Opinion

Taking the stigma out of sex crimes

Rape has always been seen as a stigma that only the woman victim has to bear. It is vital to change this perspective.


Troubled history hangs over Pakistan’s new army chief

Each of Nawaz Sharif’s past choices for army chief has ended in a crisis for the country. Will he prove fourth time lucky?


Expanding access to justice

Additional benches of High Courts will help reduce the costs of litigation, create new opportunities for people to seek justice, and provide more practice to lawyers.


Safety in regional airlines

The flight from Moscow reportedly made a second attempt to land at the capital of Tatarstan, after apparently trying to abort a landing, and the aircraft exploded as it hit the runway.


Israel’s Iran dilemma

Iran is to be tested. Nobody can know the outcome. Things may unravel but at least there is hope. Perhaps this is what is most threatening to Mr. Netanyahu.


A mole in Mumbai helped 26/11 attackers

An interview with Ram Pradhan , former Union Home Secretary.


From economic ties to strategic partnership

For a politically rising Japan that is beginning to shed its pacifist blinkers, India is central to both its economic-revival and security-building strategies.


The lessons India hasn’t learned from 26/11

Five years after national outrage led governments to make big promises, the police and intelligence services are still battling chronic deficits of capacity.


Dawn of the Carlsen era

If chess players are known to mature in their 30s, then the chess world expects the prodigiously gifted Norwegian to gain another 28 points to breach the magic rating figure of 2900.


Reprieve from the nuclear noose

Iran and the P5+1 now have signed an interim agreement, which will expire in six months unless both sides negotiate a comprehensive deal.


A historic victory for diplomacy

The significance of the deal is that both the U.S. and Iran have pulled back from positions of intransigence, confrontation and escalation.


Lest we forget

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


Why women remain silent

The pressure to furnish proof, the fear of fighting a superior, the likely impact on career, and adverse publicity prevent women from reporting sexual harassment.


Keeping politicians at bay

The bureaucracy can never be immune to political interference as long as bureaucrats are willing to twist and bend before politicians to get the postings of their choice


Smart-grid is the future of energy conservation

Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., a public sector undertaking that transmits about 50 per cent of generated power, is further augmenting its capacity to meet the growing needs of industry.


Calm solar cycle prompts questions

The intense electromagnetic energy from sunspots has a significant impact on the sun’s ultraviolet and X-ray emissions as well as on solar storms.


The unassailable case against Mr. Tejpal

The law must and will take its course but meanwhile there are practical issues to be attended to in the wider media world. The most vital among them is the protection of the identity of the young woman journalist, the victim of alleged sexual assault and rape.


Issues of sexual assault: the Tehelka case

Tehelka tried to conceal the gravity of its Editor-in-Chief’s alleged sexual assault, which is rape under the amended IPC. It tried to divert attention to an inquiry by an in-house committee mandated by a 2013 law meant to protect women in workplaces.


For global cooperation on climate change

Against the backdrop of the U.N. climate change negotiations in Warsaw, the United States Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell , says the U.S. was helping developing countries address climate change by amplifying the impact of public funds by leveraging private investment.


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.