Engineer, ecologist, scholar, official, activist — Dhrubajyoti Ghosh was a rare mix.
His indulgence towards Sikh separatists threatens the bilateral relationship with India.
Asset recovery is more important than finding and arresting the bank scam accused
A process of virtual de-nationalisation of PSU banks, at least at the operating level, has to be the first step
Supreme Court’s landmark Cauvery verdict points to new directions but will face tough challenge in lean rainfall years.
With Maoists refusing to join, task is cut out for a minority government.
Operation Greens must build forward and backward linkages between farmers and markets. It can learn from Operation Flood.
The conversation on sexism and sexual harassment must expand and include.
Each of us is being incited to speak to ensure that none of us is actually heard.
But there is a bigger question here. Why is it difficult in India, even after 70 years of democracy, to build non-dynastic grassroots parties which can start modestly at a regional level before wasting their limited strength on larger national ambition?
Since the BJP won 312 of the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, it is expected to win at least eight seats. There is speculation whether Jaya Bachchan, an active and conscientious MP unlike others, will return since her party, the Samajwadi Party, can win only one seat
Kureeppuzha Sreekumar was recently assaulted by alleged BJP-RSS activists for protesting against a wall built on temple land to keep out Dalits in Vadayampady, Kerala
Mr Modi does not like journalists… But it is time to get over it, or the Prime Minister could find himself friendless and alone at a time when he needs friends in the media, not sycophants.
Is there a re-think under pressure from the so-called swadeshi lobbies? Just before the Budget, and in the Budget, the government announced a number of measures that seem to suggest that the protectionist (and taxation) lobbies have gained strength
Huge rallies are not a new phenomenon in Tripura, where the Left has ruled for years. What is new is the kind of BJP presence visible on the ground.
As her guests, we saw the respect she had earned, a side of her country often unseen
Awareness of Iran’s domestic politics, its involvement in multiple conflicts of the Middle East, must inform Delhi’s engagement
LTCG is a bad idea. The best policy for the taxman is one that maximises revenue, not one that maximises his morality, or his employment, or discretionary powers
PNB scandal points to unreformed financial sector, failure of risk management and auditing systems
Why I won’t be participating in the 8th Theatre Olympics that opens today
Its vibrant political activism has so far prevented the privatization of JNU, kept education affordable and inclusive and ensured social and gender justice.
Gender inequality begins with separation, and desensitisation to it
Religion was always recognised in India’s public sphere — but, unlike now, in the plural
The murder in a school in Yamunanagar may have been an act of only an individual. Or it may not
The film’s lack of ideological purity, exploration of the forbidden, is discomfiting many.
Australia’s cervical cancer immunisation programme can serve as a template
TV is falling behind the streaming services.
Liberals must question themselves. There is nothing liberal about portraying women jumping into fire in a manner that doesn’t cause revulsion.
The vigour of PM Narendra Modi’s travels can barely disguise the fact that in terms of India’s security objectives, he is looking very weak indeed.
Alliances in Tripura and J&K have forced both sides to nuance their agendas
The country’s first election was an ingeniously indigenous an inventive exercise, with unique challenges. The way bureaucracy rose to the task holds lessons for today.
Were ancient Indian polities democratic, democracy thus representing India’s enduring culture? And what was Jawahar Lal Nehru’s role in institutionalising democracy?
Asma’s loneliness reflected the place that civil society — even the incremental, bourgeois variety — had in Pakistan. In most other countries, what she did would have been heroic but hardly life-threatening. And for all her celebrity status abroad, Asma lacked a constituency within Pakistan.
PM’s foreign visits, his participation in global summits, burnish the country’s image abroad.
Student attendance is a non-issue in JNU, which has retained its focus on creating serious scholars, not docile subjects. The move to impose it is symptomatic of a larger administrative malaise
DGCA’s draft regulation on drones is a beginning. But it sidesteps important issues.