01 November 2014
Muslim women fight patriarchal Sharia laws

Several women’s groups are now fighting the age-old gender bias perpetuated by Sharia law and finding ways to help Muslim women who have suffered due to its patriarchal dispensations. Pushpa Achanta reports on some of these, including one which proposes a codification of such law, reinterpreted.

Justice Gender Laws and Policy Society Women

Visualising the many layers of a brutal world for women

Does inequality engender crime? S Venkatraman presents a graphical exposition of data from a recent WEF report and the NCRB to unravel the many layers of inequality and violence against women in India.

Law and Order Gender Violence Women

Can PM Modi pull it off?

The aggression and pace of the new government’s decisions and activities relating to national security, just as in other areas, may be due to the eagerness to prove itself different from a sloth, ineffectual predecessor. However, the image that it creates comes with its own set of risks, writes Firdaus Ahmed.

Nat. Security Government Firdaus Ahmed

When a finance minister lectured auditors

Media reports following the two-day Accountants’ General conference have focused largely on the observations and advice on CAG audits by the Finance Minister and the PAC chairman. Himanshu Upadhyaya wonders if such a meet cannot be evolved into a more citizen-focused and constructive exercise.

Public Funds Government

Where the boats ferry in good health

For the three million plus marginalised people living in Assam's riverine ‘chars’, boat clinics arrive once every month with basic health supplies, services and education. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on this innovative healthcare delivery system.

Public Health Health ASSAM Poverty

The wandering minstrel who turned down Peter Brook’s Mahabharat

He said no to Brook, as he would not be allowed to carry hemp to the US! He had selective praise for Dylan and was openly caustic about contemporary artists. Shoma A. Chatterji reviews a biographical film on Gour Khepa, the brilliant and eccentric baul who lived life on his own terms.

People Films Art

The fate of Sikkim's sacred river hangs in balance

Having drastically curtailed the width of eco-sensitive zones in Sikkim, the MoEF seems intent on ignoring local sentiment as well as environmental norms in order to push forward the Tashiding HEP on the sacred Rathong Chu river. Soumik Dutta reports on the latest in the case.

Environment Environmental Law and Regulation Culture

In search of the elusive female traveller

Most Indian languages do not have a specific word for the female traveller. The traveller is by definition male, a fact that provokes Namrata R Ganneri to delve deeper into the gendered nuances of travel and its implications for women.

Tourism Work+Life Women

A new course for iron ore mining in Odisha

Rejection of regularisation of mines operating beyond lease areas, and compensation for other violations being used for tribal welfare are among the recommendations of a recent report on mining in the state. Kanchi Kohli places the key points in context.

Mining Environment Environmental Law and Regulation ORISSA

Why minimising ‘mobile’ conversations is a ‘no-brainer’

Did you know a cell phone in a moving car emits significantly greater radiation, half of which could be absorbed by the brain while talking? A renowned epidemiologist from the US warns users of this and other cell-phone related hazards in the course of her recent talks in India. Darryl D’Monte reports.


Voices from a wounded land

For decades now the beautiful state of Manipur has been wracked by a violent insurgency and torn by the excesses of a draconian army. Anjali Nayar visits the state, bringing back poignant tales and the feeling of what it is like to live with fear.

Gender Violence MANIPUR Human Rights

A better life through literacy

The broad-based Community Based Functional Literacy Campaign launched by the State Resource Centre of Rayagada, Orissa aims to educate women and drop-out girls in three of the most backward districts of the state. Abhijit Mohanty summarises the key take-aways so far.

Girls' Education Education Government Adivasis ORISSA

The vision for our villages

6,433 model villages by 2024? A summary of the key features of the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, recently launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the objective of facilitating development in villages

Public Funds Government

When expecting mothers fight graft to secure prenatal care

In Jahangirpur Gram Panchayat of Bihar’s Kishanganj district, Rs 30 lakh meant for pregnant Muslim women had already been misappropriated, when a community-driven project launched by Oxfam decided to tackle the corruption head on. Ajitha Menon reports.

Public Funds Women's Health Women

Will the government heed calls to save rural jobs?

The Prime Minister has received at least two letters in the past week from eminent economists, activists and citizen groups, raising their voices against dilution of the Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which seems imminent from recent announcements by the government.

Livelihood Government Laws

An old policy Modi must hold on to

The government’s clarification on the Indo-US joint statement on Intellectual Property Rights issued during Modi’s visit to the United States highlights the imperative of maintaining India’s original stance on patent laws and refusal to yield to US demands made in its Special 301 Report. Shambhu Ghatak has more.

Trade Government Health Opinions Laws

What will it take to make our cities really smart?

The thrust on ‘smart cities’ by PM Narendra Modi has been impossible to miss since he took over the reins. Sujaya Rathi and Shrimoyee Bhattacharya look at critical considerations to be made at the pilot stage of the evolutionary journey towards such urban centres.

Urban Cities Economy Government

Building the lives of those who build our houses

Sordid living conditions, poor educational and medical facilities, and lack of childcare inevitably characterise the lives of construction workers in the country. Are they ever going to be able to reap the benefits of the growth they facilitate? Kathyayini Chamaraj examines.

Labour Issues Livelihood Opinions Work+Life Human Rights

Preparing the framework for a new Ganga vision

A Consortium of 7 IITs is working on a plan that will form the basis for the long-term vision for the government’s much-talked about Ganga rejuvenation programme. Shripad Dharmadhikary reviews an initial summary released by the Consortium as the framework within which the final plan will be drawn up.

Water Environment Government

A trend highlighted in the Jadavpur University moment
Has the Modi government kept its promises on inflation?
What it means to be old and alone in the city
The laws we forgot we had
Why the market fails to lure Mali Parbat’s militant environmentalists
Petitioning God!
Can Mumbai become a global city?
A season of change
The CAG memoirs: A committed crusader’s log
No liquor, no drinking?
Sunburn warning for India’s day in the sun
Good food from dry land
In search of Binodini and her peers
The value system of the ruling elite is a threat to India: Xerxes Desai
Chhattisgarh’s food ATMs: Portable benefits minus biometrics
PMO, NGOs appeal for funds for flood-hit J&K
Do we really need Gujarat’s Sabarmati model?
It ain’t so difficult to green your home!
An uncertain future for our fauna
Surrogacy: The real picture
Will selective plans for the Ganga work?
Why an abused employee feels let down by the judiciary
Urbanisation challenge: What will drive the funds?
Who will broaden their horizons?
There are more things in heaven and earth than stock markets!
Why a depoliticised police force is a distant dream
What good is an auditor without information?
Should India tone down its moralistic stance in Paris climate talks?
Building a library a day
Tracking fears, hopes and facts in a new state
Remembering Ananthamurthy, the critical insider
Is the lack of human resources choking your city?
Sikkim’s 2400-crore hydro-power scam that no one’s talking of!
Indo-Pak talks: Getting past the eyewash
In conversation with an alleged terrorist
How the latest changes to our Constitution will impact the judiciary
Women along the LoC: Battling climate change and landmines
Should our anti-dowry law shield husbands too?
35? You’re too old for AIR!
All set to lose out on the gains?
Reviving the Ganga, at the cost of its ecology!
Struggling against the double whammy of caste and gender
What our cities are crying out for
Clearance revoked, but you can still have the forest land!
Breaking the myth behind Coastal Thermal Power Plants
Mumbai in the dock
If you want food security, why not have food coupons?
What have the reserved constituencies voted for?
Two states with healthcare for one
When companies flout norms and regulators look away
How about smart villages, Mr Modi?
When a tsunami is manufactured
'E' is for efficiency, but what about empathy?
No big bang in Jaitley’s budget
What we should score Arun Jaitley on
Why UPA’s folly could be Modi’s too
In search of the missing link
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant?
A law to help women, but who is enforcing it?
Should Modi now steer India towards Gujarat?
The women who choose petrol over perfume
Why Punjab still holds aloft the flag of 'new politics'
Decoding the red alert on green NGOs
Could Aadhaar be the game changer for footloose labour?
Will Modi relook at ‘massive’ retaliation in India’s nuclear doctrine?
There’s always one to clear your mess!
How Sikkim’s casino dream turned sour
Why the IB report is undemocratic
Removal of Governors: What does the law say?
What surrogate parenting entails in India
Why large dams aren't a water solution for the future
Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
A silent revolution brewing on our farms
Mullaperiyar: Is the light in the tunnel itself?
Why I wouldn’t mind Modi’s 'juggernaut'
Are Indians accountability-challenged?
“I want to learn the mainstream language of cinema”
The many nails in the UPA coffin
Will passengers have to bear the burden of Mumbai Metro?
Corruption: Do we really care?
Ignoring the ‘public’ at a public hearing
Can farmers look ahead to “acche din” as well?
Killing the dead all over again
What the Modi juggernaut entails
The AAP phenomenon: Too early for an epitaph
A dream come true, but can it seed another?
The message from voters in 2014
The rich and famous funding elections - why not?
Voices Modi and Kejriwal must listen to, beyond the noise
How an MLA hopeful lost the race even before he could contest
A battle that hasn’t been won in nine years
The economics of a strong democracy
Penalties rare for Togadias and Masoods, but mileage aplenty
Will The NYT bat against Washington apples in India?
Oxford study validates Indian environmentalist claims
Why voters in Telangana are still puzzled
India’s “third gender” enters poll fray with new hope
What sways the urban voter?
Chennai voters wary of disappearing acts
Can educated MPs do more for education?
Homecoming election for Harvard professor, courtesy Mamata
A scheme for a better parliament
On the right track, but miles to go
Why I will not fall for the ‘Vote for PM’ trick
What they say about the things that really matter
Women MPs: At par, but rare still
How parties are wooing the young voter
Ash everywhere; in your food and water, too?
Getting ‘practical’ on No-First-Use
Who will spare a thought for the environment?
Leading from the capital
Will the Western Ghats decide Kerala’s mandate?
Why Bihar’s child is different from Himachal’s
Could Modi be a development disaster?
Rampant diversion, tardy reforestation in Himachal
Planning for a climate-resilient city
Digging deeper into the law
“What about our dreams of a free Tibet?”
Thank you, Khushwant-ji
Rating our MPs: A few ground truths
Tracking Chennai’s faces in Parliament
Steeling into Rowghat’s future
Not just one party or the other!
The not-so-glittering stars in Parliament
Let the fight go on
Of Hyderabad’s ‘Sansad Ratna’ and his peers
NaMo-RaGa brand war drowns out Assam’s cries
How well do you know your MPs, Kolkata?
When a river is reduced to an adjective
Our streets are meant for walking: Gil Penalosa
One gaffe too many
How can our lower courts work better?
Looking beyond the spread on our tables
Bodies for sale, by men too
Mr. Leader, I have a question...
What a cell phone could mean for a poor woman
Casting couch vs workplace abuse: A thin line
What bankers don’t tell you about their bad loans
Areca nut opens up new horizons for Assamese youth
Can Bangalore’s planners solve its commuter woes?
Mass marriages to prevent abuse: 550 and counting!
From one language to another: What’s at stake?
Mundra SEZ: Deemed, but not approved
For whom the tolls rile
CIC: Delaying complaints against delays!
Addressing climate change, the Sikkim way
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
When a Dalit family approaches the police
The women left behind
Could being ‘right’ be wrong for AAP?
What has your MP done for you?
Who will cast the first vote for equality?
Politics, through the eyes of Bihar’s Dalit students
New body should have better pay, more autonomy
A few facts for GM-advocate Manmohan Singh
Tales of the excluded
Left to languish in a foreign country
Lessons from the "other" Indo-Pak conflict
Can a post box save the Indian whistle blower?
Moulding the young as change agents
Losing India's Greta Garbo
Seeds of doubt
The strange case of ICTT Vallarpadam
Lessons from Italy for the Indian farmer
What constrains our social enterprises?
Suicides due to poverty: How reliable is our data?
Big hopes from small tea
Significant, but hardly enough!
What future for the cities within our cities?
FDI: Neither necessary, nor sufficient
Sons and daughters waiting to be rescued
When will Indian politics wake up to climate change?
The real and present threat to our future
Old approvals from a new regulator?
A school for me too
When every Indian has a bank account
The Olympic medals India won and ignored
Rape laws have changed, but what about the judiciary?
Travelling afar for solutions nearby
At Kandla, no room for marine ecosystem
Why Arvind Kejriwal does not need magic

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