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Opening Up Indian legal system will jolt it into 21st century

If India had its dawn at its ‘Tryst with Destiny’ under Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947, 2017 marks a new pinnacle for the country as it emerges to seek its rightful place in the table of world leaders.

09 Sep 2017

AI, Frankenstein’s monster, and an electronic Milton

Have humans created thinking machines (Artificial Intelligence, or AI) that are smarter than us and could end up enslaving us?

09 Sep 2017

Sarkari schools in trouble after well-intentioned initiatives fail

The 1983 report of the US’s National Commission on Excellence in Education was very appropriately titled ‘A Nation at Risk’.

09 Sep 2017

PM has the authority to pick talent from outside normal political class, Modi isn’t new

One of the most talked-about features of the latest revamp of the Union Council of Ministers has been the induction of four former civil servants—two belonging to the Indian Administrative Service (IA

09 Sep 2017

Re-entry level question ...... don’t space out!

The following question was posed in this column hundreds of weeks back: “When a spacecraft re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere its surface gets extremely hot due to friction with air particles.

09 Sep 2017

Scrutiny of rail safety dimensions may help the carrier regain public trust

The true dynamics of any Constitutional document with a strong democratic base emerge only after decades of usage of the provisions by institutional authorities and people at large.

02 Sep 2017

Dera chief’s conviction no cause for celebration

Conviction of the rape accused, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who had hogged the limelight for quite some time as the flamboyant head of a cult is, to our mind, no cause for celebration.

02 Sep 2017

The probable children...... and one’s dwindling memory!

You’re meeting on old friend at his house after many years and can only remember that he had two kids.

02 Sep 2017

Doklam episode demonstrates India’s civilisational approach

By the time this column appears, the process of disengagement between India and China on the Doklam stand-off might have advanced to a great degree.

02 Sep 2017

India stands firm, challenges Chinese hegemony in Asia

India and Bangladesh had differences over the demarcation of their maritime boundary in Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh took the case to the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration.

02 Sep 2017

Follow-on and not retire-hurt for a not-out career progress

The annual admission to various undergraduate disciplines in the 3,000-plus private engineering colleges in India witnessed a downtrend in the last three years.

26 Aug 2017

From God’s own country, Kerala becomes a killing field

Kerala now holds the dubious distinction of recording the highest number of murders due to political reasons across all parties.

26 Aug 2017

Education reforms need a morally-strong leadership

Low quality output from large number of technical and management institutions is a genuine cause of worry.

26 Aug 2017

Change in public perception about strategic affairs signals arrival of a new India

The strategic culture of India, in my opinion, was so poor and the ignorance on issues of geopolitical affairs so profound that I wondered whether people read beyond the newspaper headlines.

26 Aug 2017

A fruit break.... wuthering heights what!

You are given two medium sized pomegranates. You’re also given a 36 storey building. Now keep these simple facts in mind: (1) A pomegranate that…

26 Aug 2017

Tilting the scale.... quite a weighty issue that!

When I was younger (though actually I was much older) I used to wonder what would happen if I stood on a weighing scale while gravitationally free falling.

19 Aug 2017

Terror threats grow after Sharif’s ouster from office

Pakistan has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world where no prime minister has ever completed his/her mandated five-year term, over the past 70 years.

19 Aug 2017

People expect more from opposition than just pinpricks

Though the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujrat are over and a new vice-president has taken the oath of office, there is a lot of unfinished business that will keep speculations rife in coming months. 

19 Aug 2017

Law must rescue employers from staff quitting sans notice 

Rapid attrition rate in today’s era often makes me wonder: while unemployment still remains a big concern for our economy, many of us simply lose the value of  the job right after we get one.

19 Aug 2017

It is time to review veto power of the UN security council’s big five

T he quotient of endurance in the hitherto long-lasting affiliation of the US, the UK, Russia, France and China to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as permanent members remains unlikely to b

19 Aug 2017

Hope veep Venkaiah revives the Rajya Sabha’s long lost dignity and decorum

Ironical it may sound, but seen in concrete terms, under the Indian Constitution, the Vice-President (V-P), not the President, has got a more onerous responsibility.

12 Aug 2017