly admired Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and penned a large number of op-ed pieces and columns eulogising the leader for her relentless fight against the then firmly entrenched communist rulers in West Bengal.
- Technology for security (Column: Spy's Eye)(10:18)
By D.C. Pathak
I had the benefit recently of listening to a well established American IT expert on the challenges for security strategists in these times of a literal tsunami of technological advancements. He brought out how the incredible speed at which technology was developing made it difficult to assess its repercussions for the future in terms of both global competition in business as well as the evolution of military domain. It confirmed my belief that while a security specialist could do without being a technology expert, a technology advisor would succeed only if he or she had a complete grasp of security parameters and strategies - in this case the presenter fortunately was aware of the importance of security orientation of technology advisors.
- Rather than NYAY, strengthen public services landscape (Column: Active Voice)(10:54)
By Amit Kapoor & Manisha Kapoor
The idea of launching Nyuntam Aay Yojana, a cash transfer scheme that intends to provide Rs 72,000 per year to the poorest 20 per cent Indian families, by the Congress Party if it comes to power, has stirred a debate among the policymakers about whether the move is economically viable or is just a tactic by the Congress Party to garner votes in the upcoming general elections.
- Congress manifesto gives one signal, fighting Left another (Comment)(10:48)
By Saeed Naqvi
Rahul Gandhi's choice of Wayanad as his constituency in south India has set tongues wagging. Is this an insurance just in case there is a shock reversal in Amethi? Since he is fighting the BJP in the company of regional parties, is the Amethi-Wayanad arc designed to give him, and his party, an all India aura?