‘Police, Politicians Invoke Public Interest, Morality Too Quickly, And Too Often It’s To Hinder Speech’

Mumbai: India’s Rule of Law is facing a crisis, says Harish Narasappa. The gap between the role of our institutions on paper and how they operate in reality is widening. ‘Structural violence’...

‘Politicians And Bureaucrats Don’t Want To Devolve Powers To Local Governments’

Mumbai: In April 2018, India marked the silver jubilee of the passing of the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution, which formalised the decentralisation of governance through panchayat raj institutions ...

‘I Tried Killing Myself Twice Due To My Abusive Husband. I Am Speaking Out So That No One Else Does’

Mumbai: For 33 years, Kalpana Mishra (name changed) asked herself what she had done wrong--why was it that her husband, whom she loved, beat her mercilessly? Why did he have multiple affairs, and why ...

‘India On Track To Achieve Open Defecation-Free Status Earlier Than October 2019 Deadline’

Mumbai: The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014, to change the behaviour towards usage of toilets, and ensuring ‘Clean India’ or Swachh Bhar...

US Position On India’s Subsidies To Farmers Has ‘Infirmities’: Trade Expert

Mumbai: The July 2018 announcement of minimum support prices (MSP)--or subsidies that the government pays the farmer--for the kharif (monsoon) crop may see a battle at the World Trade Organization (WT...

‘Through Our Ignorance, We Are Branding Everything Concerning Islam As Anti-Women’

Mumbai: In July 2018, when the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) announced its intention to expand a little-known 25-year-old network of around 50 darul qazas (counselling centres based on ...

Like In Cricket, You Have To Keep Your Eye On The Ball: Melinda Gates

Mumbai: Is poverty inevitable? This is the key question Bill Gates & Melinda Gates, Co-Chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), have posed this year in their annual Goalkeeper’s Data...

‘Although Inadequate, Increase In Minimum Support Price Is Welcome’

Mumbai: Under pressure from farmers’ groups across the country due to falling prices and a glut of produce, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government announced a hike in...

‘Government Is Preparing The Ground For Decline Of Rural Jobs Programme’

Mumbai: In the budget for 2018-19, the government allocated the largest sum for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the world’s largest job-guarantee programme, ...

Make Cooling Panels From Farm Waste Instead Of Burning It And Fouling Delhi Air: A Scientist’s Solution

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: November is when Delhi’s 16.3 million residents feel the worst effects of agricultural fires in Punjab and Haryana, crop stubble or waste set ablaze to clear land for the next ...