- Building bridges with Dhaka (Comment)(10:02)
BY SHUBHA SINGH
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to Dhaka from a successful four-day visit to India last week having concluded seven agreements. But the agreements have caused unease among many in Bangladesh. Critics have panned the agreements as mainly advantageous to India and of little benefit to Bangladesh. Other commentators have called on the government to publish full details of the agreements.
- India-China equation-post Mamallapuram (Column: Spy's Eye)(11:42)
BY D.C. PATHAK
The most important takeaway from the informal summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram, formerly Mahabalipuram -- the second since Wuhan that happened in April 2018 -- is that the two biggest nations with a deep civilisational legacy could successfully explore the areas of detente and cooperation independently of the third party influences. The scale of welcome accorded to the Chinese President reflected the cultural content of Indian hospitality that would not go unnoticed in terms of the message of willingness to work for mutually beneficial relationship that it put out for the visiting dignitary.
- Withdrawing from Syria: Trump sets cats among flocks of pigeons (Comment)(09:32)
BY SAEED NAQVI
When Dore Gold, one of the most powerful voices in Israel's strategic community, raises his hands, skywards, and exclaims, "Today I feel as vulnerable as the Kurds", who have been abandoned by Donald Trump, one fact can be cast in stone: West Asia has changed. A panic war cannot be ruled out. But war with whom? Situated in a comparable circumstance, Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, on his knees in Yemen and the Aramco compound, is flourishing the flag of peace at Tehran. But then who hit the Iranian tanker outside Jeddah? These regional conflicts will not tamely wind down; they will zig-zag their way out.
- Government need not take this hit (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:02)
BY D.C. PATHAK
A democratic regime runs on two important premises - first, that the predominant majority of citizens were law abiding people and the enforcement agencies could use this to their advantage and, secondly, that the political executive governing the nation should look strong but without letting the bureaucracy including the police behave like 'rulers', not public servants. The remarkable rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 was very much due to his image as a leader who would deal with the corrupt with an iron hand and get his administrative machinery to focus totally on public delivery and development. Modi's policies in the spheres of international relations and safeguarding of India's strategic interests are extremely successful - and this includes the handling of that perpetual trouble spot in J&K, the Kashmir valley. But the approach to 'tightening the screws' on violators of law has apparently shifted from a meaningful effort to improve the working of enforcement agencies including the police, to merely providing harsher laws.
- What's in a coupon? A lot! (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(14:26)
BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE
Trends, both global and Indian, across the financial markets often reaffirm and, more importantly, remind us of the basic principles of business and investments. The word "basic" here implies the fundamental underpinning of business, rather than a casual reference to simplicity. Both current issues and opportunities that confront India must be analysed in terms of how capital has flowed into different sectors with varying capacities to generate income and the "risk perception" that investors have about the income.
- Cricket Test Championship is a serious business (Column: Close-in)(09:34)
By Yajurvindra Singh
The ICC World Test Championship has got underway in just the right fashion for India -- a clean-sweep in the West Indies and it looks like a similar demolition of South Africa at home too. India are well up on the championship table and with their next series against Bangladesh, they should reap-in a substantial lead against their rivals.
- Disruptive diplomacy: New era of informal bilateralism (Comment)(16:44)
BY RAJENDRA SHENDE
Disagreements do not degenerate into disputes. Differences are the signs of mutual understanding and mature relationship. The meaningful and informal dialogues are the means to engage in pathfinding. That is the mantra which seems to have inspired the practice of informal summits nurtured by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping for more than five years now. It represents the legacy of ancient civilisations from where both leaders come. The latest summit is taking place in India in the ancient port city of Mamallapuram, also called as Mahabalipuram.
- Chicago-U don Whitney Cox is master of Sanskrit, Tamil, South India, Kashmir, Shiva (IANS Interview)(14:10)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, Oct 7 (IANS) He's a master of Sanskrit and Tamil and is currently translating two of their ancient texts. He has also conducted extensive research on Shaivism and the linkages in medieval times between South India and Kashmir. Yet, Whitney Cox, an Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at The University of Chicago, modestly says he hasn't "mastered anything" and "there will always be more things to learn".
- Markets lose in week gone, volatility to persist in coming week (Column: Market Watch)(00:02)
By ARUN KEJRIWAL
The week gone by saw markets lose on all the four trading days. BSE Sensex lost 1,149.26 points or 2.96 per cent to close at 37,673.31 points while Nifty lost 337.65 points or 2.93 per cent to close at 11,174.75 points. The broader indices saw BSE 100, BSE 200 and BSE 500 lose even more at 3.19 per cent, 3.20 per cent and 3.25 per cent, respectively. BSE Midcap was down 3.87 per cent and BSE Smallcap lost 3.92 per cent.
- What can India learn from China's 70 years of economic growth? (Column)(11:46)
BY AMIT KAPOOR
China celebrated the 70th anniversary of becoming a communist republic with much fanfare. Back in October 1949, when China was adopting the communist model of societal organisation, India was framing its constitution. Less than four months later, India was a democratic republic. The two nations in their current identities were, thus, born out of the ashes of the colonial world around the same time but adopted a contrasting system of economic and social development. After seventy years, the two nations stand at very different levels of development in terms of their economic, military and technological progress. China's prowess on these fronts is incomparable to that of India.
- Insider threat management (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:14)
BY D.C. PATHAK
Intelligence agencies are reported to have stepped up vigilance on the ground level personnel of sensitive establishments like our airports to strengthen national security. Employees of airlines, lounges, duty free shops and ground handling companies at airports that are vulnerable to terrorist threats and machinations of the enemy agents, are sought to be brought under the watch of our national security set-up as a preventive measure for safeguarding airports and air travel. Prioritising this has come not a day too soon. Verification of character and antecedents of those posted at critical points at the airport by our Intelligence agencies, restriction of access to employees in sensitive segments of the establishment and surprise security audits are some of the measures that suggest themselves.
- The Degeneration Of Censor System (Column: B Town)(08:06)
By VINOD MIRANI
In a country where the censor board decides the duration of a kissing scene and where filmmakers had to resort to a pair of pigeons cooing and necking to denote a kiss, and milk was shown to spill for a sex scene in a film, it is strange that OTT platforms produce and stream some of the filthiest stuff. There is a great anomaly existing between various mediums carrying entertainment content.
- Prepare for future shock (Comment)(12:26)
BY HIMANSHU MANGLIK
Today, we are driven by a strange phenomenon called 'Fear of Missing Out'. We walk around like zombies glued to the hyperactive feed on our smart phones, sometime even waking up during the night to check the messages being forwarded from one group to the other in a constant running loop. Technology is accelerating the process by creating a dangerous overload of unfiltered data where it's easy to pass off unverified messages as facts. Every time we see a message repeated in our feed it starts gaining credibility. Our intellects that were once the natural filters and gatekeepers of the reasoning voice are being dumbed down. If this seems uncomfortable, get prepared for future shock. This could be just the beginning of a dangerous cycle.
- Pathways to Permanence: Need for a strong disaster resilient housing policy (Comment)(12:26)
BY RAJAN SAMUEL
As climate cycles become unpredictable and weather patterns turn volatile, large sections of the Indian population are becoming vulnerable to natural disasters like flash floods and earthquakes. The displacement of communities on account of natural calamities like rain-triggered floods has assumed catastrophic proportions in ecologically sensitive zones (ECZs) across the country.
- Modi's US visit: But is it Mission Accomplished?(09:52)
By FRANK F. ISLAM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned home to India from his six-day visit to the US to reach out to the Indian American community, buttress US-India trade relations, speak in a number of forums, hold meetings with country and business leaders to reassure to encourage and promote investment in India. And do all of this while avoiding or minimizing speaking about Kashmir.
- All delayed rail projects to be finished by 2022: Angadi (IANS Interview)(10:52)
By Anand Singh
New Delhi, Oct 4 (IANS) The Indian Railways, which has witnessed delays in completion of several important projects, is aiming to finish all of them by 2022, on the occasion of 75th Independence Day. It also sees the option of allowing private operators to run trains as an opportunity to provide world class services.
- Celebrity chef Kunal Kapur turns attention to green coffee (IANS Interview)(22:36)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) He's curated a 'satvik' meal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hosted four seasons of MasterChef India and an 18-episode "Pickled Nation" TV series. Now, celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur has turned his attention to green coffee that he says "has a neutral flavour, giving it the added advantage of being versatile".
- Bollywood goes vegan! (Guest Column)(14:54)
By Sachin Bangera
October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, and Bollywood stars have gotten the memo! Scores of our favourite celebrities have made the transition to a healthy, ethical and fulfilling life by going vegan (eating only animal-free foods).