28 November 2014
Sterilisation deaths: What’s new, after all?

The death of 14 women in Chhattisgarh following botched sterilisation procedures has rightfully led to furore across the country. But a detailed, historical analysis of family planning as it has evolved, by Shoma A Chatterji, exposes an inherent and sustained gender bias in policy as well as practice.

Health Laws and Governance Women's Health Society Women

Why Raghuram Rajan has lost patience with defaulting promoters

“We need a change in mind set, where the wilful or non-cooperative defaulter is not lionized as a captain of industry, but justly chastised as a freeloader on the hardworking people of this country,” said the RBI governor in his recent lecture at IRMA, Anand. An unedited transcript of his speech

Public Funds Economy Laws

A time to take up the reins

The official Indian response to the recent US-China climate deal is characterised by its historical stance on differentiated responsibility and over-reliance on coal energy. Sunita Dubey calls for an urgent re-assessment of its position and stresses the need for stronger commitment.

Climate Environment Government Opinions

Why the Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy may happen again

With a recent drug sample report confirming the presence of rat poison in medicines administered to Chhattisgarh’s hapless tubectomy victims, it is yet another wake-up call for India to address the threats posed by its $4.25-billion fake drugs market. Tanvi Bhatikar bares some stark facts.

Law and Order Health Laws and Governance Health

Are there smarter ways to run our cities?

The ruling government has allocated 7,060 crores of rupees for development of smart cities, but do our realities allow for westernised ICT-driven smart cities? Darryl D’Monte dwells on what would really make our cities smart, based on deliberations at the second Urban Age conference.

Waste Cities Economy Government Urban Poor

Where the fight against extremism is far from over

The Karnataka government’s attempts to reintegrate Naxals into the mainstream through the provision of a surrender and rehabilitation package have met with limited success. Akshatha M reports on the ground realities.

Law and Order Government KARNATAKA Human Rights

Is lower inflation here to stay?

Most measures of inflation over the last couple of months point to an encouraging downward movement in price indices; Shambhu Ghatak deconstructs these measures and quotes observations of the RBI to show why it may still be premature to take low inflation for granted.

Agriculture Trade Economy Government

Crying out for clarity

The e-commerce space in India has been growing in leaps and bounds but inchoate rules and dated laws have created ‘grey areas’ that need to be cleared at the earliest. Akshatha M outlines the key issues in the debate.

Trade Economy Government Laws

What’s in a name, really?

From Bangalore to Bengaluru, or from Bombay to Mumbai, do name changes signify attempts to shake off colonial shackles, instances of linguistic one-upmanship or merely political agenda? Supriya Unni Nair delves deeper into the practice and finds an interesting history.

Cities Government History

Is the army court’s verdict on the Machhil killings enough?

The recent award of life sentences to the army personnel involved in the 2010 Macchil killings in J&K sends out a positive message, but there are deeper layers in the justice system that need introspection and overhaul in the pursuit of reconciliation. Firdaus Ahmed explains.

Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Justice

The many battles that Kashmiri female cops fight

A female police inspector from J&K, deployed in a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, has recently won a prestigious international award. Yet, her story holds little meaning for fellow women officers back home who fight social stigma, poor pay and gender bias at work every day. Shazia Yousuf reports.

Law and Order J & K Women

Workers leave agriculture, but where are they headed?

The declining participation of labour force in agriculture could have been treated as a natural, inevitable phase in India's transition towards industrialisation, but for the employment trends visible in the industrial sector. Kannan Kasturi’s analysis captures the real cause for worry.

Agriculture Livelihood Economy

Hydropower in the land of Gross National Happiness

The immense untapped potential of hydropower generation in Bhutan has led to several major projects in the offing, with varying degrees of Indian involvement. However, Shripad Dharmadhikary finds a steady rise in voices questioning their impact on the Himalayan environment.

Energy Trade Water Environment

Who will lead the anti-corruption agenda in the health sector?

The conduct of election of members to the Medical Council of India in 2013 and its subsequent actions over the past year have underlined the brazen corruption in the regulatory body. Developments in the health ministry raise doubts over whether these issues will be tackled at all.  A round up

Law and Order Health Laws and Governance Education Government Laws

Kerala: A murky ‘state’ of affairs

From misguided attempts at prohibition and moral policing to scams in higher education and declining development, things in Kerala have been taking a rather sordid turn and hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. P N Venugopal recapitulates some of the most recent developments.

Economy Government KERALA Society States

A lot needs to be done to realise Modi’s dreams for Khadi

In October 2014, a draft consultation paper from the Planning Commission detailed the many issues faced by India’s handloom sector and the failure of earlier schemes to solve the problems faced by weavers. Elizabeth Soumya summarises key points from the report.

Livelihood Economy Government

Would you dare to ‘make in India’?

Prime Minister Modi’s clarion call to manufacture in India signifies a lofty vision, but can that be realised without some critical reforms that would make manufacturing sustainable and rational? Amar Kumar raises pertinent questions.

Economy Opinions

Can a court order end passive violence?

The recent SC order directing the Centre to protect people, who come forward to help accident victims, from legal and other hassles, is a significant step towards reducing road accident fatalities. Shoma A Chatterji examines the broader social psyche and issues to be addressed to make the world more humane.

Laws Society Human Rights

When kitchen smoke can kill

It has been widely established that the health impact of indoor air pollution, caused often by solid fuels for household cooking, far outweighs the hazards of outdoor pollution. Arpana HS quotes data from the Census and findings from a recent paper to show why India needs to tackle this on priority.

Energy Environmental Hazards Women's Health Health

Food security, courtesy Odisha's tribal women
If the Ganga is so hot, can the Yamuna be far behind?
Muslim women fight patriarchal Sharia laws
Visualising the many layers of a brutal world for women
Can PM Modi pull it off?
When a finance minister lectured auditors
Where the boats ferry in good health
The wandering minstrel who turned down Peter Brook’s Mahabharat
The fate of Sikkim's sacred river hangs in balance
In search of the elusive female traveller
A new course for iron ore mining in Odisha
Why minimising ‘mobile’ conversations is a ‘no-brainer’
Voices from a wounded land
A better life through literacy
The vision for our villages
When expecting mothers fight graft to secure prenatal care
Will the government heed calls to save rural jobs?
An old policy Modi must hold on to
What will it take to make our cities really smart?
Building the lives of those who build our houses
Preparing the framework for a new Ganga vision
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

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