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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.

What’s behind Peshawar?

The inability of democratic forces to curtail the Pakistani military’s double-game continues to cost lives.

Not Made in Heaven

The political class and society are yet to work together against child marriage.

The Nationalism of Pseudo-Science

Hindutva's political success always seems inversely proportional to the development of science and reason.

Staring Down a Precipice

Lima ignored the urgent need to address climate change.

No Safe Spaces

The central issue is patriarchy and power, not private taxi services.

Shale Oil - At OPEC's Mercy?

With the price of crude oil falling sharply, the US shale oil industry is at the edge of a precipice.

Will Narendra Modi Speak Out?

There is a poison spreading against minorities but the prime minister refuses to come down on the bigots.

For They Know What They Do

Hate propaganda and attacks against Christians in Bastar are deeply disconcerting.

Learning Nothing from Bhopal

Plug loopholes and implement existing laws rather than bring in new laws.

In the Making - An Asian NATO?

The devious game New Delhi is playing alongside Washington, Tokyo and Canberra.

Panacea of 'Structural Reforms'

The main commitments of the G-20 leadership, touted at the Brisbane summit, sound utterly hollow.

Giving Dengue Its Due

The increasing severity of dengue outbreaks is not being taken seriously.

The Crime in Nithari

The death penalty for Surinder Koli may be an error in judgment, providing yet another case for abolition.

Relief at the WTO

The public distribution system is out of scrutiny, but this is no clear “victory”.

The World's Oldest Debate

The debate for and against legalisation of sex work must get more attention.

An Empty Verdict

The Machil case will make little difference unless AFSPA is withdrawn.

Dangerous Games

The resistible rise of communalism in West Bengal.

When Elephants Join Hands

The China-US carbon emissions deal may be disappointing but it could catalyse global efforts.

Killing Women to Curb Population

The Chhattisgarh tragedy will repeat unless governments accept women's rights.

In the Time of Ebola

Sound healthcare systems are the only insurance against deadly viruses.

A Clever Modus Operandi

"Naxalites" are being blamed for inciting dalits, this in order to deflect attention from dalit massacres.


Why do the non-BJP parties continue to falter even six months after the general elections?

Black Money and Its Footprints

High net worth entities and the banks aiding tax evasion should be the focus of the probe.