As debates around genetically modified (GM) mustard pick up in India, Shalini Bhutani takes a look at the neglected diversity of the oilseed mustard crop on native farmers’ fields and points to the bias of the existing law.
The sorry plight of a modern-day Yudhisthira The politically motivated appointment of a hardly-known personality to the post of chairperson at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India has predictably created outrage amongst students and the artist fraternity. Shoma Chatterji looks at the real arguments behind the ongoing debate.
Will the Aam Aadmi Party deliver true 'swaraj'? The initial euphoria over its emphatic electoral win over, the focus is now on realities within which the AAP will have to deliver on its promises. T R Raghunandan explores if the party can realise its vision of ‘swaraj,’ living up to the true ideals of decentralisation.
Why I wouldn’t mind Modi’s 'juggernaut' In response to an earlier piece by Leo Saldanha on India Together, Prakash Belawadi argues that many of the points raised by Saldanha in particular, may not be so incriminating after all.
What the Modi juggernaut entails The sweeping mandate in favour of the BJP under Narendra Modi was largely an outcome of the articulation of his idea of development, popularised as the “Gujarat Model.” But what could the defining features of such a model be? Leo F Saldanha elaborates.
A dream come true, but can it seed another? The overwhelming mandate won by the BJP under Narendra Modi has led to continuing upward rally in the markets, but can it also inspire similar cheer in the social space? Shankar Jaganathan remains optimistic.
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.
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.
Building towns to save our cities
Some of the most populous cities in the country are the ones that suffer most from liveability issues due to crumbling infrastructure, congestion,
pollution and associated problems.
Sujaya Rathi, Anantha Lakshmi
discuss a potential solution.
Big money seeks common man's blessing
It was once hoped that curbing election expenses would keep the process fairer. Today, the opposite is true, and
neither the UPA nor the NDA wants to disturb this comfortable arrangement.
Awakening the somnolent state
The common thread between our external and internal security predicaments is our approach to time. Most security issues are long-standing
and seemingly interminable. If we understood why this is so, we can change it, writes
The dull days of White Gold
Across India, cotton growers make up the largest group of the over 180,000 farmers who committed suicide between 1997 and 2007.
There's nothing like an election to spur policy change, though, notes