Mala Fide Decision on Drug Prices

The decision to reduce the powers of the drug pricing body goes against the interest of public health.

The Dravidian Parties' New Travails

What changes will Jayalalithaa's conviction bring in Tamil Nadu politics?

Editorials

The proposed amendments of the new land acquisition law will be a huge step backwards.

Ht Parekh Finance Column

After a district court in New York interpreted "pari passu" in a debt restructuring contract to mean all those who own Argentine defaulted debt, irrespective of whether they were the original creditors or vulture capital firms, the...

Commentary

The case histories of seven Muslim-Hindu couples not only give the lie to assertions of the "love-jihad" propagandists, they also bust a lot of generallyaccepted anti-Muslim prejudices.

Commentary

The floods in Jammu and Kashmir showed that even the most elementary precautions were not taken in time, and the state government was caught napping. The result was that volunteers, mostly local youth, carried out rescue and relief operations in...

Commentary

The floods that overwhelmed Jammu and Kashmir last month were a terrifying natural disaster on their own without the civilian government or the military authorities having to make it any worse. But confused priorities and a lack of preparation...

Commentary

Although India has 175 flood forecasting stations and 140 more new flood forecasting stations are in the pipeline in the Twelfth Plan, we do not seem to have improved our performance on the ground in terms of saving lives and property. The most...

Commentary

The Bretton Woods twins - the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank - have become largely irrelevant for both developed and developing countries. The market has enthroned the US dollar as the international reserve currency, with little...

Commentary

In the case of childbirth, obstetrics is equated with development-modernity, while dais symbolise the lacking space which needs to be either co-opted through training or obliterated. The state, in its approval of this modernising project, offers...

Commentary

The cultivation of geneticallymodified crops, especially food crops, is not just a domestic issue; it has an impact on global food trade as well.

Commentary

For more than half a century, Balraj Puri was a journalist, political thinker, federalist, human rights activist, socialist democrat and much more. He spoke for Jammu and Kashmir and of Jammu and Kashmir to the rest of the world and was widely...

Commentary

The cosy relationship that the Hong Kong establishment cabal had earlier with London and now with Beijing has been broken by the mass protests of university and high school students. China's problem is that animosity in Hong Kong towards...

Book Reviews

Urbanisation in India: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward edited by Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Ravi Kanbur and P K Mohanty Sage Publications India, 2014; hardback, Rs 850.

Book Reviews

Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity, William Mazzarella (Orient Blackswan), 2013; pp 296, Rs 795.

Book Reviews

Mapping Social Exclusion in India: Caste, Religion and Borderlands edited by Paramjit S Judge (New Delhi: Cambridge Publishers), 2014; pp 276, Rs 745.

Book Reviews

Manuscripts, Memory and History: Classical Tamil Literature in Colonial India by V Rajesh (New Delhi: Foundation Books, Cambridge University Press), 2014; pp 304, Rs 795 (hardcover).

Perspectives

About 805 million people - one in nine people worldwide - remain chronically hungry. Ending hunger and malnutrition requires strong political commitment at the highest level, effective coordination among various ministries and partners, and broad...

Special Articles

India launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. Since its introduction, solar deployment has increased in the country. However, there are few analytically sound ex post evaluations of the effectiveness of the JNNSM. This paper...

Special Articles

After the introduction of the large-scale Rajiv Aarogyasri Scheme in undivided Andhra Pradesh during 2007, which was meant to protect poor families from catastrophic inpatient health expenses, no reliable data is available to assess out-of-pocket...

Special Articles

This article critically examines the relevance of community-identities in and for the contemporary struggles of the most-disadvantaged sections through two case studies from Kerala’s working-class areas, an urban slum and a fishing hamlet,...

Notes

State reorganisation as an exercise needs to be pursued from a scientific perspective that looks at physiographic regions, natural resource distribution, agroclimate and river basins in addition to population distribution and cultural...

Economic Notes

The Reserve Bank of India's latest accounts indicate that the structure of earnings has clearly shifted to domestic sources, particularly from assets. Further, the RBI has made large transfers to the Government of India over the past few...

Postscript
In the masterly hands of U Shrinivas, the mandolin, a musical instrument once alien to India, touched the core of jazz music – improvisation and camaraderie.
Postscript

The Indian sense of privacy is mediated through personal friendships and kin networks, in contrast to the exaggerated politeness of the West.

Postscript

The coverage by Indian television channels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the us smacked of frenzied veneration and falling victim to snake-charming guile.

Web Exclusives

By ending license-raj in the product market economic liberalisation demands termination of inspector raj in the labour market. However, facts do not bear out the efficiency that is expected to come about by reducing labour regulation in factories...

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

One cannot prevent nature from expressing its fury, but one can prepare better and be able to respond quickly after the event. Neither was in evidence in Visakhapatnam before or after Hudhud struck on 12 October. With climate change a reality,...