Opinion

New Delhi: Indira Gandhi declared the Emergency in 1975, plonk in the middle of the most intense phase of the Cold War. Détente was going so badly for the Americans that stand up comedians in Washington were comparing it to a wife swapping party “from where you return alone”. After the Vietnam debacle, Washington was …

Not long ago, I was in Montreal for a cryptocurrency conference. My hotel, on the top floor of a big building downtown, had a roof garden with a koi pond. One morning, as I had coffee and a bagel in this garden, I watched a pair of ducks feeding on a mound of pellets that …

There are several reasons why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is palpably uneasy about the ‘Me-too’ movement against the sexual harassment of women at the workplace, especially when Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar is in the line of fire. As a newspaper has noted, several ministers literally ran away when asked about …

Geneva: The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday said the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people. In a report, the IPCC said that governments around the world …

The advent of the festive season has brought good luck for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After Mayawati’s imperious scuttling of any chance of an alliance with the Congress in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP can rest easy with the thought that the projected “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) of the national opposition may be …

Lucknow: If you thought the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be fought by politicians on issues concerning the common citizen, think again! For, the politically-crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, with a population of 220 million people, is all set to see a keen contest of affection for Hindu gods in the mother of all battles in …

Pune: India has witnessed a rising tide of violence, impunity, extended pretrial detentions, and surveillance under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, PEN International said on Saturday as it wound up the 84th PEN International Congress with representation from over 80 countries in Pune. The international writers’ body called upon the Indian government to safeguard …

New Delhi: After Supreme Court’s verdict on exempting private companies or individuals from obtaining consumers Aadhaar information it is gonna be a mammoth task to audit and erase Aadhaar data that is lying with private firms. Stating that private entities or individuals cannot avail Aadhaar data to provide consumer services, the apex court struck down Section …