The Antisocial Media

The new democratic space is being overrun by a viciousness which threatens its very nature.

The Hanging Question

Is the death penalty justifi ed within an iniquitous justice system?

Editorials

Fourteen years after the Doha Round was launched, plans are on to empty it of its original content.

Stratrgic Affairs

The nuclear deal between Iran and the Western powers could lead to some major changes in the geopolitics of West Asia. Even though there remains fairly strong domestic opposition to the deal in both camps, the historically important strategic...

H T Parekh Finance Column

The Greek tragedy contains more than its fair share of irony. Perhaps the biggest irony of all is that in the drafting of the Maastricht Treaty on Economic and Monetary Union in the late 1990s, it was Germany that insisted on the “no...

Commentary

A survey to identify who the poor are and how many are actually poor is necessary if programmes and benefits targeted at the needy are to reach them. The Socio Economic and Caste Census, of which partial results have been published, was intended...

Commentary

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris from 30 November 2015 to 11 December 2015, will need to resolve several long-standing issues pertaining to climate-induced loss...

Commentary

The Indian National Army usually evokes passionate responses in India. Its Commander-in-Chief Subhas Chandra Bose is the subject of several hagiographies and the army is often eulogised as the second front of the Indian Freedom Struggle. It has...

Commentary

Serious ethical implications emerge when private hospitals are run as corporate entities and doctors working in these hospitals are given targets to bring in a certain number of patients for hospitalisation and conduct a certain number of...

Commentary

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 provides complete impunity to the law-enforcing agencies to conduct their activities in an unlawful manner. The judiciary has also become an accomplice. The presence of this act in Indian law statute...

Commentary

Yakub Memon is guilty only of playing a peripheral role in the 1993 terrorist bombings in Mumbai (then Bombay). Hanging him serves no purpose other than satisfying the bloodlust of society. It is for the Indian judicial system to reflect on...

Commentary

A tribute to the economist, Ajit Singh, who taught at the University of Cambridge and recently at Panjab University.

Book Reviews

Thinking Small : The United States and the Lure of Community Development by Daniel Immerwahr, Harvard University Press, 2015; pp 272, $35.

Book Reviews

A Fleeting Moment in My Country: The Last Years of the LTTE De Facto State by N Malathy; New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2013; pp 176, Rs 225.

Book Reviews

Muslim Political Discourse in Postcolonial India:Monuments, Memory, Contestation by Hilal Ahmed, Delhi: Routledge, 2014; pp 344, Rs 850.

Perspectives

An inadequate information base and limited institutional capacity for policy formulation seem to be important factors constraining India's public policy pursuits. A look at the major recommendations of the Report of the High Level Committee on...

Special Articles

This critical review and comparison of the Gadgil and Kasturirangan panel reports on the Western Ghats highlights various concerns related to their methodology, recommendations, and the manner in which they resolve the contradictions between the...

Special Articles

Urban water and waste water management have not been relatively well understood in India. The Indian urban space has been considered in an undifferentiated manner, which ignores the specificities deriving from different stages of urban...

Special Articles

The relationship between land and identity in the hills of Manipur encompasses both "geographical territory" and "cultural territory." The colonial and postcolonial states are external actors that have restructured the society. They have...

Notes

For Gandhi, the national question was much more than a struggle between two culturally-defined civilisations. For him, getting rid of colonial rule was part of a larger project to replace and resist modern civilisation. This article situates...

Discussion

Continuing with the discussion around "The Doctor and the Saint," Rajmohan Gandhi counters Arundhati Roy's response in four areas--Gandhi and the Blacks of South Africa, Gandhi and caste, Gandhi and Ambedkar, and the subject of...