Grammar of gender relations in India

At the end of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, dancer Padma Subrahmanyam asks Indian women to take a cue from the monk and redefine their agenda not only for themselves, but also for the entire world.

Day One: Anti-graft helpline gets 3904 calls

The Chief Minister also said a simple four-digit helpline number would be launched by Friday evening to facilitate easy access to the hotline.

The progress in the war on poverty

The best example of how government antipoverty programmes can succeed involves the elderly. In 1960, about 35 per cent of older Americans were poor. In 2012, nine per cent were. That’s because senior citizens vote, so politicians listened to them.

When the nice guys didn’t finish last

By winning without money power and muscle power, the AAP has become both a fascinating case study and an important benchmark in the movement toward clean elections.

Where the Chief Minister is the rubber stamp

Without being a full-fledged State empowered with federal sovereignty and constitutional powers both under the State and Concurrent lists, it might be almost impossible for any government in Delhi to govern.

MGNREGS to include rural sanitation

The amendment made to the existing guidelines incorporates various changes including taking up IHHL works either under NBA or independently under MGNREGS, as per the choice of the beneficiary.

Lokpal Bill gets President’s nod

Among other provisions, the Bill makes it incumbent upon States to make within a year their own law for setting up Lokayuktas on the lines of the Lokpal.

From displacement to disappearance

Camp after camp has been forced to disappear in Muzaffarnagar by the official authorities. The people displaced by the communal riots are now in small shanty settlements, 10 tents here, another 10 tents half a kilometre down the road.

CBI signs MoU with IIM-Bangalore

The team of experts would examine whether positive changes can be brought into areas such as feasibility study on handling a preliminary enquiry and a regular case as a single unit of work.

Cabinet clears constitutional status for Judicial Appointments Commission

According to the proposal approved by the Cabinet, while new Article 124 A of the Constitution will define the composition of the JAC, Article 124 B will define its functions.

Unlearning undemocratic values

India’s long-standing legacies of caste, gender and class antagonism replicate on campuses as well. As higher education moves forward, it does so on these social cleavages.

The legislative court

The court needs to reaffirm its central counter-majoritarian purpose in a liberal democracy. It must stop voting and stick to adjudicating.

It’s less work and more pay for MPs: Report

The study also notes that the UPA-II government continues to reduce the scope of the Union budget (as measured by total expenditure from the budget) as compared to the size of the country’s economy.

Quotas for education helped SCs, but boys alone reaped the benefit

Gender is clearly a dimension that is too often neglected in the reservation debate. However, this issue goes beyond the caste question, as girls in general are discriminated against.

A cure worse than the malady?

Not much will change under the new Lokpal for the Central Bureau of Investigation except that it will have one more master.

RTI Act: panel differs with AG’s opinion

In its report on the Bill, the committee contended that the CIC order was based on “misinterpretation of law.” The Bill, introduced in the last session of Parliament, was referred to the committee for closer examination.

Lok Sabha passes Lokpal Bill

The Bill was first passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2011 but it came to the House again as it underwent 15 amendments before being approved by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Lokpal Bill passed in Rajya Sabha, Anna Hazare expresses happiness

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha at the fag end of the winter session of 2011, but not by the Rajya Sabha, where it was debated but the house was adjourned before voting on it.

Ending ‘VIP culture’ in public governance

The political executive and the permanent executive should realise they are public servants first and work in harmony to achieve the constitutional objectives.

A law long overdue

A composite law may be preferable from the people’s point of view, but the concession is in deference to the need to federalise the anti-corruption domain.