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Politics

How Nitish Kumar's principled position could turn out

Politics is a numbers game. And if the BJP manages to get within striking distance of forming a government, the JD(U) could once again be back in the NDA fold.

Politics

Pointless political posturing behind BJP-JD(U) rift

That a politically astute politician like Nitish Kumar should risk near-certain political defeat in Bihar by walking out of an alliance with the BJP unless it rules out Modi as its candidate is astonishing. But posturing is a habit that's hard to break.

Politics

What LK Advani achieved: he validated his irrelevance

Advani's resignation drama was entirely pointless. It is the arithmetic of elections that will determine who will be the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

Economy

The heartburn over the rupee free fall is overdone

Sharp declines in currency values in short time-frames, such as we have seen in the Indian rupee in recent weeks, cannot entirely be accounted for by the infirmities in the Indian economy.

Politics

BJP must see Advani's dissent as a blessing in disguise

it's a good thing that Advani has revealed his now. If a showdown was inevitable within the party, it is better to get it over with, rather than have it drag on until the election season is near at hand.

Politics

In Goa today, BJP faces a moment of reckoning

Given the heavy-duty build-up by the pr-Modi faction in the party, leaving Goa without clarity on his nomination would be an anti-climax, and could end up signalling that the party is hostage to its past

Business

Vodafone tax conciliation seems fated to flop

The scam-tainted UPA government doesn't have the political goodwill to sell any settlement it may reach with Vodafone in the tax dispute.

World

Michelle Obama snubs Peng Liyuan, is First Lady diplomacy dead?

Michelle Obama is perceived to have "snubbed" Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan by not travelling to a summit of Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, which is all about establishing a personal rapport.

IPL

Dhoni's tangled web and the 'show me the money' culture

Compared to the egregious levels of corruption we see in every sphere of public life, Dhoni's conflict-of-interest failing may seem a minuscule impropriety. But it’s tragic every time a hero trades enduring fame for tainted fortune.

World

Tiananmen crackdown and the persistence of Chinese memory

China has reinvented itself - economically and politically - several times over since the bloody crackdown on the student protest movement of 1989. Yet, many Chinese citizens cling on to the memories for a reason.

IPL

Srinivasan, for cricket's sake, go! And take CSK with you

This IPL series has shown up the carnival to be a can of worms and India's cricket administration to be rotten at its core. As a first step towards fixing it over the long haul, Srinivasan should be made to resign, and the Chennai Super Kings team disqualified.

IPL

IPL spot-fixing: Meiyappan, Mumbai cops play hide and seek

The sight of Meiyappan playing hide-and-seek games with the police, when he has so much of his reputation – and that of his father-in-law – riding on clearing his name in the IPL betting scandal makes for deeply incriminating optics.

IPL

Spot-fixing links to Meiyappan will hit IPL where it hurts most

PepsiCo is threatening to pull out of the title sponsorship of the IPL. The IPL gravy train will derail if it doesn't clean up its act.

Business

China-India relations: Why Rupee-RMB-dollar trade won't work

The currency of choice for trade transactions is determined by what's called the "network effect". We use it because others use it - and that's not going to change unless the dynamics of trade change.

Politics

After four years of UPA 2, the India story looks bleak

As UPA 2 completes four years in office, it appears that for the Indian polity and the economy, things will likely get a lot worse before they can get better.

World

Between India and China, even glacial change is progress

India signalled to visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that the border issue is of "core interest", and withheld boilerplate acknowledge of India's commitment to the 'one China' principle. These are not without significance.

Economy

Why S&P doesn't buy Chidunomics and warns of a downgrade

The bluntest assessment of S&P's latest message is that the agency disbelieves Chidambaram - or doesn't have adequate faith in his ability to deliver.

World

Not just niceties, China and India need to focus on thorny issues

India's discourse with China has traditionally been trapped in the Mao-ist maze that defines how "friends" ought to conduct themselves. But Chinese statecraft has evolved, and India too must up its diplomatic game.

World

Li Keqiang's visit a chance to reboot India-China ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang begins his India visit today. If India plays its cards right, and protects its interests with finesse, the two countries have the capacity to reset their relationship.

IPL

IPL spot-fixing: Delhi Police's 'showcase trial' is self-defeating

Having done exemplary work in the spot-fixing investigation, the Delhi Police has yielded to the temptation to conduct a 'showcase' media trial, which could compromise its case before a court of law.