India’s abortion law must be amended to take into account agency of women

Why theatre commands is an unnecessary idea

Somnath Chatterjee’s stewardship will serve as a benchmark, to guide leaders of all institutions

PM Modi’s fifth Independence Day speech clearly had the next election in mind

No child is illegitimate

The court’s ruling on cohabiting couples should extend to single mothers

The other side of populism

How a patchily implemented NREGA could end up hurting the Congress.

Cheap souvenirs

A toshakhana reveals bizarrely cut-price gifts from overseas.

Burden of proof

Tribunal deciding on extending SIMI ban must look at concrete evidence to establish its links with terror.

Security first

Centre and states cannot be adversaries in terror cases. A unified NCTC is crucial.

The case of the phantom voter

Voter lists are marred by errors and bulk additions, because the EC does not have the resources to conduct its own survey.

Rules for the road

We need a comprehensive law for all aspects of traffic safety.

A grain of sense

How Punjab is making the best use of the flawed public distribution system.

The great Game Folio: Arabian ports

A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak region, the fulcrum of global power play in India’s neighbourhood

Pill poppers

Antibiotic resistance is a major public health challenge, a new WHO report has confirmed.

Arguments for a digital world

Having critiqued multistakeholderism, India must propose its own solution.

Patent relief

India escapes being downgraded by the US for IP violations, with a compelling self-defence.

Lotus position

The Modi selfie episode should prompt a rethink on campaign messaging and media influence.

After Modi, the deluge

The refrain that democratic institutions will survive him ignores how weak they are.

Salvaging a lost cause

The deadline for this round of peace talks has expired. Dissolving the Palestinian Authority is the best course of action for Palestinians.

Rebuttal to Father Mascarenhas

From an ex-Left MLA, now with the BJP, who says Modi could lead us to the ‘kingdom of god’.

View from the left: Communal agenda

“The recent speeches and utterances of the BJP/ RSS leaders are revealing the Hindu chauvinist and communal character of the campaign.”

A higher confusion

SC reversal of 2013 AICTE order compounds policy uncertainty.

The family strikes back

It’s been very much a Priyanka Gandhi week.

No monkey business

Why ‘right to entrepreneurship’, promised by Congress manifesto, is a bad idea.