Caste out by the law

The British government's attempts to dilute legislation that recognises caste-based discrimination render it insensitive to the treatment of Dalits in the U.K.

Manning verdict could intimidate whistleblowers, feel rights activists

Bradley Manning faces a sentence of up to 130 years in prison and civil rights groups accuse the U.S. government of seeking to intimidate future whistleblowers.

From the granary to the plate

Despite its many flaws, the food security bill is an opportunity to end the leakages from the PDS and prevent wastage of public resources.

Predictable, but challenging

As the RBI puts it pithily but inelegantly, India is currently caught in a classic “impossible trinity trilemma” and has to forfeit some monetary policy discretion to support the external sector.

Nursing the morphine dream

The amended narcotic drugs law must be passed soon as more effective palliative care for cancer patients hinges on it.

Empowering SEBI the right way

In using the ordinance route to give sweeping additional powers to SEBI, the government is conveying a sense of urgency in plugging loopholes in capital market regulations.

Love in the water, fear on land

Russia-China defence ties are at a high but as the recent exercises by the Russian Army in Siberia revealed, Moscow is immensely wary of its powerful eastern neighbour.

The dishonesty in counting the poor

The Planning Commission’s spurious method shows a decline in poverty because it has continuouslylowered the measuring standard.

A reprieve for reason

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to institute a larger Bench to consider commuting the sentences of death row prisoners is both a nudge to the political establishment and an attempt to navigate the court’s own muddled pronouncements on mercy petitions.

A mountain strike corps is not the only option

Instead of pouring money into raising a force that can hardly address the Indian Army’s drawbacks at the border, our decision makers should have focussed on addressing China’s weaknesses in the Indian Ocean.

Why drones deserve a second look

Damning these machines as weapons of war that kill civilians is to overlook their untapped humanitarian and technological benefits.

This bill won’t eat your money

The expenditure on providing food security will add minimally to India’s public spending which is less than what even lower middle income Asian countries spend on social protection.

Pulling out all the stops - RBI

Money market mutual funds came under pressure as large institutional investors and banks dumped their holdings and the RBI had to open a special Rs.25000 crore window for them.

Diet supplement for India-Japan ties

Japan’s progress to a closer relationship with India is bound to accelerate with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-led coalition winning a majority in the Upper House, strengthening the Lower House victory it recorded in December last year.

Helpless before the power of the mob

Recent incidents in Maharashtra where the police have been unable to take on political stormtroopers are a reminder that reforms are urgently required to ensure accountability of the primary law enforcing agency.

This Bill needs deep roots in transparency

The functioning of the regulatory regime for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in India throws up many difficult questions, not least among them, how to ensure effective transparency.

What Pathribal means for India

In the century and more since the CrPC came into effect, a daunting corpus of case law has developed with no gain to clarity or consistency.

Vanishing poverty trick

In figures officially released this week, the Planning Commission claims that poverty incidence had declined from 37.2 per cent of the population in 2004-05 to 21.9 per cent in 2011-12.

The unempowered Asian

India’s founding fathers had a clear idea where it was to stand in the comity of nations. They were quite sure that India’s place was in Asia. There was nothing parochial to this vision. It sprang from a certain understanding of world history and Asian culture.

A case against supreme immunity

The non-compliance with two recent orders by the CIC, one on political parties and the other relating to the Supreme Court, have set a poor example for the rule of law.