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Journey of peace: Devotees throng Allahabad at the Kumbh Mela held in 2013. In spite of elaborate preparations, inter-departmental coordination was weak and proved ineffective in arranging for their return. Photo: Brijesh Jaiswal
The Hindu Journey of peace: Devotees throng Allahabad at the Kumbh Mela held in 2013. In spite of elaborate preparations, inter-departmental coordination was weak and proved ineffective in arranging for their return. Photo: Brijesh Jaiswal

Pilgrims in peril

THE SUNDAY STORY Many of the world's deadliest stampedes, such as the Ratnangarh temple incident, occur in India. Yet, few lessons have been learnt since the 1954 Allahabad stampede. » 6 comments

Sabarimala learns from deadly stampedes, but slowly

THE SUNDAY STORY Sabarimala, South India’s major Hindu pilgrim centre in Kerala, has witnessed two major stampedes, claiming a total of 155 lives in the past 14 years. » 4 comments

A sporting disaster revisited

THE SUNDAY STORY The worst-ever British sporting disaster, which occurred at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield on April 15, 1989, is being reinvestigated. »
The Rio carnival comes and goes every year, without a stampede or a fire breaking out or someone coming under the wheels of speeding cars.

Party hard, prepare harder

THE SUNDAY STORY After a fire swept through a nightclub and killed 238 people in Santa Maria, southern Brazil, on January 27, 2013, Rio de Janeiro decided to scale down the Carnival festivities » 1 comment

Influence for sale

There are websites, such as Fiverr.com, that sell 1,000 Twitter followers for as low as $5. And it isn’t limited to Twitter users. »

Fierce political contests are being fought online by the BJP, an early mover, and the Congress, a recent convert. Will it produce votes?

The Supreme Court's Interim order defining Aadhaar from subsidies has left the Centre grappling with the future of the Unique Identification programme. It must now provide a clear roadmap to citizens and address their genuine concerns.

The power of the bicycle to confer economic and social freedom even in the age of the automobile remains undiminished. Bihar is using it to cut the dropout rate for girls. Bicycles and safe roads are a winning combination.

As cities expand and markets keep fuel prices high, Indians are demanding better public transport. The States must deliver, but they are only inching ahead.

Political parties have acted as judge, jury, supplicant and advocate in their move to amend the RTI Act and remove themselves from its purview. Their rhetoric on transparency sounds more hollow now than ever

The much-awaited Drug (Prices Control) Order 2013 has disappointed millions of patients, as it lacks a fair formula to fix the price ceiling and leaves important drug classes out of regulation. The result: High out-of-pocket spending on medicines will continue

Extraordinarily, more than a dozen senior police officers in Gujarat are in jail or facing prosecution, in connection with cold-blooded murders dressed up as encounter deaths.

Sweeping surveillance of the Internet by the U.S. under the PRISM programme sends out a clear message: online privacy is a myth.

The spot-fixing scandal that has devastated the IPL, points to the massive illegal betting industry that rides on cash-rich sports.

It is a familiar pattern, from Malegaon and Mecca Masjid, to Dilsukhnagar. Whenever there is an act of terror, Muslim suspects are quickly arrested. Torture is common. And even if they are acquitted, the police shadow never disappears

The hurdles to implementing the National Food Security Bill are not monetary but identifying beneficiaries, ensuring cooperation from States and reforming the Public Distribution System.

Hard-working rig-operators are providing a real response to a very real demand from farmers, but with grave consequences for groundwater supplies

In practice, drug patents have often generated super profits for big pharma companies while erecting access barriers for the poor. (April 7, 2013)

India’s National Pension System, exposed to the vagaries of the stock market and unable to help investors assess retirement income, fallsshort of worker expectations. The NPS should do more to meet a basic social security goal. (March 31, 2013)

The Indian Police Act of 1861, a colonial relic, needs to be replaced with a law that befits a free country. (March 24, 2013)

India’s Railways are caught in a time warp. They serve millions, but are unable to meet modern standards. China is racing ahead, while U.S. rail plans face opposition. The world view. (March 3, 2013)