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The Demise of Manmohanomics

Cover Story

Has the PM's governance and policymaking lost all traction?

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The Speaker as Tiger Killer

BANGALORE ~ This is not something that falls into the ambit of a legistlative assembly’s speaker’s duties, but that didn't really matter to Karnataka Assembly Speaker KG Bopaiah. He has sought…

Return of the Stained Saint

In one of the interviews Jyoti Basu gave towards the fag end of his career, he explained why the CPM Politburo’s not permitting him to be Prime Minister in 1996 was a mistake. He said large parts of…

Affluence of Incohol

Karnataka’s excise minister, who vowed to put an end to bootlegging and bring liquor retailers in line, has found his enthusiasm going down a notch, and no thanks to his own bravado. Minister MP…

God’s Own Taliban

A lynch mob doubling as the moral police is something you expect in places like Afghanistan under the Taliban. God’s Own Country is catching up. A man was beaten to death recently because it was…

Doomsday Scenario

If the ongoing war of words between old foes Israel and Iran over the latter’s nuclear programme turns into a war of weapons, it would inflame not just the Middle East but crude oil prices as well.…

Back to the Dynasty in UP

NEW DELHI ~ The more things change, the more they stay the same.  For the last seven years that he has been in politics, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has asserted several times that he…

The Media Does Need Regulation

Much has been about Justice Markandey Katju’s recent observations after taking over as Chairman of the Press Council. While a great number of people see merit in his suggestions, the reaction in the…

The Madness in Her Method

Popular wisdom often cliché. And Charles Darwin, if not Alphonse Karr, is well known anywhere in the world. But in Bengal, they are still quoted routinely to drive home a point. Yes, it took three-…

History of Exposure

What really happened in Ghund? On 1 October 2010 President Barack Obama apologised to President Álvaro Colom and the people of Guatemala for illegal medical research conducted by the United States in…

Playing to the Galleries

Year 1992-93. It’s Day 5 of the India-England Test at the Eden Gardens, with India needing just 34 runs to win. The paisa vasool equation is loaded against a big spectator turnout. And yet the 80,000…