Modi's silence doesn't augur well for India's democracy (Comment) (12:56)
By Saket Suman
Even as camera-friendly and Internet-savvy Prime Minister Narendra Modi waxes eloquent on his "Beti Padhao Beti Bachao" campaign, the right-wing fringe elements openly threaten a leading actress -- an inspiration and role model for thousands of young Indian girls -- under his government's nose. Modi and his government have done nothing but maintain silence, ultimately amounting to indirect approval and further encouraging these elements.

Twisted interpretation of history: Challenging times for artists, filmmakers (Column: Political Circus) (12:08)
By Amulya Ganguli
At the root of the controversy over the release of the Hindi feature film "Padmavati" is, first, the saffron brotherhood's interpretation of history with a pronounced anti-Muslim bias and, secondly, the Bharatiya Janata Party's overt and covert attempts to whittle down institutional autonomy.

BBC investigation exposes US, UK protecting IS in Syria (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Saeed Naqvi
A BBC expose, with graphic visuals, is quite emphatic: The US and British-led coalition forces enabled hundreds of IS jihadists escape from Raqqa after the headquarters of their self-declared Caliphate was bombarded out of recognition. This will set the cat among the pigeons.

Indira Gandhi's fearlessness brought out the best in her (Comment: Special to IANS) (Nov 19 is Indira Gandhi's 100th birth anniversary) (11:06)
By Suman Dubey
No past Prime Minister of India evokes as much passion as Indira Gandhi. Her admirers believe she could do no wrong and was the messianic leader India needed in her time; her detractors hold her responsible for creating a personality cult, encouraging dynastic politics and weakening the institutions of democracy. As in the case of any leader with a long tenure and an enduring impact, her legacy is one that will be debated long into the future, when today's politicians and journalists, who tend to make snap judgments, have given way to historians and analysts with a longer and more discerning perspective.

It's time to put a little truth in children's literature (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Paro Anand
I grew up in a house of books and reading. Every evening, we had what was called a "quiet time", when we sat together just before dinner, listening to classical music and reading our own books. I hated that time. I resented being made to sit still and quiet. But my parents and sisters were avid readers; so I just had to fall in line.

Getting away with crimes (The Funny Side) (11:18)
By Nury Vittachi
A few days ago, this columnist was using an ATM machine while travelling and it warned me to "beware of robbery attempts" while simultaneously stealing my money through ridiculous bank fees.

Climate progress in India brightens hopes for Bonn (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:54)
By Frances Beinecke
Just a few years ago, India relied almost exclusively on coal to fuel its rapid development, opening new coal-burning power plants and increasing coal mining and imports. This year, however, in a remarkable turnaround, India cancelled plans for an additional 14 gigawatts of coal power and announced that it won't build any new coal plants for at least a decade -- thanks to a rapid rise in renewable energy.

Antibiotic resistance: Broader implications for humanity (Nov 13-19 is Antibiotic Awareness Week) (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Sakib Burza & Kavitha Devdas
It is difficult to imagine a world where a minor bacterial infection from a wound is untreatable and could possibly lead to death. In the short time that antibiotics have been around, their excessive and occasionally irrational usage by humans for medical purposes as well as in livestock and agriculture has contributed to the speeding up of a natural process of evolution and mutation in bacteria -- a phenomenon known as antibiotic resistance (ABR).

Rural cooking solutions: Oil from agricultural stubble may be an answer (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:16)
By Anil K. Rajvanshi
At the Clean Cooking Forum held in New Delhi earlier this month, one of the panels discussed the use of alcohol for cooking. Use of alcohol for cooking is gaining traction in African and Latin American countries as it provides clean burning, drastically reducing household pollution.

Sports is the best drug (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Siddhartha Upadhyay
Let there be no doubt. In life, there's no bigger, and persistent, high than good health. No drug can match the thrill of competing in sports. Reality well lived is more enticing than the coloured vision of a drug addict.

Graded measures, not knee-jerk reactions needed against air pollution (Column: Active Voice) (16:56)
By Amit Kapoor
"Delhi is a wakeup call for the world on air pollution. It clearly tells us that unless decisive actions are taken to reduce air pollution, the events we are witnessing in Delhi over the past week are likely to be increasingly common." Unicef released this statement last year when thick smog blanketed the National Capital Region, choking millions.

Smart is over, it's time for Intelligent Phones (Tech Analysis) (12:10)
By Faisal Kawoosa
The mode of communication changed altogether with the arrival of mobile phones in our lives. It got wider and more meaningful once the world was exposed to smartphones.

Checking pollution: Government needs to act (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:02)
By Rajat Arora
The Delhi government has declared a medical emergency with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) sending out alarming messages on its website, calling for states to tackle pollution on a "priority basis".

Bonn climate talks: Resurrection of trust deficit (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:10)
By Rajendra Shende
Contrary to popular belief, the Kyoto Protocol is not dead.

The Superfluous Man: Russia's major literary contribution and its significance (Column: Bookends)  (12:50)
By Vikas Datta
The Russian Revolution led by Lenin, which had its 100th anniversary on Tuesday, can be assailed on many counts, but literary connoisseurs could chiefly fault it on one. This would be ensuring the disappearance of a prominent mainstay of classical Russian literature and its archetypical contribution to the tradition -- the "Superfluous Man" who was unfit for the new working class trend of "Socialist Realism".

Pinned against the wall: Losing the argument in Srinagar (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:56)
By Saeed Naqvi
The arrival of Dineshwar Sharma, formerly of the Intelligence Bureau, as the Centre's interlocutor in troubled Jammu and Kashmir has clearly not set the Jhelum on fire. But Hari Niwas, the former Maharaja's palace, Sharma's HQ, has acquired a temporary prominence with armoured personnel carriers, TV vans and a gradually diminishing number of journalists outside. The approaching winter is a deterrence for assembly after sunset.

The fall and fall of Nitish Kumar (Column: Political Circus) (11:08)
By Amulya Ganguli
At one time, he was the poster boy of Indian politics. Not only did he slay the villain of Bihar's "jungle raj" in 2005 by rounding up lawless elements after winning an election and launching social and economic development projects, he also scored another resounding electoral victory in the company of a new set of friends, including the "villain", in 2015.

Those magnificent Indian air warriors of WW1 (November 11 is Armistice Day) (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:34)
By K S Nair
World War I finally came to a blood-soaked end on November 11, 1918. As we mark the 99th anniversary of the Armistice, there is increasing recognition of the roles played by Indians in that war.

Priti Patel's exit won't affect Indian influence in Britain (Comment: Special to IANS) (18:58)
By Anasudhin Azeez IANS Photo Service
It was shocking news for the Indian community in Britain. The most influential British-Indian politician was ousted from the government in an unceremonious way. International Development Secretary Priti Patel was recalled from her Uganda trip and forced to submit her resignation for breaching the ministerial code of conduct.

The Qatar experience and lessons for India (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:42)
By Siddhartha Upadhyay
The world is changing. Sport is a strong vehicle of change. And one of the best examples of this phenomenon is Qatar, which is on the fast track of modernisation and transformation ever since it clinched the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This is the first time that a mega sporting event of this proportion is being hosted in this part of the world.

Deja vu at Bonn climate conference (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:22)
By Rajendra Shende
The déjà vu moments at international climate meetings are coming more frequently than before. But these moments are important for the world community simply because they serve as a reminder of a grave future.

Is doing business in India really easier now? (Column: Active Voice) (12:06)
By Amit Kapoor
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts in building India's global appeal for investors seems to have finally yielded returns in terms of the country's performance in the World Bank Doing Business rankings. India witnessed its highest-ever jump of 30 places in the rankings, reaching the 100th place among 190 countries. Subsequently, it also joined the list of top 10 improvers for the first time and became the first South Asian country to achieve the feat.

Police action against veterans a manifestation of growing civil-military rift (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:42)
By Brig Anil Gupta (retd)
Whatever may be the merits or demerits of the ongoing agitation by a group of armed forces veterans at the Jantar Mantar site in Lutyen's Delhi, the treatment meted out to them by the Delhi Police on October 30, 2017, marks a dark day for Indian democracy.

Coal -- the killer investment without a future (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:18)
By Jan Erik Saugestad
In an age of mistrust, there's good reason that the voice of the healthcare community continues to carry weight.

All power to the Soviets: The Great 'October' Revolution 100 years hence (Column: Bookends)  (11:30)
By Vikas Datta
Given that the system it gave birth to lasted only a bit over seven decades and has now been gone for over a quarter of century, does the Russian Revolution, even in its centenary year, hold much relevance? But many still know little about what is known as the Great October (or Bolshevik or Lenin's) Revolution, including that it was Russia's second in 1917 and actually occurred on November 7.

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