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GOBAR-Dhan initiative will aid Swachh Bharat, increase rural incomes

Not much thought is being given to what students learn

The Royal Indian Navy mutiny was overshadowed by the INA trial

Chaos, bedlam at the top is shaking the load-bearing pillars — political executive and bureaucracy

Errors of commission

The Liberhan Commission was constituted on December 16,1992 to probe the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

The middle-income trap

Can India achieve prosperity in a generation? Analysis for the Emerging Markets Forum,held in Mumbai last week…

Shades of red in Lalgarh

I had traveled from Thiruvananthapuram to Kolkata to meet CPI(M-L) leader Charu Majumdar in 1970.

First tasks

It’s good to know that India is trying to reopen the Stilwell Road…

On a different track

Imagining Mamata Banerjee’s Railway
Budget,to be presented in Parliament this week…

Reigniting the embers

Reform and disinvestment of Coal India must happen soon…

Who’s afraid of an FIR?

What Shopian and Shiney tell us about our rape laws…

View from the LEFT

The CPI(M) had contested in two Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra and in both…

Now the G-3

If you haven’t had your fill of strategic triads and political quads,here is the latest offering…

The Russians were coming

In the late-eighties Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi met Gorbachev & it was decided that Indo-Soviet trade would be doubled.

A tribute to anil wilson,1947-2009

My friend Anil Wilson lost his battle to pancreatic cancer last week.

The inscrutable Indians

When it comes to introspecting on our own behaviour towards foreigners,we tend to turn a blind eye.

From MJ to Maniben

We first watched MJ on videotape. It was the eighties,a one-channel,VCR India before satellites brought the entire world to the flat TV screen.

When will we end the budget hype?

Annual budget-making exercises are characterised by hype and media and other attention.

Reading rains

If the met department swings from hope to despair,sounding uncertain about the monsoons,it greatly inconveniences farmers…

Don’t ban it,question it

With the burqa back in the news,only one thing can be safely stated: the garment intended to render Muslim women…

Waking the Higher Ed Elephant

The enormous significance of the Nehruvian vision for higher education in India is now coming home to us,as India earns…

The art of peace

History may have passed Marx by but not his guru Hegel. The Hegelian dialectic remains a powerful tool to explain societal change.

Questions for Mr Sibal

There is considerable excitement at the prospect of reform initiated by the HRD Minister.

Trading across the Radcliffe and Durand lines

Few in New Delhi might have noticed a memorandum of understanding signed by the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan during early May in Washington about regional trade and transit.

Educating our ministers

‘It is also not practical to invite foreign universities here when our own universities are in bad shape.’

Make it simple

Kapil Sibal’s proposal to alter the structure of education through making…

Unfinished business

Inder Malhotra — that superb chronicler of old times,good and bad — has reminded us of the Internal Emergency of June….

Bangalore to Raisina

Nandan Nilekani’s appointment to head the Unique Identity Authority (UIDA) of India has been received positively….

Remember the Time?

We’ve been hearing stories of Michael Jackson’s shady lifestyle for so long that we had almost forgotten what made him famous in the first place.

Get serious

We are back taking a gamble on the monsoon. Sixty-one years after independence,the rains matter….

First,free education from licence raj

The best thing that has happened to Indian education in recent times is for Kapil Sibal to be appointed Minister…

Securing his place

Mamata Bannerjee is not the only union minister who views Delhi as a stop over and not her main destination.

Why Nilekani needs a broader mandate

Dr Manmohan Singh’s government deserves kudos for appointing Nandan Nilekani as the head of a super-ambitious national…


I woke up to this sad news. I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe it. It’s as if we are all having a bad dream. Why him and why so soon?

Who ate his homework?

The HRD ministry’s 100-day plan has provoked the academic community out of its stupor.

Duped by IPL

The IPL gave the Indian team a false sense of security,particularly at a time when they should have been preparing for the T20 world…

The audacity of pop

Michael Jackson was the Barack Obama of pop music. Or perhaps it should be put the other way round….

Cop ethics

Most of the problems faced by governments,whether in the states or at the Centre…

Ruined by options

Though I believe in equity of opportunity for all,I do not think parity between students from different education…

Monsoon matters

Weather just isn’t what it used to be. Calcutta winters aren’t as sharp; Kashmir’s snowfall not as regular…