No respite for Muzaffarnagar

Four months after a local skirmish escalated into a Hindu Jat-Muslim clash leading to deaths on both sides, there is no sign that tensions have abated.

Tapping the transformative energy

In this interview with The Hindu , AAP leader Yogendra Yadav says that in his dream script, his party will be the natural political hope for the transformative energies he sees in public life

Political arrogance on display

The project involved erecting a multi-storeyed residential complex on public property, ostensibly for defence personnel.

Quarries may not be let off on 10-hectare rule

Since the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority has made the hearing mandatory only for quarries with mining areas above that limit, no application showing a higher area has reached the committee for clearance

Maharashtra passes please-all Anti-Superstition Bill

The government has toned down the bill so much that it has practically rendered it toothless. This has dealt a body blow to the rationalists in the state.

A principled course

Sunday’s fractured verdict placed Mr. Kejriwal on test and his challenge is to resist a continuing flow of inducements from the two other contenders.

Small consolation

The long-pending demands for reworking of Centre-State relations and for greater autonomy for the States will not go away no matter which party is in power.

The not-quite ‘semi-final’ and what it portends

Everything now points to the BJP emerging as the single largest party, by some distance, in the sixteenth Lok Sabha. But the Modi-led alliance will not go into the mid-2014 ‘finals’ as the favourite, in any event not the overwhelming favourite.

The Modi effect on voter behaviour

Other than in Rajasthan, where his huge rallies translated into increase in seats for the BJP, the impact of his campaign was less than that claimed by his supporters.

Finally, Cabinet approves Telangana with 10 districts

The Union Cabinet on Thursday night approved a bill for the creation of a Telangana state with 10 districts, paving the way for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to give birth to the country’s 29th state.

In for a penny, in for a pounding

The ‘Rayala-Telangana’ idea seeks to exploit a regional divide within a regional divide. It could backfire with serious consequences.

Dangerous opportunism

Telangana is now close to statehood on the strength of an untiring, intense mass struggle that had its basis in the assertion of historical political identities.

Towards an economy of mutualism

Modern economy must come to assume a mutualistic, and not a predatory, role toward the natural resource-based, labour-intensive sector of the economy.

Population reaches saturation point

Ten people have been attacked in the Bandipur-Nagarahole range since 2006.

National interest should override sectional interest

If new States increase insecurity and threaten national security and integration, what is the rationale for creating them?

Giving life to aspirations of a backward region

Those opposing statehood for Telangana are being oblivious to history.

Nitish launches telemedicine services

Heralding a new era of quality health facility, telemedicine services were launched in prominent hospitals of the Bihar Capital and those in 22 districts and 82 primary health centres of the State on Wednesday.

Lest we forget

It will be a decade tomorrow since whistle-blower Satyendra Dubey was killed. A tribute.

Troubling questions

The law of privacy is inadequately developed in India, but it is doubtful if the physical surveillance and massive intrusion into the privacy of the young woman were warranted for any legally justifiable reason.

Undermining urban planning

Any dilution of zoning and construction in the Regional Plan prepared by the NCRPB could upset the balance between urbanisation and conservation.