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The Hanging Question

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

Death of the 'Development Round'?

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

The Antisocial Media

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

Witch-hunts and Victimisation

Simply passing laws is not enough to root out witch-hunts and killings.

Open Intimidation

The attack on Teesta Setalvad is part of a larger strategy to suppress dissent.

Limits of the SECC Data

This is not "big data" to be used to cut down welfare expenditure.

Killing the Messengers

Threats to journalists coupled with insidious forms of news control represent another type of censorship.

In the Name of the Mother

The Supreme Court allows an unwed mother to be the sole legal guardian of her child.

Life beyond Debt

The Greek crisis and referendum have laid bare the politics behind economic strictures.

A Killer Mix

Illicit liquor kills the poor, but most culpable is the short-sighted excise policy.

Elusive Smartness

On 25 June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met more than 500 heads of urban local bodies from all over the country. The New Delhi meeting was also an occasion to unveil flagship schemes for “rejuvenating urban centres” in the country. The Prime Minister launched the government’s Smart City Mission, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation, and the Housing for All by 2022 mission.

Resisting 'Sustainable' Communalism

The normalising of communal prejudices and discriminations is a real threat to our republic.

The Noodle Muddle

The essential discussion should be about the poisons in our food chain.

Modi's Israel Stake

An ideological impetus has been given to a growing, albeit difficult, relationship.

Antithesis of Democracy

A trigger-happy government will only deepen the political mess in the North East.

Medical Devices: Imbalance in Policy Thrust

The draft National Medical Device Policy emphasises "Make in India," and ignores quality and pricing.

The Illusionary Road

Mumbai's coastal road project is a recipe for more congestion and pollution.

The New 'Regional Security Provider'

The 2015 India-US defence framework agreement chalks up India as a "regional security provider."

Mid-day Meals and Food Politics

Government-sponsored nutritional schemes cannot be subjected to caste and religious norms.

Making a Show: The Black Money Bill

The Black Money Bill aims to get holders of black money abroad to exploit the amnesty window.

In the Name of Ambedkar

The IITM students have triggered an important debate on free speech.

Myanmar's Election Test

The polls later this year will be Myanmar's first true electoral challenge after the 1990 vote.

India's Killer Heat Waves

Heat waves do not kill, poverty and governmental apathy do.

Kashmir: Another Phase of the Tragedy?

Are the "Ikhwanis" being pressed to resume their stellar role in the counter-insurgency in Kashmir?

India's Attitude towards Sports

The suicide of a teenage sportswoman recently showcases all that is wrong with Indian sports.

Adrift and Alone

The plight of the Rohingya is a test for Asia's humanitarian instinct.

A World to Win

Can India and China deliver a new future to the 21st century?

Salwa Judum, Version 2.0?

Are the knives being readied as another round of "development" is foisted on the Adivasis of Chhattisgarh?

A Tale of Greed and Cynicism

Investigation into Madhya Pradesh's Vyapam scam must be completed quickly.

Death by Neglect

The RTI is virtually being strangled to death by deliberate delays in appointments.

Journalism or Voyeurism

The Indian media must ask itself whether it is still in the business of journalism.

Bringing Women on Board

Corporate India is wrong to drag its feet on appointment of women directors.

A Border Settled

A non-disputed border will help open the political gates for freer movement of people and goods.

Reunified 'Janata Parivar'-Now What?

The legacy of Ram Manohar Lohia suggests a programme for the reunified Janata Parivar.

Pharma Patents after 10 Years

Ten years on, the progressive provisions of the amended Indian Patents Act are being watered down.

A Reputation for Rescue and Relief

We must save as many lives as possible, but why should we shamelessly seek brownie points for it?

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.

Abuse of Power

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

Judicial Ghar Wapsi?

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

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.