Need of the hour is to keep the core of Infosys intact (Comment: Special to IANS) (15:50)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
Vishal Sikkas exit from Infosys seems to have been accentuated by the streak of comments made by co-founder N.R. Narayan Murthy. The comments bordered on complaints, raising issues of corporate governance and at time accusations. The episode, like a soap opera with significant twists and turns, has been played in public glare over the last few months.

What does this story say about the 70th anniversary? (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:14)
By Saeed Naqvi
This is a true story. I am revisiting it with a purpose: So that it collides head on with the nation's 70th anniversary celebrations. Absolute, undiluted joy on this occasion would require total amnesia of that which accompanied independence: Partition. With some of us, these celebrations will always be tempered with Keats' great dictum:

Will Modi opt for early general election? (Column: Political Circus) (11:30)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
The synchronisation of the next general election with the assembly polls of 2018 to set a pattern may not be the only reason why the Narendra Modi government is said to be considering bringing forward the 2019 general election by a year.

Attacks on hospitals in warzones have far reaching consequences (August 19 is World Humanitarian Day)(Comment: Special to IANS) (15:46)
By Peter Paul De Groote
Over the last two years, more than 100 medical facilities managed or supported by the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been bombed in conflict zones around the world. That's almost one hospital every week.

Shared value an important lever in PM's vision of New India 2022 (07:24)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to create a new India by 2022 by freeing the country from poverty, corruption, dirt, terrorism, casteism, and communalism. To fulfill this vision of a new India, it's important that all stakeholders come together and support the governments efforts on eradicating these evils.

Modi's inclusive call: Need for religious leaders to build bridges (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:44)
By Frank F. Islam IANS Photo Service
As India celebrates its 71st Independence Day, it must remember the sacrifices made by leaders of the freedom movement. It was their vision, idealism, commitment to democracy, secularism and pluralism that made India an exceptional nation in the world.

Indian jails overflowing with prisoners (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:12)
By Raja Bagga
The annual report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says that the average overcrowding rate in Indian prisons is 14 per cent. What the report does not reveal is that 149 jails in the country are overcrowded by more than 100 per cent and that eight are overcrowded by margins of a staggering 500 per cent.

Judging books by their names: A trip through tantalising titles (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (09:30)
By Vikas Datta
"Conquering kings their titles take.." begins a Christian hymn, but what about those of books that demand you take a second look at them for something inviting, intriguing, or even incongruous in their name. While an indirect, rather fanciful title is now the norm, even among them, some have an edge in captivating readers.

Opposition unity may remain a chimera (Column: Political Circus) (15:04)
By Amulya Ganguli
It has again become Sonia Gandhi's responsibility to put together the broken pieces of opposition unity.

True independence means a sustainable, holistic India (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:12)
By Anil K. Rajvanshi
My father went to jail in the 1942 Quit India movement. He was interned for 2.5 years in Delhi and Lucknow jails and was released in 1946.

Time for Modi's version of New Deal? (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:56)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
The RBI expectedly cut the repo rate last week by 25 basis points, bringing the key lending rate to a six-year low of 6 percent. This came in the backdrop of a steep fall in inflation and weak consumer demand across the country. However, even though the industry had long demanded the cut, it is unlikely to do much to revive investment activity across the country as the root cause for the problem does not lie in high interest rates.

Trump's threat against North Korea: Credible or premature articulation? (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:28)
By Mayank Chhaya IANS Photo Service
The problem with issuing a dire ultimatum as a first response to a traditionally bellicose regime is that the one issuing it is boxed in. That could well be the problem that President Donald Trump could likely face as he deals with North Koreas supreme leader Kim Jong-Uns increasingly aggressive moves threatening the United States.

Forgotten benefits of breast milk for the newborn (11:18)
By Rekha Babu IANS Photo Service
Breast milk is recommended as the first source of nutrition for a newborn. It is considered as the sole source of nutrition for the first six months of life that helps an infant build growth for the lifetime. Also, it is recommended that complementary foods are added to the infant's diet at six months of age and that breastfeeding continue up to two years of age and beyond.

Glen Campbell: A country music singer with 'True Grit' (Tribute) (With Images) (17:58)
By Vikas Datta
In his five-decade-long, acclaimed and much-awarded musical career, this sharecropper's son not only brought his genre into the mainstream, but also battled fame's temptations to remain true to the simpler, clean-cut but dislocated life his songs celebrated. "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell, who succumbed on Tuesday to the Alzheimer's he had been diagnosed with in 2011, showed "True Grit" too in his life.

Kohli's team should think of tougher challenges ahead overseas (Column: Just Sport) (14:02)
By Veturi Srivatsa IANS Photo Service
A series in Sri Lanka has always been tough and no captain before Virat Kohli won back-to-back series in the island nation. The record books don't show that India played a Sri Lanka team weakened by the retirement of two of their all-time greats in the last two years.

Startling figures of inequality in India offer an incomplete picture (Column: Active Voice) (13:08)
By Amit Kapoor
The data released by the Bloomberg Billionaire Index reveals some shocking statistics about the rise of inequality in India. It showed that the top 20 industrialists in India added a staggering $50 billion to their combined wealth in the first seven months this year, taking their total valuation to $200 billion -- roughly 10 percent of India's $2 trillion economy.

Irony of history: From Angrez-mukt in 1942 to Congress-mukt in 2017 (Aug 9 is the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Day) (Comment Special to IANS) (10:44)
By Amulya Ganguli
On August 31, 1942, Lord Linlithgow wrote to Winston Churchill: "I am engaged here in meeting by far the most serious rebellion since that of 1857, the gravity and extent of which we have so far concealed from the world for reasons of military security."

Niti Aayog vice-chief's exit a bad signal (Column: Political Circus) (11:46)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
Narendra Modi must be realising by now that it is easier to demolish than to construct. He is unlikely to have spent sleepless nights before abolishing the Planning Commission. Instead, it was widely seen as a bold move in keeping with his personality.

A 'fuzzy Brexit' in the making? High stakes for India (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:12)
By Bhaswati Mukherjee
The UK after Teresa May's self-imposed "Brexit General Election" reveals a stalemated society and politics, deeply divided between those who support and those who passionately reject the decision to leave the EU. Voting to leave was much easier than actually leaving. Political analysts are now talking of a "fuzzy Brexit", representing a constructive ambiguity where the UK tries to "muddle through" and stay within Europe while leaving the EU.

The twilight of the West's cherished values: Inevitable, but irreversible too? (Book Review) (With Images) (11:10)
By Vikas Datta
Title: The Retreat of Western Liberalism; Author: Edward Luce; Publisher: Little, Brown/Hachette India; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 599

IIT-Delhi gets 50 proposals to study cow milk benefits: Centre (23:48)
New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The Indian Insititute of Technology, Delhi, has received about 50 proposals for research on benefits of cow milk and urine, the government informed Parliament on Wednesday.

Pinarayi Vijayan and his problem with the media (Opinion) (13:44)
By Sanu George IANS Photo Service
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan remains the tough guy of the state's politics unlike his predecessors, who rarely lost their cool even in difficult situations.

Market investors need to avoid being driven by animal spirits (Column: Active Voice) (11:22)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
The Indian stock markets seem to be on a steroid-infused dream run. Both the National Stock Exchange's Nifty-50 and the Bombay Stock Exchange's Sensex have surged to record highs almost every day in the last few weeks. The former crossed the 10,000-mark for the first time since its inception two decades ago while the latter breached the 32,000 mark, a lifetime high in itself.

Ajeeb dastaan hai yeh: The tragedies of Meena Kumari's life, work and verse (August 1 is Meena Kumari's 85th birth anniversary) (With Images) (17:42)
By Vikas Datta
Termed the "Tragedy Queen" of Bollywood for her immortal, iconic portrayals of a varied gamut of wronged, silent and long-suffering but dignified Indian women from passed-over love interests to neglected wives, Meena Kumari was however a most unfortunate actress whose grief did not end when the shooting was done.

Dileep's arrest reveals unsavoury side of Malayalam film industry (Comment) (14:00)
By Sanu George IANS Photo Service
Ever since the arrest of superstar Dileep, the big fat egos of those in the Malayalam film industry, be it in the actor's body or other organisations, have been pricked badly, leaving them badly scarred.

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