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    Ever since chairman of national cricket selectors Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad said a year and half ago that his committee will start looking at alternatives to Mahendra Singh Dhoni only if the former captain fails to perform, both have been constantly under the scrutiny of the twitterati.

  • News Analysis | Emerging as a tougher opponent: Rahul Gandhi in Europe
    OpinionNews Analysis | Emerging as a tougher opponent: Rahul Gandhi in Europe

    Taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book, Congress President Rahul Gandhi used his Europe tour to reach out to non-resident Indians, or NRIs -- a group largely known to support Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in recent years.

  • Kerala flood less intense than deluge of 1924: So why was damage as great?
    OpinionKerala flood less intense than deluge of 1924: So why was damage as great?

    Keralas once-in-a-lifetime rainfall was 2,378 mm over 88 days, four times more than normal -- but 30 per cent less and spread over 61 days more than the deluge of 1924, the most intense flood in the states recorded history, submerging as it did almost the entire coastline.

  • Rahul Gandhi has to choose his words with care
    OpinionRahul Gandhi has to choose his words with care

    Rahul Gandhi has had another of his escape-velocity-of-Jupiter moments.

  • Aliens in Assam: Electoral fodder for BJP, Congress
    OpinionAliens in Assam: Electoral fodder for BJP, Congress

    Ever since the former saffron stalwart, Arun Shourie, created a stir in the 1980s with his articles on illegal immigrants in Assam comprising Bangladeshi Muslims, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seen the issue as an excellent one to furbish its nationalist credentials by portraying the "aliens" as a security threat. The depiction also fitted in with the party's anti-Muslim worldview.

  • People love to be angry these days (The Funny Side)
    OpinionPeople love to be angry these days (The Funny Side)

    This columnist once wrote to a friend gently suggesting that he was not cut out to be an anger management therapist. He replied in capital letters: "SO. WHAT. ARE. YOU. SAYING?"

  • How not to impress a woman
    OpinionHow not to impress a woman

    Useful tip: Guys, end every sentence you speak to a woman with, "But I could be wrong". This saves time. Example: "Good morning! But I could be wrong!"

  • Will social media replace traditional media as democracy's fourth pillar?
    OpinionWill social media replace traditional media as democracy's fourth pillar?

    The increasing polarisation among media in India - and perhaps across the world - has led to an unprecedented trust deficit in everyday news. What was once regarded as the fourth pillar of democracy today finds itself under the scrutiny of citizens as tainted news published with self-securing motives are an everyday occurence in our times.

  • India shining at 2018 CWG but unlikely to outshine its 2010 Delhi grand show
    OpinionIndia shining at 2018 CWG but unlikely to outshine its 2010 Delhi grand show

    With 31 medals (14 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze) after eight days of competition at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast, India may have strengthened its third position in the medal table at the moment but it is highly unlikely that it will be able to cross its record gold-medal haul of 38 achieved in the 2010 edition here.

  • Why are India's farmers committing suicide?
    OpinionWhy are India's farmers committing suicide?

    Farmer suicides have been taking place across India for years now, and studies of rural distress reveal the deeply-rooted, tenacious causes, such as lack of irrigation, fragmentation of land, unsuitability of seeds and inadequate sources of credit.

  • For Narendra Modi, road to 2019 will be steeper
    OpinionFor Narendra Modi, road to 2019 will be steeper

    For the Bharatiya Janata Party's supporters, the growing belief that the party is no longer as favourably placed as before must be both bewildering and disheartening.

  • At 75, Big B just keeps on going
    OpinionAt 75, Big B just keeps on going

    In case people haven't noticed, Amitabh Bachchan has stopped giving interviews since the second half of 2017. Even when his 75th birthday arrived, he was steadfast in his resolve to stay mum.

  • Apex court bans saffron Diwali; it has to be green
    OpinionApex court bans saffron Diwali; it has to be green

    The latest orders banning sale of Firecrackers in Delhi /NCR till first of November, and this order of top court coming just 9 days before upcoming Hindu festival- Diwali , celebrated with much pomp and show across the country is alarming for the whole brigade who believes in the religion and follows the same with utmost faith . Although , Ban on bursting crackers was not made explicit in the verdict but has clearly spoiled the celebration mood . The vigilantism against the majority religion has bombed and devastated the religious sentiments of many, this Diwali.

  • Boon To Muslim Women: Reformation and Beyond
    OpinionBoon To Muslim Women: Reformation and Beyond

    The term "Uniform Civil Code" though found its mention way back during drafting of Constitution of India but the idea of "One Nation one Law" has been gaining value in the recent times. The idea of this ONE Nation One Law emerged during drafting of Constitution when it was hotly debated and discussed amongst the Constitution makers wherein many argued in favour of unified personal Laws in regard to marriage, Divorce, Adoption, Maintenance, Inheritance etc but the voices were subdued in the wake of disturbed circumstances of the country, recuperating from the wounds of partition and coming to terms with changed socio- religious setbacks felt most during those times.

  • ROHINGYA: The Unwanted Weed in Indian Gardens
    OpinionROHINGYA: The Unwanted Weed in Indian Gardens

    The ethnic minority of Myanmar living predominantly in the western state of Rakhine though not officially recognized by the government as citizens and for decades the nation's Buddhist majority has been accused of subjecting them to discrimination and violence. About 10 percent of the world's stateless people live in Myanmar and Rohingya.

  • Tom Alter: A greater performer than Bollywood's dependable 'firang'
    OpinionTom Alter: A greater performer than Bollywood's dependable 'firang'

    Tom Alter was an avid cricket fan who did the first ever TV interview of Sachin Tendulkar, played regularly (in a team called 'MCC' -- Match Cut Club -- along with Naseeruddin Shah, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Aamir Khan), wrote much on the game, coached students in his short teaching career, and also has the distinction of giving commentary in a One-day match India played.

  • 'Democracy in crisis, we need to listen to those we dislike'
    Opinion'Democracy in crisis, we need to listen to those we dislike'

    Former Planning Commission member Arun Maira contends that "physical violence" in the real world and "verbal violence" on social media against people whom "we do not approve of" are increasing today. With such trends on the rise, the very idea of democracy finds itself in a crisis.

  • Is there an impending debt crisis?
    OpinionIs there an impending debt crisis?

    It has been a decade since the biggest financial crisis in living memory swept the globe. In the run-up to the crisis, the debt levels of the developed economies saw a rapid expansion. Between 2000 and 2009, credit for the entire global economy grew at 7.5 per cent annually.

  • The irrationality of belief? (Column: Active Voice)
    OpinionThe irrationality of belief? (Column: Active Voice)

    Self-proclaimed godmen and a coterie of sycophants to back them and validate their claims have always been ubiquitous in India. This phenomenon is not problematic in itself until the sycophancy is followed to the point of absurdity as seen in the series of events in the wake of the brave court verdict last week against the Dera Sacha Sauda head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.