Polity

Sex offender registries don’t work

As a result of being on the register, former convicts find it difficult to gain meaningful employment and have limited options in finding housing


A dyad of dynasts

A governance plank being put forth by the new alliance is challenging the development promise of the BJP which has been hurt by demonetisation


As unpredictable as it gets

India’s most populous State finally goes to the polls today, beginning a seven-phase process that starts from the western fringe of Uttar Pradesh.


Looking beyond our own species

Tamil Nadu’s new jallikattu law presents complex constitutional issues on how we treat animals. It raises more questions than answers, some of which are likely to be at the core of the Supreme Court’s consideration


A worthy son finds his feet

From being an anointed CM, Akhilesh Yadav has progressed into a young leader firmly in control of SP


Bowing down to patriarchy

One of the success stories of affirmative action in India has been the implementation of reservation of seats in local body elections for women, to the order of 33% or more.


The temptation to go viral

The Good Samaritan law has not sufficed to create the confidence it takes to act in an accident scene likethe one witnessed in Koppal. The reluctance to do something is habitually guided by apprehension


The revenge of the underdog

Personal angst, public interest, and a sharp eye for a political opportunity have combined in different measures to prompt Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam


Growing insecurity in Afghanistan

Tuesday’s blast near the Supreme Court premises in Kabul that left at least 20 people dead, underscores the growing insecurity in Afghanistan.


Temptation of spoils

Public service commissions are meant to be watchdogs. But recruitment to these panels is becoming subject to political loyalty


A sudden lightness of being

For long, U.P. has been seen as a land of identity politics, vote banks, and riots. Today we see in the politics of Akhilesh Yadav a shift to the political economy


‘Nod of judge not needed for transfer’

‘The power of transfer can be exercised only in public interest, that is, for promoting better administration of justice’


Miffed Karnataka legislators close ranks against HC circular

‘Barring judges from sharing dais with MLAs during court event is an insult’


In a first, SC issues contempt notice to sitting HC judge

Justice Karnan accused of disgracing judiciary, impeding justice


Disability and the culture of violence

Discrimination in itself is a kind of violence; one finds that in plenty in India, where representation of the disabled in the economy is very low


Backroom to the front-stage

he issue is not about the relative abilities of Mr. Panneerselvam or Ms. Sasikala. Although he did show signs of administrative efficiency in the last couple of months, his previous record as head of government was below par.


Politics trumps ideology

While the focus on rural India is welcome, it could have been politically driven and may have resulted in some loss of clarity on what is salient


‘Steps to block sexual videos on social media’

Budgetary allocations made to set up a mechanism to curb sharing of such videos, SC told


Rs. 2,000 ceiling for cash donation to parties

But individuals can give funds by cheque or through digital mode


Violations in India, penalties elsewhere

Unless parliamentary oversight is extended to them, our anti-corruption agencies would continue to face issues of competence and accountability