Strategies of anti-conversion and reconversion harden religious boundaries while undermining religious plurality
The freedom to profess a religion implies freedom to change religion. An anti-conversion law is a dangerous idea
It’s hard to summon up persuasively witty, insouciant prose when you are burning with offended pride.
Solving the problem of the uninsured e-rickshaw should be at the heart of any regulatory strategy
The Pakistani state must find the will to confront not just jihadist fighters, but also their project
The benefits of the broadband connectivity to the rural population are immense with the convergence of voice, data and video.
Lost in Khobragade clamour was plight of migrant workers abroad. It still is.
I once asked a senior military commander if the army had a button to ensure that those who joined the good Taliban would not turn bad later.
The dominant history of the Chennai music season has excluded a more encompassing chapter of its past.
Lima failure was foretold. A robust climate change regime must be based on equity
RuPay debit cards could be the Jan Dhan Yojana’s undoing
Solar power can ease up the availability of these resources to the rural population.
December 16 attack is the result of a sustained national policy gone wrong.
The violence of the Taliban has been internalised. Religion has been twisted beyond recognition.
It has taken more than 60 years to make this mess. It will take time to fix it.
The Planning Commission has increasingly become an anachronistic behemoth, although it did play a crucial role in the initial years.
A cess on petrol/ diesel to bankroll infrastructure projects is an idea for this moment.
The call to ‘shun drugs, not addicts’ makes little sense as the narcotics law criminalises drug use.
A railway university would promote synergy between operations and academia.
The second conceptual breakthrough was in framing sexual assaults as expressions of power, not crimes of passion.
For the most part, certainly in most STEM disciplines, good research often requires expensive infrastructure — labs, equipment, libraries etc.
Imran Khan had to reschedule his plan to shut down Pakistan on December 16.
Interventions that address ‘masculinity’ seem more effective than those that ignore influence of gender norms in sexual violence.
When journalists are kept away from the frontline, propaganda and disinformation can rush in.
Washington should let conditions on the ground determine US policy and presence in Afghanistan, not the electoral calendar in America
Five challenges the Centre needs to address before GST can be rolled out.
If a nuclear deal remains uncertain, future military cooperation between Iran and the US is even harder to expect.
Cinema may not have invented kissing, but movies helped make it more essential
Repeal of the inhuman provision criminalising suicide is long overdue
It is a distant dream and, more than that, they know in their hearts they will never have it.
The big inequality debate is about rich and poor, and some folks don’t seem to notice all the inequality that comes with race.
Why is the Prime Minister not publicly rebuking them for dragging Hindutva into his mandate in the ugliest way?
Since Narendra Modi gifted the Bhagawad Gita to US President Barack Obama, it has already received the honour of a national scripture.
'Make in India’ is the start of solving our country’s major problems.
In six months of NDA, the bad fight scenes are piling up.
We need to rethink regulation of online businesses.
In Pakistan, there is a large difference between growing up with Urdu or with English
DDLJ-discouraged-dissent argument misunderstands ways in which we resist and express disagreement in everyday, ordinary lives.
DDLJ captured essence of post-liberalisation generation: economic liberalism within framework of social conformism
India cannot be policed with 19th century laws and mindsets.
Because, for too long, the government and economists have only played at helping the poor
A national health assurance scheme could start with basic services.
Instead of meeting climate benchmarks set by others, India should lay out its own.
A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood.
Its unleashing is rooted in the existential crisis faced by Pak’s army-led establishment.
We need to critically analyse our pedagogy and teacher-education programmes.
If land boundary agreement can clear remaining hurdles, India’s leaders will have shown they can come together on matters of national security.
Administered prices and subsidy policies have landed the fertiliser industry in trouble. It is time to decontrol and unshackle.
Sangh Parivar stirs up controversy, and free-for-alls on TV.
It’s time for Modi to be the Modi the Indian electorate voted for.
Once the clamour dies down, there will still be the dispiriting trade-off for the working woman in the city — between freedom and security.
India must factor China’s new South Asia policy into its own neighbourhood diplomacy.
Modi and Putin must acknowledge the changed dynamic around them
We need to remove obstacles in investment process, ease financing
As states face a renewed fiscal crisis, the Modi government should shed Delhi’s old patronising ways, restructure states’ debt.
Instead of narratives that advance the cause of war from the perspective of the state, we require those that lay out its full costs.
Numerous companies make it their business to track what we do. We need oversight mechanisms that cover all of them.
Why 2014 bears an uncanny resemblance to 1983, and why that’s troubling
Unconditional cash transfers empower the weakest, enable income-earning work
My tragedy is I have to fear my supporters more than my attackers.
If an anti-technology mindset spreads, we will have to pay for it dearly.
Rajiv Gandhi’s attempt to please conservatives among Muslims and Hindus cost him the support of both
Days after ADGP Sharma was suspended by Bangalore Club, it was raided by officials of the state excise department, who cancelled its liquor licence.
A constitution by any means will likely ignore public opinion and cost India further credibility
On the centenary of the First World War, where are we now? Asia has emerged as an economic miracle.
The consumer forum can stop such products that feed on people’s sense of worth and horribly humiliate women.
There are a wide range of objects on sale, some exclusive to a particular site, leading to cries of “arre sale”.
Justice Iyer gave a purposive and expansive interpretation to the Constitution
With his unshakeable independence and commitment to human rights, Justice Iyer disappointed government, surprised critics
Turkey’s backsliding into religion frames the reversals in the post-Arab Spring Middle East
Maoist hold is shaken in former bastions. For security forces, question is: What next?
Successor to plan panel must focus on original 1950 mandate, eschew later add-ons
On the sadhvi hate speech issue, Modi must act to uphold the Constitution.
How government addresses the jobs challenge will make the difference.
Larger promises of emissions reduction would benefit India. But any agreement must also be fair.
Chinese and Indian policies on river systems are more alike than different
Agriculture practices may explain why some cultures are more individualistic than others.
RBI is right to hold off on rate cuts. Inflation must hit a sustained low first.
Blasphemy sentences aren’t really proof of a more intolerant Pakistan.
Keep a low profile while growing your strength. Keep the focus on domestic development
Since 9/11, foreign policy is about putting up walls in an age of fear
TV’s bravehearts The Rohtak sisters’ videos provoked much anger — and some questions.
Notions of purity, pollution and untouchability are still a long way from being exorcised in modern India
The PM’s overt expression of his Hindu religiosity has been controversial, but not surprising.
“If any reconfirmation of this was ever necessary, it has now come.
The English language demands a different character of its speaker on either side of the Atlantic
Bhopal is a reminder that crime knows no borders, punishment does.
This winter session, Parliament must pass the Road Transport and Safety Bill.
BJP won handsomely in LS polls and Modi government’s ratings remain high. But BJP supporters should worry.
Legalising prostitution will be a blow to the struggle led by women’s organisations, NGOs.
Cross-racial conversation on crime and punishment will remain difficult as long as the gap between communities is not bridged.
India must notice Delhi’s queer pride parade. Because it stands up for the idea of India.
The courtship is on. Will it lead to a partnership?
Constructing a border of cooperation should liberate India from one of major geopolitical constraints imposed on it by the Partition of Bengal.
Government needs to establish it as lack of progress on modernisation of governance will make it difficult to deliver on the promise of ‘achhe din’.
The US president’s letter to Khamenei could explain the resignation of his defence secretary.
Tapan Raychaudhuri upended and clarified key debates of Indian history writing.
India’s PM reminded Nepal’s parties of their constitutional promise. But it may be too late.
That’s what art does. But we are in the midst of hard times now, and it feels as if art is failing us.
Modi government, BJP and RSS share more than what meets the eye
Murli Deora was the last link with the Congress past of powerful middlemen in South Bombay.
In India’s contemporary situation having an affair need not translate to marriage, an area that’s not under control.
Ministers, high officials, clerks and peons now report for duty on time and are no longer to be seen taking long lunch breaks to soak in winter sunshine in Delhi’s parks.
Gough Whitlam’s vision of a productive and peaceful Indo-Pacific region remains a tantalising prospect.
De la Renta loved women. And they loved him back.
There are major changes afoot. But they have more to do with politics than policy
Even if villages are on the grid, a political push is needed to get them electricity
By the time Indira Gandhi was hit by tragedy, it was already clear that her family would inherit control of the party and the country.
The Maharashtra assembly election has again proved that Muslims do not vote as a block
Beijing wants a secure environment for its investments and an extradition treaty.
It took three generations for the Congress to run out of talent. With the Shiv Sena, the memory of Balasaheb is the only asset.
In India, we have more festivals than there are days in the year, but Diwali is really when indulgence violates the urban ceiling act.
The Prime Minister has repeated often that he believes the government has “no business to be in business”, but his ministers are not listening.
The biggest problem Dikshit is facing is climbing the stairs. She wanted to install a lift, but her neighbour downstairs, IAS officer and author Upamanyu Chatterjee, was not agreeable to the idea as it would block his living room view.
So many artistic domains are getting massacred due to the over-usage of digi-tech, the killer of human passion, craftsmanship, knowhow and creative distinction.
Trade talks are crucial to normalising bilateral ties. Kashmir can wait.