Breaker of the mould

The irrepressible life of Ram Jethmalani, who bent convention at every stage

On the loose: Tears for fears

The case for the occasional meltdown

Land, culture have multiple dimensions that human brain can’t easily comprehend

Land, in actuality, is a synthesis of biotic and abiotic factors. Humans would define land in terms of metaphors. Land grows like a twining, sun-fetching climber littered by pheromones of marching ants.

India’s growth story is far from over. But govt must incentivise household savings, spur consumption

Given a large jump in household leverage, monetary policy is unlikely to retain the effectiveness through large rate cuts in the current scenario. Only a counter cyclical fiscal response might address the core of the current problem.

From Plate to Plough: The right to choose

Government could give fertiliser subsidy directly to farmers and let them decide if they want to practise zero budget natural farming or use chemical-fertilisers.

Linking patriotism to women’s bodies is uncalled for

The latest firing of this salvo occurred in the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech, in which it was declared that having small families is a form of “patriotism”. Such exhortations primarily target women, their bodies and their reproductive autonomy.

View From The Neighbourhood: Tragedy foretold

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.

Inside Track: Super fast track

Apart from the concerned secretary from the IFS, Sanjay Kothari, the President’s Secretary, and E L S N Bala Prasad, the President’s Special Secretary, went with him.

Auto sales: Govt took the bold step of charging the proper price of car driving

Yet much worse is happening with the Motor Vehicles Act, a fine piece of legislation to make car drivers behave in a responsible fashion.

Fifth Column: Remember 9/11 and why it happened

Kashmir may once have been a problem between Hindus and Muslims, but for many years now the real problem has been the spread in the Valley of jihadist Islam.

Chandrayaan-2: ISRO has the resilience required to rise to the occasion

It was remarkable that in the case of Chandrayaan-2, the problem on the GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle was identified and corrected, and it was launched within a week

Why sedition law has lost meaning

Various Indian courts have repeatedly ruled against the constitutionality of this British-era legislation.