Opinion

Sterlite protest: Tamil Nadu‘s handling of the situation is worrying

Sterlite protest: Tamil Nadu‘s handling of the situation is worrying

The killing of 13 people protesting against the Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tuticorin was termed `unfortunate’ by Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswami and `inevitable’ by one of his ministers. The manner in which the police opened fire on an unarmed crowd protesting the pollution of groundwater through the dumping of copper slag from the plant,is deeply disturbing and […]

Sochi informal summit: India, Russia in one mind about global uncertainty

Sochi informal summit: India, Russia in one mind about global uncertainty

Informality and geopolitics would seem to make for strange bedfellows. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second ‘informal summit’, this time with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, it seems evident that this innovation will be part of India’s diplomatic repertoire for some time to come. There is no overriding reason for Mr Modi to have made the long trek […]

The Congress needs to be accommodative of smaller parties

The Congress needs to be accommodative of smaller parties

After much drama, Karnataka finally has a new coalition government headed by Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara also took oath as his deputy on the granite steps of the majestic Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Cheering them from the dais was a constellation of Opposition leaders. Even as JD(S) supporters in the crowd […]

A royal wedding like no other: Diana would have approved

A royal wedding like no other: Diana would have approved

A black, American bishop invoked Martin Luther King Junior in a rousing address. A black cellist played at the ceremony. From Serena Williams to Oprah Winfrey, many of the world’s most famous black women were in attendance. And then there was the bride: a mixed race, African American; a divorcee; a woman with an immensely successful career behind her; and […]

The last thing Beijing needs at this time is a trade war

The last thing Beijing needs at this time is a trade war

Under US President Donald Trump, relations with China have a dramatic edger. There was a touch of Trump’s prime time show, The Apprentice, in the flourish with which he declared that he would extend a lifesaver to the Chinese telecom giant ZTE which was on a death watch after the impositions of US sanctions by his own administration. That touch […]