The tasks of governance

It is not often that a first-time legislator gets to be Chief Minister. In Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar was chosen by the Bharatiya Janata Party for the top job not for his legislative experience... »

For an inclusive pitch

Pope Francis famously asked last year: “If a person is gay and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” Last week, it almost looked like the Catholic Church, led by the first Pope in a thousand years fro... »

Moving fast on coal allocations

The Centre has done well in moving quickly to clean up the mess in the coal sector following the »

A balancing of interests

The range of measures Prime Minister Narendra Modi passionately spelt out at the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate programme on labour reforms reads like a road map to his Independence Day... »

Fuelling reform

It was a long-awaited reform measure but when the Narendra Modi government eventually deregulated diesel pricing on Saturday, the timing, in the backdrop of falling global oil prices, was just per... »
October 21, 2014

Loosening tobacco’s deadly grip

A few months after steeply increasing taxes on tobacco products, the government has come up with another much-needed measure to contain tobacco consumption. Thanks to a recent amendment to the Cig... »
October 20, 2014

Disclosure and DLF

The order of stock market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on DLF, »
October 18, 2014

Challenge to mainstream parties

Maybe not much should be made of a first-time entry to the Westminster Parliament by a party that was until recently seen as being on the political fringe. Even so, the by-election win last week b... »
October 17, 2014

A commendable effort

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), with the consummate ease that has become the rocket’s hallmark, placed the third Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) »  
October 16, 2014

Behavioural change critical

That high toilet coverage without concomitant utilisation of the facilities at a very high level and washing hands with soap will not bring about a reduction in diarrhoeal episodes and worm infest... »
October 15, 2014

Morales and his moral compass

The 60 per cent mandate that President Evo Morales received on Sunday for a third term... »
October 14, 2014

The freedom to marry

The move from decriminalising homosexuality to granting legal status to gay marriages may seem a simple and logical step. After all, the quintessentially liberal principle is that all people ought... »
October 13, 2014

Caste, clan and compromise

For the Bharatiya Janata Party, the stakes in this week’s Assembly elections in Haryana are considerably lower than in the case of Maharashtra. Haryana is smaller both in terms of size and populat... »
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 18, 2014

Some relief for Jayalalithaa

The logic of granting bail post-conviction and pending appeal is that were the appellate court to overturn the verdict, an innocent person who is not expected to flee justice would have been kept... »
October 17, 2014

Turning out to vote

High turnouts are becoming more frequent and very widespread in Indian elections. T... »
October 16, 2014

Taming monopolies

It is usually not easy for laymen to appreciate the work that fetches the Nobel Prize in Economics or, for that matter, the relevance of such work in everyday life. It is not so this time, with th... »  
October 15, 2014

Rebuilding Visakhapatnam

The level of preparedness and the response by the Andhra Pradesh and Central governments, along with their agencies, in the face of the severe cyclonic storm »
October 14, 2014

The art of memory

The world outside France wondered who Patrick Modiano was... »
October 13, 2014

Childhood, peace and development

The Nobel Peace prize for 2014 has been awarded to two South Asian... »