Opinion

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.


An unending struggle for free speech

Talking to Salman Rushdie is an opportunity to reflect on four giant changes, and their impact on free expression.


No external debt crisis, please

What’s intriguing about this notification is that it revokes a 2012 decision, which allowed Indian companies to raise money overseas to repay rupee loans.


Not an endorsement of nature

Political manifestoes that list ‘economy and ecology’ in the same breath give an indication of how little the ‘environment,’ that umbrella term for everything good-and-green, means to our parties.


Deciding the Delhi Assembly question, justly

When adjudicating the imputation of mala fides on a constitutional functionary like the President, the Court must remember that it cannot be alleged on personal grounds.


Discussions, the way forward

The disagreement between the two countries over IPRs goes back to 1994 when at the Uruguay Round of trade talks India and a few developing countries managed to incorporate a few flexibilities in the TRIPS.


No shield for corruption

When a law replacing an invalid executive order retains the same classification that was held to violate the constitutional norm of equality, it has to be struck down.


Index of relevance

The Centre’s plans to revise the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) calculation methodology by netting out the excise duty component in manufactured product prices make eminent sense.


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.


Hindutva redux in Uttar Pradesh

Modi’s rhetoric has gradually changed from livelihood talk to issues around Pakistan and alleged Muslim appeasement.


Privatising professional education

It is time for the government to consider withdrawing from funding higher education and leave it to the private sector instead.


Privatising professional education

It is time for the government to consider withdrawing from funding higher education and leave it to the private sector instead.


Issues of antibiotic resistance

The Union Government has taken an important first step in that direction by introducing a stringent rule that prohibits medical stores from selling 24 key antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription.


In whose service?

Committee has suggested several measures, including leveraging the real estate assets of the broadcaster, and looking at alternative funding sources, including some private investment.


CSR as an anti-poverty instrument

The global financial crisis had a devastating impact on both individuals and the public sector. Conversely, the rise of the BRIC economies and Africa’s emergence mean that aid is simply not needed on the same scale as it was before.


Public investment can transform economy

The new government that will take over in a month has to tackle some serious challenges on the economy, many of which require long-term solutions.


For a clear nuclear doctrine

For India, nuclear deterrence is defensive and a means to secure its sovereignty and security. Its strategy of assured retaliation, combined with “no first use,” provides adequate guarantee for this purpose.


In search of a home away from home

Spurious history and a hostile public allow political parties in many countries turn near stateless people into scapegoats at the time of elections.


What development? For whom?

Nations aren’t just roads, big businesses, shining tall buildings; they are people, communities, genders, each of whose welfare and development needs may be different.


Bubble mania

‘Bubble’ is no longer a neutral word. Given its association with the financial crisis, it’s pejorative.