Current Affairs

Under the new administration led by Narendra Modi, India in 2014 announced Act East Policy - a new strategic and economic policy to establish new and strengthen old relations with East Asian nations. In lieu of this, the government went on a signing spree inking many new agreements with all major players in the region.

The annual meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos have always played a pivotal role in addressing global issues. WEF, a Swiss Non-profit organization started by German business professional, Klaus Schwab in 1971 based in Cologny was first named as European Management Forum. It was rechristened in 1987 as World Economic Forum.

Recently Zaira Wasim, the 16-year-old Kashmiri actor who played the character of Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan’s DANGAL, was vehemently abused on Facebook by the fundamentalist groups for acting in a “polluted” medium and acting against “religious norms” and bringing shame and disgrace to Islam. Here we reproduce some of the shameful comments that she received.

In 2012, I wrote a piece in the wake of a controversy that had created a huge buzz in media circles and Lutyens’ Delhi then. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, spokesperson of the Congress had been caught in a scandal when a random sex CD allegedly showing him in a compromising position with a lady lawyer in court premises had surfaced.

As the New Year came in, people set to make up their resolutions for this year, someone pledged to lose weight, someone resolved to fall in love while someone promised to be more charitable.

I have little doubt that in the not too distant future there will be a sigh of nostalgia collectively exhaled by all but the most rabid opponents of President Barack Hussein Obama.

Silly me, I always thought the definition of courage, in the context of spoken words at least, was to speak your mind knowing that there would be serious, adverse (usually financial or physical danger) consequences to your speech and still going ahead with it.

Theravada fundamentalism is making headlines in Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. A Far-Right Buddhist monk has already made it to the cover of the Time magazine as the "Face of Buddhist Terror". Is it for real or are we reading too much into it?

Harassment of women in public places is a complex issue that needs to be combatted through different approaches depending on the situation. I aim to restrict this article only about what can be done to prevent incidents similar to incident in Bengaluru on New Year’s Eve from happening again.

Over the last 2 weeks, political pundits across the spectrum have watched in shock and amusement as to how the Samajwadi Party leadership has imploded. From the chacha-bhatija war it has now turned into a full blow family feud. One of side is the CM Akhilesh Yadav, who was earlier suspended from the SP but came back to become the national president of SP.

Millions of professionals from India have immigrated to every part of the world. These highly-skilled individuals have worked hard to make meaningful contributions to their countries of residence and have therefore become “successful Pravasi Bharatiya”!

It has been 100 years since the inception of a world order in which USA was the primary architect. In his book ‘The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931’ Adam Tooze goes through the events and how the present world order came into existence.

In an unprecedented and a move that astounded many, the Supreme Court of India removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke (the president and secretary of the BCCI respectively) from their positions in BCCI. This came after BCCI had not implemented many of the recommendations of the Lodha Committee appointed by the Supreme Court.

  • While the PM promoted “Beti bachao Beti padhao” to save the girl child, the Congress continued its primary campaign of “Beta badhao, Desh dubao”
  •  While Men continued to fool themselves about world still being male dominated, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik quietly deflated the male swagger by doing us proud at the Olympics

Rise of right-wing populism in Europe, burgeoning Euroscepticism, Brexit, and Trump’s victory have set new global precedents. Numerous Op-eds have spelled out bombastic effects of Brexit and US Presidential elections whose stunning verdicts left people gob-smacked.

Reverse Bank of India” is the new joke going around for last few days. On December 21, the English language media was thrilled to bits when RBI withdrew a decision, following feedback from the ground. As is their wont, they claimed this “dented RBI’s credibility”.

Ministry of External Affairs has greatly simplified passport rules. This will ensure that acquiring a passport is easy for everyone and there is no bureaucratic red tape to engulf anyone for years. We present here the new changes that have been made.

A lot of hue and cry is being raised in the media and social media on the tax-exempt status of the political parties and the possibility of these parties being used as a money-laundering tool post demonetization.