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Medicine Wars

There is still no credible evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy or ayurveda, say detractors. But every system has its own philosophy and can’t be judged by the same criteria, say supporters. Meanwhile, all five alternative medicines that fall under the AYUSH Ministry continue to thrive in India.

Questions over science swirl, but AYUSH stands firm

The AYUSH medical fraternity as well as the ministry are aware of the debate swirling around their schools of medicine but are not convinced that more trials is the way to go.

‘Ayurveda believes every substance is medicine’

Interview with Dr. Dinesh Chandra Katoch, Joint Adviser (Yoga) in the AYUSH Ministry.

‘Are Randomised Control Trials really required?’

Interview with Dr. R.K. Manchanda, Dir-Gen, Central Council for Research in Homeopathy.

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Of water wars and geopolitics

Swaran Singh

The fusion of autocratic politics and capitalist economics makes China play with nature. Rising China also shies away from any such dialogue.

Monetary policy: before, after crisis

K. Subramanian

This book is ambitious. The author tries to bite more issues than he can chew. The chapters drawing on the author’s experience in the RBI are sound.

Bombay cricket’s romance

S. Dinakar

Chasing dreams in the maximum city of Mumbai can be physically and mentally exhausting, yet the very nature of the journey can be captivating.

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Members of the transgender community celebrate the passage of the bill in Bhubaneshwar.

Private member's Bill passed

RS passes Bill on transgender rights

The bill, moved by DMK member Tiruchi Siva, is the first private members bill to be passed in 46 years.

A view of the Rajya Sabha proceedings in New Delhi.

Crop insurance should be a responsibility of the Centre and state governments.

The GST Council will consist of the Union Finance Minister (as Chairman), the Union Minister of State in charge of revenue or Finance, and the Minister in charge of Finance or Taxation or any other, nominated by each State government.

The Bill’s enactment would lead to a "win-win" situation for both the Centre and the states: Arun Jaitley.

File photo of CPI(M) leader P. Rajeeve, whose Rajya Sabha term recently ended.

Arun Jaitley asks new CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury to get Mr. Rajeeve elected again to the RS.

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The parochial Indian

Nissim Mannathukkaren

When communities do not find it fit to mingle with each other socially, what kind of nation are we talking about?

Elsa, the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the

Disney’s heroines

Ramya Sarma

Call it artistic license or creative thinking, Disney’s version is almost always different from the original fairytale.

Aarthi Parthasarathy.

Royal rant

Anusha Parthasarathy

Aarthi Parthasarathy talks about why her web comic uses vintage miniatures to discuss society and its quirks.

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