Love, faith and conversions

Polemical literature and what is taught in schools and colleges are a startling revelation of the suspicion tinged with hatred for the religious minorities. Yet, there is nothing in the comments of ou... »
September 16, 2014

Fair deal for transgenders

The Union Social Justice Ministry’s move to seek cla... »
September 16, 2014

Disinvestment takes off

The disinvestment programme for 2014-15 seems to have kicked off in right earnest with the Union Cabinet »
The 'Yes' campaign's salient feature is its tranformation from being a movement solely of Scottish nationalism to one that is characterised by a demand for genuine and radical social democracy. Picture shows 'Yes' campaigners outside the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow.

A vote to watch in Scotland

“But if you unscotch us you will find us damned mischievous Englishmen” — Sir Walter Scott in a letter to the British parliamentarian J.W. Croker in 1826. More than 300 years after... »
It is time Parliament reconciles the concept of freedom, personal liberty and natural justice with the determination of nationality.

Why archaic citizenship laws must go

A debate on the need to repeal obsolete laws has been set in motion in India with the government appointing a committee to look into the matter. Even our erstwhile coloniser, Great Britain, initia... »
Some migrant destinations are the underbelly of India's economic growth and hold a mirror to any notion that this migration is 'aspirational' in nature. Picture shows workers in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Bringing migrants back home

In December 2013, a labourer chopped off the palm... »
The Kathmandu summit in November presents an opportunity to build on earlier initiatives that can potentially alter this scenario. Picture shows preparations before the summit in Bhutan in 2010. File Photo: AP

Writing SAARC’s incomplete chapter 

From Kathmandu to Kabul and Dhaka to Delhi, there is growing recognition that regional cooperation in South Asia would remain incomplete unless a culture of respect for the basic rights and fundam... »
Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton

In defence of Conservatism

We are accused of offering only the status quo, with all its injustices. But the survival of our way of life really is at stake »
Wu Yingjie, the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party Committee for Tibet. Photö: Special Arrangement

Suhasini Haider

A strong foundation for the roof of the world

Given the possible changes in China’s policy towards Tibet, India must lose no time in adjusting to the new possibilities they bring »
September 16, 2014

Floods in J&K

The current floods take my memory back to another disaster in the Kashmir Valley, the earthquake of 2005 (Sept. 15). I was posted in Srinagar as an Army officer, and saw at close quarters the magn... »
September 16, 2014

Food Act beneficiaries

This refers to the report, “Food Security Act beneficiaries... »
September 15, 2014

Floods & after in J&K

It was sad to read the report, “Lack of relief fuels anger in J&K” (Sept... »
September 16, 2014


The news of Islamic State beheading British aid worker David Haines is deeply disturbing. The list of crimes being committed by the group keeps growing by the day and the time has come for concert... »
September 16, 2014

Institutional decay

Professor Krishna Kumar is right in saying that the impact of commercial and political interests in educational institutions is what is compromising the system (»
September 15, 2014

Acid attacks

There has been a spike again in acid-throwing attacks on w... »
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Photo: Special Arrangement
September 11, 2014

‘We will not allow an external probe’

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the twin challenges of external pressure for an international probe into allegations of war crimes and internal pressure over the dialogue p... »
August 23, 2014

‘Courts should be dealing with serious criminal offences, not with petty cases’

The Law Commission of India recently submitted its 245th Report to the Law Ministry. The Report is the first scientific attempt to define and measure the backlog in India’s lower courts. The Commi... »
DEFINING IDEAS: Most of Pouzin’s career has been devoted to the design and implementation of computer systems, most notably the CYCLADES computer network.
September 2, 2014

‘U.S. monopoly over Internet must go’

Louis Pouzin is recognised for his contributions to the protocols that make up the fundamental architecture of the Internet. Most of his career has been devoted to the design and... »
Shah Rukh Khan. Photo: Vivek Bendre
August 15, 2014

‘I have become more reclusive’

Twenty-six years after he made his acting debut with the TV serial “Fauji,” India’s most articulate Bollywood star is ready to unveil the trailer of his new film “Happy New Year,” releasing this D... »
The sudden disappearance of sparrows is a warning to humans about impending environmental hazards
September 14, 2014
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Where have the sparrows gone?

The House sparrow and its subspecies are worldwide in their distribution, except in the polar regions. Sparrows have had a symbiotic relationship with humans for the past 10,000 years. Poets have... »
September 14, 2014

The pros and cons of the CSAT controversy

The Civil Services preliminary examination 2014 has concluded. The new scheme involving the Aptitude Test CSAT, has been alternately criticised fiercely and defended equally. From 2011, i... »
Continuity and change mark the evolution of the national capital. Photo: S. Subramanium
September 14, 2014

Past, present and future in New Delhi

Reading recently a recollection by Anjolie Ela Menon of her childhood in Delhi, I recalled my own childhood. Indeed, with childhood in Lutyens’ Delhi, and now resident in Nizamuddin East at the end... »
September 14, 2014

The squirrel brave: testimony from a playground

Recently I happened to witness a strange event in our indoor badminton court where I enjoy playing daily after a hectic daily schedule as a doctor, with fellow-players from different age-groups.»

Mr. Modi's 100 Days: A Reality Check

Much of the adulatory media coverage of the performance of the Modi Government in its first 100 days overlooked significant gaps between intent and action, points out Vidya Subrahmaniam.Read more »

In the 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014, West Bengal has witnessed some interesting trends. Apart from the debacle of the Left and the ascendance of the Trinamool Congress (AITC), the other somewhat s... »