The love for sons and appropriate attire

Although urban Indians are slowly showing more openness in their attitudes towards women’s attire, this is not the case when it comes to the issue of son preference »
DEEPENING TIES: “King Abdullah’s visit to India in 2006 and Manmohan Singh’s visit to Saudi Arabia in 2010 catapulted the ties from ‘correct and cordial’ to ‘substantive and strategic’ with Riyadh.” Picture shows the King in New Delhi in 2006. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Reasons for remembering King Abdullah

His state visit to India as chief guest on Republic Day in 2006 paved the way for improved bilateral relations »  

Criticism over Ebola response prompts WHO to mull reforms

The World Health Organization (WHO) is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. W... »
MUCH NEEDED: “The carbon tax is an idea whose time has come given the current oil price situation.”

Carbon tax to meet climate concerns

India can display bold leadership by imposing a carbon tax on all fossil fuels in proportion to carbon dioxide emissions »
OUSTED: While “Mahinda Rajapaksa put the economy on a high growth trajectory, he failed to move on reconciliation and accountability.” Picture shows him inspecting a war victory parade in Colombo in May 19, 2012.

Consolidating post-election gains in Sri Lanka

The challenge confronting the rainbow coalition is managing differences after the glue provided by the 100-day transition and reform plan comes apart »
SOLAR POWER: “Narendra Modi’s victory has created the opportunity for India to benefit from the renewable energy-friendly policies he pursued as Chief Minister of Gujarat.” Picture shows him during the inauguration of India’s first 1MW canal-top solar power plant at Chandrasan village, Mehsana district, Gujarat.
January 23, 2015

An ‘India exception’ for climate talks

As India and the U.S. build closer ties, they should pursue a win-win agreement on climate. It is in the U.S.’s strategic interest that India grows into a regional power, which can only be accompl... »
FRESH IMPULSE: “The invitation to Barack Obama and his decision to visit India speak volumes about prospects for the Indian-American relationship.” Picture shows officials reviewing the security arrangements for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
January 22, 2015

The promise of a presidential visit

As President Barack Obama sets out for India, he will find that the same favourable winds which are driving India’s economy are also moving the U.S.-India relationship. The President will be the f... »
Polly Toynbee
January 21, 2015
World View

A portrait of modern inequality

The National Gallery’s colonnaded splendour radiates across Trafalgar Square a sense of the importance of art in Britain’s national life. But the reality inside is far less glorious. The 400 galler... »
INTERNAL DYNAMICS: Pakistan has witnessed a series of mass casualty terror attacks on its own citizens, one being the November 2014 suicide bomber attack near the Wagah border crossing. File Photo
January 21, 2015

For prudent crisis planning on terror

U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to India, an unprecedented second trip in one Presidency, comes as the terrorist threat environment in the subcontinent is in transition and turmoil. Multiple m... »
CATALYST: “Jawaharlal Nehru pioneered the scientific temper movement.” Picture shows Nehru at a laboratory in the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. Photo: The Hindu Photo Archives
January 20, 2015

Memories of Jawaharlal Nehru

In the summer of 1945 when I was in a summer camp of the Students’ Congress on the bank of the river Ravi in Lahore, Jawaharlal Nehru came to the city after being released from jail. We all went t... »
January 20, 2015

Cracking the clean energy glass ceiling in Kenya

Not many women are clean energy entrepreneurs in Kenya. But poisoned chickens turned Lydia Waithera into one. Ms. Waithera, a poultry farmer, began looking for ways to keep her bi... »
PAINFUL PAST: “My story meanders through discourses, but betrayal exists as a continuum.” Picture shows a burntout Pandit house in Wandhama. File Photo: The Hindu Archives
January 19, 2015

A story of exile, a story of betrayal

You must tell your story ... You must write .... For years I have been asked to pen “my story” of exodus and exile, of homelessness and refuge. I’ve been told to lay threadbare what happe... »
Illustration: Satwik Gade
January 17, 2015

Scientists without a scientific temper

Jawaharlal Nehru coined the term ‘scientific temper’ in his book The Discovery of India, which was published in 1946. He was also the President of the Association of Scientific Workers of In... »
TAKING A CHANCE: “The BJP’s Bedi gamble will pay depending on the fortunes of the Congress.” Picture shows the Delhi chief ministerial candidate during a roadshow before filing her nomination for the Assembly election. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
January 23, 2015

A game changer or a gamble?

All its alleged mastery over political strategy notwithstanding, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has continuously been confused about its assessment of the situation in Delhi. The party could not... »  
WELCOME CHANGE: “Sri Lanka was able to transition peacefully from nearly becoming a military state to the democratic norms of a civilised nation.” Picture shows Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena after filing his nomination papers in Colombo.
January 22, 2015

Sri Lanka’s ‘rainbow revolution’

January 9 was the beginning of a new era for Sri Lanka, domestically and internatio... »  
January 21, 2015

Mexico’s drone plan for porpoise conservation

Mexico is planning to use drones to patrol the upper Sea of Cortez to combat illegal fishing and save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise. Assistant e... »
FUTURIST: “Rajni Kothari had an acute sense of the inventive and followed it up creatively.”File Photo: S. Arneja
January 21, 2015

A prophet abandoned by his own community

How does one talk of a man who defined a subject, determined its directions, was its dominating presence without a shade of pomposity or status. Rajni Kothari was clear about some of the subjects... »
IN THEIR HANDS: “Various implicit and explicit beliefs of the teachers have a direct bearing on how they play their roles.” Picture shows a classroom in Madurai. Photo: G. Moorthy
January 20, 2015

Dealing with first generation school-goers

Let’s consider an issue that teachers in our government schools grapple with every day. Every class across the country has a significant proportion of children who are first generation school-goer... »
TELLTALE SIGNS: “If a senior official of the Secretariat or a senior diplomat begins taking French lessons in New York, it is presumed that he or she aspires to be a candidate for the post of Secretary-General.” Picture shows Mr. Ban Ki-moon in New Delhi in January 2015. Photo: S. Subramanium
January 19, 2015

Looking for a lady from Eastern Europe

If you are a lady in your late fifties or early sixties, a national of one of the small states in Eastern Europe, with considerable experience of working in the U.N. system either as a diplomat or... »
GROUND ZERO? Whether agricultural production systems are truly affecting human health by increasing antimicrobial resistance is the issue researchers will be examining. Picture shows a dairy farm in Ashland, Ohio, U.S.
January 19, 2015

Researchers to look at farm practices, ‘superbugs’ link

Researchers at Colorado State University are rolling out a series of projects to track antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the livestock industry, in an attempt to determine whether farm practices ar... »