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Why my fancy degree doesn't help a pig farmer
Aug 02, 2011

Why my fancy degree doesn't help a pig farmer

Technology solutions for illiterate people are exclusively designed by the formally educated and that is a fundamental problem

Why New Delhi should not ignore Tehran
Jun 02, 2012

Why New Delhi should not ignore Tehran

Though India has decided to cut down oil from Iran and thereby, for the time being, might have placated the US, it, however, cannot afford to ignore Iran either - for a myriad of reasons.

Why not Parliament oversight on Judges' appointment?
Jul 31, 2014

Why not Parliament oversight on Judges' appointment?

Without having to do away with the collegium per se, the new scheme could involve its choice going to Parliament, through the Executive, for a joint committee of both Houses holding public hearings, the American way, before the President appoints the person.

Why Prime Minister should attend CHOGM
Oct 31, 2013

Why Prime Minister should attend CHOGM

Unlike believed and propagated, for any Indian attempt at influencing the Sri Lankan Government on the ethnic issue to fructify, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should attend CHOGM-2013, and also take up the issues involved with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the Summit sidelines.

Why Putin needs to be thanked
Mar 12, 2010

Why Putin needs to be thanked

In the strategic sectors much has been achieved in the last decade. Russia has given us its most advanced aircraft, tanks, rocket launchers, cruise missiles, frigates

Why quantum technology may hold the key to alternative energy
Mar 02, 2024

Why quantum technology may hold the key to alternative energy

Quantum technology could be a viable source of energy creation and quantum batteries could offer a reliable replacement for lithium-ion batteries in t

Why Railways land monetisation plan has failed?
Oct 09, 2015

Why Railways land monetisation plan has failed?

Indian Railways remains one of the largest owners of land in the country along with the defence services and the port trusts. And yet, India has been unable to either free up the unutilised land for most part, nor has it been able to monetise it adequately.

Why reforms only for petrol pricing?
Nov 09, 2011

Why reforms only for petrol pricing?

National oil companies have raised petrol prices again and, predictably, everyone is up in arms. Didi promises to lead the charge. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's muted support for price hike notwithstanding.

Why relations with Japan are important
Sep 03, 2014

Why relations with Japan are important

In terms of technology, Japan is way ahead of us and China in many areas. It may be some time before we can expect Japan to export complete weapons systems, but Japanese technologies, be they the fly-by-light aircraft control systems, sonar equipment, or those that go into its own BMD systems, can be very useful.

Why releasing Alam was right
Mar 17, 2015

Why releasing Alam was right

In dealing with separatism, social protest and public anger, what the state requires is a subtle, rather than a heavy hand. What is needed is a refined strategy that combines elements of toughness, with strategies that promote trust and reconciliation.

Why should I vote?
Jan 18, 2012

Why should I vote?

Has Indian democracy failed its people? Maybe it is time for all of us to introspect and answer this question in a genuine manner.

Why Siachen matters to India?
Jun 26, 2014

Why Siachen matters to India?

The Siachen Glacier is strategically positioned between India and Pakistan, in a disputed and un-demarcated region of Kashmir. Nitin Gokhale, journalist and author of 'Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga' argues why India cannot give up Siachen. He says Indian troops will continue to be deployed in the region despite the difficult weather conditions.

Why staying indoors is not the solution to women's safety
May 05, 2014

Why staying indoors is not the solution to women's safety

Decades of women right movements have demonstrated that theory and praxis must join hands in order to bring about a sustainable change. Exploring and implementing ideas to make this process participatory with adequate incentives will ensure that half a billion Indians,

Why such a hue and cry over Yasukuni Shrine visits?
Dec 31, 2013

Why such a hue and cry over Yasukuni Shrine visits?

While the visits by political leaders to the Yasukuni Shrine potentially exacerbate regional tensions, it is the right of every country to honour those who have sacrificed their lives for their country. All countries have war memorials where they honour such sacrifices. The Yasukuni Shrine should not be seen as an exception.

Why the flip-flop?
Feb 16, 2010

Why the flip-flop?

Pakistan argues that absence of a dialogue allows the terrorists to dictate the agenda, but has Pakistan suppressed these groups?

Why The New York Times is wrong
Jul 08, 2014

Why The New York Times is wrong

The allegation of Indian expansion of its uranium enrichment facilities is based on a report released by IHS Jane's, which has already been dismissed by both the US and the Indian governments as speculative. Indeed, the IHS Jane's report merely identifies a "possible" new uranium hexafluoride plant.

Why the protests over Tipu Sultan are so misplaced
Nov 13, 2015

Why the protests over Tipu Sultan are so misplaced

The best way to understand what the Tipu Sultan controversy is all about is to see who is at the forefront of the protests against the observance of his birth anniversary ? the Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Why the US will stay on in Iraq
Oct 15, 2003

Why the US will stay on in Iraq

The United States presence in Iraq is going to continue in one way or another, with or without assistance from allies. The reason this assumption can be made forcefully is because of the arguments made before the war and the expectations that arose after victory was declared.

Why US needs a more measured approach to the nuclear question
Apr 08, 2013

Why US needs a more measured approach to the nuclear question

The deepening crisis in the Korean Peninsula and the stalled nuclear talks with Iran together are a powerful reminder to the US that its non-proliferation policies are not working in Asia. Both Bush's muscular approaches and Obama's coercive diplomacy have failed.

Why US needs India's Air Force
Nov 29, 2011

Why US needs India's Air Force

The Indian Air Force faces threats in its Northeastern sector similar to those facing the United States in the Western Pacific. So, it would benefit both to share data on a more regular basis and plan joint responses to any problems.

Why Yakub Memon should not be hanged
Jul 17, 2015

Why Yakub Memon should not be hanged

Yakub Memon is not innocent, but he does not deserve death penalty. He was aware of the conspiracy and even aided it, but he was not the main player. More important was his behaviour subsequent to his escape from India and his role in exposing the Pakistani hand in the blasts.

Widening communal fault lines pose challenge to Modi govt
Aug 21, 2014

Widening communal fault lines pose challenge to Modi govt

Compared to an average 100,000 incidents annually in the 1980s and 1990s, India witnessed only 72,126 communal riots in 2013. Thus, overall there has been a drastic reduction in communal riots. Yet, these macro statistics do not reveal the changing nature of communal violence and their intensities.

Widening income inequalities
May 16, 2014

Widening income inequalities

To correct the trend of agglomeration of wealth, young economist Thomas Picketty has suggested an annual progressive tax on wealth. He also says it will be difficult to implement it because there will always be flight to tax havens. In India, any type of wealth tax would be hardest to implement because a huge amount of wealth is already stashed away abroad.

WikiLeaks exposes divergence in US-Pakistan relations
Dec 17, 2010

WikiLeaks exposes divergence in US-Pakistan relations

Even as newspapers with access to the WikiLeaks exposes have come out with installments of diplomatic cable communication on US's relations with Pakistan, an impression is gaining ground that Washington was indeed struggling to get Islamabad to work to secure American interests in the region.

WikiLeaks puts US on backfoot
Dec 29, 2010

WikiLeaks puts US on backfoot

While the lobbying business in the US has continued to grow and starting salaries have risen to about $300,000 for the well-connected lobbyist, the enforcement of lobbying regulations has been lax. This has led to unethical practices, flouting of lobbying laws.

Wild, Wild West
Jan 04, 2006

Wild, Wild West

Ever since the US declared Iran a member of the ¿Axis of Evil¿, and more so after the Iraq invasion, the question very often asked in many of the essays that appeared in the West was ¿Is Iran next?¿ And now, after a bruising experience in Iraq, the US administration cannot just retreat to the relative safety of the White House and glower at the rest of the world.

Will  BJP draw correct lessons from the electoral setbacks?
Sep 20, 2014

Will BJP draw correct lessons from the electoral setbacks?

Commentators across the country have put their fingers on the issue on which the BJP erred, which resulted in such a setback in the byelections. The people of the country look up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a harbinger of peace, progress and development.

Will  Somalia's nightmare end soon?
Nov 17, 2011

Will Somalia's nightmare end soon?

Al-Shabaab's decision to pull out of the capital city of Mogadishu has been viewed widely as a positive development and brings hope to the people of Somalia. Kenya's war against the militant group has also been largely welcomed.

Will Af-Pak peace effort succeed?
Apr 22, 2011

Will Af-Pak peace effort succeed?

Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to form a joint commission to collaborate their efforts to reach a political solution to the Taliban insurgency. This was announced during the visit of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani to the Afghanistan capital of Kabul over the weekend.

Will Akhilesh emerge from his father's shadow?
Mar 17, 2012

Will Akhilesh emerge from his father's shadow?

As if the "Savarna-Avarna" (high caste/low caste) divide was not bad enough in Uttar Pradesh and the rest of the country, the Congress has gone and institutionalised the rupture in the "Savarna" fold too, further aggravating the atomising process.

Will America heed the message?
Mar 04, 2004

Will America heed the message?

Diplomacy commenced when the first human societies decided it was better to hear the message than eat the messenger. Messages to rulers are rarely purposeless; their timing and occasion are carefully chosen and the content crafted with care.

Will bringing political parties under RTI improve transparency?
Jun 28, 2013

Will bringing political parties under RTI improve transparency?

Political parties are the only entities which are not subject to any regulation or regulator. The phrase political parties has not been mentioned in India's constitution and post independence, the legislatures have not enacted any regulation or law governing the functioning of political parties.

Will China conduct another ASAT Test?
Jan 15, 2013

Will China conduct another ASAT Test?

Along with space arms race, the China-Russia emphasis has been on placement of weapons in outer space. But the bigger challenge today is ground-based weapons that can target assets in outer space, which has heightened the fears about weaponisation of outer space.

Will demographics change historical mould in US polls
Oct 09, 2015

Will demographics change historical mould in US polls

In the forthcoming US elections, it seems demographics favour the Democrats, if they are able to make sure there is a huge turnout among the youth and people of colour. But one must also remember that the Democrat nominee will in a sense have to run against historical patterns.

Will Egypt move the Syria way?
Aug 19, 2013

Will Egypt move the Syria way?

Like Syria, both the opposing camps in Egypt do not seem to have any common meeting ground. Also, like Syria, both have enough support and resources to bear losses and continue the conflict. The developing situation, therefore, could not only spiral off into a bloody civil war domestically, but could also polarise the region.

Will Germany's Bundestag vote for Palestine?
May 01, 2015

Will Germany's Bundestag vote for Palestine?

One way or the other, Germany's Bundestag is about to make history with the upcoming vote on the issue of recognising Palestinian statehood. The Bundestag has a choice to make. It can continue looking backwards in history on this issue and ignore its leading role in securing peace in the Middle East, or it can courageously look forward, maybe even recognising something it owes history.

Will he dare shed his uniform?
Sep 01, 2004

Will he dare shed his uniform?

Three months from now, President Pervez Musharraf will have to take a decision. He could decide to quit the post of the Chief of Army Staff-a position he has been holding for the past five years, the longest ever for a Pakistani General, perhaps longest ever for a General anywhere in the world during peace time. Or he could decide to stay put.

Will Imran Khan emerge as the king-maker in Pakistan polls?
Apr 13, 2013

Will Imran Khan emerge as the king-maker in Pakistan polls?

Former The Hindu correspondent in Pakistan, Nirupama Subramanian, thinks that PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has a better chance to head the next government in Pakistan. The thing to be watched is whether he will be able to do so on his own or in coalition with other parties, especially Imran Khan's PTI.

Will India join China's maritime Silk Road?
Feb 19, 2014

Will India join China's maritime Silk Road?

From the Chinese perspective, it was a smart move to invite India to join the maritime Silk Road project. But Delhi is likely to be torn between two competing ideas ? working with China in the maritime domain and the long-standing goal of limiting Beijing's influence in the Indian Ocean.