Land, development and democracy

India cannot continue with a pattern of industry that yields so few jobs but has such a large ecological footprint. Neither can it be excited by the urban nightmares that its cities are today. The lan... »  
April 25, 2015

A solution that brooks no delay

The pangs of creating a new mechanism to make appointments to the higher judiciary are already being felt. The National Judicial Appointments Commission Act has been notified, »
April 25, 2015

Monsoon concerns

In contrast to last year, the initial outlook for the southwest monsoon looks hardly pr... »
People at the protest rally over the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl in a public school, and increase in assault, rape and sexual aggression against women, at the Freedom Park, in Bangalore on July 20, 2014. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar

What enables rape reporting?

The anti-rape agitation in India that followed on the heels of the Nirbhaya gang-rape incident in New Delhi in 2012 was the biggest such movement seen in global history. However, did the movement c... »
FLAWED ASSESSMENT: “When maturity cannot be measured accurately, it would be a travesty of justice if children accused of breaking the law are sent to an adult prison.” File photo shows shows the juvenile accused (face covered) in the Nirbhaya case in New Delhi.

Juveniles need reform, not prison

By clearing amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act and allowing juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 to be tried and punished as adults for ‘heinous offences’ (offences that are punishable with... »
TILTING THE BALANCE: “Lack of access to finance puts small farmers in the high-risk category, where a medical emergency or a marriage can push them into debt, poverty, and suicide.” Picture shows Gajendra Singh Rajput just before his death at the AAP Anti-Land Bill rally in New Delhi.

Farming is not a political game

Everything about the suicide of the farmer from Dausa, Gajendra Singh, save the tragedy for his family, has been theatre — the very public venue, the occasion of a political rally, the politicians... »  
PROVIDING CONNECTIVITY: “For a sustainable city, public transport has to be the main artery.” Picture shows a view of Hyderabad.

What makes cities really smart

There is no one definition for India’s proposed smart ci... »
David Ignatius

David Ignatius

World View

Turkey’s long-ago slaughter of Armenians

Turkey’s acknowledgement of the tragic events of 1915 is important because it might begin a necessary and inevitable period of truth and reconciliation »
A Kashmiri Muslim woman recites the holy Quran at the shrine of Shah e Hamdan on the death anniversary of sufi scholar Mir Syed Ali Hamadani in Srinagar, India

Ziya Us Salam

Write Angle

Heresy based on hearsay

In the season of Islam bashing, Noor Zaheer comes up with “Denied by Allah” denying the reader the complete picture »
April 25, 2015

Smart cities

The article, “What makes cities really smart” (April 24), has workable ideas. It also highligh... »
April 25, 2015

AAP at a crossroads

The expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the AAP’s primary membership has impoverished the party and demonstrated the leadership’s intolerance to dissent and criticism (»
April 24, 2015


The report, “Yechury is new CPI(M) chief” (April 20), on the elevation of S... »
April 25, 2015

In step with Kabul

Afghanistan can carry out manoeuvres with Pakistan and China and India can have no quarrel with that (“»
April 25, 2015

Farmer’s suicide

As the government fumbles for solutions to the agrarian crisis, a farmer’s suicide in c... »
April 24, 2015

Three futures

In Shiv Visvanathan’s succinct analysis of the speeches made by Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury, it is Mr. Modi who clearly appears to be a man under siege due to his government’s... »
Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam.
April 19, 2015

'We are keen on expanding our strategic partnership with India'

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in Chennai to inaugurate a new Australian consulate in the city on April 15, 2015. She spoke to The Hindu’s Srinivasan Ramani ... »
'We often found that political films were subject to a lot of censorship,' said Lalit Bhasin. Illustration: Satwik Gade
April 15, 2015

‘Censor board members need some education in art and cinema’

Certifying films is a contentious issue, and has become more so in recent times. Senior Supreme Court advocate, Lalit Bhasin, who was chairperson of the Film Certification Appellate Trib... »
Washington, April 19, 2015

‘From depressing scenario we are certainly in a recovery mode’

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke to The Hindu’s Puja Mehra in Washington on the state of the economy, on his plans for economic reforms, including the pol... »
Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.
April 12, 2015

We are looking at long-term profitable growth

Iconic luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz last week announced its best ever sales performance in India. Backed by an aggressive product roll-out plan, the company is confident of taking on competit... »
April 21, 2015

Schools miss the bus

India's educational system is in a de-plorable state. Dehra Dun, where I live, prides itself as India's 'school capital'. It also has a proliferating number of institu-tions provid... »
April 21, 2015

Mothers' Days: Leave them to enjoy that phase in their lives

Anyone who has read R. Choodamani's short stories in Tamil will find each one of them a marvel of human insight, a delicate understatement, and a perspective of the... »
April 21, 2015

Smiling one's way through life

Between strangers, there's no better ice-breaker than a smile — a signal of a budding friendship. A smile can also help thaw a frosty relationship, disarm suspicion and neutralise enmity. A smile... »
April 21, 2015

The view

I look down from the mountain peak And see my journey flash before my eyes The rough terrain, the steep climb, The marsh and mire beside the creek The rocky edges, the slippery slo... »

Reaching for the Stars: The Incredible Rise of Arvind Kejriwal

Five years ago, Arvind Kejriwal was far from being the man of the masses he is today. He abhorred politics and politicians and was in no quandary about enlisting the right wing in his anti-corruption fight. From that to his emergence as a natural leader of the poor and minorities is a riveting story, as riven with contradictions as it is full of surprises. The Hindu Centre's Senior Fellow Vidya Subrahmaniam, traces his rise from activism to political stardom. Read more. »

Inserting Hindutva in Nagaland
The Hindu Centre’s latest policy report examines the working of internal democracy in the Congress and the BJP.Read more. »

A look at what happened on today's date from our archives of 1965. For the first time in its history, the famous Jog Falls in Karnataka have gone "dry"..

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