Opinion

Why investors are fearing emerging markets

The MSCI Emerging Market Index is down more than 10 per cent this year, while the world index, covering all developed markets, is up an equivalent amount.


Lok Satta chief wants proportional representation

PR allows parties to reconcile conflicting interests for maximum acceptance.


More compensation fosters better coexistence with wildlife

People and wildlife commonly co-habit in India, particularly on the fringes of many of our parks and sanctuaries. Households farming and living in close proximity to these “hard-edges” are more vulnerable to losses.


The right to talk and write

Journalists in India have no special rights. Unlike the United States, freedom of the press in the country does not flow from any special provision or amendment to the Constitution, but from the right to free speech and expression.


The way forward in Assam

At least four ethnic groups have begun to press their claims for separate States to be carved out of Assam.


The new note on Mint Street

The governor-designate of the RBI will have to rethink or temper many of his past positions that have beenat variance with the central bank and the finance ministry.


The Palk Bay catch

Sri Lanka’s latest position that it will prosecute Indian fishermen arrested for poaching instead of arranging for their early release is bound to cause alarm in Tamil Nadu, where over 100 families await the return of their kin from Sri Lankan jails.


This is no child’s play

The Supreme Court has rightly dismissed challenges to the Juvenile Justice Act, but needs to do more to ensure its proper implementation.


Nuclear deterrence is overrated

The real risks and costs of having these weapons, both monetary and human, far outweigh their security benefits.


Crowd censoring

The right to freedom of speech and expression is enshrined in the Constitution, and chauvinist elements, no matter of what hue, should not be allowed to infringe on this right citing some imagined slight to a group or community.


Neither small, nor green

Some hydel projects that claim exemption from environmental clearance on the basis of size provide a misleading picture of their impact.


Embers that refuse to die

More than the multiple demands for Statehood in Assam, it is the insistence on closed, ethnically homogenous and exclusive units that gives cause for concern.


Turning the whistleblower into a suspect

Ashok Khemka’s trial by media has shifted the spotlight away from Robert Vadra's questionable land dealings and the chance to investigate them further.


Turning the whistleblower into a suspect

Ashok Khemka’s trial by media has shifted the spotlight away from Robert Vadra's questionable land dealings and the chance to investigate them further.


A charter for the CBI

The National Police Commission pointed out in its second report that, apart from the “political sources,” industrialists, businessmen et al also try to influence the police.


Irrational inexuberance

Financial markets’ sharp reactions ought to be seen as another instance of collateral damage in the wake of the rupee stabilising policies that began in mid-July.


Speculation is not the answer

The Navy has much at stake in a thorough investigation of the INS Sindhurakshak incident as officers and sailors need to be assured that the fault lines have been found and rectified.


Where have all the women gone?

Overcoming son preference in India remains a daunting challenge as even educated women are prone to it.


Food for thought

Having proved the science, commercial production of meat would become a reality only if scientists solve a few major problems.


Nothing here to like

The ultimate arbiter of what constitutes offensive online content is the executive. In practice, that means touchy politicians and trigger-happy policemen.