Opinion

A diversified Muslim identity

The voting preference of Muslims in States is not an outcome of any national strategy; rather it is constituted at the grassroots level.


An elusive detector for an elusive particle

The delay of a go-ahead from the Cabinet for an indigenously designed neutrino detector is demoralising for scientists because it could turn investors away.


Striving for a polio-free world

The strategic plan approved last year aims to stop transmission of all naturally-occurring ‘wild’ polio viruses by the end of this year and complete the task of eradication by 2018.


Quest for oil threatens Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve

Sceptics argue that the seismic survey is a cover for hidden oil prospection that could have serious consequences for the environment.


Transitions of the angry middle class

What the people of India want, just as the angry middle classes in Ukraine, Bosnia Thailand and Venezuela do, is a government that is accountable, responsible, and effective in moving their country further into the modern world.


The shifting sands of Muzaffarnagar

Today the bitterness has been put behind. Instead there is relief at having survived the ordeal, which the Muslim refugees attribute to the SP being in power.


Food security in the time of inflation

If the expansion of the Public Distribution System results in an increase in market prices, it may counterbalance the benefits of food subsidy.


A chance to cleanse the game

The Supreme Court order appointing former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar as interim head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to manage the affairs of the Indian Premier League this year ought to be welcomed.


A mandate for the UNHRC

No progress has been made to fix responsibility for the mass killings in the last phase of the civil war in 2009.


Scientists create ‘designer’ chromosome

In contained use, on a small scale in a lab, it’s absolutely fine. In a commercial situation, on a scale say for biofuels, you run into problems about how you adequately and securely contain those organisms.


Many realities, multiple platforms

The digital divide has gone out of favour, but millions of Indians not only remain illiterate, but are unable to access welfare schemes


On the dilemma over the rhino horn

Intervening to remove a rhino’s horn, in response to a patently illegal activity, may set a dangerous precedent.


A nation of takers?

To stem abuses of subsidies, the first target shouldn’t be those avaricious infants in nutrition programmes but tycoons in their subsidised Gulfstreams.


The MH 370 mystery

In an era where safety cannot be taken for granted, it is vital for experts in security, technology, transportation and manufacturing to sit together and spell out concrete proposals to make air travel safer.


Fair advocacy as a right

The system of fixing fees based on the ‘star value’ of the lawyer is a dangerous trend for the judiciary as well as for our democracy.


Bihar’s endless feudal violence

Celebrations of Budhram Paswan’s assassination underline the fact that the murder is a political one.


A disturbing G7 decision

The March 24 decision by seven major industrial countries (the G7) to suspend Russia from the informal grouping called the G8 is not surprising in view of Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian province of Crimea.


South Sudan facing major food crisis: UN

The UN has appealed to donors for $995 million to fund aid operations in Sudan this year. So far it has obtained only $54 million.


Russia’s (overblown) natural gas weapon

Russia’s doomsday weapon involves much bluff. If used, it would probably do less damage than imagined, while also imposing long-term costs on Russia.


The possibility of pilot suicide

The similarities between the crash of SilkAir flight MI 185 and the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 point to deliberate and skilled human intervention.