Opinion

Slavery isn’t a thing of the past

There are, of course, many more ambiguities today than in the 1850s about how to count slaves, but the slavery index finds almost 30 million people enduring modern slavery.


Trouble in tourist paradise

India imports oil in considerable quantity from Nigeria, which is one of its major trading partners. There is a sizeable Indian community in Nigeria.


A battle of generations

A global audience running to tens of millions awaits the start of the world chess championship title clash between champion Viswanathan Anand and Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen, the highest ranked player in chess history.


Challenges to Myanmarese reconciliation

The first large meeting of ethnic minorities and the Myanmar government since the country’s independence has raised hopes of a peaceful resolution of contentious issues.


‘The Great Akbar’ of Independence struggle

Azad’s greatest gift was to postulate an equation between Islam and Indian nationalism on the one hand, and between Islam and the universal principles, on the other.


The fantasy of Europe lurching to the right

Britain’s view of European politics is coloured by Germany’s terrible interwar years. But that period is no model for today.


Missing TB cases

India may be responsible for the slow reduction in global TB prevalence. At 2.8 million (26 per cent), the country has the highest caseload.


Pakistan’s telling reflexes

The killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack has set off depressingly familiar reactions that are telling about the state of play within Pakistan, and its relations with the United States.


Altruism and the many shades of grey

Organ donation is not well-organised, systematised or regulated in India. But how many medical professionals spend substantial quality time educating ordinary people?


Safety in food security

While making grain available to all is important, it is equally essential to ensure that all food supplied for consumption remains unadulterated and uncontaminated.


Dynamics of change in Pakistan

The Pakistan Army is seeking to make a virtue of necessity by publicly asserting its faith and commitment to constitutional governance.


India is not a nay-sayer on climate change

Historical emissions and the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR) are non-negotiable pillars of Indian strategy.


India’s voyage to Mars

Only the Soviet Union, the U.S. and Europe have succeeded in getting spacecraft to the fourth planet from the Sun.


In support of patient rights

The Supreme Court’s award of a record compensation of Rs.5.9 crore in a case of medical negligence is in continuation of its well-considered stance of balancing the rights of patients with the legitimate protection of doctors when they are on call.


Hepatitis C, the silent killer, meets its match

Medicine may be closer to an enormous public health achievement — a likely conquest of a viral epidemic without using a vaccine.


Narendra Modi and why 2002 cannot go away

The Gujarat pogrom is the elephant in BJP’s parlour. It is the unbreakable genetic connection between 2002 and the present that makes it clear that a Narendra Modi prime ministership would be disastrous for democratic and secular India.


A time to recall the stalwarts

It is a pity that today men like Azad and Kidwai are regarded as no more than ghosts from the past who have no relevance in the modern world.


The looming debate over drones

New Delhi has long resisted using armed UAVs in counter-insurgency roles, but the discussion cannot be deferred forever.


A new model for journalism

Something shocking has happened to U.S. journalism: it has parted company with the free market. Perhaps the divorce is irrevocable, although a state of denial still exists.


Staying on the rails

The talk of privatisation in the Railways has gone on for long, though not many efforts had borne fruit in the past.