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“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

AIDS can be eradicated only by addressing stereotypes, stigma and discrimination

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) have quite diligently covered issues of human well-being to achieve greater sustainable development in the years to come. Among the 17 goals, the third target is to achieve good health and

Are we seriously fighting malnutrition?

It did not surprise me when the India: health of the nation’s states, the India state-level disease burden initiative report released recently reported malnutrition the prime risk factor driving the most deaths and disability in Madhya Prade

The three Es to end open defecation

Open defecation is an issue that plagues our country every morning between 2 am and 6 am! To get rid of this practise from Indian society, prime minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014 announced the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). The Swa

Interlocutors have helped engage Kashmiris

 Hoping that former bureaucrat and Kashmir hand Dineshwar Sharma would be able to bring peace to Kashmir is certainly a tall order. However, like all the interlocutors in the past, he too would keep sections of Kashmiri society engaged in thi

Dear supreme court, show Aadhaar the door!

Aadhaar was supposed to make life convenient. Its architects and backers, however, had some other plans. You just don’t have to enrol for it and use it as it suits. As asked in several government’s dictatorial sermons, a person has no

Food security: Solution lies in traditional food

After spending almost a month among tribals of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh, I can confidently say that by restricting ourselves to Public Distribution System (PDS), we cannot solve the food security issues of the country.   The problem is g

Why kick up a storm over the Taj

 There is a hue and cry over Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government dropping the Taj Mahal from its list of important tourist destinations. Some media reports also stated that the Yogi government has dropped Taj from its heritage monume

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