MAKING INROADS: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has found a new mission in capturing political power in Jammu and Kashmir and is undoing whatever little is left of the State’s special status.” Picture shows him at an election rally in Srinagar.
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MAKING INROADS: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has found a new mission in capturing political power in Jammu and Kashmir and is undoing whatever little is left of the State’s special status.” Picture shows him at an election rally in Srinagar.

The final frontier of Hindutva?

Would Kashmir be the crown of Indian democracy or a frontier of the clash of civilisations, which the Sangh Parivar believes in? »
CONTROLLING THE BIRTH RATE: “Sterilisation is by far the most effective family planning method in the country; yet the government of India admits that there is no improvement in the number of sterilisations.” Picture shows a tribal family in Visakhapatnam.

Learning from the Ernakulam experiment

Other States in India can study how the family planning programme has worked in Kerala and incorporate those features in their own programmes »

Rape, rhetoric and reality

A statistically faulty focus on rape has led to a misdiagnosis and a worsening of India’s real problem: women’s autonomy »
“The Positivist postulate of mythology as implicitly fictitious is the reason for the anxiety in projecting mythological stories as historical events.” Picture shows a scene from the Ramayana.

The changing face of history

Whenever the State has intervened to determine what history should be taught to its citizens, the result has been an unmitigated disaster both for the discipline and for the society »
“The militants did not enter to take hostages and negotiate with power brokers; they came to strike a fatal blow to the last remaining vestiges of humanity left in Pakistan.” Picture shows women mourning the death of their 15-year-old relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed in the Taliban attack in Peshawar on December 16.

Pakistan must live in Peshawar

Time and again, the country has moved on and forgotten about the dead. But not this time »
“Drawing on sizeable capital from China’s policy banks is one of the biggest advantages of Chinese national oil companies abroad.” Picture shows the Kashagan offshore oilfield in western Kazakhstan.
December 18, 2014

An opportunity to outmuscle China in oil

The race between China and India for global oil resources was over before it started. From Central Asia to Africa, China’s large and powerful national oil companies outmuscled their smaller Indian... »
December 17, 2014

Debating the ‘right to die’

You choose your country, you choose your spouse, you choose your profession, you choose your political masters, and you choose where you want to live and how. Die you must. But how to die and when... »
December 17, 2014

Death of northern white rhino brings species closer to extinction

A northern white rhinoceros that zoo officials said was only one of six left in the world died on December 14 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old, appa... »
“Foreign students promote diversity in university campuses.” Picture shows foreign students on a visit to New Delhi for an exchange programme.
December 16, 2014

Creating a global classroom

The success of the Mars Orbiter Mission is yet anot... »
December 15, 2014

Sanskrit deserves more than slogans

Philologist William Jones famously described it as “more perfect than Greek, more copious than Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either.” Layered and complex, Sanskrit is one of our richest... »
AN ANCHOR: “His style was not that of a boss. He avoided interfering in what was the private preserve. Nevertheless he was always available if we sought his counsel.” Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer (right) with Mr. V.R. Lakshminarayanan at the seafront in Kochi. Photo: Special Arrangement
December 15, 2014

‘We needed a father figure to take crucial decisions’

More than a week has gone since Justice Krishna Iyer (V.R.K.) passed away, but the incredible outpouring of grief continues. This is natural when a legend, who offered solace to thousand... »  
DIFFERENT VISIONS: “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist rule indicates a reversal of the secular state structure that Kemal Ataturk had succeeded in ushering in.” A file photo showing supporters of the AKP holding portraits of Ataturk and Mr. Erdogan in Istanbul.
December 13, 2014

Overturning Ataturk’s legacy

There are two sights that the eye grows accustomed to in Istanbul: Turkey’s red flag that flutters just about everywhere and paintings and portraits of the man responsible for this overt display of... »
THIRD WAY OUT: “While the Supreme Court dismissed a review petition seeking reconsideration of its judgment, the option of a legislative repeal is a bleaker prospect.” Picture shows members of the Delhi Queer Pride Committee in 2010. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
December 12, 2014

Limiting the impact of Section 377

December 11, 2014 marked one year from the day on which the Supreme Court delivered one of its most heavily criticised judgments in recent history: Suresh Kumar Koushal v Naz Foundation. (Ko... »
December 18, 2014

Brain-injury programme for war veterans now includes athletes

A brain-injury treatment programme originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to include professional athletes. Representatives with the Eisenho... »
“The agenda of universities needs to be established by the faculty and students, keeping in mind the needs and aspirations of everyone.” Picture shows engineering students in Hyderabad. on February 06, 2009.
December 17, 2014

A new imagination for Indian universities

The Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings 2015, w... »
“Residents blamed muck deposition from the Srinagar hydroelectric project for raising the Alaknanda river bed, which flooded the downstream areas of the town.” Picture shows soldiers repairing a footbridge during the 2013 floods.
December 16, 2014

Damned by development

Chaaen, a village atop a hill in the picturesque Alaknanda Valley, is infamous for getting a hydroelectric project into trouble. I first visited the village last year while covering the »
David Washbrook.
December 16, 2014

History should be a ground of contestation: David Washbrook

“Current attempts to rewrite history in India have “very little chance of being taken seriously,” given their unacceptability to “the great bulk of the [Indian] academic community,” according to B... »
December 15, 2014

Aid groups overstretched by Congo crisis

Faced with a dearth of United Nations peacekeepers, lack of funding and competition from other global crises, relief agencies are struggling to contain a growing humanitarian disaster in the Democ... »
DEEP ROOTS: “In their strongholds, the Maoists have no dearth of human intelligence through their sympathisers.” Picture shows a team of CRPF's CoBRA commandos in Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
December 13, 2014

The Central Reserve Police Mess

For 15 days, since November 15, more than 2,000 troops from six battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had been venturing out to conduct SADO — Search and Destroy Operation(s) — in C... »  
FINE PRINT: “If Uber had given an undertaking that the background of each of its drivers would be vetted, it is liable; otherwise it is not.” Picture shows the offender Shiv Kumar Yadav being produced at a court in New Delhi. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
December 12, 2014

A flawed background check system

Following the unfortunate Uber taxi episode in the national capital, there is again an animated debate whether the justice system in India is doing its part in ensuring the safety of women. Sweepi... »