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Dams or time bombs?

Kerala is limping back to normal after the devastating floods that wreaked havoc in the state prompting red alert in all 14 of its districts. While the rescue activities and immediate relief are now a thing of the past, the state is struggl

The imprint of the Gurjara Pratiharas

On August 16, when the country lost its beloved former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a nondescript village, 70 km from Agra, came into the limelight. Bateshwar, the ancestral village of Vajpayee, is situated along the notorious Chambal ravi

India’s balancing act with China

On the first day of his August 19-20 visit to India, when Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera held talks with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman, several defence and strategic-related issues had cropped up in their annual talks. But

Outlaws no longer

The supreme court has decriminalised homosexuality by declaring that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code will no longer apply. This has meant a lot to the community of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers (LGBTQs). With the law aga

Making sense of the freakonomy

That there is a debate about the state of the economy today is neither surprising nor undesirable. Varying motivations may drive those questioning the government’s record on the economic front and there will always be those who will harbour

Syska to invest $30 mn in Noida

With the luminary launch of Samsung factory in Noida, the city has become a major attraction to companies for setting up their manufacturing hubs. Syska primarily known for its lighting products is setting up a factory is going to invest approx 20

Implementation of Nair Committee report a must for banking reforms, says Ex- RBI Dy Governor

Recalling his thoughts at the Governance Now 1st India Banking Conclave in 2016, when former Reserve Bank of India deputy governor, SS Mundra had said banking sector reform is a journey and not destination and later at the second edition of the co

Empowering citizens is better than entitlements

Is nature more than just good and evil? Is civilisation bad? Does nature perpetuate inequality? Does civilisation perpetuate inequality? These questions have been debated by philosophers since the very beginning. Modern philosophers like Jean-Ja

Gaslighting: Decoding Rahul’s falsehoods against Modi & RSS

Demagoguery is elemental to politics. But the use of lies, rather patent lies, as an instrument of politics is a new trend. In the age of social media lies peddled with confidence acquire features of truth for the masses. This manip

Organic or not, agriculture should be sustainable

The ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare had recently organised a seminar, ‘Agriculture 2022: Doubling Farmers Income’, where over 300 top minds from the government, academia, industry, NGOs and most importantly representative

The police whistle and the song of caged birds

After almost a decade of deliberations, the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, was passed by the Lok Sabha in July. It is a bill that has sparked debates among politicians and social activists. What&rs

A bill of contention

In July, the Lok Sabha passed the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. This umbrella legislation aims to combat all forms of trafficking, whatever the purpose. Minister for women and child development Ma

Activists demand repeal of UAPA

As many as 37 civil society organisations came together in a public meeting to condemn the raids and arrests of human rights and civil rights activists during a country wide simultaneous raids by Maharashtra  police. They calle

NHRC notice over rights activists’ arrest

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Maharashtra government, taking note of the arrest of five human-rights activists from different cities. Maharashtra police arrested include lawyer-activist Sudha

Bottleneck in the corridor

Thirteen years after it was announced by the government of India, the dedicated freight corridor (DFC)  project is still struggling to take off due to lackadaisical attitude of the Indian Railways. It is only after prime minist

Independence Day Special: Finding India in films

We are a nation of stories. Besides our major epics, stories have sprouted around our numerous gods, each constituting a mini-epic. As a people, we read the stories of our gods, we have them read and interpreted, we have them performed in more reg

Why data is the new oil

What gets measured gets improved.” These words were said by the great management guru Peter Drucker decades ago. But they are relevant even today. Data has emerged as the new oil in this era. From Facebook to Google and Amazon to Zomato, eve

The death of 22-B

Name: Unknown, Age: 40-45 yrs, Height: 5’5” When they found him, no one knew his name. He couldn’t have told them, for he was dead. His body was found on June 25, when the temperature had gone bey

All you need to know about anti-trafficking bill

“Thousands of children are transported through railways. Last year only we received more than four crore calls in our childcare helpline… How can we stay silent when children and women are sold like goods?” This is how women and

The go-to place for kidney transplants

Since the noughties, surgeons have been performing and advocating surgery that accesses internal organs through the body’s natural orifices. Such procedures are called natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgeries (NOTES) and access inte

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