The destruction of Terry Pratchett’s unfinished works had the absurdity and brilliance of a Discworld novel
The government needs to rethink its position on the criminalisation of marital rape
SC verdict in the Gujarat shrines compensation case raises important questions.
In Doklam stand-off, the Himalayan kingdom once again came to the rescue of India’s interests, with costs to itself.
A panel of six doctors has recommended further investigations “urgently” and is of the opinion that the Memorial Hospital and Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, would be “the most appropriate centre for the necessary comprehensive management of the case”.
Monsoon continues to be misunderstood, flood governance is still about ad hoc relief measures. This needs to change
Law and order agencies are always expected to maintain order with minimum force so that the loss of lives is minimised. However, they should be allowed to act as per a set standard operating procedures. They should be able to carry out their duties and under no circumstances should the situation be politicised.
The states of India have simply not invested enough in the police. As a result, for anything more than a routine, local law and order problem, the states end up seeking assistance from the Centre. This is usually provided in the form of CAPFs, and in extreme cases, by the Indian Army.
The protests over the arrest of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25 actually led to heavier casualties within a much shorter span of time. There has been a terrible failure of leadership in Haryana at all levels — political, bureaucratic and police.
The need of a national hearse policy with a minimum corpus for transportation and cremation of dead bodies cannot be overemphasised. Developing protocols for the transportation of dead bodies from government and private hospitals with dignity is the duty of the state.
He would not say who these “much bigger people” were. Singh said the government was not so much concerned with defalcation of Congress funds as with the question of misuse of official authority in the collection of these funds and subsequent siphoning of these funds.
In 1886, “the British-controlled judiciary” had “discussed this issue in the Bharatiya context” and for the “first time, the verses from the Holy Quran were cited to explain the Muhammadan Law of Marriage”. Before the Shah Bano case, “the question of maintenance vis-à-vis minority rights was deliberated upon extensively” in many cases.
Institutional innovations are urgently needed to sustain EPW without eroding editorial autonomy or erasing uniqueness.
The West’s ‘golden age of television’ is moving to the internet. Viewers are falling for the bait
The froth spewing from them in Bengaluru is a symptom of a pervasive urban problem — the discharge of untreated sewage into water bodies.
Niti Aayog survey shows starting a business remains a difficult task. Government should probe why.
Demands for Gorkhaland and Bodoland are roiling the region anew. They must be handled with patience and wisdom
Japan is scouting sports talent young and ensuring they dominate the big stage
The Right to Privacy affirms, for the 21st century, the vision of a ‘constitutional renaissance’
The Sports Ministry needs to give a serious thought to the fact whether sportspersons should ever be considered for the Padma Awards
The fact that India and China are drawing down at Doklam just a few days before the BRICS summit shows that both sides believe that the opportunities in cooperation far outweigh their individual territorial ambitions
Cooperation in the fields of transport, energy and vocational education and training will also be on the agenda, as will digitalisation and climate change.
Tamil members of Parliament have complained of harassment and looting by police personnel in Jaffna even during curfew hours and asked that army units replace the police. On Friday, about 30 shops were set on fire in Jaffna.
Jihad as foreign policy was indeed encouraged by the US in the 1980s and blessed by many leading Islamic countries, Western Europe and China as part of the global effort against the Soviet army’s occupation of Afghanistan.
Jaggi Vasudev’s ‘consciousness talk’ shows little understanding of the function of morality
Debates between Nehru, Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, and Ambedkar deserve serious reflection; but the fact remains that they were all part of the anti-colonial resistance, abhorred the ‘Hindu Raj’ project, and upheld ideals of diversity and dignity for the weak and vulnerable. The Sangh and its ideological brothers, on the other hand, had only the ‘Hindu Rashtra’ inspired by fascism for its ideal.
Delhi, Beijing deserve diplomatic credit. Going ahead, an appreciation of the costs of conflict must inform relations
Even without a gold, it can be said that this is Indian badminton’s Golden Era
US president’s new South Asia doctrine threatening Pakistan with dire consequences if it fails to check jihadists could lead Rawalpindi to revive the policy of strategic defiance.
Many Opposition parties flocked to the Patna stage. For now, that’s all there is to Opposition unity
Mergers of state-owned banks are not the whole solution. Balance-sheets must be strengthened, governance improved.
Hindutvavadis saw Gandhi’s eclecticism and abhorrence of the two-nation theory as a threat to their ideas. The communal hate fuelled by Partition and the quick turn of events between August 1947 and January 1948 created an enabling climate for them to kill Gandhi.
India’s new chief justice Dipak Misra comes to his office at a fine moment for the court
By resting heavily on religious texts, triple talaq verdict sets a troubling precedent.
The authority of the Indian state was trounced by the Dera. Is anyone surprised?
A similar fear is palpable also among certain sections in India that had played a key role in formulating the contentious agenda of the constitution, mainly secularism and republicanism, without following due process and letting the people have their say on these issues.