Modi’s Balochistan game plan

The strategy behind the remarks that can radically alter geo-politics of South Asia

“We are prepared to go solo in BMC elections”

Interview

Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut says “It [BJP-Shiv Sena] is not an ideological alliance anymore but a practical one. Congress should not benefit from our fight, hence we support BJP.”

Violation of the spirit of NJAC verdict

Column

The primacy of judiciary in the final selection of judges is iterated, but it envisages a joint effort to improve the process leading to appointment

Here is a spiritual opportunity for Modi

Breaking Bread

Breaking bread with Governance Now: Jignesh Mevani, leader of Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti talks about cow protection and his dalit movement

“Swachh Bharat represents toilet users”

Interview

Bezwada Wilson, national convenor, Safai Karamachari Andolan, and Magsaysay award winner explains how manual scavenging is a problem arising out of caste, class and patriarchy

“We know we can become the next Bangladesh”

Interview

Mir Mazdak Dilshad Baloch is spearheading a movement in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. He talks about aspirations of the people and their struggle for independence

From moral ascendancy to smart mind games

Column

Reading Modi’s mind: What the ‘B’ word is all about

Add a zero at the end

Report

The government claimed that DBT in cooking gas saved over Rs 21,000 crore. Now the CAG finds that the actual figure was less than a tenth of it

Why cost accounting is crucial for economy

Interview

Manas Kumar Thakur was recently elected the president of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI). He talks with Governance Now on the role of cost accountants in the economy

Stateless

Story

Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka neither want to go back to their homeland nor do they want to stay on in India, forcing them to undertake perilous sea journeys

Becoming an innovation-rich nation

Letter from Europe

As India ranks a low 66th in a UN report on innovation, much more is required – investment in education, for one – before programmes like Make in India can truly take off

“Sanitation can improve Ganga’s water quality”

Interview

Jaco Cilliers, country director, UNDP India, talks about the multidimensional approach of the Ganga cleaning initiative, improve rural sanitation and scale up livelihood

Ganga dam(ned)

Column

Crores of rupees are being spent on Ganga to clean it, but what the river needs is to get back its majestic, water-rich original form as it meanders its way from mountains to ocean

Home is where the highway is

Ground report

Families struggle in flood-ravaged Ballia where some have been forced to live along a busy highway

Time to revive the nation’s cloth

Story

Khadi was a symbol of patriotism during the times of Mahatma Gandhi. Today, it struggles to make a mark

The afterlife of the Maharaja

PSU

Despite making an operating profit, first time in a decade, the state carrier is unable to spread its wings

The road ahead

Egov

Punjab is on the way to become the first state to have fully automated driving test tracks. This means users can get the driving licence within an hour of clearing the test

In conversation with Mahesh Dattani

On a personal note

"Only a maverick like Kanhaiya Kumar or similar can come up with a system of governance that is fair and free from personal interest"