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Rewarding democracy

One of the biggest challenges before the new government will be to instil a sense of security among the people. That will only happen if the people have confidence in the government — after which they will reject Maoism.


Revoking Article 370 means burning the bridge between J&K and India

Dismembering Jammu and Kashmir will have awful consequences, both for communal peace in the State and for its wider relationship with India.


Where everyone is a minority

Bodoland’s demography is one reason why trouble will fester rather than abate: it has nothing to do with illegal migration. It has everything to do with the fact of how a minority of the population controls the lives and destinies of the others.


Lessons from Assam’s carnage

For a start, the government should initiate a process of vulnerability mapping in areas that could see further trouble down the line.


Science in the time of elections

There is unanimity among most mainstream parties in accepting that India cannot abandon its pursuit of fission power.


Building a culture of tolerance

Religious neutrality has become an accepted behavioural script for the state, but not for society and certainly not for individuals even when they are state actors.


Mamata takes on EC, refuses to transfer officials

According to Section 28(A) of the Representation of the People Act, all police officers in the State — from constables to the Director-General — come under the supervision and control of the EC.


The curious case of Neiphiu Rio

When asked why he decided to contest the election, Rio said “there is a larger responsibility in Delhi”


Plan to curb over-the-counter sale of antibiotics

It wants to restrict over-the-counter sale of 60 per cent antibiotic drugs in the next two years. All tertiary health care facilities should have antibiotic monitoring facilities by year-end.


The caste bogey in election analysis

With five to six castes of roughly equal size in every constituency, but nearly always two major contenders, most people are compelled to vote outside their caste even if that really hurts.


How India is building Asia's largest secure forest network

Given the exclusionist conservation model of the Indian state, local communities usually fear losing their traditional rights when a forest is brought under legal protection.


Four districts climate change hotspots

The degree of vulnerability of climate sensitive sectors like agriculture, fisheries and forests, tribal population and low ranking in the human development index were also considered in identifying the hotspots.


Referendum doesn’t wash in Mumbai Dhobi Ghat

There are around 1,500 residents in the compound but only hutment owners are entitled to rehabilitation. The scheme involves shifting eligible slum-dwellers to 20-storey buildings.


The perils of blatant secessionism

Kashmiris’ anger against the Indian state is legitimate, but shouting pro-Pakistan slogans in Meerut is not going to alter New Delhi’s Kashmir policy in any way.


One election for two States

As the Assembly constituencies for Telangana have already been identified, there can be little confusion in the voters’ minds on this score.


Waiting for bifurcation

With the model code of conduct bound to become operative with the announcement of the election schedule, a new government would have been left without much leeway for even routine administrative decision-making.


Criminalising Africans in Delhi’s villages

Actual conflict is usually triggered not by primordial ideas of race but by mechanisms that may not be immediately observable.


1,157 cases booked against fireworks units in a year: DRO

Construction of a new block for upgrading burns ward at a Government Hospital in Virudhunagar district at a cost of Rs.2.25 crore would be completed in the next three months.


First-in-India ISO tag for Malappuram

People have a right to services. If the government does not provide better services, the people will reject them.


Union Cabinet approves President’s Rule in Delhi

Though Mr. Kejriwal had recommended that the Delhi Assembly be dissolved, Mr. Jung is understood to have sent a “factual report” to President Pranab Mukherjee on the situation.