National

The price of clinging to power

Neither the ruling United Democratic Front nor the Opposition Left Democratic Front can escape blame for the violence and chaos within the Kerala Assembly during the presentation of the Budget by Finance Minister K.M.


Delhi power tariff cut by 50 per cent

Keeping its key promise to voters, the Aam Aadmi Party government on Wednesday announced a 50 per cent slash in power tariff for households that consume up to 400 units a month.


Dashavatar card-making faces extinction in Bengal

The art of making Dashavatar cards -- used in a game based on the 10 incarnations of the Hindu deity Vishnu -- is facing the threat of extinction in West Bengal as its only practitioners, the Foujdar family of Bishnupur


Kerala’s focus on education and healthcare has made it the socially most advanced state

More central funds should flow to states that visibly strive to remove backwardness, rather than those that stay backward.


Understanding the Kashmir mandate

As reports came in of the high turnout in the Kashmir Valley in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, my mind went back to a bleaker time, in 1993, when I was Commissioner in Kashmir under Governor’s rule.


Carnage in Assam

Serial attacks by armed militants from the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) have claimed the lives of at least 67 Adivasis (who are still fighting for tribal status).


Small enterprises as big businesses

India’s heritage, with all its creative potential, can boost an unprecedentedre-skilling enterprise, bigger and more inspirational than any brand


A Christmas present for Darjeeling tourists

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) has a Christmas present for tourists this holiday season. After running truncated services for four years, the Darjeeling toy train will chug through its full route again from December 25.


Interpreting the Kashmiri vote

Concluding that huge participation in an election as an absolute verdict on the political will of Kashmiris is not only reductive but renders the act ahistorical.


States reject Centre’s Goods & Services Tax Bill

The States have rejected the draft Bill for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), dealing a major blow to the Centre’s resolve to roll it out at the earliest.


No room for complacency

Mining is no doubt necessary, but care should be taken to ensure that mining activities are carried out with enough sensitivity to the needs and concerns of the people living there, and not in callous disregard of their interests.


For peace in the Garo Hills

The Garo Hills region of Meghalaya has faced turmoil for years with multiple militant groups fighting what are essentially turf wars, their eyes primarily on the spoils from the extortion of coal mine operators.


Much ado about nothing?

India’s food security agreement with the US obscures the real issues about agriculture


Gujarat first to make voting compulsory in local body polls

Gujarat has become the first State to make voting compulsory in local bodies after Governor O.P. Kohli recently gave his sanction by signing the controversial Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009.


Accident victim dies as doctors ‘refuse’ treatment

Every injured citizen brought for medical treatment should instantaneously be given medical aid.


A granular look at the Great Indian Market

A clutch of rich States and large cities is likely to propel the demand for goods and services


Another round of elections

Kashmir is still recovering from the devastation of the recent floods; the State and Central governments are still involved in relief and rehabilitation operations.


A Herculean challenge

The process of relief and rehabilitation in the devastated north coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh has just begun.


Activists up in arms as anti-graft agency goes out of RTI purview

In a controversial move that has come into the public domain three days ago, the General Administration Department under the charge of the then Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan, had issued a notification exempting the Anti-Corruption Bureau from the purview of the RTI.


Economic inequality more gender neutral

Everyone knows that economic inequality has increased dramatically since the 1970s, and this has created a new cottage industry: dissecting “the top 1 percent.”