A framework for recovery and growth

After a decade of economic decline, wrongly attributed to the global economic meltdown, recovery and growth need a different policy today, using a new framework of objectives, priorities, strategy and... »
March 2, 2015

Positive signals for business

There are several features of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s first full-year Budget presented in Parliament on Saturday that are notable, such as the effort to widen the social security and pensi... »
March 2, 2015

Dark struggles in paradise

The arrest of Mohammed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, was not unexpected. He and his Maldivian Democratic Party had seen it coming and had appealed to the international community, incl... »
LIABILITY TO ASSET: “If, through the sovereign gold bonds proposed in the Budget, the government can generate gold stock as buffer stock, India can aggregate its demand for gold.” Picture shows people on the eve of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’ in Bengaluru. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Game changers in the Budget

Even ignoring the reporting in sections of financial media which have reduced the Budget into mere ‘comics,’ the media debates on budgets increasingly make it difficult to separate the wheat from... »

The destruction of Iraq’s ancient artefacts is a war crime

Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, has released footage showing a group of men smashing with sledgehammers what seem to be ancient artefacts (the Assyrian protective deity in the form of a winged bull... »
INDISPENSABLE VOICES: “Indian literature has served us greater fare than literature in English.” File photo of Mahasweta Devi at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

New voices in an age-old debate

When Bhalchandra Nemade sharply devalued Salman Rushdie’s contribution to literature at a recent event, he may not have expected such a swift and angry Twitter retort by Mr. Rushdie. What is surpri... »
Yashwant Sinha. Illustration: B. Rajesh

Strong on the social sector side

Budget making is a complex exercise, especially in a country like India. Therefore, the parameters to judge the annual budget are also many. For me, the arithmetic of the budget is the first. Acc... »
A.S. Panneerselvan. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

A.S. Panneerselvan


What makes self-regulation work

It has been a nine-year-long journey towards establishing a credible self-regulation mechanism by The Hindu. K. Narayanan, the paper’s first Readers’ Editor (RE), »

C. R. L. Narasimhan

Financial scene

When expectations are high ...

In the run up to the budget presentation on Saturday February 28, expectations from the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were running very high. Dispassionate observers were aware that the level of ex... »
March 2, 2015

Budget 2015

Whether it is the UPA or the NDA, both governments appear to be on the same page when it comes to “attacking” the salaried class (“»
February 28, 2015

Unsafe after sunset

In the realistic analysis about the safety and security of women in different megacities after sunset (“Un... »
February 27, 2015

The right touches

The Railway Minister has presented a practical and pragmatic budget instead... »
February 28, 2015

On the Railway budget

Every time a railway budget is presented, the Opposition attacks it with relish (“»
February 28, 2015

Winning the WOTY

It is no surprise that The Hindu’s website has won the Website of the... »
February 27, 2015

Kashmir politics

Realpolitik seems to have forged an alliance of convenience between the BJP and PDP in the best interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have reaffirmed their faith in democracy (»
February 28, 2015

‘Neither UPA nor NDA promised livelihood-based rehabilitation’

In many cases, government acquires land and hands it over to corporates within a year of acquisition. Then it becomes a government project for which consent is not necessary, says Medha Patkar. File photo Social activist Medha Patkar has been in the forefront of the struggle for the rights and rehabilitation of project-displaced populations for over two decades, and has relentlessly pursued the form... »
Dr. Robert C. Orr
NEW DELHI, February 24, 2015

‘Modi government has shifted gears on climate change’

While India has been an active participant and leader in global climate discussions for many years, the Modi government has shifted the gears on the issue of climate change, according to Dr Robert... »
February 25, 2015

‘India should be a model for genetic research’

Eric S. Lander. Photo: Prashant Nakwe On April 25, 2003, a group of geneticists representing six countries announced that it had mapped every one of the three billion letters making up the human genome. What had taken scientists of... »
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar during a Interview with The Hindu in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: R. V. Moorthy
New Delhi, February 16, 2015

Compliance is mainstay of ministry: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar has come in for a lot of flak since he took over last year but in an interview to The Hindu on Sunday he says the ministry is making co... »
The full-cover head scarf serves a more utilitarian purpose. File photo: S. Subramanium
February 22, 2015

‘Burqa’ on wheels, a new urban phenomenon

In urban areas across India over the past few decades it has become quite common to see girls and young women going about on scooters. However, a recent trend involves their driving to their desti... »
February 22, 2015

Open spaces and open minds: seeing a correlation

To have an acre of open space around a house in a city is something we cannot dream of today. During the 1950s it was possible. It was no big deal at all. We, my parents and three sisters, lived in... »
February 22, 2015

To learn to labour and to hang on

Looking out the window of my bedroom, I can see the wayside tea stall sort of leaning against a compound wall. Not very hygienic, what with all the dust stirred up by the wind, and maybe with even... »
February 22, 2015

Near-death experiences in Bengaluru

I first began to feel strange one day in mid-January 2015 in Bengaluru. I just felt like taking rest — my legs were refusing to work. It seemed such a silly symptom that I thought nothing of it. »

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. »