Opinion | For govt, time is ripe to reach out to the Maoists

New Delhi, April 18 -- It may be politically unfashionable to suggest peace talks with Maoist rebels after attacks in the past couple of weeks, which includes the killing of a legislator in Chhattisga... Read More

Opinion | BJP manifesto's stand on Article 370, 35A adds fuel to fire

New Delhi, April 12 -- When the dust settles after the Lok Sabha elections, and a new central government emerges in May, some poll promises in the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) manifesto may come to ... Read More

Opinion | Naga peace: Flag, Constitution and other obstacles

New Delhi, March 27 -- Last week we discussed the content of interactions that the government's interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, deputy national security adviser R.N. Ravi, had with a joint legi... Read More

Lok Sabha elections mean Naga peace will have to wait longer

New Delhi, March 22 -- The announcement of elections to the Lok Sabha over April and May has pretty much ensured that the so-called Naga framework agreement for peace remains without a solution for so... Read More

Opinion | Inviting business to a conflict zone is a bad idea

New Delhi, March 7 -- It was interesting to read a news report in The Indian Express earlier this week as to how the new Congress government in Chhattisgarh is capitalizing on returning land that was ... Read More

Opinion | Will new appointments in Naga rebel group help revive peace talks?

New Delhi, Feb. 14 -- The largest Naga rebel group, National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), or NSCN (I-M) on 11 February appointed a new chairman and vice-chairman. It may seem significan... Read More

Opinion | The human rights benchmark needs to be modified

New Delhi, Feb. 7 -- This is about perception management in the domain of business and human rights. Vale SA, a Brazilian transnational metals and mining giant, is among the world's largest producers... Read More

Citizenship circus: North-east in crisis again

New Delhi, Feb. 5 -- When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Assam, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh on 8 February, to talk electoral strategy with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) officials and inaugurate ... Read More

Opinion | Greenpeace India won some battles but lost the war

New Delhi, Jan. 31 -- It's an anaconda-squeeze and it has likely broken the back of a feisty, if flashy, environment and human rights watchdog: Greenpeace India. Earlier this week, a few dozen Greenpe... Read More

Opinion | Mastanocracy: The essence of Bengal politics

New Delhi, Jan. 25 -- Battle for political supremacy in West Bengal has long been a factor of democracy as much as "mastanocracy": when the state turns mastan. Intoxicated not with spirituality, as wi... Read More