Some stray thoughts on India’s sporting journey

The world is getting ready for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris which starts later this month. As a young boy growing up in post-independence India, I had a sincere wish to see my country gain prominence on the world stage and to see Indian athletes succeed in international sports.

Balanced Diplomacy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with Russian President Vladimir Putin has captured global attention, underscoring the complexities of international diplomacy in times of conflict.

Unfinished business

The traumatic episode of emergency must act as a reminder of the responsibility of democratic institutions in always safeguarding the freedoms and rights of citizens.

Jobs Illusion

India’s employment data presents a rosy picture at first glance, with substantial growth reported year on year. However, a deeper dive into these numbers reveals a more complex and troubling scenario.

Simple messages to underpin education

At a time of increasing commercialization, it is only to be expected that the role of education as a means of bringing social change has been getting less attention and in fact has been marginalized.

Muted Hope

The election of Masoud Pezeshkian as Iran’s new President has sparked a flurry of discussion about the potential for change within the Islamic Republic.

Border Diplomacy

The meeting between the foreign ministers of India and China in Kazakhstan marks a significant yet cautious step forward in addressing the longstanding border issues that have plagued the two nations.

Budget priorities

As India anticipates the upcoming Union Budget, the spotlight is firmly on initiatives that could redefine economic priorities under Modi 3.0. Amid the flurry of expectations and promises, the government’s emphasis on skills, employment, and innovation stand out as a pivotal strategy in navigating current challenges and shaping future opportunities.

Reviving Nalanda

Some say it is an anachronism. To some others it is a mere fancy project. A considerable few are not sure about the future of this renovated legacy and they fume at the brouhaha over it. But not many, in their senses, can dispute the glamour and pride associated with the brand name ‘Nalanda’ that is synonymous with the grand glory of ancient Indian civilisation.