Modi-Trump summit: Hugs, business and support for India (Comment) (12:16)
By Tarun Basu IANS Photo Service
If hugs and handshakes are markers to personal and bilateral relationships, then the first get-to-know meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump seems to have been singularly successful.

Dravidian assault: Bahubali may save Bollywood from its mindless exertions (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:56)
By Prashant Pandey IANS Photo Service
There is a scene in Richard Attenboroughs film "Gandhi" where Shriram Lagoo playing Gopal Krishna Gokhale prevails upon the South Africa-returned barrister Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi (played by Ben Kingsley) to travel all over India.

Climate change: Neglecting oceans no longer an option (Commentary: Special to IANS) (12:12)
By Soumya Sarkar
When people think of climate change, pictures of melting glaciers, sweltering heat in summers and flooding of coastal areas predominate. Often lost in the imagery is the role the world's oceans play in countering the worst effects of global warming.

Muslim women in India can become change agents through education (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:02)
By Frank F. Islam IANS Photo Service
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently called for empowerment and education of Muslim women. One would have expected this message to receive widespread acceptance and support. It did not.

Dalit for President: Tokenism wins (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:06)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
It's a no-brainer, for the result is known before the contest. The support which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been able to muster for its presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the electoral college will give him an easy ride to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

India has to save yoga from its shallow, soulless imitations (Comment: Special to IANS) (10:08)
By M. Rajaque Rahman
With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under the carpet.

Is RBI's hawkish stance hurting India's growth prospects? (Column: Active Voice) (15:04)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
The role of interest rate in Indias growth is grossly underplayed. The movement of interest rates has been strongly linked to episodes of high growth and slowdowns in the last few decades.

BRICS cooperation will usher new golden decade: Xi (17:04) IANS Photo Service
Beijing, June 19 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that the BRICS cooperation will be more productive and usher in a new "golden decade".

Is a consensus possible on the new President? (Column: Political Circus) (13:48)
By Amulya Ganguli
For a party known for its hubris, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) decision to consult the opposition for a consensus on the presidential candidate has come as a pleasant surprise.

US drone strikes Al Qaeda vehicle in Yemen, kills 3 (07:32)
Sana'a, June 17 (IANS) At least three militants of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch were killed after an unmanned US plane fired a missile at a running vehicle in Shabwa province, a military official said.

Four recent examples which show real life is imitating the movies (The Funny Side) (11:34)
By Nury Vittachi
You know that movie where someone jumps out of a building and lands safely on a passing truck? I think it was called Pretty Much Every Movie Ever.

Ronald & Donald: From Reaganian history to Trumpian future of planet Earth (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Rajendra Shende IANS Photo Service
"Tear down this wall," Ronald Reagan, former Republican President of the US, challenged Mikhail Gorbachev in his speech at Brandenburg Gate, in Germany, exactly this week of June in 1987.

Navigating towards a 'Paris Agreement for the oceans'? (Comment) (With Images) (10:46)
By James Fahn
The first ever UN Ocean Conference came to a close on June 9 with a "Call For Action", over 1,300 voluntary commitments made to support ocean health, and aspirations for a new convention to protect biodiversity in the roughly half of our planet which lies beyond national jurisdictions.

Dogs of war, the gunner bear and World War II 's other unusual combatants (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (11:06)
By Vikas Datta
The Second World War was truly a "world" war -- for, apart from encompassing most of the globe, it saw all military forces drawing in additional "personnel" beyond the planet's dominant species. These were not only beasts of burden and transport like horses or elephants, but also man's best animal friend performing a range of tasks from "escort" to "early warning", and a shell-totting bear and many more.

Why Modi avoids the media (Column: Political Circus) (11:36)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
In another two years, Narendra Modi may well enter the Guinness Book of Records for failing to hold a press conference. In that event, he will be the first Prime Minister of a democratic country who has avoided meeting the media at a large televised gathering.

'Confused' Comey's 'covfefe' cocktail! (Washington Diary) (11:08)
By Arun Kumar
Washington, June 10 (IANS) It was billed as the greatest show in town, rivalling what was supposed to be a nail-biting India-Pakistan cricket match. All TV remotes across America pointed to the Capitol Hill where a high political drama was unfolding.

Why withdrawals from the Bank of Dad need to hurt (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
The train was so tightly packed that when I checked my current account balance on my phone, four people breathed in sharply and gave me sympathetic looks.

In Pakistan's Sindh water is only for rich and powerful (11:12)
By Mustafa Talpur
In the late 1990s when we were working on an irrigation reform project in Sindh, Pakistan, an old man in his 70s walked into the office and narrated the story of unequal canal water distribution. I still remember the story two decades later, and in that time the situation has only deteriorated.

Trumpexit could be good news for India as Modi meets Macron (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:10)
By Rajendra Shende IANS Photo Service
Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted 24 times within two hours as news, on June 1, came from across the Atlantic. US President Trump declared that he has broken away from the Paris Climate Agreement. That "breaking news" sent frenzied tremors across the globe. But Macron was "calme, prudent et reflechi" as they say in French -- calm, careful and thoughtful.

Corbyn closes gap: Will he go past? (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:04)
By Saeed Naqvi
Prime Minister Theresa May and the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, have been pitted against each other on a host of issues but nothing has caught the popular imagination more than terrorism, as I discovered after recent interaction with students, teachers and social workers in Manchester. Terrorism has acquired urgent saliency after the Manchester bombing in which 22 youngsters, including children, lost their lives.

A new era of shared clean-energy leadership begins in China (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:02)
By Christian Zinglersen IANS Photo Service
There is a new reality in clean energy. The world's major emerging economies -- including China, India, and several others -- are moving to the centre stage of the clean energy transition. By betting heavily on energy efficiency, on wind, solar and other renewables, as well as other less carbon-intensive technologies, these countries are increasingly leading the way.

Need to guard against demographic dividend becoming demographic burden (Column: Active Voice) (10:32)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
It has been an eventful three years for the Narendra Modi government. Back in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had inherited a system that was peppered with corruption scandals and where terms like policy paralysis, indecision and logjam were commonplace. However, such perceptions have changed and the country has come a long way since then.

Liberalism's prophet: Scourge of small minds and tyranny of thought (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (10:40)
By Vikas Datta
The concept of liberalism and its key facet of tolerance are most vital to human freedom and development, but in these treacherous times, they are under unflinching attack by "right-thinking" sections of society in thrall to "infallible and all-knowing" leaders. But do they even understand these concepts or are only conditioned to abuse them virulently?

Remembering John F. Kennedy and his legacy (Comment: Special to IANS) (Kennedy's birth centenary is on May 29) (With Images) (14:36)
By Frank F. Islam
On May 29, the United States and the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth.

French communist office: 'Does anyone live here any more?' (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:32)
By Saeed Naqvi
Imagination conjures up sounds of the organ as I stand in the shadow of that brooding architectural wonder. It feels like I am at a service for the repose of the dead.

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