What really happened in Kashmir

PDP’s ideologically dubious alliance with BJP coupled with creeping radicalisation of youth has taken the Kashmir conundrum to a new level

The poor have been forgotten more and more


“India has the third largest population of billionaires. At the same time, every third child malnourished in the world is also an Indian”, says Harsh Mander

Won’t cow down to cow-protectors


Dalits’ refusal to perform menial work like lifting carcass and manual scavenging can trigger a long-awaited social revolution

PM should have expelled Telangana MLA: PL Punia


With a massive cut in the budget allocation for the social sector, the government is systematically curtailing the rights of the dalits, says national SC panel chief

“The Valley is up in arms against India”


“India has a colonial approach towards Kashmir. You have to put the issue before people – maybe hold a referendum,” says Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, leader, All Parties Hurriyat Conference

“Mehbooba has been strong in the crisis”


Mehbooba Mufti’s close political aide and education minister Naeem Akhtar spoke to Governance Now in Srinagar. Read excerpts from the interview.

“We had warned against this unnatural alliance”


"But today [Hizbul Mujahideen chief] Sayed Salaudhin from Pakistan has to request terrorists not to show up at public rallies," says Omar Abdullah, Leader of National Conference

Is suicide decriminliased?


The mental health care bill rightly provides relief to those attempting to end their lives under stress, but IPC will continue to consider fast-unto-death as crime and harass activists

Aid cut hits AIDS fight


Debilitating funds impacted India’s ambitious National AIDS Control Programme. The budget has now been restored, but health workers are yet to see the money

“Turkey will bounce back very quickly”


Burak Akçapar, Turkey’s ambassador to India, Nepal and Maldives spoke to Governance Now within days of the July 15-16 failed coup d’etat. Read excerpts from the interview.

Man’s new best friend – a tree


As scientists claim that trees make people healthy and happy, a look at novel afforestation initiatives across the globe

Reality check at PM’s model village

Ground report

Jayapur village near Varanasi is desperately crying for attention two years after it was adopted under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

The ‘gramin’ way to swachhata


Many rural areas have become open-defecation free thanks to Swachh Bharat Mission (gramin), yet challenges remain

Time to walk the talk


The ministry of electronics and IT has failed to come out with detailed guidelines and action plan to enact national cyber security policy even after three years of its launch

The crisis of regulation on social media


As more and more government officials take to social media to increase their outreach, a section is still puzzled by the latest trend

Charlie Chaplin through the Chaplins

Letter from Europe

A conversation with the legendary comedian’s sons as the first museum in his memory opens in Switzerland

Our relationship with water

Book review

A collection of essays on the multi-dimensional character of water, this work walks us through the evolution of our understanding of this resource

In conversation with dancer Sudha Chandran

On a personal note

We speak to Bharatnatyam dancer and actor Sudha Chandran about her inspiration, road safety and here view of India



Head, Strategic Planning and State Outreach (level: NO-D, fixed term)