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Why anti-trafficking bill is good

 A recent article in the TOI reports LGBT and women’s groups seeking a review of the anti-trafficking bill that the cabinet has approved. The critiques quoted in the article claim that the bill overrides several crucial legislations inc

India needs to do much more for its children to keep its SDG promises

The fact that the World Day against Child Labour is still marking our calendars is itself disturbing. The World Day for Safety and Health at Work also happens to be on the same day and no other event could have been a better complement.

Why it is important to fix Cantonment entry row

The defence ministry’s decision to allow civilians’ movement in the Cantonment area needs a serious review it has turned relationship between the Army and the civilians sour. Recently, in Pune BJP party workers were seen

Four years of Modi government: A report card

Four years ago my article, ‘BJP – Refor

Think twice before tarnishing image of Indian Army

Ever since the controversy over Major Leetul Gogoi`s meeting with a young girl in a Kashmir hotel started raging on May 23, I have seen that people, particularly scribes, are leaving no stone unturned to blemish the Indian Army’s image.

Raag Darbari : Fifty years of the song of court

Idealism of youth often meets with an anti-climax. And when that happens one surely gains perspective. In 2003, when I first read Raag Darbari by Shrilal Shukla, which was part of self-education curriculum, I cringed at the ‘cynicism’

Champions of change

Finally there is a political target and a timetable for transforming 115 most backward districts by 2022, but does the NITI Aayog appreciate the unprecedented nature and scale of the effort? The prime minister is stressing effective implem

“There`s no hope for that country where there is no estimation of women…”

An eight-year-old infant in Kathua of Jammu and Kashmir was kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped for eight days and then murdered. After a young woman accused the local MLA of rape, her father is thrashed and dies in judicial custody. The Yogi Aditya

Can Shiv Sena provide a new template for regional parties?

The bickering between the BJP and the Shiv Sena has now become a regular feature. The Sena is seen to be progressively distancing from the BJP following its announcement that it will not contest the forthcoming elections as a part of the NDA.

‘Cheek-y’ remarks in the age of internet

Lalu Prasad Yadav, former chief minister of Bihar, once infamously made a cheek-y remark about Indian film actress Hema Malini. Yadav, during election campaign, had promised he would make “the roads of Patna as smooth as Hema Malini`s cheeks

Next, active euthanasia

The supreme court allowing passive euthanasia is a first step that takes us towards dignity in death. It opens up an option for people who are alive only because the ventilator has not been switched off or the body is still being in

Happy schooling

The curriculum at schools can be quite intimidating for students, except perhaps for the brightest. The Delhi government hopes to change that by introducing happiness as a subject to be taught at its schools from Nursery to class VIII.

Her many wounds

In the past two months, two girls have faced unspeakable violence. In January, a Dalit schoolgirl in Haryana was gang-raped and murdered. In Jharkand in February, a 15-year-old girl was raped and burnt alive. Horrifying stories like this put the s

CM vs chief secretary: The issue is trust, not authority

The unfortunate event last week raises the question whether the supreme court decision on powers and accountability of the Delhi government will really settle matters. Even as the details of what transpired at midnight are being inv

A people’s bureaucrat

In a country where a sense of entitlement comes naturally for a bureaucrat, if a civil servant – especially a veteran – displays even little bit of humility it is sure enough to garner respect. If it is more than a little bit, it surel

Doubling farmers’ income: Is Budget 2018 in the right direction?

 Farmers need higher returns for their produce to experience increased farm income. The government has continuously promised farmers at least 50 percent higher returns than the cost of their produce. In the backdrop of these assurances, it is

No mechanism to monitor govt’s own transparency directive

 On February 8, 2018, V. Vijaysai Reddy, MP (YSR Congress) of Andhra Pradesh asked the prime minister in the Rajya Sabha about the existence of the CIC`s order, the Cabinet Secretariat`s circular and as to whether the government has any mecha

Going after Tribune: Mocking democracy

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has done it again. For the fourth time, the authority has filed a police complaint against individuals and agencies highlighting the vulnerability of information leak from the Aadhaar databas

Have probe agencies done justice to 2G case?

CBI special judge OP Saini’s verdict in the 2G allocation cases, which led to the acquittal of 17 accused including former telecom minister A Raja, has put the spotlight on the investigating agencies as the judge stated that the “prose

Gujarat Elections: Is BJP putting a new electoral strategy to test?

As the first phase of the Gujarat elections is on, one question that political pundits and common people alike are asking is: who is likely to win? Indeed, these elections are vital for the BJP, not just because it is the home state of prime minis

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