Opinion

The overall impact of rate-cut will be magnified on economy

From all indications available now, the other factors including inflation, fuel prices, and improvement in real interest rates give the RBI headroom for another 100 bps reduction over the next one year.


States of affairs

Of vibrant summits and uneven development


School system fails students

Considering Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s caution regarding the insecurity that people face over a lifetime due to the deprivation of basic education, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2014 calls for a hard look at the situation.


A string of coincidences is not a coincidence

It may sound a bit far-fetched to say that there is a relationship between a Man Booker prize-winning novel set in New Zealand and the creative environment in India.


Crisis among the censors

The resignation of Leela Samson as the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), and of several other members of the body, is a pointer to a deeper malaise in the institution.


Looking for a lady from Eastern Europe

Ban Ki-moon has nearly two more years to go, but the race for his successor asU.N. Secretary-General has already begun in world capitals as well as in New York


A story of exile, a story of betrayal

A first-hand account of how a family of Pandits left Kashmir and were unable to return home. January 19 marks the 25th anniversary of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley


The new name of planning

The emphasis on interaction with international think tanks and Indian educational and policy research institutions would be a departure for the Indian bureaucracy.


With reforms, states will fund the railway projects willingly

Many projects languish because acquiring land has become an arduous task. Prabhu says states do not cooperate in releasing land, leading to delays in building under- and overbridges.


Here is our big fat problem

Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions among India’s middle class and could blunt the country’s demographic dividend


When Obama comes calling

Dissonances in climate goals shouldn’t restrain India and the US from seeking a cordial engagement on green energy


Some respite

Both banks and India Inc need to take the right cue from the RBI’s surprise rate cut


The year of Paris

As the world heads towards a new climate treaty by the end of the year, with Lima providing a bare-bones launching pad, many of the issues that have dogged negotiations will reach a flashpoint.


RBI’s surprise rate cut

The ability to surprise the markets is an important trait of central banking and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan displayed that when he cut interest rates by 0.25 percentage points


Scientists without a scientific temper

India has not produced any Nobel Prize winner in science in the last 85 years — largely because of the lack of a scientific environment in the country


State power sans public reason

The government’s reasoning that the land ordinance was meant to extend the benefit ofthe new law to various types of land acquisitions left uncovered so far is disingenuous


The death of the author

The manufactured outrage should be understood in the context of political mobilisation of right-wing groups and electoral competition in Tamil Nadu.


The latest ASER findings are a call to action against failing Indian school system

The share of students joining private schools is inching up although government schools still account for over two-thirds of all students.


Beware the rise of machines

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Reinventing India Post

Corporatisation can transform the postal service from a legacy institution to a modern, multi-service agency