Tall promises

The government has abolished University Grants Commission. The education ministry proposes to give grants to universities directly. But then the minister had doubts - on what basis would he hand out money? Can he give out Rs 50 crore and Rs 100 crore to party favourites as the finance minister does in his budget? Should he not place some conditions on how universities should use the money? And universities are not generally friendly to the ruling party; should the universities that go out of favour be allowed to run out of money? When a minister is in doubt, he appoints a committee. So he created a higher education commission. It is not known whether it comprises any human beings. But in its name, the minister of education has invited comments and suggestions. They should have reached him by five pm on July 7. These comments will not, which is all right, since they are unlikely to change his mind.
Writing On The Wall
Ashok V. Desai
Jul 17, 2018 00:00 IST

Man's business

All of it is to do with men. The Indian law against adultery, Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code - Section 498 tags along - was challenged in court sometime back. Its constitutional validity will be examined, since it appears to discriminate between genders. The nature of the discrimination is fascinating. On the face of it, it makes villains of men, making them 
Jul 17, 2018 00:00 IST

Cup of joy

France, a footballing powerhouse, may have won the World Cup for the second time in its history but the tournament in Russia will be remembered for the accomplishments not of giants but of minnows. The Big Five of international football - Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Italy - could not make it to the semi-finals, but that did not diminish the lustre of 
Jul 17, 2018 00:00 IST

Central Point

The British prime minister, Theresa May, finally announced a Brexit deal. It led to some initial turmoil: after the cabinet cleared it, some high-profile ministers decided to quit. Boris Johnson, who has been an ardent Brexiteer, made a show of his displeasure with what May proposed. This plan is for a far closer relationship with the European Union than what Brexiteers had desired. Those who had been most vocal about the need to leave the EU are not happy, but they continue 
Harsh V. Pant Jul 17, 2018 00:00 IST

Sent home; Heroic effort; Choose health; Radical changes; Plug the gaps; Step it up

Sent home

• Sir - England's elimination from the World Cup was fitting. First, it rea... | Read»

Heroic effort

• Sir - The success of the rescue operation carried out to pull 12 young bo... | Read»

Choose health

• Sir - The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli, recently chall... | Read»

Radical changes

• Sir — The Supreme Court has asked the administrators of the Jagannath tem... | Read»

Plug the gaps

• Sir — Patna has always been a hub of education. But there are some loopho... | Read»

Step it up

• Sir — The body of a Rashtriya Janata Dal leader from Nawada, Kailash Pasw... | Read»

Jul 17, 2018 00:00 IST

Towards Hate-istan

The Union defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, held an extraordinary press conference last Friday. It had nothing to do with her weighty portfolio but was a declaration of war, all right. The ostensible target was Rahul Gandhi but it was also a thinly veiled warning to India's minorities and secular liberals to brace for vicious attacks in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.
Manini Chatterjee Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Timing is the key

A potion brewing over the return of Bru (Reang) refugees from Tripura to Mizoram may well eclipse the 'toil and trouble' of Macbeth's witches. The Union home ministry has signed an agreement with the governments of Mizoram and Tripura and the Mizoram Bru Displaced People's Forum to repatriate over 5,000 Bru families sheltered in relief camps in Tripura to Mizoram by September 30.
Sudipta Bhattacharjee Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Sudden light

Sudden discoveries have a charm all their own. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre seems to have suddenly discovered, charmingly, that the Supreme Court has wisdom. The stiff-necked tussle with the court in recent times over approval of names for appointment, for example, apparently has nothing to do with the Centre's recognition of the Supreme Court's wisdom.
Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

On the Rocks

Sobriety seems to be returning to Bihar. The monumental failure of the draconian prohibition that was clamped down in the state in 2016 seems to have brought the government out of its stupor. It has now decided to water down some of the rather extreme clauses of the legislation. 
Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Swim or sink; Strange decision; Justice prevails; Rare gold

Swim or sink

• Sir - This year, the monsoons in Mumbai have again brought to the fore th... | Read»

Strange decision

• Sir - The decision of the Union government to confer the "Institute of Em... | Read»

Justice prevails

• Sir - The Supreme Court upheld death sentences for three men convicted in... | Read»

Rare gold

• Sir - Dipa Karmakar scripted history by becoming the first Indian gymnast... | Read»

Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Imminent eminence

Many prizes, such as the Nobel, can't be conferred posthumously, not even on the very recently dead. However, India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, has often been awarded to dead people to recognize distinction that might have been unjustly overlooked in the past.
Mukul Kesavan Jul 15, 2018 00:00 IST


More Top Stories

Back to top icon