Opinion

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.


A potential game changer

The IBL has the potential to serve as a game changer and take a sport that is hugely popular in many countries to a wider audience in India.


Let the science decide

It is shocking that eight ‘cases’ of bladder cancer in patients who are on pioglitazone was the only ‘data’ the ministry relied on to ban a drug that has been used by a sizeable number of diabetics for about a decade.


Of politicians and some verdicts

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.


Making negligence pay

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 should back the court, not criminals

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.


Home for everyone

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.


Demanding transparency in political finance

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.


A hatchet job, NEETly done

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.


Missing ingredient in the school lunch

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.


All for the want of a horseshoe nail

The Uttarakhand floods exposed that logisitics, key to reaching humanitarian relief speedily to victims, is a much neglected aspect of disaster management in India.


Mandela and the Mahatma

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.