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Strategy to Quash Dissent

It is not foreign funds but uncomfortable questions that the government fears.

The Rafale Storm

What does it say about the Government of India that it took an ad hoc decision on the Rafale?

Change of Guard

Can the CPI(M) meet the challenges of 21st century India?

Let the Children Play

Child labour laws must be based on the right of all children to a childhood.

Where Is the Proof?

A crucial committee fi nds no "Indian evidence" that tobacco consumption leads to cancer.

Social Sector Spending in 2015-16

The states now have an opportunity to set their own priorities in the social sector.

Nuclear Policing of Iran

It is a part of the duplicity and self-serving logic of US imperialism.

Perception and Reality

The Supreme Court is compelled to intervene when the executive fails.

Extrajudicial Executions

The Supreme Court has failed the citizen on encounter killings.

Judicial Ghar Wapsi?

When will Para 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 be deleted?

Abuse of Power

The Supreme Court rightly nullifi es the abuse of executive power in expanding the reservation list.

An Avoidable Tragicomedy

The Aam Aadmi Party leadership has snatched defeat from the jaws of a famous victory .

Israel after the Election

Netanyahu's re-election will push Israel further into international isolation; this may even aid the peace process.

A Horror Compounded

The Hashimpura verdict after 28 years is salt in an open wound.

Freedom of Expression Is a Right

The Supreme Court's ruling striking down Section 66A ventures to provide a larger protection to free speech.

'Rebalancing' Aggregate Demand

China needs to return to the original formula of the "four modernisations" propounded by Zhou Enlai.

Sending Whistle-blowers to Their Deaths

Whistle-blowers continue to be murdered even as a law for their protection awaits notification.

India's Ocean?

The right questions are not being asked about the country's (aggressive) Indian Ocean strategy.

New Kid on the Economic Policy Block

The RBI and the government have decided to adopt the discredited policy of inflation targeting.

More Outrage, Less Action

By scaling down the number of rape crisis centres, the government stands exposed.

Building Castles in the Air

With dodgy GDP numbers, what can one make of the government's annual scrutiny of the economy?

Not a Beautiful Business

Do beauty contests have any place in institutions of learning?

The Annual Rigmarole

The budget has become a meaningless exercise with dicey figures and unkept promises.

Is Sarva Dharma Samabhava Back?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's is a neo-Vedantic Hindu interpretation of Indian secularism.

Haze and Smoke

We are killing our urban residents through the air they breathe.

Half-hearted Embrace

The centre is less than enthusiastic about the Fourteenth Finance Commission's landmark report.

GDP Numbers: More Puzzles, More Confusion

The Central Statistics Offi ce needs to do a lot of convincing to establish the accuracy of its new statistics.

On the Verge of Extinction

Can the middle-level leadership of the Congress muster courage to oust the old guard?

Environmental Hypocrisy

All governments somehow fi nd ways to subvert laws they enact.

Hope in the Grecian Air

Syriza has brought back hope and national pride in Greece, but will it succeed?

Insecure, Underpaid and Unsafe

India's vast informal sector workforce is entitled to a minimum wage and job security.

A Capital Battle

Can the massive victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi lead to a new national politics?

Consensus Stymied in Kathmandu

Powerful remnants of the old order refuse an understanding on state restructuring of Nepal.

The Offenders and the Offended

By giving in to bigots we are nourishing the soil of intolerance.

Some Answers, Some Questions

The new national accounts uses more comprehensive data but there remain problems with the GDP estimates.

Mobama's China Spectre

New Delhi should refrain from being part of Washington's plans to contain the rise of China.

Volte-face on Food Security

A "high-level" committee makes half-baked recommendations which will rollback the PDS.

No Transparency in Nuclear Deal

We need to know if the Modi government has given hidden assurances to the US administration.

Long on Eloquence, Short on Detail

The draft National Health Policy 2015 needs to pay more attention to the basics of healthcare.

The Dead We Did Not Mourn

Why does the world ignore the killings in Nigeria by Boko Haram?

Quarter Century of Exile

Kashmir's Pandits have been abandoned by a callous state and society, and cynical supporters.

Two Films, Two Opinions

The courts must decide whether free expression is a constitutional right.

Massive Achievement

A mandate from across ethnic and social groups in Sri Lanka has felled the mighty Rajapaksa regime.

Revenge of the East

The best tribute to the dead of Charlie Hebdo is the debate on freedom of speech that has now opened up.

Paving the Way for Privatisation?

The Coal India workers' demands merit more than bland assurances.

Land, Livelihoods and Company Sarkaar

The ordinance amending the new Land Acquisition Act validates Modi sarkaar as Company sarkaar.

Still Searching for the GST

Introduction of the GST Bill in Parliament does not mean all the contentious issues have been sorted out.

CIA Torture: A Mere Rogue Op?

The culpability of the highest offices of the US state cannot be denied.

Two More Wins

The BJP returns its best ever electoral performance in Jammu and Kashmir, and Jharkhand.

Significant Steps

The end of the political blockade by the United States allows Cuba a rare opportunity to renew socialism.