The soldier as state actor

Over time, it was easier to allow garrison governance in the hands of uniformed actors to continue, than to try to find political solutions to persistent problems of insurgency.

Why this fuss over the price of milk?

Most dairy farmers are very poor. They need a boost or they might just have to slaughter all their cattle

New subsidy regime

The Centre has adopted a pragmatic approach to cooking gas subsidies

Bizarre verdict reversed

Justice has finally been done. A few days ago, an appeals court in L’Aquila, Italy, acquitted six Italian scientists who were convicted of manslaughter and awarded a six-year jail term in October 2012 for failing to communicate to the public the risk of an earthquake striking L’Aquila.

Ridding IPL of its taint

The Supreme Court’s disclosure of four names among those investigated by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee marks another step in the excruciating process of cleaning up Indian cricket.

Continent of the Islamic State

The tectonic shifts that continue to create the Islamic State are to be found in the harsh repression of ordinary grievances, whether against corruption or for better wages 

Gulf stability and the oil supply scenario

The Gulf, with 25 per cent global production and 30 per cent of global reserves, will remain at the heart of the world’s energy security interests.

Tracking the malnutrition monster

It could take the form of undernutrition, hidden hunger and obesity. The human and economic costs are staggeringly high

In the mood for data sharing

The Open Government Data initiative is gaining ground, but it needs to be in step with the Central Information Commission

Mozambique striding into new mine-free era

In the coming weeks, Mozambique, once one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, will mark a historic milestone and proudly declare itself free of the deadly scourge.

Cometary quest

After a tense seven hours, there were high fives, hugs and handshakes. Separating from the Rosetta mother craft, Philae made history on Wednesday by becoming the first probe to carry out a soft landing on a comet.

Security forces held to account

The life sentence recommended by the General Court Martial to five Army personnel of the 4 Rajputana Rifles — a Colonel who was the commanding officer of his unit, a Captain and three soldiers — for staging a fake encounter in Kashmir has come not a day too soon.

A reality check on intellectual property concerns

The Working Group on Intellectual Property can serve as a platform where real time solutions to meet India’s need for low-cost medicines can be addressed

A unique blend of judicial virtues

Justice Krishna Iyer, who enters his hundredth year today, took the Supreme Court in a new direction while evolving radical principles

Poetics of a nation: remembering Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru cannot be seen merely as an object of history, a fragment of policy. He was a dream, a hope, a claim to innocence, an aesthetic, which gave to modernity a touch of elegance

India concludes bilateral agreement with US, agrees to an indefinite ‘peace clause’

Now that the deal has been done to introduce an indefinite “peace clause”, the question that arises is whether the discussions on the permanent solution would also drag on indefinitely.

South Africa mulls legalising rhino horn trade

Pelham Jones bought his first rhinos for a private game park in South Africa some 25 years ago. It was a logical business decision, and profiting from the lucrative trade in rhino horn could not be further from his mind.

Targets that endanger lives

According to a 2008 document dealing with standard operating procedures for sterilisation services in such camps, a surgeon can carry out no more than 30 tubectomies using three laparoscopes on a given day.

Rivals turn the tables on climate

Wednesday’s deal between the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) raises the prospect of a robust international agreement in Paris next year.

Empowering the perpetrator

Despite contrary advice from many commissions, the Maharashtra government in July issued an ordinance granting 16 per cent reservation to Marathas in government jobs and educational institutions