The individual as a political unit finds herself, and her rights, dwarfed by an expanding state and faltering institutions.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the overcrowding of hospitals with anxious patients, the stress on families, desperate for credible advice, brought to the fore the need for family doctors and a resilient primary health system
The coming together of the JD(U)-RJD and Congress also sends a message to regional parties in other states -- they need to come together to halt the Modi-Shah juggernaut.
The paradigm driving employment and labour policies must change to enable generation of better-quality livelihoods
Disarm your opponent with humour and faint praise, and never attack them with anger or derision
Simranjit Singh Mann’s victory comes at a time when the Shiromani Akali Dal, the oldest party of the state, seems to be at its weakest
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated New Delhi’s position in unequivocal terms — there must be an immediate cessation of hostilities in Ukraine, and dialogue and diplomacy are the way forward.
Balbir Punj writes: It continues to control public discourse in India. This is a problem
Mohan Kumar writes: The grouping has declined but is still powerful. India’s participation in the meeting as an observer serves to advance its foreign and security policy objectives
Aruna Sharma writes: The need of the hour is to unlock the full potential of India’s optical fibre industry and enable India to emerge as a major manufacturing and technology hub while achieving atmanirbharta in its 5G journey
The disregard for legal precedent, as well as the elimination of a constitutional regime that weighed both federal and pregnant persons’ interest has serious implications for sexual and reproductive health rights
Manish Tewari writes: Agnipath and Agniveer recruitment reform must be seen alongside defence reforms that include appointment of a CDS, reorganisation of armed forces into theatre commands to promote jointness and synergy
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: This arrest has to be seen as part of the larger pattern: ED and CBI raids whenever political convenient, use of UAPA charges against innocent students, communally targeted bulldozing of properties, control over the media
Ishan Bakshi writes: Whichever way you slice the data, there aren’t that many consumers with significant discretionary spending capacity, and those with capacity aren’t increasing their spending.
Around the world, the US has been seen to lead the march towards greater individual rights. The struggle to keep the individual at the heart of an expansive rights-based framework could now get tougher.
Sushil Kumar Modi writes: It is time that a set of comprehensive rules and regulations, which are inclusive, eliminate conflicts of interest and prevent any anti-competitive practices is put together.
Israel’s invasion army warned the people of Beirut to use the two-day-old cease-fire to get out of the city. In leaflets dropped over the encircled capital, the Israeli army said its war against the Palestinians was not yet over.
The regular feature missing at Wimbledon this year will be Federer. It’s too much of a change for this ancient venue steeped in customs to take.
The consultative and consensual nature of decision-making that has helped guide the Council’s decisions so far must be adhered to. Addressing the contentious issues will, first and foremost, require bridging the trust deficit between the Centre and states.
Sandip G writes: The Ranji Trophy is the ultimate survivor, which may live as long as Indian cricket itself. But it is remembered only when a truly spectacular event occurs, or when there is an underdog story to be told.
Sanya Kumar and Rakshanda Deka write: It will impact American constitutional jurisprudence and the global human rights discourse. It also sends a larger message about the ease with which women can be stripped of their right to choice and bodily autonomy
The foot soldiers of the Sena, even after Shinde’s revolt, are with the Thackerays. It is to be seen how they react when the full import of what will happen if the Thackerays cease to head the Sena kicks in
The New Development Bank, or the BRICS bank, is yet to catch speed as a multilateral lender of standing.
During the lull, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation studied new American proposals for neutralising the Palestinian military presence in Lebanon.
Ashutosh Varshney writes: Arc of rights must broaden further, instead of retreating. Overturning of Roe v Wade outlines democratic challenge
The cases stemming from Gujarat 2002 raise serious questions about a range of abdications by institutions and actors.
Praveen Chakravarty writes: GST centralised India’s indirect taxation. It is time to start a national discussion on reversing the course by giving states powers for direct taxation
Had it not been for Supreme Court, justice would be elusive in cases of Gujarat 2002. That’s why its latest order, its use by police, raises disturbing questions.
Ruchi Gupta writes: Instead of providing stability, the law is undermining our democracy. Scrapping it would provide institutional leverage to express intra-party dissidence
Payal Shah writes: As the US eliminates the right to abortion, global community should act in solidarity for reproductive rights