- Redacted Russia probe report to add to collusion controversy (News Analysis)(11:32)
By Arul Louis
New York, April 16 (IANS) The release of the report of the investigation into allegations that Russia colluded with President Donald Trump's campaign in the 2016 election that is scheduled for Thursday with some redactions will only amp the volume of debate, rather than set the controversy at rest.
- India needs a strong leader, strong nation (Column Political Calculus)(17:56)
By Jayanta Ghosal
I am a human being - Homo sapiens. But does that mean I am poor, brutish, nasty and small? That is what Thomas Hobbes had thought. Machiavelli's prince had also said that if you want to control people, the masses, the electorate - then you've to keep a whip in your hand like the ringmaster in a circus. Only a strong leader can control the mobocracy.
- The flawed narrative on Kashmir (Column: Spy's Eye)(10:36)
By D.C. Pathak
The debate on Kashmir has produced a crop of 'experts' whose analysis is in many cases tinted by their political alignment. In the run-up to the 2019 General Election, the issue of handling of Kashmir by the Centre and the connected question of India's Pakistan policy figure prominently in the opposition's attack on the government. In essence, the stand of the Modi regime was that the prime challenge in Kashmir was to counter the cross-border terrorism instigated by Pakistani agencies from across the LOC and prevent the latter from converting some vulnerable young minds in the Valley to the path of the gun in support of the infiltrated terrorists - all in the name of faith. The narrative on Kashmir whipped up by the opposition is silent on three important aspects of the issue - these have to be explained so that the distortion these gaps produced in the Kashmir story is understood.
- IPL versus Box Office (Column: B Town)(09:42)
By Vinod Mirani
Films, when released, are sensitive to any and everything that may affect its potential. The box office is sensitive to just about everything that happens outside of a film auditorium. Say, a strike, an unrest, cricket, festivals and so on. Not to forget the television, video, CD, DVD and, now, OTT, the small screen content streaming.
- Vivek Oberoi's Modi act loses steam & esteem (Bollywood Spotlight)(15:22)
By Subhash K Jha
The unexpected clamping-down on the much-debated biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi would affect Vivek Oberoi much more than anyone else associated with the film. And not only because Vivek is/was (lets face it, the EC verdict has killed the film) a producer on the project. Not even because it is said that Vivek Oberois politically-connected in-laws have a big hand in concretising the project.
- Priyanka preparing UP for 2022, Rahul the Congress for 2024 (Comment)(11:54)
By Saeed Naqvi
It is true that there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends in politics. But this Machiavellian law is clearly not applicable when a coalition of parties is in the midst of an existential battle. No one can grudge the Congress partys desire to revive, but fighting the main enemy, in this case the BJP, and at the same time firing lethal rounds at allies has created bad blood among coalition partners.
- Political parties need to focus on issue-based election campaigning (Column: Active Voice)(11:30)
BY Amit Kapoor
The Indian elections that kicked off on Thursday are a democratic exercise the likes of which the world has never seen. In the worlds largest democratic practice, around 900 million voters - more than the combined population of all the European countries, across 543 constituencies will cast their votes to decide the fate of political parties.
- 20 killed in bombing at Pakistan market (3rd Lead)(19:42)
Islamabad, April 12 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed, almost half of them belonging to the Shia Hazara minority, and 48 injured when a bomb hidden in a sack of potatoes exploded in a crowded market in Pakistan's Quetta city on Friday.
- Enclave dwellers vote in large numbers in Cooch Behar(23:58)
Cooch Behar (West Bengal), April 11 (IANS) Despite all their woes, the residents of the 51 former Bangladeshi enclaves in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner amid instances of sporadic violence in the region on Thursday.
- Technology for security (Column: Spy's Eye)(10:18)
By D.C. Pathak
I had the benefit recently of listening to a well established American IT expert on the challenges for security strategists in these times of a literal tsunami of technological advancements. He brought out how the incredible speed at which technology was developing made it difficult to assess its repercussions for the future in terms of both global competition in business as well as the evolution of military domain. It confirmed my belief that while a security specialist could do without being a technology expert, a technology advisor would succeed only if he or she had a complete grasp of security parameters and strategies - in this case the presenter fortunately was aware of the importance of security orientation of technology advisors.
- Rather than NYAY, strengthen public services landscape (Column: Active Voice)(10:54)
By Amit Kapoor & Manisha Kapoor
The idea of launching Nyuntam Aay Yojana, a cash transfer scheme that intends to provide Rs 72,000 per year to the poorest 20 per cent Indian families, by the Congress Party if it comes to power, has stirred a debate among the policymakers about whether the move is economically viable or is just a tactic by the Congress Party to garner votes in the upcoming general elections.
- Congress manifesto gives one signal, fighting Left another (Comment)(10:48)
By Saeed Naqvi
Rahul Gandhi's choice of Wayanad as his constituency in south India has set tongues wagging. Is this an insurance just in case there is a shock reversal in Amethi? Since he is fighting the BJP in the company of regional parties, is the Amethi-Wayanad arc designed to give him, and his party, an all India aura?
- Multiplexes: Biting the hand that feeds you (Column: B-Town)(09:32)
By Vinod Mirani
Finally, somebody with standing and honourable track record in the entertainment industry has decided to take on the might of the multiplex chains. Unlike the old fashioned single screen exhibitors and distributors of respective films, which believed in the policy of âlive and let live, now, in the case of multiplexes, the terms of business are one-sided, heavily loaded in favour of the chains.
- India's Pakistan policy has global support (Comment: Spy's Eye)(09:16)
By D.C. Pathak
Pakistan unsurprisingly occupies a predominant place on our foreign policy turf for the reason that our approach to this hostile neighbour is impacted not only by India's strategic partnership with the US but also by the state of our bilateral relations with Russia and China and the consistent stand India had taken against terror in spite of the uncertainties that had lately cropped up around the 'war on terror'. In the context of the political narrative that the opposition in India has generated in the aftermath of India's recent air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balakot in Pakistan -- wherein the virtues of talking to a 'neighbour' are invoked -- our policy makers need to make it clear that India's problem is with the deep state of Pakistan, not with the people of that country.
- Banda DM striving to increase voter turnout to 90%(23:04)
Banda (UP), March 30 (IANS) Absent voters, those who have left the Bundelkhand area of Uttar Pradesh in search of livelihood in other states, are giving the administration, which is striving to improve the voting percentage, a tough time.