25 July 2014
Mumbai in the dock

The redevelopment of port land in Mumbai, dominated by the grandiose proposals of Nitin Gadkari, now rests primarily on the wishes of the Mumbai Port Trust, while it ignores the real needs of the city at large. Darryl D’Monte exposes the contradictions.

Urban Cities Economy

If you want food security, why not have food coupons?

The erstwhile UPA government’s Food Security Act, now set to be implemented by the present government, could mean unendurable strain for the country’s public distribution framework. P V Rajeev spells out better alternatives to explore.

Food Security Economy Government Opinions Agriculture Policy

What have the reserved constituencies voted for?

In the 2014 elections, the BJP won 66 out of 131 seats reserved for SC/ST candidates, which is the highest for any single party since 1991. Prabhu Mallikarjunan looks at the statistics and tries to decipher what this says for voting behaviour in these constituencies.

Elections Government Caste

Two states with healthcare for one

Already struggling with low budgetary allocation for healthcare and shortage of trained staff, health services in Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh have taken a more serious hit due to issues arising out of bifurcation. Tejaswini Pagadala reports.

Public Health Government Health ANDHRA

When companies flout norms and regulators look away

A recent report from environmental research group Toxics Link exposes how multinationals are flagrantly violating the MoEF-notified rules on e-waste, even as the authorities empowered to enforce implementation remain passive. Richa Malhotra details the key findings.

Consumers Waste Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

How about smart villages, Mr Modi?

For over two decades now, agriculture has suffered overall neglect as successive governments, led by World-Bank prescribed growth models, have issued disproportionate doles to industry. While the present allocations do not spell much hope, Devinder Sharma suggests what the Modi government may still do to reverse the trend.

Agriculture Economy Devinder Sharma Agriculture Policy

When a tsunami is manufactured

In view of the alleged corruption in rehabilitation of affected families, the Jabalpur HC has imposed a stay on the decision to raise the height of the Narmada dam further. Recalling the history of the project till date, Himanshu Upadhyaya asks why a higher dam should be considered at all.

Water Government Displacement GUJARAT Human Rights

'E' is for efficiency, but what about empathy?

The MoEF’s recent move introducing e-filing of applications for approval of forest land diversion may facilitate procedural agility and efficiency, but precludes the interpretation of environmental and human complexities critical to a fair process. Kanchi Kohli elaborates. 

Livelihood Forests Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

No big bang in Jaitley’s budget

The excitement leading up to the budget was almost feverish, but it turned out to be a staid affair in the end. Here's a round-up of some of the key provisions of Arun Jaitley’s maiden budget, presented in Parliament on 10 July.

Public Funds Economy Government

What we should score Arun Jaitley on

As the country eagerly awaits the new government’s maiden budget, Shankar Jaganathan evokes the realities of the Indian economy to provide a reference framework within which to judge the Jaitley budget.

Public Funds Economy Government Opinions

Why UPA’s folly could be Modi’s too

With Narendra Modi at the helm, the push towards market-driven development looks likely to be continued, leading to an eventual defeat of real expectations from the voter, says Pradeep Baisakh as he analyses the causes behind the UPA debacle.

Public Funds Economy Government Opinions Poverty

In search of the missing link

Indifference, impatience, aggression and denial have been among the common responses to rape as a multi-layered problem. In the concluding part of her article, Ammu Joseph draws attention to all that fosters a culture of violence against women in our society and why it is unamenable to hasty remedies.

Ammu Joseph Justice Gender Violence Society Women

Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws

The abhorrent remarks by actor-turned-Trinamool MP Tapas Pal, stating that he would get the women among his opponents raped, have left many outraged but drawn mild reactions from his party and no legal action at all. Shoma Chatterji exposes the milieu where leaders like Pal enjoy complete impunity.

Government Laws Society Women

Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant?

Limited, quick-fix solutions that do not address the underlying causes of the deep-rooted problem of rape have clearly not worked in the country, writes Ammu Joseph in the first of a two-part article examining the many layers of the issue.

Ammu Joseph Justice Gender Violence Gender Laws and Policy Society Women

A law to help women, but who is enforcing it?

Passed in 2005, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act could have been an effective tool to ensure redress for victims of domestic abuse. But an understaffed implementation body has made it yet another selective and often toothless piece of legislation, finds Puja Awasthi.

Gender Violence Gender Laws and Policy Women

Should Modi now steer India towards Gujarat?

The Gujarat development model has been widely credited with the potential to change India’s future. As the new government completes a month in power, Ramesh Menon stresses the need to seriously question if it is really one that should be replicated in every Indian state.

Economy Education Health GUJARAT States

The women who choose petrol over perfume

Comprised of over 350 students, professionals, homemakers from across the country, Bikerni is the first all-female motorcycle association of India. Surekha Kadapa-Bose brings us the stories of this group that has been charting new horizons for women to follow.

Work+Life Society Women

Why Punjab still holds aloft the flag of 'new politics'

While the entire country appeared unimpressed by the Aam Aadmi Party and its promises, Punjab not only sent four of its candidates to the Lok Sabha, but also overcame the rural-urban divide in its mandate for the party. Srinivasan Ramani explores why.

Elections Government PUNJAB

Decoding the red alert on green NGOs

The accusations of the Intelligence Bureau against foreign environmental NGOs appear hollow and misguided when one looks at the direction and substance of their work in India so far. Darryl D’Monte urges the government to refrain from stifling the expression of dissent by these NGOs.

Energy Environment Opinions Displacement

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
UP NREGS: Whither guidelines?
Why Arvind Kejriwal does not need magic
Delhi's cry: No more dead men walking
Spaced out in Mumbai
Shunned by law, embraced by cinema
Wanted: Trains equipped for the sick and infirm
Bad Economics, bad politics
2011 to 2013: What has changed in the Lokpal Bill?
Tainted firm escapes scrutiny, but why?
Small hands, hard labour in Surat's textile industry
Does the loser take it all?
Ministries turn a blind eye to impact of small hydel projects
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
A tipping point for Indian democracy
When idealism isn't impractical anymore
Why your bag of vegetables costs more every week!
What makes the Aam Aadmi Party tick?
The many stories that Kargil tells us
Powerful forces get water for power
When travel arouses dread
Rail travel for the disabled: Learn from the world
Moments with Mandela: Meeting South Africa's Gandhi
Can new technologies tackle urban waste?
Can illegal mining be stopped?
Exploring state-people relations
When legal redress isn't enough to protect children
Women lead the way in eco-conservation
Should there be a Nobel for economists?
What could make our farmers more prosperous?
The relevance of Vanzara's letter
US-EU spanner in the works of India's food security programme
Helping Pardhi children aim for the sun
"Compelling citizens to take an Aadhaar card is unconstitutional"
For distraught Phailin survivors, life is little consolation
Lone crusader warns school-goers against substance abuse
A new fast-yielding jackfruit
Char dwellers turn to sugarcane, but will it be enough?
Nothing to audit
Farmers take the long-term view, with long stalk rice
Cutting sugar: The bitter reality
Is CCI a bypass lane for the laws?
The Indian feminist who took on Oxford
Have you overstepped the Sustainable Consumption Line?
Hydropower: Will new committee break new ground?
Why are so many elderly men killing themselves?
Building towns to save our cities
When riots are tools, where does secularism stand?
Biosafety: Who is liable for damages?
Soldiers, not servants
Policy indifference threatens to make the Great Indian Bustard extinct
Competing effectively in MP panchayats
Greening the finance sector
Tackling preventable blindness through screening in schools
One Person Companies: Speed without effective brakes?
Why poaching still thrives in India
The film that changed Afroza's life
Private investment not a panacea for all ills
Fewer takers for NREGS after long wage delays
A childhood lost behind bars
To deliver on health, understand it first
Protests get creative in Kashmir
Can accreditation ensure accountability?
Bharat Nirman: The numbers don't lie
One hand gives, the other takes away!
Infusing sensuality into a Tagore classic

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