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Why not have regional benches of SC?

It will kill two birds with one stone. Or rather three. It will not only reduce the number of pending cases with the apex court, which is 57,987 as of June 2018, but will also provide litigants from the southern, eastern and western parts of the c

Why not make rich farmers pay tax?

Before Narendra Modi replied with the now-famous greeting of “Puducherry ko Vanakkam”, a BJP worker was telling him in a party-organised video conference that the government was “only busy collecting tax in all manner and in all

The why not game

A few years ago, we could have suggested, why not do away with `1,000 notes. We could have also suggested that the planning commission is anyway founded on an executive fiat and can be done away with another since it does not serve any logical pur

Indian Railways 2018: Major achievements and challenges

 At a time when Indian Railways claims that it has achieved many milestones in 2018, there are numerous areas where the national transporter needs to turn its focus and improve its services. The railways say that it not only unveile

On the edge of the sickle

Farmers have at last forced the nation to sit up and take notice of what they are enduring. They marched to Delhi to protest. Then the assembly elections happened, and the defeat of the ruling BJP in three of its bastions – Rajasthan, Madh

Quit, or patch up!

Should  e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, other nicotine-replacement therapies, and heat-not-burn (HNB) tobacco products be encouraged? Are they less harmful than smoking and traditional ways of taking tobacco? The current tobacco debate, as

Governance of the self

The Razor’s Edge, a 1944 novel by Somerset Maugham, explores the dichotomy between materialism and spirituality. The title is derived from a line of Katha Upanishad: “The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise s

A Harish Chandra parable gone wrong

The recent conviction of former coal secretary Harish Chandra Gupta and other officers by a CBI court in a case relation to allocation of a coal block in West Bengal has raised many questions relating to governance. The case arose from a CBI inves

The Rusting of the Steel Frame

The Steel Frame of the government machinery was forged by the Iron Man. The phrase that has come to describe the Indian bureaucracy was coined by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, when he addressed the first batch of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) pr

Why Naseeruddin Shah should be heard, his remarks debated

Naseeruddin Shah is not just a Bollywood star; he is a rarity – a thinking actor. His dialogues delivered with impeccable diction drive home the point without any element of melodrama. IN the same measured voice, he is often known for speaki

Free Wi-Fi at 715 railway stations

The Indian Railways’ ambitious plan of providing free Wi-Fi services has started showing results, as 715 out of 5,734 proposed stations have got the facility as on December 14. Minister of railways Piyush Goyal has been laying emphas

A Dignity March to end sexual violence

Around 5,000 survivors of sexual violence along with their family members from across the country have embarked on a 10,000 kms Dignity March from Mumbai. The 65-day-long march will cover 200 districts across 24 states/union territories across the

Woman power

Radha doesn’t know who her parents are. She has been homeless – and living on the streets of Delhi –ever since she remembers. But that hasn’t prevented her from becoming a leader, one who trains other homeless women and h

Stones hurled at Train 18 during trial run

A few errant individuals pelted stones on one of the coaches of Train 18 prototype that was undergoing a trial run between Delhi-Agra section on Thursday. The prototype of Train 18 has created another record by clocking 181 kmph on the said route.

Explore in India

The Indian mining sector is in doldrums on account of several policies as well as administrative and legal issues. These include mining bans in various states through supreme court orders, a low level of exploration activity, increasing imports,

Improving public services

Sometimes it is challenging to be an average law-abiding citizen in India. The real pain lies especially in citizen-government interactions. From corruption to inefficiency, availing public services is not a cakewalk in the country. 

Out of bonds

In 1865 the thirteenth amendment to the US constitution abolished slavery and the buying and selling of humans, and soon the transatlantic slave trade declined. But a century and a half since, slavery persists across the globe in giant proportio

Raman Singh routed by Peter Principle

To describe the Chhattisgarh assembly election result as defeat for the BJP will be a euphemism. It is a total rout in every sense of the term. And if Raman Singh met this fate after three full terms on trot, we must have reasons to assume that hi

Charting a new ‘course’

At the fifth World Internet Conference, held in November in China, the world was introduced to the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered news anchor. That’s not all. Self-driving cars, AI assisted robotic surgery and law firms using A

India’s fastest prototype Train 18 not fully made in India

The much talked-about Train 18 of the Indian Railways, which recently breached 180 kmph speed limit in the trials, has 20 percent of its components being imported from foreign countries. Although the train is seen as the finest example o

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