Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patroling near the Line of Control (LoC).
PHOTO: REUTERS Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patroling near the Line of Control (LoC).

Recalibrating India’s foreign policy

The new government is clearly defining Indian interests (‘India First’) in terms of technological and economic development with a greater focus on these goals in foreign policy »

The two faces of Mr. Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assumption that in prehistoric mythological times India had mastered genetic science and plastic surgery is irrational »
CENTRALISATION OF POWER: Indira Gandhi contributed significantly to promoting an idea of power that was highly personalised and weakly institutionalised. Here, she is seen with some of her cabinet colleagues in April 1984.

The Empress’s long-term legacies

The most important features of Indira Gandhi’s legacy are a somewhat paradoxical combination of destructive and constructive elements »
BRINGING CLARITY: Transparency, clear communication and forward guidance are pillars of a modern monetary policy framework. Picture shows RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan with his Deputy Governors at a press conference in September this year. Photo: Paul Noronha

Modernising the monetary policy

Since monetary policy takes time to act on output and inflation, a forward-looking assessment is essential »

Africa’s ‘Big Men’ and their mystery illnesses

When dying Zambian President Michael Sata flew to London last week he was following a long line of African leaders who have sought emergency — and secret — medical treatment in foreign hospitals m... »
SENSATIONAL: Though the CAG kept explaining the rationale behind each of the three figures for the national loss from 2G allocations, the figure 1.76 lakh crore became a real one in the minds of the public. Picture shows Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India who was behind the 2G audit reports. Photo: V.V. Krishnan
October 30, 2014

A constitutional impropriety

At a Conference of Accountants-General, K.V. Thomas, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, is reported to have observed that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) should report on financi... »
SCALING NEW HEIGHTS: Glaciology is not for the faint-hearted. Picture shows Mohd Soheb, a glaciology researcher, checking the precipitation gauge at the JNU base camp .Photo: Meena Menon
October 29, 2014

Melting glaciers, changing climate

At dawn, Mohd Soheb begins an arduous trek to the high camp at Chhota Shigri glacier in the Pir Panjal range in Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh. From the PWD guesthouse at Chota Dara, he walks down... »
TIME TO STUDY: Schools have an objective, learning, and the process demands both teachers and students to be engaged. Picture shows students in a government school in Chennai. Photo: M. Karunakaran
October 28, 2014

Schools in grave danger

The Rajasthan government recently decided to close down more than 17,000 schools, the Maharashtra government decided to close down about 14,000 schools and the Odisha government is closing down 19... »
October 28, 2014

‘Global warming has doubled risk of harsh winters in Eurasia’

The risk of severe winters in Europe and northern Asia has been doubled by global warming, according to new research. The counter-intuitive finding is the result of climate change melting the Arcti... »
APPLICATION: While the public sector has played a critical role in research, the private sector has developed this knowledge into new medicines. Picture shows a drug store in Vijayawada.
October 27, 2014

Reforming the health care sector

Nail or screw? Which is best to join pieces of wood? In carpentry, the answer is that each offers benefits depending on the application. With health care reform, the choice of public or private se... »
In this September 30, 2014 photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The lawsuit against Mr. Modi argues that victims of the communal violence in Gujarat were entitled to compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages.
October 25, 2014

The limitations of diplomatic immunity

A federal court in New York has signalled its intention to take forward a lawsuit filed in the U.S. against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by issuing an order on October 21 calling on the plai... »
SEAT OF JUSTICE: The Bar Council of India must suitably amend relevant rules and uphold the faith of the common man in the judiciary. Picture shows the Supreme Court. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
October 24, 2014

Father, son and the holy Court

In 1967, when U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the son of U.S. Supreme Court Judge Tom C. Clark as the Attorney General, Clark promptly resigned from his post. This was because an Attorn... »
THE COST OF FRANCHISE: “Most elections in recent times have been peaceful with high voter turnout, which has taken attention away from the inbuilt use of force that the Election Commission routinely relies upon.” Pictures shows voters outside a polling booth in Haryana. Photo: Ashilesh Kumar
October 22, 2014

Unspoken truth of Indian elections

Swift, unrelenting and decisive use of force — this seems to be the Election Commission’s weapon for the successful conduct of elections. Most elections in recent times have been peaceful with high... »
INCENTIVISING MANUFACTURING: Encouraging the manufacturing sector through initiatives like 'Make in India' is essential to generate productive employment. File photo from October 2011 shows workers fixing accessories at the Maruti plant in Manesar. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
October 30, 2014

Reforming labour laws, creating livelihoods

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has exhibited competence in formulating economic reform measures that are small but likely to have substantial positive impact on reviving growth, generat... »
October 29, 2014

Organ trade, missing piece in Nithari puzzle?

It is no longer a secret that thousands of children go “missing” every year and that Delhi has an extraordinarily high incidence of missing children. In August 2012, the Minister of State for Home... »
BUSTING MYTHS: In unaffected countries, national public health authorities have initiated screening of passengers coming from Ebola-affected countries. Picture shows a poster on the disease at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
October 28, 2014

Preparing for prevention without panicking

As Ebola continues unabated in three West African countries and the number of cases and deaths increase exponentially, alarm bells are ringing across the world. The actions of the national governm... »
The most lasting effects of firings along the LoC are felt by the people of Jammu and Kashmir who bear the brunt of all the tensions between India and Pakistan. Picture shows a boundary wall of a house along the border.
October 27, 2014

Moving the discourse to ground zero

When two elephants fight, goes the oft-repeated cliché, it is the grass that gets trampled on. The recent firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) between India and Pak... »
GRUELLING: “If those opposing the scheme visited a worksite, they would see men and women lifting approximately 1,500 kilos of mud in a day to earn a minimum wage.” Picture shows MGNREGA workers near Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu. Photo: A. Muralitharan
October 25, 2014

Ending destitution and distress

It’s no secret that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. MGNREGA is perhaps the only law in the world which guarantees 100 days... »
October 25, 2014

Along with English, Alaska’s indigenous languages now official

Alaska’s governor signed a bill on Thursday to officially recognise the State’s 20 indigenous languages in a symbolic move that gives a nod to tribal efforts to save Native American tongues which... »
October 24, 2014

Decolonising Maths education

As Maths is compulsorily taught in schools, it sets a healthy democratic precedent to decide the nature of Maths education through a public debate which James Glover has initiated in his response... »