The slew of judgments from the higher judiciary in the period of just about a month or so has been like manna from heaven on the parched earth of electoral reforms.
The recent Supreme Court ruling should serve as an occasion for sober reflection on the vexed question of award of compensation to victims of road accidents.
Parliament is entitled to remove some of the infirmities in its judgment, but the court’s view cannot be simply ignored. People across the country have welcomed the court’s judgment. All parties should accept it.
Providing adequate numbers of affordable houses for the urban poor remains an elusive target. Policies framed in the past have failed to deliver. About 96 per cent of the 18.78 million housing units shortage pertains to lower income groups.
Recognising that they are the main link to the citizens (as voters) and, by implication, the mainstay of democracy, many countries, including India, have helped cushion their expenses at public cost.
The Supreme Court’s decision to quash the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test to medical colleges favours States, unaided institutes, coaching centres and creamy layers — in short, everyone but students.
Social audits of the mid-day meal scheme by parents can ensure that the world’s largest intervention against hunger that also helps keep children in school need not suffer setbacks like the Bihar tragedy.
The Uttarakhand floods exposed that logisitics, key to reaching humanitarian relief speedily to victims, is a much neglected aspect of disaster management in India.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi spent his years in prison in line with the Biblical verse, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Nelson Mandela was shut off from his countrymen for 27 years, imprisoned, until his release on February 11, 1990. Both walked that long road to freedom.
The recent launch of the first Dalit venture fund occasions an examination of the moral and ethical emptiness of capitalism.
To residents of Indian cities who have become inured to dust, smoke, diesel fumes, as well as lead and nitrous oxide poisoning, this may sound like just one more addition to the long list of risks they face in their daily lives. But dioxins belong to another level of threat altogether.
The rupee’s fall has shown the pitfalls of these two policies. In June, there has been a big sell-off in India’s equity and debt markets and this has been in tandem with the fall in the rupee.
The tussle between the Intelligence Bureau and the CBI over the Ishrat Jahan case reflects the dangerous trend of policymakers eroding their independence and objectivity.
Recent judgments on the disqualification of convicted legislators and candidates in custody, and the banning of caste rallies, are not correct in law and need to be revisited.
The regulation of WMS has been sparse and vests with different agencies like the RBI, SEBI and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.
The growing convergence of views on many issues is not enough to iron out the divergence arising from different priorities, as Secretary Kerry’s recent visit proved.
The Marrakesh draft treaty, which will allow free distribution of books in disabled-friendly formats, is not enough by itself without a wider culture of providing for accessibility in learning.
The telegraph was an important symbol of colonial authority: it is no surprise that telegraph offices have been some of the most stately and imposing buildings in Indian cities.
Instead of joining the race to commercially exploit this pristine region, New Delhi must use its position in the regional council to push for a global mechanism to prevent an unseemly gold rush.
Adapting tools of governance to suit evolving needs is essential to bring administrative systems up to speed.