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Disempowering the Empowered

Closing down the women's empowerment programme Mahila Samakhya will directly affect lakhs of women.

Ignore Hydrology at Your Peril

Chennai floods show the vulnerabilities that arise from the neglect of urban planning.

Contracting Insecurity

Contract labour in permanent jobs is an increasing trend with "the model employer" the biggest culprit.

When Blank Spaces Speak

The protest by Nagaland editors is one that editors elsewhere should heed.

Adopting a New Approach

The new adoption guidelines require more deliberation and fine-tuning.

Playing with Foreign Investment Policy

The new policy on foreign investment is only concerned with augmenting inflows.

Tightening Global Trade Rules

The United States wants to impose its rules on much of the world through the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

A Room of One's Own

The 2005 cut-off on Hindu women's claims to ancestral property restricts their rights further.

Naturally Unjust

The proposed surrogacy law should not be a hurried "look-good" response from the government.

Bitter Battle over a Sweet

Geographical Indication protection for the rosogolla fails to appreciate the nature of artisanal production.

Wrong Solutions

The increase in sexual crimes needs deeper analysis, not knee-jerk reactions.

The Mask Is Off

The government’s primary agenda is clearly development—of a Hindu Rashtra.

Ordeal by Fire

Safety consciousness and disaster management awareness is sorely missing in Indian society.

Court vs Government

Independence of the judiciary is not the issue in the current stand-off; it is control over appointments.

When Silence Is Not an Option

The "award wapsi" reminds us of the place of literature in society.

Competition to Sell Medicines

The battle between chemists and online pharmacies must be decisively resolved.

Monetary Policy Transparency under Uncertainty

The central bank's rate reduction is consistent with its infl ation targeting approach.

Burying Grass-roots Democracy

Educational cut-offs for panchayats discriminate against women and the poor.

Remaking India

Deliberate steps are on to recast the country into an intolerant monoculture.

A Silly Con

"Will no one rid me of this troublesome Nehruvian legacy?"

Beyond Catchphrases

Public-private partnerships might compound India's water problems.

Outbreak of Politics

Each outbreak of dengue shows no lessons have been learnt.

Refugees in Europe

Europe wakes up to a crisis which has been festering for long; does it have any solutions?

Politicising the Military

Political missteps and administrative mismanagement have opened a Pandora's box.

Munnar Upheaval

Women workers pose questions to managements, trade unions, political parties--and men.

Prosecution as Defence

The Cobrapost expose of the Ranveer Sena calls for an overhaul of how such crimes are prosecuted in court.

A Chill Wind

The brazen killing of rationalists is a result of the nurturing of intolerance.

Time to Repeal 124A

Maharashtra reminds us why a law on sedition has no place in a democracy.

Reversing Reservation

Are the upper castes now striking back against the inequities of market-led development?

'Problem Animals' Are Not the Real Problem

The government proposal on culling treats only the symptom; the problem is of a declining animal habitat.

Aurangzeb's Last Battle

Our sense of history is stuck in the past; indeed, it is steadily regressing to the era of myths .

Back to the 'Fail–Pass' System?

The call to rescind the no-detention and continuous evaluation policies in schools is misguided .

Unofficial Censors

New forms of resistance to suppression of free expression are needed.

Poison of Demographic Prejudice

India's demographic profile remains stable; it is only the fires of prejudice that are growing.

On the Boil Again

This is a queer situation in Kashmir. About eight Pakistani battalions, comprising more than three thousand men, Gulzarilal Nanda suggests, have infiltraled across the border. Mufti or no mufti, it is certainly astonishing that such a large number could enter without: being accosted, and travel miles on end reaching as far into the interior as Srinagar, the capital city. The suggestion strains credulity. On the other hand, if this is in fact what has happened, it speaks ill extremely ill of our border and security forces.

Grinding Wheels of Justice

The judgments in the Katara murder and Uphaar fire cases show that justice delayed is justice denied.

A Legal Vacuum

The Supreme Court has failed to protect citizens from government illegality on Aadhaar.

Secrecy and Control

Stay tuned for the continuing broadcast of Newspeak from the Ministry of Truth.

The Reserve Bank and the Government

Is there a larger design in the disrespect this government is showing towards institutions?

Politics of Immunisation

The health ministry's move on HPV vaccine feasibility is ill-advised.

The Importance of Protest

By persisting, FTII students have exposed the government's insidious intent.

A Symbolic Presence

There is reluctance to truly empower the National Commission for Women.

After the Hanging

There is no closure; we must ask again why what happened did happen.

Parliament Deadlocked

Obstructionist tactics are becoming tiresome and the Opposition may be tiring too.

Environmental Word Games

When a minister redefines forest diversion as reforestation, we should be worried.

The Car Credo

A car-friendly city is a danger to democracy.

The Hanging Question

Is the death penalty justified 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.