Unprecedented indictment

The conventional narrative that the CBI is a ‘caged parrot’, that is, an institution struggling to assert its autonomy in the face of political pressure, was turned on its head by Ranjit Sinha. »

Crime in the name of honour

This week, Bhavya, a college student in Delhi, Yadav by caste, was strangled to death by her family for eloping with Abhishek, a Punjabi. »

Diplomacy wins the day

The telephone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Mahinda Rajapaksa capped days of back channel persuasion by a number of emissaries. »

Of secret hoards in tax havens

The G20 leaders gave their assent to the proposal put forth by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to limit the use of tax havens, as cleared by OECD Finance Ministers earlier. »

Arms and the godman

Instead of choosing the easier and more sensible option of surrendering to the police, Sant Rampal put at risk the lives and limbs of his band of supporters. »
November 20, 2014

Counting caste in the census

A stand-alone caste headcount may not normally be desirable in a country grappling with the adverse consequences of social hierarchy and caste-based divisions. However, in conjunction with socio-e... »
November 19, 2014

Getting them back to school

A survey commissioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, in September shows that out of the estimated 20.41 crore children in the age group of 6-13 in India, an estimated 60.41 lakh (2... »
November 18, 2014

Resolute policies on children

On the 25th anniversary this week of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), is the world a better place for children? It would be ill-advised to seek shelt... »
November 17, 2014

Bizarre verdict reversed

Justice has finally been done. A few days ago, an appeals court in L’Aquila, Italy, acquitted six Italian scientists who were convicted of manslaughter and awarded a six-year jail term in October... »
November 15, 2014

Cometary quest

After a tense seven hours, there were high fives, hugs and handshakes. Separating from the Rosetta mother craft, »
November 14, 2014

Rivals turn the tables on climate

Wednesday’s deal between th... »
November 13, 2014

Needed, a wider debate

The Gujarat government’s new law making ... »
November 12, 2014

The continuing polio challenge

Polio has bounced back with a vengeance in Pakistan. Compared with 53 cases reported during the period January to September last year and 54 in 2012, there have been 174 cases during the correspon... »
November 19, 2014

New clarity to ties with Australia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia was long overdue, coming 28 years after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi travelled to the continent. While the invitation to Brisbane for the G-20 summ... »
November 18, 2014

Trade facilitation on track

The deal between India and the U.S. on the contentious issue of public stockholdings of foodgrains for security should put the global trade negotiations back on track. The bilateral compromise pro... »
November 17, 2014

Ridding IPL of its taint

The Supreme Court’s disclosure of four names among those investigated by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee marks another step in the excruciating process of cleaning up Indian cricket. The fact t... »
November 15, 2014

Security forces held to account

The life sentence recommended by the General Court Martial to »
November 14, 2014

Targets that endanger lives

It is at once sobering and shocking that the sterilisation procedures (laparoscopic tubectomy) carried out on 83 women at a camp in Pendari village of Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district on November... »
November 13, 2014

Tarnished victory in Maharashtra

Ahead of its floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly, it was clear that the 13-day-old Devendra Fadnavis-led government would »
November 12, 2014

List of good intentions

As many of his predecessors have done, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has unveiled another »