Articles by Mark Tully
The dark shadows of the colonial past hang over the proceedings of the SC too. E-courts alone won’t clear those shadows away
Students are worried about recovering lost knowledge. But they must also worry about another issue: There may be no teachers to teach their subjects. There is a shortage of 6,481 teachers in centrally funded universities
People who claim to know Putin well say that he will never accept any end of the war which he cannot see as a victory and sell it as such to the Russians.
Did Zelensky have to fight Putin? Was it wise to sign a charter on strategic partnership with the United States in 2021?
Are its days as the alternative party over? Now that it has lost Punjab, the only two sizeable states that it rules are Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
There was no work between March 2021 and February 2022 in the brick kiln. So, the workers earned nothing in that time because they are paid on a piece-work basis.
The Mangeshkar I treasure most is her accompaniment to the destitute Nargis struggling to pull a plough in Mother India
Updated on Feb 12, 2022 05:17 PM IST
The RSS leaders were not included, but they didn’t figure in the Independence movement. The most immediate reason for the PM selecting this heterogeneous collection of men as bulwarks of nationalism is to demonstrate the end of the Nehru era
Published on Jan 29, 2022 05:14 PM IST
Recent events in Britain and India prove that both countries need a system of justice entirely independent of politicians and civil servants
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 08:49 PM IST
The Indian team’s gesture in honouring Tutu symbolised the nation’s recognition of the link between the Archbishop and Mahatma Gandhi. It was a physical link
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 08:02 PM IST
Biden’s summit has made it clear that democracy must be seen to deliver greater equality if it is to win the battle against authoritarianism
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 07:40 PM IST
Measuring a nation’s welfare by the size of its economy and, therefore, concentrating on achieving GDP growth is damaging. NITI Aayog’s new national multidimensional poverty index can change that
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 10:20 PM IST
In India, almost all the world’s religions have a historic home but the voice of faith on the climate crisis is hardly heard. Religious leaders must come together to demand a change in the narrative of development
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 07:44 PM IST
In spite of her policy of seeking compromise in the best sense of the word, Merkel would not have survived for so long if she had not been able to be tough
Updated on Nov 06, 2021 04:01 PM IST
A G7 Panel appears to suggest that the Washington Consensus may have taken minimising the State too far and allowed the private sector to become influential
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 02:19 PM IST
NEP can only succeed if there are enough schools and colleges, teachers and lecturers, to provide education. A Unesco report warns that 1.1 million teacher vacancies are unfilled. The situation is particularly dire in rural India.
Updated on Oct 09, 2021 12:19 PM IST
Kaushik Basu’s observations and the experiences of former IAS officers, BD Pande and Keshav Desiraju, demonstrate the talent that there was in the bureaucracy under the Congress and the hindrances which hampered talented bureaucrats. Has this changed under the Bharatiya Janata Party? That could be the subject of another column.
Updated on Sep 25, 2021 06:51 PM IST
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi has become the first major technology educational institution to have a chair in Indian classical music and arts
Updated on Sep 11, 2021 07:34 PM IST
Aurobindo’s dream of a World Union has also not been fulfilled. It could be argued that the world has become more united over the last 74 years, but, at this time, the need for greater unity is particularly obvious.
Updated on Aug 28, 2021 08:28 PM IST
British PM, Boris Johnson, seems to have learnt the lesson from this sorry story: Don’t push too hard, don’t ride roughshod over Indian sensitivities if you want to negotiate successfully, as he does
Updated on Aug 15, 2021 05:30 PM IST
George Orwell’s novel, 1984, is a more widely known example of an imaginary State which has robbed its citizens of their individuality and their ability to recognise truth
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:24 AM IST
The measures designed to make parents afraid of having more than two children include some which would rob them of their legally guaranteed rights
Updated on Jul 19, 2021 07:03 AM IST
Immediately after Rajiv Gandhi’s death, Congress sycophancy triumphed over sensitivity and sense. The CWC passed a resolution calling on Sonia Gandhi to lead the party. She refused. Here was the golden opportunity to choose a leader, independent of the dynasty. But Rao was chosen since he had no base in the party and, being taciturn by nature, had none of the charisma needed to win votes.
Published on Jul 03, 2021 06:37 PM IST
Could the PM’s public support for the values of democracy mean that he now plans to stop his government from veering further towards limiting the freedom of expression?
Updated on Jun 19, 2021 08:28 PM IST
The judiciary’s willingness to stand up to the executive has already been welcomed widely. Now the court will be asked when it is going to examine other long-standing examples of the government’s questionable use of power
Updated on Jun 08, 2021 07:34 AM IST
If the prime minister and chief ministers are to be cooperative federalists, electoral defeats will have to be taken with good grace by the central government. In Bengal, the unprecedented provision of armed central paramilitary police for every BJP legislator; the arrest of four TMC leaders while two former party leaders, now with the BJP, accused in the same case, are left untouched; and the bias of Bengal governor does not signal cooperative federalism.
Published on May 22, 2021 07:13 PM IST
For the BJP, the lesson of the Bengal election — taken with the results from Kerala and Tamil Nadu — is that India, by its nature, is a federal nation. Its nationalism has to rejoice in its diversity rather than try to bind the nation together in an unnatural uniformity.
Updated on May 08, 2021 06:43 PM IST
In this election, the BJP is hoping that its Hindu identity will trump Banerjee’s Bengali identity. To strengthen its bid for the Bengali Hindu vote, the BJP has accused her of cultivating a Muslim vote bank
Published on Apr 24, 2021 08:26 PM IST
A better solution than privatisation may well be giving PSBs autonomy to reform themselves and function free of political interference. Remember, most East Asian success stories have been underpinned by financial systems effectively controlled by governments, and in the West, governments have had to rescue private banks from bankruptcy. India should think through its approach to public banks.
Updated on Apr 10, 2021 03:40 PM IST