Opinion

The wrongs of writing in Tejpal case

There is little doubt that the legal boundaries for journalists in protecting the identity of complainants in cases of sexual assault are well-defined.


A cautious beginning

By its own admission, the RBI’s approach to this round of bank licences has been conservative, a trait that is wholly appropriate in the present context.


Tasteless rants

But there are many who get away with tasteless and abusive remarks that cannot be legally deemed as hate speech or incitement to violence.


Diplomacy with teeth

The Obama administration keeps trying to restore funding for UNESCO, which in 2011 defied the U.S. in recognising Palestine.


A Hindutva variant of neo-liberalism

The linkage between the Hindu assertion, material prosperity and economic growth is what makes the idea of Hindutva rate of growth, as opposed to the ‘Hindu rate of growth,’ which is a derisive description of a slow economy.


A backward tag for the prosperous

Jats are not only prosperous and socially powerful in Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan but also call the shots in politics and governance in these States.


Deaths in the drains

Ideally, don’t send a man into a sewer, but if you have to, make sure he wears safety gear. And if he dies after that, give his family 10 lakh rupees.


Threat of disintegration

As Libyans face a new civil war and possible partition, unsurprisingly many of them are reportedly nostalgic about the Qadhafi era.


In the shadow of insurgency

As during several elections in the past, the northeastern States are going to the Lok Sabha polls this time too under the shadow of the gun as ethnic insurgency continues to grip the region.


The U.S. is not No.1!

The U.S. excels in access to advanced education but ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation, and 31st in personal safety.


U.S. secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest

It is unclear whether the scheme was legal under U.S. law, which requires written authorisation of covert action by the President and congressional notification.


The endless calamity in West Asia

The Jewish state and its toxic right-wing hardly have any tolerance for the plight of Palestinians, but does the Indian public even care any longer about the situation?


Voting while in the Army

Only in peace stations can service persons claim they are ordinary residents and vote locally. If their units move to non-peace stations, they cannot register themselves there.


The curious case of Neiphiu Rio

When asked why he decided to contest the election, Rio said “there is a larger responsibility in Delhi”


Public purpose of architecture

The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most distinguished and celebrated award in architecture, is given to a professional in the field who has contributed substantially to humanity and displayed excellence in built work.


The tech edge to Africa’s first Islamic insurance for herders

Mr. Bashir, 48, set up Takaful Insurance of Africa three years ago which, unlike ordinary insurance schemes prohibited by Islam, takes only a management fee from clients.


An Ambedkar for our times

Today, Ambedkar certainly outshines every other leader in terms of public acceptance. However, the incidences of casteism also show parallel growth.


Poorly performing public services

Implementation of the Right to Education Act and the National Rural Health Mission should lead to better outcomes but we see the reverse.


If women play a greater role in conflict resolution, you would have more peace

Certain messages are timeless. It is how you adapt them to the current situation. Gandhi is timeless.


Maintaining the status quo

The policy statement, it has been emphasised, is an economic and regulatory statement and ought not to be viewed through the prism of contemporary politics.