Trouble in tribal land

Jharkhand has undone what the legendary Birsa Munda won for tribespeople through his revolt against the British. Tenancy laws have been changed to leave tribals unprotected

How basic should basic income be?

Universal Basic Income

The Economic Survey has formally inaugurated the debate on universal basic income. It is a step in right direction

The way forward

Universal Basic Income

Excerpt from the Economic Survey on universal basic income

More opacity – with legal backing too

Budget 2017-18

The budget proposals on political funding are not enough. They will only make it more secretive

New kid on the block


Late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar has staked claim to her legacy, even as Sasikala and Panneerselvam are locked in a battle

How a PSU takes land for mining

Ground report

Police firing, pre-fabricated consent letters, dalals, destruction of villagers’ fields – a ground report from the coal-rich Barkagaon region in Jharkhand

India makes strong case for cheap meds

Letter from Europe

A report on WHO executive board meeting: India tries to discuss access to medicine, next chief’s selection makes progress and Gates Foundation faces flak

The last fake encounter killing in Doon Valley


A heartbreaking story of a custodial killing, and a fauji father’s long struggle for justice

A golden touch


Can philanthropic inputs alone heal the ailing public healthcare sector in Kerala, among the best in the country only two decades ago? Or does the government need to do much more?

“DeMon is short-term pain for long-term gains.”


Interview with Usha Ananthasubramanian, managing director and chief executive officer, Punjab National Bank

A mirage called disinvestment


Over the years the government has failed to meet its disinvestment targets, but that has not deterred it from the setting its sights even higher

To be mandatory, or not to be


Aadhaar is as voluntary as voluntary retirement schemes – usually leaving you with little choice

The power of a meal


The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides mid-day meals to over 1.6 million children every day with the aid of the government and corporates

When doctors rock the cradle


Doctors have contributed to the declining sex ratio in India. Only social reforms and effective implementation of the PCPNDT Act will decrease sex selective abortions

Chalk in the hands of the scholar


Is the plan to count PhD students as IIT faculty members a step in right direction?

The unbearable weight of scorched earth


Scientists have declared 2016 as the hottest year since 1880. Population growth, climate change and accompanying extreme weather events are a problem we can no longer ignore

In conversation with actor Pankaj Tripathi

On a personal note

“If art or culture disappears, it wipes out an entire generation with it.”