A template for teacher education

None of our Teacher Education programmes has ever seriously tried to achieve a clear and convincing enough understanding of what one tries to achieve through education. It always has been a rhetoric o... »

Understanding the Kashmir mandate

The present election is special because it represents a fruition of India’s quest to guarantee freedom to all sections of its people. The high participation of the Kashmiris represents a triumph for I... »

The entrepreneurs of violence

Understanding the TTP attack in Peshawar would involve looking at the group’s structure, the role of ideology and the impact of Pakistan’s counter-insurgency operations »

Debating the conversion conundrum

In the furore over conversion, there is a need for dialogue where religion must debate belief within a constitutional framework. There must be an assumption that every citizen has two critical texts t... »

Conversion and freedom of religion

While organised events of conversion can incite violence and hatred, the enforcement of a national anti-conversion law, as some advocate, is not the panacea. Besides inflicting greater damage, it woul... »
December 22, 2014

When the second rate sets the standards

Once on a site visit to a newly built hotel in Lucknow, I was appalled at the poor quality of construction: misaligned brickwork, crooked walls, windows in ill-fitted frames, light switches fixed... »
December 19, 2014

Nationalism as antonym of communalism

One of the peculiarities of Indian political debate is that everyone claims to be secular while accusing others of not being so. Secularism’s hegemony as an idea was made clear by L.K. Advani, whe... »
December 17, 2014

How to talk climate change in Paris

The United States and China, the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, have recently »
December 15, 2014

For better signage on the cyber highway

If you are reading this article, you have in all likelihood committed a crime. According to Indian law — specifically, Section 66A of the amended Information Technology Act — you could be facing a... »
December 12, 2014

Good intent not enough for good policy

The Indian Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act (CLNDA) of 2010 is a good example of how good intentions alone do not lead to good policy. After obtaining a historic waiver from the Nuclear Suppl... »
December 10, 2014

For a warmer Russian bear hug

The symbolism of the moment was unmistakable. The new Indian Prime Minister was whisked to the head of a long queue of waiting foreign dignitaries and introduced to the Russian leader. The first ha... »
December 8, 2014

Understanding inflation targeting

Inflation targeting is back in the news and this is welcome. I have always held the view that the dominant objective of monetary policy is the maintenance of price stability. Inflation targeting g... »
December 5, 2014

SAARC’s make or break moment

The most tangible outcome of the 18th session of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit was the agonising wait for the “will they, won’t they” last-minute »
December 20, 2014

Echoes of the Pink Tide

As if out of a hat, Cuba’s Raúl Castro and the U.S.’s Barack Obama pulled out the rabbit of diplomacy. Secret meetings in Canada and in the Vatican enabled Cuba and the U.S. to cut a deal to softe... »
December 18, 2014

In Australia’s pain, lessons for all

When I first lived in Delhi in the year 2000, I was struck by how present was the awareness of terrorism as a risk in daily life, in India as in other parts of South Asia. But this was not the sam... »
December 16, 2014

New wars on the Cold War relic

The National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, has sought to revisit the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2832 (XXVI) »
December 13, 2014

Interpreting the Kashmiri vote

High voter turnout in the first three phases of the ongoing Assembly election in the State of Jammu and Kashmir is being venerated as a sign of “Kashmiris rejecting separatist politics” and “buryi... »  
December 11, 2014

Confronting the right wing

Every social scientist is doubly a witness, first as a citizen and second as a scholar. As an academic who watches politics, I begin my observations often as a lament, as a bit of nostalgia and the... »
December 9, 2014

Tampering with scientific temper

In early November, the Prime Minister announced that an important initiative to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru was the “promotion of scientific temper among children”. En... »
December 6, 2014

Beyond the language tussle

The ongoing Sanskrit vs. German controversy is being seen by some as the... »