Opinion

The chimera of Dalit capitalism

The recent launch of the first Dalit venture fund occasions an examination of the moral and ethical emptiness of capitalism.


Turning garbage into gas

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.


Perpetuating short-termism

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.


Spooked by politics - CBI vs IB

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.


Crime, caste and judicial restraint

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.


Banking after the sting

The regulation of WMS has been sparse and vests with different agencies like the RBI, SEBI and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.


Crosscurrents in India-U.S. ties

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.


An oasis against the knowledge famine

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.


Live wire in the nationalist movement

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.


India’s date with the Arctic

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.


Go beyond tinkering

Adapting tools of governance to suit evolving needs is essential to bring administrative systems up to speed.


The elusive smoothness of the silk route

Though bilateral trade between India and China has grown impressively, imbalance and restricted market access are among the roadblocks to achieving its full potential.


Living in an extreme world

There is compelling evidence to show that many weather-related disasters are not chance occurrences but are a result of human activities that have altered our atmosphere.


Judicial overreach

By extending the curtailment of the right to vote of a person in prison or lawful police custody to the right of the person to stand in an election, the Supreme Court has, in effect, left the door open for the practice of vendetta politics by ruling parties.


Making bankers pay for failed gambles

The financial sector in the West imploded in 2007, causing a downturn in the world economy from which it is yet to recover. How to prevent recurrent banking crises has been uppermost in the minds of policymakers ever since.


The promise of Africa

Rwanda, best known for the genocidal murder of a million people less than two decades ago, is now peaceful and flourishing, with a 7.8 per cent projected GDP growth rate for 2013 and an announced goal of eliminating dependence on foreign aid.


When expedience trumps expertise

Uttarakhand reiterates that our rulers have contemptuous disregard for the advice of the best scientists and would rather listen to contractors and builders to whom they are beholden for funds.


A blow for dignity and decency

Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela, who have opened their arms to him, were no doubt spurred by the shocking mistreatment of Bolivian President Evo Morales in Europe last week.


Alpine amnesia and the Attorney General

While he offers legal advice to the government in the Coalgate case, he must not forget that his primary duty is to protect public interest.


A path to environmental burnout

The waste-to-energy industry is trying to relocate itself in India and China taking advantage of lax regulations and low awareness of the hazards of incineration.