Is the Congress now entering a time when it will not be dominated by the Gandhi family? Is the period of the family's domination of the party – as Narasimha Rao had predicted in 1998 – coming to a close?
What’s most important is we learn from our many experiences of battling for change, and bring those learnings to bear on the work we will need to do in the next 25 years to make it to the horizon we wish to reach
A consumption tax based on concrete aspects of sustainability, and its local devolution, would create the right incentives for a scientific analysis of garbage and the logistics of its disposal.
Market based economic dispatch system may help governments to save revenue, but Centre needs to bring states on board
Abdul Khaliq writes: It was a meeting of unequals and an example of propitiation of the oppressor who calls the shots. But these luminaries should know that appeasement never works
Shahrukh Alam writes: If the state wants to prevent political formations, then, rather than criminalising political mobilisation of some groups, it should quickly intervene so that large parts of the population don’t feel excluded from society
Giridhara R Babu writes: It’s a self-limiting disease. But the recent outbreak along with the Covid pandemic should make us think about how best to check zoonotic diseases
Anand Krishnan writes: It’s time to treat Covid as a regular disease, develop protocols
Certain unidentified persons, suspected to be extremists, hurled two bombs into the ancestral home of Punjab Chief Minister Darbara Singh at Jandiala village, about 20 km from Jullundhur.
Dr Rakesh Sinha writes: Droupadi Murmu’s election underlines the weakening grip of the elite on India’s political culture. It is a sign that its democracy is evolving beyond the European model.
Gaurav Gogoi writes: The status quo ante prevailing on the LAC prior to May 5, 2020, must be restored at all costs
Less area getting planted under paddy in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal is, nevertheless, disturbing from a different standpoint. This whole belt, together with Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Assam, has sufficient groundwater resources for sustainable rice cultivation.
US and India are – and should be – closely aligned in addressing the threat posed by an authoritarian party controlling the state of China
The number of PhD applications to IIMs from students of SC, ST and OBC communities increased only marginally in the past four years. In case of the IITs, this increase was more appreciable. But the pool of applicants continues to be shallow.
Prakash Singh writes: An Agnipath scheme for the AIS will help to remove complacency and smugness in bureaucracy, prod officers to become performance-oriented, acquire new skills and flair for innovation in administration.
Tavleen Singh writes: If every dissident voice is crushed, it confirms to those who cherish the freedoms that democracy allows, that India is slowly but surely slipping towards illiberalism. What happened to Zubair proves that those who say India is increasingly becoming an illiberal democracy are right.
Shreya Shree writes: Although the Court cited Roe v. Wade and spoke of women’s “right to make reproductive choices”, it found the provisions of the MTP Act to be “reasonable restrictions” on the exercise of this choice.
Suraj Yengde writes: While the list of Presidents of India has been impressively diverse, it was missing an important Adivasi voice. It took the nation 75 years to find a suitable Adivasi leader.
Leher Kala writes: Reflecting on the unwarranted vitriol she faced that sidetracked her career, Mallika Sherawat matter-of-factly told journalists while promoting RK/Rkay, “What Deepika Padukone did in Gehraiyaan, I did 15 years ago but people were too narrow minded to appreciate it.”
P Chidambaram writes: Why are the accused denied bail? Pre-charge evidence, framing of charges, trial and arguments will — not may, it is will — take many years. Should the accused be in jail until the trial is over? Is pre-trial incarceration a substitute for trial, proof, conviction and punishment?
Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar put off a decision on the Opposition demand to table verbatim proceedings of the Committee on Public Undertakings on the Kuo Oil deal, but announced that he would convene a meeting of leaders of parties to sort out matters.
In large measure, the success of the IBC was in its attempt to transform the credit culture in the country.
Nirmalya Choudhury writes: Holistic flood management strategies can help vulnerable communities thrive, not just survive
The Vice President of India presides over the Rajya Sabha, which is the House where the Opposition, heavily outnumbered by the ruling BJP in Lok Sabha, still has a significant presence and voice, to express its views and demand accountability.
The federations must set their house in order to remain relevant.
Pooja Pillai writes: Demanding that a mainstream entertainer also be historically accurate is a fool’s game
Manoj Kumar Jha writes: The deliberative and reflective function of Rajya Sabha is most valuable, as it meticulously analyses merits and demerits of a Bill. It also empowers its members to voice resistance, dissent, or disagreement
Droupadi Murmu’s identity, her political journey and her rise make her life story one that will inspire generations of Indians
In a context where the BJP is too easily running away with a narrative of inclusion, mobility and newness, all that the Opposition could do was remind people how much it is stuck in the past
Both left and right opposition groups plan to move a non-confidence motion against the government during the current session of Parliament.