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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

Marx and his Das Kapital

This month marks the 150th anniversary of Das Kapital. On September 14th, 1867, Karl Marx wrote this seminal text where he explained the theory of capitalist system, which still provides a framework to understand the modern capitalist system. Das

Why university and college teachers are unhappy across the country

College and university teachers all across the country seem too much worried about the policy shift with respect to their pay and regulations from centre to states. Therefore, they may be gearing up for an indefinite movement in the coming days, a

India’s perseverance on Pakistan paid off at Xiamen

 When Chinese President Xi Jinping was signing on the declaration of the BRICS that referred to the Pakistan- based terrorist groups as threat to peace and security in the region, the Indian delegates must have been overjoyed, for it was the

How KJ Alphons became the demolition man of Delhi

The year was 1994. “Aaj kahan (Where today),” I asked a source in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) who told me to reach a certain place. And even before you reached the spot, you knew it was the right place, with a posse of poli

9-0 to privacy!

The year is 2017 and a nine-judge bench of the supreme court of India has unanimously upheld the fundamental right to privacy. In its 547

Aadhaar database: Not secure anymore?

 Union minister for electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad has fiercely defended Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) amid repeated occurrence of data breach and unauthorised disclosure. The position maintained by many in the gove

A tank would look good in JNU

A proposal by JNU vice chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar to place a tank in the prestigious university has got mired in controversy, with liberals highlighting its pointlessness and neo-nationalists intent on bulldozing their way through it.

Nitish’s challenge: keeping renewed Hindutva frenzy under check

How does one describe Nitish Kumar: an opportunist or a shrewd politician who loves to indulge in political brinkmanship or principled politician at least when it comes to corruption? Depending on your viewpoint, he fits any (or all) of these de

Will the needy get homes under PMAY?

 The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), introduced in June 2015, aims at providing every family with “a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply” by the time the nation completes 75 years of it

At JNU, all that is beautiful and “solid has melted into the air”…

Dear “Professor” Vice Chancellor,    When the clamour is made all around us, and rightly so, about the condition of growing degeneration of quality education in the higher institutions of learning in

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