THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
OPINION
Time to write an obituary for AAP?

In the aftermath of the recent developments within the Aam Aadmi Party, Himanshu Upadhyaya’s straight-from-the-heart essay describes the loss of hope and feeling of dejection among many idealists, who had fondly seeded and nurtured dreams of a politics of alternatives.

Government OP-ED

OP-ED: DRESS CODES FOR WOMEN
Must women play football in sarees?

Women in India have continually faced restrictions on how they dress, whether it is on wearing jeans to college or sports gear on the fields. Shoma Chatterji looks at this persistent trend of sartorial repression and urges women to reject such diktats.

Opinions Women opinions Society Women

KARNATAKA IRRIGATION PROJECTS
15 years, and hardly any lessons learnt!

Successive audits of irrigation projects in Karnataka over the years, starting with a report from the CAG for the year ending 31 March 2001, have repeatedly pointed to missed targets, wasted expenditure and negligible benefits. Himanshu Upadhyaya presents findings from the latest audits.

Public Funds Water Government

WHITHER ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
How Karnataka's mega port project is bending the rules

Legal and procedural lapses as well as disregard of critical public submissions are tarnishing the EIA of the proposed Tadadi Port in Karnataka. Kanchi Kohli reports.

Environment Environmental Law and Regulation KARNATAKA

FDI & JOBS IN MANUFACTURING
Can FDI really spur ‘Make in India’?

The government’s thrust on ‘ease of doing business’ and ‘Make in India’ rests significantly on the premise of attracting foreign capital into manufacturing. Kannan Kasturi tracks data on FDI inflows to see whether it indicates true potential to boost the sector and job creation.

Trade Economy Government

JUDICIAL REFORMS
Judicial delays: Understanding the system before fixing it

On 18 March, at a discussion organised by Daksh India, Nick Robinson from the Harvard Law School explored in detail the phenomenon of judicial delays, sharing insights from his work in both India and the US. Pavan Kulkarni summarises the points raised.

Law and Order Justice Laws

A NEW ROLE FOR INDIA
What will it mean to have India as a ‘security provider’?

As India takes on the role of a mature power centre in the Indian Ocean region, Firdaus Ahmed wonders if it will stick to its traditional defensive culture or if the move to a rightist polity will bring about a different doctrine altogether.

Nat. Security Government Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Subcontinental Musings

A NEW LIBERATION
Bringing spring back in the lives of India’s widows

Widows in India have lived on the margins of society for decades but the intervention of NGO Sulabh International, led by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, has brought new hope and colour in their lives. Ramesh Menon reports on one of the first celebrations in their new-found lives.

Society Human Rights Women

HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT
Where leopards await human compassion

The lack of awareness about a traditionally peace-loving species and inadequate safeguards to protect their natural habitats and corridors are posing a serious threat to the continued survival of leopards in and around the city of Guwahati. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

Bio Diversity Wild Life Environment ASSAM

EDUCATION
Where is teaching headed in the Modi regime?

Despite the simplistic articulation of teachers' roles and teaching, including that by PM Modi, and the alignment of education to a broader nationalistic agenda, could there be potential ‘teachable moments’ under the new regime? Shivali Tukdeo and Savitha Suresh Babu explain.

Education Government Opinions

HIGHWAY TOLLS
Why Fadnavis mustn't be soft on motorists

Sachin Tendulkar’s letter to the Maharashtra CM Fadnavis, urging him to reduce toll posts in the state, may just encourage the state further to execute its plan of exempting private cars and SUVs from such charges. Darryl D’Monte argues why that is entirely unjustifiable.

Transport Urban Cities OP-ED MAHARASHTRA

PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD
Coal energy: Can communities fight the threat?

A recent workshop in Karnataka focused on the health impact of coal-based power plants and other industrial pollutants and shared inputs on how to empower local communities to combat the same. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

Energy Environmental Hazards Public Health Health

RURAL EMPLOYMENT
The slow destruction of NREGA: Evidence from Jharkhand

Wage delays, inadequate manpower and the indifference of authorities to real issues on the ground are stripping the employment guarantee programme of its strong potential to improve rural lives, and budget cuts have only made it worse. Ankita Aggarwal reports from Jharkhand.

Livelihood Public Funds Government

ECI MISSION: NERPA
Now, link your Aadhaar number to EPIC for cleaner voter lists

The Election Commission of India is introducing The National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPA) with a view to eliminating duplication and erroneous deletions in electoral rolls across the country. Chinmayi Shalya reports.

Elections Government

EMERGENCY CARE ON TRAINS
The one thing every traveller on Indian Railways needs

The Railway Budget this year has been hailed for its pragmatic approach and emphasis on modernisation and customer experience. Tanvi Bhatikar raises a critical issue that needs to be addressed in order to deliver on those fronts.

Public Funds Government Health

BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
Converging for a better world

Ashish Kothari outlines the vision and processes of Vikalp Sangam, a movement that seeks to bring together a multitude of grassroots initiatives that are exploring alternative, inclusive and sustainable paths to human well-being.

Economy OP-ED Society Human Rights Ashish Kothari Ecommentary

RTI-ON-WHEELS
The bus that brought in transparency in J&K flood relief

The RTI-on-Wheels, an initiative of Gujarat-based organisation Janpath and the Association for India's Development, has inspired the people of J&K to press for their right to information and to a government that works for them. L S Aravinda reports.

Government J & K Right To Info

RESETTLEMENT AND REHABILITATION
CAG report on Odisha: Will legislators take note please?

As Parliament debates the amended land acquisition and mining laws, Himanshu Upadhyaya draws attention to the report of an audit of Odisha’s resettlement and rehabilitation policy that clearly highlights the threats to displaced communities.

Government Displacement Land Laws

REVIEW: INDIA’S DAUGHTER
What to expect when you watch the most talked-about film today

Though based on strong reporting, India’s Daughter remains restricted in its scope, and even strays from its purported objective, thanks to a very pronounced colonial supremacist gaze, writes Shoma Chatterji in a dispassionate review that cuts through the noise.

Reviews Films Gender Violence Women

OPINION: BAN ON 'INDIA'S DAUGHTER'
Give us the strength!

Tara Krishnaswamy takes a brutally honest and incisive look at Indian society to argue why far from being banned, India’s Daughter – the BBC documentary on the infamous 2012 rape and murder in a Delhi bus – should actually be made compulsory viewing for the Indian audience.

OP-ED Gender Violence Society Human Rights Women

BOOK REVIEW
A paean to Chhattisgarh from an exiled lover

Dr Ilina Sen’s association with Chhattisgarh and her deep, empathetic understanding of its society and culture have come lyrically alive in Inside Chhattisgarh: A Political Memoir. Freny Manecksha reviews the book.

Reviews Books CHHATISGARH Human Rights

LAND, FOOD AND BIODIVERSITY
Why the land acquisition law is a threat to several others

The government’s push to the amended land acquisition law overlooks provisions in other acts that address closely related issues such as food security and conservation of biodiversity, writes Shalini Bhutani.

Food Security Bio Diversity Government Land Laws

ATTACKS ON RTI ACTIVISTS
Does the government really want to protect whistleblowers?

Around 40 RTI activists in the country have been killed in recent years, several of them after the Whistleblowers Protection Act was passed. Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya explores why the said law has been unable to achieve its stated end.

Law and Order Government Laws Right To Info

BUDGET SIMPLIFIED
Budget 2015: Does it have enough to turn vision into reality?

What could the taxes, allocations and schemes in Arun Jaitley’s budget ultimately mean for the country and its people? Shankar Jaganathan takes a bird’s eye view of the government’s most anticipated annual document for the year.

Public Funds Economy Government

BUDGET BLOG
Why Jaitley’s budget has failed to bring cheer to our farmers

As has been the historical trend, most of the budget announcements on agriculture this year, too, are geared towards benefitting agribusiness rather than augmenting farm income, writes Devinder Sharma.

Agriculture Economy Agriculture Policy Ground Reality

ECONOMY
Highlights from the Union Budget 2015

Expansion of social security benefits, a focus on infrastructure, easing of fiscal deficit targets and rationalisation of the tax structure - these were some of the most prominent features of Arun Jaitley's budget. A look at some of the provisions.

Public Funds Economy Government

FILM REVIEW: QUISSA
The strange tale of the 'son' who wasn't!

Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost, a recently-released feature film,exposes the shocking depths of insanity to which a father may be driven by his obsession with a male heir. Shoma Chatterji reviews the film, underlining the brutal, patriarchal society that it lays bare.

Reviews Films Gender and Media Women

RAILWAY BUDGET 2015
A broad vision for a better experience

'Four goals, five drivers and 11 thrust areas' formed the framework for Suresh Prabhu’s railway budget, otherwise shorn of big ticket announcements or details about the nitty gritty of execution. Here’s a look at some key announcements in the Budget speech.

Public Funds Economy Government



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