She was denied pension for years

Sumitra Devi, 73, had no other source of income, and was forced to live in penury. This would not have happened, had there been a grievance redressal law. But the much-promised legislation is not likely to be a reality soon

"India has failed in bringing reforms"


Mark Tully says that it was the partnership between Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh that helped in bringing in reforms

Trouble in paradise


The latest round of violence highlights the need to rethink Kashmir strategy

"For laws, accountability has to be in place”


Spearheading the cause of the poor and the marginalised for almost three decades, Aruna Roy tells why accountability of bureaucrats and politicians is necessary for implementing laws

Whose law is it – theirs or ours?

Ground report

A campaign in Rajasthan underlines the need for a law that will empower citizens to seek answers from bureaucrats and improve governance

Waiting for accountability


Forget the euphoria of the Anna movement. The government is surreptitiously reneging on all promises of empowering citizens to fight corruption

L’affaire Crimea

Letter from Crimea

Why crisis diplomacy is urgently needed between Russia and the West to temper down the heat building up in the Black Sea peninsula

What Dharavi needs: A garbage policy


Those who recycle plastic want a better deal from the government and seek a policy that acknowledges that they sift through garbage, keeping the city clean

"The new bill will not end child labour"


The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha. Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi talks about the new bill and what more is needed

So near, yet so agonisingly far


China blocked India’s campaign for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. But all is not lost as the club meets again later this year when New Delhi can make a fresh bid

A helping hand in family welfare

Ground report

In the Red Corridor of Jharkhand where government hospitals fail to cater to the family planning needs of its people, a civil society group is making inroads

Preventing bad loans


As banking system is plagued with political interference, it’s time to give total freedom to institutions like RBI

A 50-year-old dream gets on track


Cabinet nod for railway line between Mau and Tarighat will help by-pass congested Mughalsarai and give a boost to the economy in backward eastern Uttar Pradesh

NBCC will soon achieve turnover of Rs 10,000 crore


NBCC (formerly National Buildings Construction Corp) CMD Anoop Kumar Mittal has signed MoU with DDA for development of an East Delhi Hub, the first ‘smart city’ in Delhi

A sinking feeling about carbon sink


NHAI has a noble mission of transplanting, instead of cutting, trees while expanding highways. A visit to Runakta in UP shows much more remains to be done to fight climate change

“I don`t see any loss of function of MCI”


Dr Ajay Kumar has been member of MCI and National Board of Examinations. His ties with infamous Dr Ketan Desai resulted in controversies. He responds to some accusations

Going slow and (un)steady


A status check of the government’s e-governance initiative for panchayati raj institutions

Betting big on cloud in India


Teresa Carlson, VP at Amazon’s web services talks about Amazon’s evolution and its India roadmap

In conversation with author Devdutt Pattanaik

On a personal note

"Religion, like science and technology, can be used, abused and misused. It happens simultaneously, all the time"