The executive’s attempts to circumvent the legislature and the growing influence of money power in deciding elections have eroded people’s legitimate aspirations.
Per capita entitlements under the food security bill will not cover beneficiaries as comprehensively as household entitlements.
Far from being automatic, the energy security from India’s overseas oil assets is only as good as thecontracts and joint ventures that govern them.
The most charitable explanation for Ms Nagpal’s suspension would have to be that the SP is trying to play politics with the religious sentiments of the people.
What it signifies, what it does not tell us and what it will definitely not be used for.
In making the internal deliberations of parties and their criteria for selection of candidates also subject to the RTI Act, the CIC clearly exceeded its jurisdiction.
Ensuring national security is an important attribute of a modern nation-state. But as the erstwhile Soviet Union realised, the threats to the state these days do not come from orthodox sources.
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) certainly seems to have, because it has pushed through a major food security initiative without so much as a murmur on how it will operate with respect to India’s international commitments.
The welfare state has made governance a one-way street, offering citizens a sense of entitlement withoutany commitment to nation-building.
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.
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.
Despite its many flaws, the food security bill is an opportunity to end the leakages from the PDS and prevent wastage of public resources.
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.
The amended narcotic drugs law must be passed soon as more effective palliative care for cancer patients hinges on it.
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.
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 Planning Commission’s spurious method shows a decline in poverty because it has continuouslylowered the measuring standard.
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.
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.
Damning these machines as weapons of war that kill civilians is to overlook their untapped humanitarian and technological benefits.