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Gold Monetization Scheme

The Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme is more likely to attract the investors’ attention in a big way as it offers higher returns than those of the investments in physical gold and exchange traded funds. Unless the Gold Monetization Scheme addresses the emotional attachment of investors with physical gold and shows any significant improvement over the previous gold deposit scheme it is likely to fail.

Speculation and the New City

The formal foundation ceremony of Amaravati, the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, has drawn the attention of villagers and landowners who want to give up land. Will it live up to the hype or will it fall prey to unsustainable speculation—this photo essay from the ground has some answers. The other parts of this photo essay on the Andhra Pradesh capital development is here , here and here .

Kerala Taking a Left Turn

Kerala’s panchayat elections verdict shows that the Left remains relevant at a time when the BJP is playing its communal card and the Congress-led UDF is fighting staggering corruption cases.

Woman Panchayat Candidates in UP

Khabar Lahariya reporters spent a day each in a ward of Mahoba, Banda and Chitrakoot districts with women candidates for panchayat elections. The candidates display both political mobilisation and understanding, however not quite in the way their supporters may have expected.

Historians Issue Statement

Concerned about the highly vitiated atmosphere prevailing in the country, characterized by various forms of intolerance, we, as academic historians and as responsible citizens of a democracy that has greatly valued its inherited traditions of tolerance, wish to express our anguish and protest about...

Scientists Issue Statement Against Intolerance and Rejection of Reason

The scientific community is deeply concerned with the climate of intolerance, and the ways in which science and reason are being eroded in the country. It is the same climate of intolerance, and rejection of reason that has led to the lynching in Dadri of Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi and the...

Myanmar's Elections

As Myanmar prepares for its third elections under its third constitution in 67 years, this article looks at the evolutions of its electoral practices and its constitutions. The complex rules and seat allocation in parliament make it very difficult but not impossible for the main opposition party to defeat the military in this “militarised democracy.”

Why the Mithun Must be Saved

The mithun’s significance among the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh is widely known. In this article, the author explores the vicissitudes in the socio-economic importance of the mithun and why efforts should be made for their preservation.

Artists' Statement on Growing Political and Religious Intolerance

The artist community of India stands in firm solidarity with the actions of our writers who have relinquished awards and positions, and spoken up in protest against the alarming rise of intolerance in the country. We condemn and mourn the murders of MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind...

Academics and Scholars Protest against Assault on Academic and Constitutional Freedom

This statement was signed and released by concerned academics against the growing religious and political intolerance in India and the non-committal nature of the BJP government to defend the rule of law.

Peace in Progress

The two recent bomb attacks in Turkey have hurt the peace process to accommodate Kurdish political demands within Turkish society. However, a coalition of the AKP and the CHP, and a strong performance by the HDP, might work towards an end to the ongoing hostilities and provide new opportunities for peace.

Diphtheria Deaths in Kerala

The diphtheria deaths in Kerala have shown the signs of a public health crisis. If it is not tackled through action and awareness then it may have far-reaching consequences and demean the much-acclaimed Kerala model of health.

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