19 April 2014
Homecoming election for Harvard professor, courtesy Mamata

Historian and author Sugato Bose is taking a break from his position at Harvard University to contest the Lok Sabha elections from a key urban constituency in West Bengal as a candidate of the ruling Trinamool Congress. He speaks to Amrita Mukherjee on his plans for parliament if elected.

Elections Government Politics People

A scheme for a better parliament

Though the quality and calibre of our representatives in Parliament, and consequently its functioning, has often come under a cloud, options for induction of apolitical talent in Parliament are limited. P V Rajeev envisions a scheme that could make it possible.

Government opinions OP-ED People Society

On the right track, but miles to go

In March this year, Gil Penalosa of the Toronto-based NGO 8-80 Cities spoke in Mumbai and Bangalore of his global vision for liveable cities. Concluding his coverage of Penalosa’s talk, Darryl D’Monte explains why, despite a few isolated efforts, India requires a giant leap in initiative and attitudes to realise that vision.

Transport Urban Economy

Why I will not fall for the ‘Vote for PM’ trick

As India votes in the midst of a rising campaign crescendo that pits one individual against the other, Subramaniam Vincent urges the electorate to prioritise a 'better parliament.'

Elections Subramaniam Vincent OP-ED

What they say about the things that really matter

Responsible governance, economic security for the maximum numbers and ecological sustainability are the three key challenges facing the country today. Ashish Kothari deconstructs the Congress, BJP and AAP manifestos to see what these parties promise on these fronts.

Elections Government opinions Economy Environment Government

Women MPs: At par, but rare still

Mainstream political parties do not give sufficient opportunity to women so that their representation has remained poor. Voters, however, view them as equal performers, as a recent survey has shown. Prabhu Mallikarjunan presents some interesting findings on the issue.

Elections Government Women's Representation

How parties are wooing the young voter

The huge number of voters among the youth could well emerge to be the real game-changers in the parliamentary elections of 2014. Tanvi Bhatikar looks at the manifestos of the three main parties to see what they have to lure young voters.

Elections Economy Education Government

Ash everywhere; in your food and water, too?

Fly ash, the residue from coal used in thermal power plants, is not only a headache for plant operators; its use in agriculture and other sectors violates environmental sanctity and poses a serious risk to human health. Shripad Dharmadhikary studies a new CEA report to bring us more.

Agriculture Energy Environment

Getting ‘practical’ on No-First-Use

PM Manmohan Singh’s plans to minimise nuclear risks, as articulated at a recent conference, revolves around formulation of a ‘global no-first-use’ norm. Firdaus Ahmed points to why a practical solution is less about global norms and rests more likely on issues closer home.

Nat. Security Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED

Who will spare a thought for the environment?

With the manifestos of all major national parties finally released, Himanshu Thakkar presents a comparative reading with a lens on environment and natural resource management.

Elections Environment Environmental Law and Regulation Adivasis

Leading from the capital

As Delhi prepares to choose its leaders for the 16th Lok Sabha, Navya P K presents a look at the leaders who represented the key urban constituencies in the last session of Parliament.

Elections Government DELHI

Will the Western Ghats decide Kerala’s mandate?

The controversy over the Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports on ecological preservation in the Western Ghats has brought about a churn in politics in Kerala. P N Venugopal wonders if this will determine the decisions of the electorate in the Lok Sabha elections.

Environmental Hazards Mining Elections Government KERALA

Why Bihar’s child is different from Himachal’s

The Integrated Child Development Services scheme was launched to address the nutrition, health and learning needs of all children below six years of age. Ankita Aggarwal shares findings from a survey that point to the huge variations in implementation and effectiveness. 

Child health Children Education Government

Could Modi be a development disaster?

If the cost of ecological damage and social deprivation are accounted for, Narendra Modi will only be half as tall as he is made out to be, says Ashish Kothari, issuing a grave warning.

Elections Environment Government GUJARAT Human Rights

Rampant diversion, tardy reforestation in Himachal

A recent report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India reveals blatant procedural and legal non-compliance in respect of compensatory afforestation work in Himachal Pradesh. Himanshu Upadhyaya summarises the findings.

Forests Government Environmental Law and Regulation HIMACHAL

Planning for a climate-resilient city

Indian cities have been identified as among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Shrimoyee Bhattacharya and Sujaya Rathi explore how the envisioned plan for Bangalore can build in increased resilience to climatic variations and impact.

Urban Cities Environment

Digging deeper into the law

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 aims to create safer workplaces for women in particular. However, as Anagha Sarpotdar points out, without deeper discussion and interpretation of its provisions, prevention of abuse at workplaces may remain a pipe dream.

Gender Laws and Policy Work+Life Women

“What about our dreams of a free Tibet?”

The Election Commission of India has ordered states to include children of Tibetan refugees born in India between 1950 and 1987 in the electoral rolls. Ramesh Menon finds that even as they acknowledge India’s gesture, the right to vote leaves them with mixed emotions.

Elections People Society

Thank you, Khushwant-ji

As readers and admirers celebrate the many memories left behind by the grand old man of Indian journalism and writing, Shoma Chatterji pays a touching, personal tribute to the inimitable Khushwant Singh.

People Books Society

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
The strange case of ICTT Vallarpadam
Seeds of doubt
Suicides due to poverty: How reliable is our data?
What constrains our social enterprises?
Lessons from Italy for the Indian farmer
Big hopes from small tea
Significant, but hardly enough!
What future for the cities within our cities?
FDI: Neither necessary, nor sufficient
When will Indian politics wake up to climate change?
Sons and daughters waiting to be rescued
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
Rape laws have changed, but what about the judiciary?
The Olympic medals India won and ignored
Travelling afar for solutions nearby
At Kandla, no room for marine ecosystem
UP NREGS: Whither guidelines?
Delhi's cry: No more dead men walking
Why Arvind Kejriwal does not need magic
Spaced out in Mumbai
Wanted: Trains equipped for the sick and infirm
Shunned by law, embraced by cinema
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
When idealism isn't impractical anymore
A tipping point for Indian democracy
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
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
Rail travel for the disabled: Learn from the world
When travel arouses dread
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
The relevance of Vanzara's letter
Should there be a Nobel for economists?
What could make our farmers more prosperous?
Women lead the way in eco-conservation
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
Is CCI a bypass lane for the laws?
Cutting sugar: The bitter reality
Hydropower: Will new committee break new ground?
Have you overstepped the Sustainable Consumption Line?
The Indian feminist who took on Oxford
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?
Policy indifference threatens to make the Great Indian Bustard extinct
Soldiers, not servants
Competing effectively in MP panchayats
Greening the finance sector
One Person Companies: Speed without effective brakes?
Tackling preventable blindness through screening in schools
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
Helping businesses help society
NREGA workers kept waiting for wages
Punished for being the victim
Can rural India get the 'power' to choose?
Who's importing all that gold?
Where did all the women go?
Alang shipyard: Pushing more than ships to their graves
The wonder climber for areca nut trees
Our cheese has moved, and only we must find it
The Telangana prophecy: Will more states mean more conflict?
The trauma never ends!
Why the death penalty stands for nothing
Why the death penalty stands for nothing
A committee to exonerate industry?
Why Assam burns again
Look beyond the food
Will reel kill the power of real?
Villages devoured by rising waters
MP town seeks to reclaim its right to water
Transferring benefits, but where?
Mumbai fights the towers that trouble
Can India learn from its neighbours?
Irreconcilable differences : The Right-Left Divide in Economics
Life in uneasy forest terrain
Snapshots of a poisoned future
'Courting' controversy
On the trail of toxins
An ambush loaded with meaning
Seeking new homes in Hyderabad
'Maha' problems over minor irrigation
Six months for a job card?
A culture of deference and sycophancy
Can we have the truth, please?
Health to the beat of drums
River basin management: Missing the boat
Whose dynasty is it anyway?
Why the Current Account Deficit matters to you and me
In celebration of resistance
Solar scam heat scorches Kerala
Why I root for right to food, for all
When growth is another word for violence
Why trolls have it so easy
Death knell for music?
Humble jackfruit eyes haute cuisine status
Promises made to be broken
Where the young don’t want to live
The tale of an acid-attack survivor
Reading beyond Siddaramaiah’s lines
Pune civic ward sets an example
Female and fearful In Mamata’s Bengal
In Uttarakhand, yet another chance to learn
Why are radio operators worried?
NaMo Narmada: Who gains?
All those kinds of gaze
60 to a dollar: Good, bad or ugly?
Meghe Dhaka Tara: A stunning tribute

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