Monday, Oct 03, 2022

On abortion, Supreme Court has listened to women

It has upheld the right of all women to make their own reproductive decisions. It has recognised that deprivation of access to reproductive healthcare affects the dignity of women

The link between inflation and climate change

Checking rising food costs will require investing in sustainable agriculture. That, in turn, requires doing away with perverse subsidies

On Gandhi Jayanti, let’s remind ourselves of transformative power of our youth, need to tap into it

We need to encourage the nation-builder and sewa leader within them so that they go on to spearhead a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and diversity

Natural gas: The bridge on India's path to energy atmanirbharta

India has a long way to go before it can fully wean itself off fossil fuels. During this transitional phase, gas producers should be granted unfettered marketing and pricing freedom

Keeping Gandhi alive in the classroom

Avijit Pathak writes: Gandhi’s simple and profound truth should not be lost amid an intellectually narcissistic game of scholarship. We need to let a dialogic and vibrant classroom encourage students to be self-reflexive, ask new questions to make sense of the age they live in

July 20, 1982, Forty Years Ago: New UP Government

July 20, 2022 4:00:19 am

All the 10 cabinet ministers who took oath of office and secrecy along with Singh 25 months ago have remained in the new ministry.

The new agriculture panel raises questions

July 20, 2022 5:09:33 pm

Ajay Vir Jakhar writes: A committee has been constituted to promote zero budget-based farming, change crop patterns and make MSP more effective and transparent. Vested interests need to be eliminated

The RBI should desist from launching a defence of the currency. Let rupee find its own level

July 20, 2022 8:08:53 am

However, the Indian currency isn’t alone. Across the world, currencies have fallen against the dollar. In fact, when compared to other currencies, the rupee has fared relatively better.

How Twitter became the new medium for diplomacy

July 20, 2022 8:50:12 am

Christophe Jafferlot and Vihang Jumle write: Using the platform yields political dividends. But it may not make statecraft transparent


Why there is no reason to panic over the rupee

July 20, 2022 11:32:56 am

Soumya Kanti Ghosh writes: India’s economic fundamentals are robust. Rupee crossing the $80 mark is a result of Ukraine war, decisions by major central banks

In music and life, Bhupinder Singh was inimitable

July 19, 2022 5:58:34 pm

Hariharan writes: Bhupinder Singh’s deep voice and soulful renditions have ensured a lasting legacy

Chakshu Roy writes: Unsayable in the House

July 19, 2022 8:41:04 am

Chakshu Roy writes: Curtailing ‘unparliamentary’ expressions could stifle voice of MPs.


C. Raja Mohan writes: Lessons on navigating the evolving geopolitics in the Middle East

July 19, 2022 12:04:38 pm

C. Raja Mohan writes: Joe Biden’s recent trip to the Middle East highlights the emerging trends in the region’s diverse political and strategic orientations. Diplomatic realism in Delhi means India can realise its potential in the region

Deepak K Singh writes: Centre must welcome Chin refugees with open arms, Mizoram is already doing so

July 19, 2022 8:43:28 am

Deepak K Singh writes: While Centre’s approach is security-centric, Mizoram government has a magnanimous, people-centred policy towards Chin refugees from Myanmar

Forty years ago: Foreign funds banned

July 19, 2022 4:30:06 am

The ban has been imposed under the Foreign Contribution (regulation) Act.

New research indicates that bees might be sentient. Living creatures, it is clear, shouldn’t be judged by their cover

July 19, 2022 9:00:47 am

Of course, the insects are hardly the first members of the animal kingdom that scientists believe have a claim to personhood; apes, great and small, elephants, species of whales and dolphins — the list goes on.

At 2 billion: India’s Covid vaccination drive is a remarkable success

July 19, 2022 8:57:37 am

The lessons from the past one-and-a-half years should guide the next round of vaccinations.

Even as commodity prices soften, MPC must continue to focus on inflation

July 19, 2022 8:59:06 am

Over the course of the past two meetings, the MPC has hiked the repo rate by 90 basis points to 4.9 per cent, 25 basis points lower than the pre-pandemic level.

Droupadi Murmu-Jagdeep Dhankhar: Marking firsts in New India

July 18, 2022 7:43:10 pm

There are many firsts in terms of diversity and inclusion, from the Padma awards and the presidential nominations to significant representation in critical places like the council of ministers


Lalit, Sushmita and us

July 21, 2022 8:12:34 am

It’s time to change the standard love story.


India to become most populous nation by 2023: Reading the figures

July 19, 2022 10:09:18 pm

Amitabh Kundu, P C Mohanan write: It’s not just size. Distribution of population by age will play a significant role in shaping development dynamics.

Abhijeet V Banerjee writes: At a time when we seem to be wavering between trying to be powerful and wanting to be good, I dearly miss Jagat Mehta’s voice

July 18, 2022 3:40:23 pm

He remained an idealist; unwavering in his belief that we must try to do the right things for the right reason, internally and externally, while accepting that it won’t always happen

We need an orderly transition from coal to renewables

July 18, 2022 8:50:40 am

Rakesh Kacker and Nidhi Srivastava write: Looking at coal from a singular focus on GHG emissions will give a myopic view of energy requirements for a growing economy like India. The path to achieving 500 GW of renewables needs to be gradual

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Data localisation norms may need easing, but startups should compete without relying on heavy handholding of state

July 18, 2022 9:05:25 am

Policies as critical as data protection should not be tweaked to accommodate the business plans of a few startups, corporate strategies should not be drawn up solely on the basis of the ability to influence policy.

Forty years ago: Sripat Mishra Elected CM

July 18, 2022 4:00:31 am

According to a UNI report quoting sources in New Delhi, Mishra has been chosen by the Congress (I) high command to succeed V P Singh.

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NDA govt’s plan to produce more weapons at home needs urgent and purposeful policy action

July 18, 2022 9:01:56 am

Although a rapid diversification away from Russian supplies can’t be done overnight, it is a good moment for the Indian security establishment to review the changing context of Delhi’s defence ties to Moscow.

The Agniveer’s journey

July 18, 2022 8:59:57 am

Aakash Joshi writes: There is need for a deeper conversation about potential social fallout of Agnipath


With India set to become most populous nation, a prosperity lesson

July 18, 2022 1:52:36 pm

Ashok Gulati writes: Improvement of the country’s human development index hinges on providing quality education to the girl child

Monsoon session: Drawing harder political lines

July 28, 2022 2:21:50 pm

Neerja Chowdhury writes: As new Parliament session begins, and votes are cast for new president, signs of Opposition diminution, BJP aggression


Nirupama Subramanian writes: Where do fleeing leaders head, and why

July 17, 2022 8:19:50 pm

Nirupama Subramanian writes: Singapore is not the first country that comes to mind as a safe haven for political leaders seeking exile. Unlike the UAE, which welcomed Ghani on “humanitarian grounds”, Singapore put out a terse statement as Rajapaksa landed, as if to convey its discomfort.