Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022

What the Rajasthan political crisis highlights: Congress effectively has no high command

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?

Can we use the learnings from the past 75 years to achieve our constitutional values by 2047?

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

What is the solution to India’s garbage disposal problem?

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.

Power imbalance: The governance shift in the power sector needs centre-state cooperation

Market based economic dispatch system may help governments to save revenue, but Centre needs to bring states on board

Muslim intellectuals meeting Mohan Bhagwat is an act of appeasement that helps RSS agenda

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: Why the recent trend of criminalising journalists is worrying

July 26, 2022 8:55:11 am

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

Monkeypox outbreak: It’s time to act, not panic

July 27, 2022 12:54:40 pm

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: Dealing with Long Covid

July 28, 2022 2:21:58 pm

Anand Krishnan writes: It’s time to treat Covid as a regular disease, develop protocols

CM’s Home Bombed, Darbara Singh, President’s Plea, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, Beirut Bombed, Bhindranwale Arms, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

July 25, 1982, Forty Years Ago: CM’s Home Bombed

July 25, 2022 4:46:48 am

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.

Droupadi Murmu: A President for the Republic

July 25, 2022 2:36:38 pm

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.

The Indian government must stop appeasing China to protect its image

July 25, 2022 8:56:32 am

Gaurav Gogoi writes: The status quo ante prevailing on the LAC prior to May 5, 2020, must be restored at all costs

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, kharif season, kharif crops, rice farming, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

Falling rice acreage in eastern India is symptom of a larger problem with environmental, equity, fiscal dimensions

July 25, 2022 9:02:05 am

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.


The key to US-India partnership: Defence and technology cooperation

July 25, 2022 11:54:15 am

US and India are – and should be – closely aligned in addressing the threat posed by an authoritarian party controlling the state of China

Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Tribes, IIT, IIM, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

IITs, IIMs must take measures to expand pool of SC, ST and OBC candidates for PhD programmes

July 25, 2022 9:00:43 am

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.


Why Agnipath scheme needs to be extended to All India Services

July 25, 2022 9:02:21 pm

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, Mohammed Zubair

Tavleen Singh writes: Defaming dissidents

July 24, 2022 4:31:13 pm

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.

Access to abortion: Where women still don’t have a say

July 24, 2022 8:40:00 am

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.


The new President: Beyond the tokenism

July 24, 2022 7:59:39 pm

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.


Risque, risk-taking, and being Mallika

July 24, 2022 4:31:55 pm

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: ‘Process is the Punishment’

July 24, 2022 8:24:58 am

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?

July 23, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Resolution Delayed

July 23, 2022 4:30:08 am

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.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, National Company Law Tribunal, NCLT, Insolvency, bankruptcy, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

Court ruling on IBC creates uncertainty in admission of cases. Timelines envisaged in code must be adhered to

July 23, 2022 9:27:46 am

In large measure, the success of the IBC was in its attempt to transform the credit culture in the country.

How we can have disaster-free floods

July 23, 2022 9:46:14 am

Nirmalya Choudhury writes: Holistic flood management strategies can help vulnerable communities thrive, not just survive

Trinamool Congress, Jagdeep Dhankhar, West Bengal government, West Bengal Governor, Derek O'Brien, Droupadi Murmu, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

TMC’s abstention from V-P election makes it look churlish, also undermines itself in a time of shrinking Opposition

July 23, 2022 9:23:26 am

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.

Commonwealth Games, International Olympic Committee, Birmingham Games, Olympic Association, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

Even as India’s sports federations are run abysmally, athletes perform well

July 25, 2022 3:13:49 am

The federations must set their house in order to remain relevant.

RRR is a potboiler, not a history lesson

July 25, 2022 8:51:57 am

Pooja Pillai writes: Demanding that a mainstream entertainer also be historically accurate is a fool’s game


Why the Rajya Sabha matters

July 23, 2022 2:21:21 pm

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


Welcome, Madam President

July 23, 2022 2:21:16 pm

Droupadi Murmu’s identity, her political journey and her rise make her life story one that will inspire generations of Indians


Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Littleness of Opposition makes the BJP look big

July 23, 2022 10:27:13 pm

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

Charan Singh, Parliament, Devi Lal, Devi Lal Suspended, Kuo Oil Report, No-trust Motion, Indian express, Opinion, Editorial, Current Affairs

July 22, 1982, Forty Years Ago: No-trust Motion

July 22, 2022 4:04:49 am

Both left and right opposition groups plan to move a non-confidence motion against the government during the current session of Parliament.