Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman is spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The views expressed in this column are her own.

Faux compulsions

In the space of two days, two lectures have informed the aam aadmi all that the entire Opposition and the media have tried to say about the state of the nation.

Quiet flows reform in Uttarakhand

In today’s environment where citizens justifiably demand a transparent and accountable government, state administrations are on their toes to meet people’s expectations.

Congress’ BJP phobia

It is only natural that a country’s ruling party pays attention to the principal Opposition party.

Bribes of India

Irawati Karve, in her Sahitya Akademi award-winning book Yuganta, momentarily felt that she was useless in this age because she lived in the past. Thankfully, the feeling didn’t last long.

The time to act is now

Abraham Lincoln, it is believed, once said: “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.

Barack and Bhopal

A much-needed intermission for India came by way of the three-day state visit of the President of the United States, Barack Obama. We were longing for a break from the unending stories of greed, exploitation and audacious lack of accountability. Rotting of lakhs of tonnes of foodgrains in various Food Corporation of India godowns is

Words & stones

We, the “argumentative Indians”, have nothing to complain about. Day after day we have enough matter to keep us positively engaged. That has indeed been so, always, some would say.

An ode to women

We are coming to the end of Navratras, a period of wonderful nine days when the Divine is worshipped in the form of women — knowledge manifested as Saraswati, wealth manifested as Lakshmi and prowess

Sense & Sensibilities

The second fortnight of September has provided, by strange coincidence, three different platforms to introspect whether India really is a superpower waiting in the wings, the foremost being Commonweal

A communal bill

The National Advisory Council (NAC) is actively engaged in preparing a draft of the Communal & Sectarian Violence Bill, 2010. This is NAC’s second attempt at drafting the bill.

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