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Hug de India!

While civility and protocol dictated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump should seem to foster Indo-US relations, the body language of the two world leaders at their first meeting since Trump took office indicated that the bonhomie seen between them was not just for the cameras. Indeed, there was an air of genuineness about it which put into the shade some earlier points of disagreement. Evidently,

Transport travails

Basic bus networks have been grossly neglected in most of Indian cities. Bigger cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta have large bus systems even though these are not able to keep pace with a growing urban population. The second-tier cities and smaller towns, on the other hand, are grappling with both paucity and quality of buses. Other vehicles like bicycle or autorickshaws fill the gap in many areas but these are

Beyond GST

As India awaits the introduction of its historic GST regime with bated breath, it will be prudent to take a look at the experiences of other countries on the introduction of GST and tackling related challenges. Given the manifold increase in complexities in India, the government needs to invest adequate resources to ensure that the benefits of GST palpably reach consumers. One is not certain if necessary steps have been

Justice done

The imprisonment for contempt of court of Justice C S Karnan, who recently retired as a judge of the Calcutta High Court and whose plea for release on bail was rejected by the apex court, was unavoidable if the ends of justice were to be met. The judiciary would have been accused of double standards had Justice Karnan not been jailed because he was given ample opportunity to express regret for

War zone!

Kashmir is losing the count of its dead as the ongoing conflict enters a dangerous and audacious phase. Last week saw a spurt in killings and an unusual happening: politicians skipping the funeral prayers of policemen dying in the line of duty. In a most heinous attack, a senior police official has been lynched to death yesterday for being a non-Muslim. This is very disturbing. Last Friday, the massacre of six

Kumble exits

It is unfortunate that Indian legend Anil Kumble has resigned as chief coach of the Indian cricket team due to differences with captain Virat Kohli. Kumble’s tweet that his partnership (with Kohli) was untenable and in the circumstances he thought it fit to move on is eloquent testimony to the ego clash between the two cricketing bigwigs. Individually, while Kumble was an outstanding cricketer in his time and Kohli currently

Farm factors

Recent farm loan waivers in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are slated to cost the exchequers of these States a whopping Rs 36,359 crore and Rs 30,000 crore respectively, a heavy price to pay for recklessness motivated by political expediency. While the negative economic consequences of the political decision for waivers was not duly appreciated, Punjab too has jumped on to the loan waiver bandwagon a couple of days ago. While

Smart choice

The National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP has pulled a huge surprise out of the bag by naming Ram Nath Kovind, currently Governor in Bihar, as its presidential candidate, after weeks of speculation in which this name did not figure even remotely. Kovind, a Dalit and a lawyer who practised in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for 16 years after which he was a Rajya Sabha MP

Weighty issues

India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China, according to a study that has found that 14.4 million children in the country have excess weight. China has 15.3 million obese children. The findings which are contained in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that as a country we are not inculcating the requisite consciousness among our citizenry over the

Dangerous delays

It is a sad commentary on the criminal justice system in the country that the second batch of convictions in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case (13 explosions in different parts of the city) has come yesterday, 24 years after the horrific tragedy was perpetrated. The fact that the blasts resulted in 257 fatalities and injuries to over 700 (independent estimates quote higher figures) underlines how horrific was the tragedy in

Shell-shocked

The Pakistan government was not accustomed to India paying back for ceasefire violations with ferocity. During the UPA regime, the Indian army’s hands were largely tied. Now, however, the open instructions to the army are to strike back without let or hindrance to teach the enemy a befitting lesson. That tit for tat attitude is rankling the Pakistanis no end. On Monday, Pakistan summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner and