In furtherance of good governance

Civil servant independence in the country is at best nominal. Nonconformity even to spurn whimsical and arbitrary directives received from above is widely recognised as a very risky proposition »
October 25, 2014

Terror in Ottawa

Canada is no stranger to terrorism. Unprecedented as the attack on its Parliament building might appear — it has even been described as “the end of Canada’s innocence” — the country has had long e... »
October 25, 2014

Ebola and lessons from Nigeria

In late July this year, the international airport in the bustling Nigerian metropolis of Lagos received an extremely unwelcome visitor. A man from Liberia, a West African nation where Ebola is ram... »
GRUELLING: “If those opposing the scheme visited a worksite, they would see men and women lifting approximately 1,500 kilos of mud in a day to earn a minimum wage.” Picture shows MGNREGA workers near Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu. Photo: A. Muralitharan

Ending destitution and distress

It’s no secret that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. MGNREGA is perhaps the only law in the world which guarantees 100 days... »

Along with English, Alaska’s indigenous languages now official

Alaska’s governor signed a bill on Thursday to officially recognise the State’s 20 indigenous languages in a symbolic move that gives a nod to tribal efforts to save Native American tongues which... »
In this September 30, 2014 photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The lawsuit against Mr. Modi argues that victims of the communal violence in Gujarat were entitled to compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages.

The limitations of diplomatic immunity

A federal court in New York has signalled its intention to take forward a lawsuit filed in the U.S. against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by issuing an order on October 21 calling on the plai... »
SEAT OF JUSTICE: The Bar Council of India must suitably amend relevant rules and uphold the faith of the common man in the judiciary. Picture shows the Supreme Court. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Father, son and the holy Court

In 1967, when U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the son of U.S. Supreme Court Judge Tom C. Clark as the Attorney General, Clark promptly resigned from his post. This was because an Attorn... »
For the macroeconomy, the single important development has been the steep fall in global petroleum prices. File photo

C. R. L. Narasimhan


The contours of economic recovery

How do recent data — on industrial output and inflation — impact the growth assumptions? Admittedly, these are for just one month — the IIP for August and the inflation data for September. »
A.S. Panneerselvan. Photo: V.V. Krishnan


Trust is media’s biggest asset

The year 2009 was a defining 12 months for Indian journalism in more than one sense. While the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) returned to power with an increased majority, it started to lose it... »
October 25, 2014

Modi's visit to J&K

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spending Diwali in Kashmir is a milestone (“»
October 25, 2014

Relatives and court

The writer appears to have missed something in his article, “Father, son and the holy Court” (O... »
October 25, 2014

Brave, brilliant

Benjamin C. Bradlee, the former Executive Editor of Washington Post, will be remembered for his key role in the downfall of President Richard Nixon (Oct.24). The Watergate scandal brought i... »
October 25, 2014

Row over black money

The BJP fought and won the general election using corruption and black money as principal planks (“»
October 25, 2014

Atrocity in school

It is a shame that cases of even small children becoming victims of molestation are on the rise (“»
October 24, 2014

Srinagar visit

The move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (“Modi to spend Diwali in flood-hit Srinagar,” Oct.22) is a... »
U.S. Ambassador to India, Kathleen Stephens. Photo: K. V. Srinivasan
Chennai, October 21, 2014

‘India’s visa concerns will be addressed’

During a visit to Chennai, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, the charge d’affaires at the U.S Embassy in New Delhi, answered questions on the way forward after the Modi-Obama summit in Washi... »
Economist Esther Duflo.
Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
October 1, 2014

‘Political courage needed to admit government can’t deliver promises’

In 2003, French-American economist Esther Duflo co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Abhijit Banerjee and Sendhil Mul... »
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressing the inaugural session of the first summit (October 9-10), in New Delhi on October 09, 2014. The young billionaire will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and key members of Modi's Cabinet. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
October 9, 2014

Benefits of bringing connectivity to India are going to be profound: Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for the next billion Internet users has brought him to India for the first time. But given the lack of Internet connectivity and challenges related to a... »
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minsiter Omar Abdullah
September 25, 2014

Situation in J&K after floods still bleak

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah spoke to The Hindu in an exclusive interview, on how his government is dealing with the situation that prevails after the devastatin... »
October 26, 2014

Tweak the message for results

I was having evening tea with my mother, and there was the usual chai par charcha going on. The nine-year-old boy in our neighbourhood was becoming naughtier by the day. She recalled how he... »
October 26, 2014

Corporations and the karma effect

Satya Nadella, the Hyderabad-born numero uno of Microsoft, recently kicked off a controversy when he reportedly said women employees of Microsoft should count on their karma for thei... »
October 26, 2014

Ode to a father

A friend of mine lost his father yesterday. I heard about it from another friend of mine and was left reeling. What shall I do? What am I supposed to do? Shall I call him? Or shall I call his moth... »
October 26, 2014

Unlearning to relearn: a physician’s thoughts

I was supposed to be a good student in school and medical school, and passed examinations with credit. In retrospect, half a century later, I feel that was not a compliment. It is only now I realis... »

Public Lectures: India and Climate Change

A series of public lectures on "India and Climate Change" by Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, and Senior Visiting Fellow at The Hindu Centre, will be held in partnership with the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai on October 24, 2014 (5:00 pm), and with the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore on November 10, 2014 (5:30 pm.)Watch the live streaming of the lecture here »