Costs of ignoring hunger

Ignoring hunger and malnutrition will have significant costs to any country’s development. Nutrition improvement has both intrinsic and instrumental value »
October 20, 2014

Confirming its dominance

In winning the Haryana Assembly election, and emerging as the single largest party by far in Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janata Party has »
October 20, 2014

Disclosure and DLF

The order of stock market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on DLF, »
SMOKY SKIES: Kobane, some 100hundred m from the Turkish border, remains a key battleground of the war. In the picture, Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town after an air strike.

For clarity in Syria’s muddy politics

The United States and its allies continue to bomb northern Iraq and Syria. The purported target is the Islamic State (IS), whose territory stretches across the borders of the two countries. The Syr... »
ASE OF BUSINESS: “Government policies that have made foreign investment easy, coupled with tax holidays in SEZs, have provided incentives for setting up export-oriented captives.” Picture shows a worker at an SEZ in Kochi. Photo: H. Vibhu

Make for India, not just in India

With a large engineering workforce and links with the English language, India already has some natural advantages in providing knowledge workers to global corporations. In addition, government pol... »
FOR GROWTH: “India’s economic growth since the 1990s has been driven by the services industry but the manufacturing sector requires expansion.” Picture shows workers in Ahmedabad.

Soft power, hard choices

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to move on several fronts simultaneously to fulfil expectations he has generated in various constituencies. Through his foreign trips, especially the high-profile U... »
RICH REPOSITORY: “India’s musical legends such as Pandit Ravi Shankar (in picture) are available to us today through All India Radio’s recordings of their performances at Akashvani Sangeet Sammelans.”

Classical music for the common man

For B.V. Keskar, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s Information Minister from 1952 to 1962, Hindi film songs were a strict no-no where Akashvani was concerned. In his opinion, the mission of the public bro... »
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 20, 2014

Overwhelming victory

The results of the Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana have once again proved that people are aspiring for change. After the Lok Sabha election, this is another jolt to the Congress whic... »
October 20, 2014

U-turn on black money

The government’s U-turn on the issue of black money (“Black money: U... »
October 20, 2014

Green-rated buildings

The article “Green-rated buildings not keeping t... »
October 20, 2014

Some relief

The Supreme Court’s grant of bail to Ms. Jayalalithaa (“»
October 20, 2014

Line of no control

The views expressed by Gen. Ashok K. Mehta in his article “A line without ceasefires” (Oct 18) were... »
October 18, 2014


We proclaim ourselves to be an economic superpower yet gloss over the heart-rending sight of streetchildren fighting off stray dogs while searching for leftovers at garbage heaps (“»
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... »
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... »
Subhash Khot
September 20, 2014

A round of questions with Subhash Khot

This year, the International Mathematical Union awarded the Rolf Nevanlinna prize to Subhash Khot, Professor of computer science at New York University. The Indian-American computer scientist is... »
October 19, 2014

A sports-lover of a grandfather

I have long given up wondering how sport matters so much to my grandfather. Recently, Harsha Bhogle — on Twitter — was part of a conversation where people gently mocked him about the dearth of audi... »
Illustration: Surendra
October 19, 2014

Those unwritten but real rules for the road

Driving on the insane roads of Bengaluru, I was panic-stricken for a moment when a truck driver flashed the headlights of the vehicle and drove almost into me. I cursed him under my breath and did... »
Not many realise the havoc that uncontrolled fire-cracker bursting sessions could cause. Photo: R. Ragu
October 19, 2014

Beware of that festive recklessness

My maid said she was late for work as she had an emergency at home. It turned out that she had to rush her eight-year old to hospital after she hurt herself playing with crackers. One of her eyes s... »
October 19, 2014

Takeaway from a Japanese consumer

I was sent to Beirut on deputation as an officer of the Engineering Export Promotion Council under the Ministry of Commerce. This non-trading, non-profit advisory organisation functioning under th... »

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 (4:30 pm), and with the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore on November 10, 2014 (5:30 pm.) Click here for event details and to register »

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... »