Wednesday, March 3, 2021

People

In the name of efficiency, NEP disregards children’s right to playgrounds

Children, especially in urban areas, are disenfranchised from equitable spatial resources, despite being equal members of society. The access to playgrounds, the only...

Five arenas

Each state election has a dynamic of its own, its own local issues, leaders, candidates and alliances. This means a common national narrative...

Khap Panchayats at a Crossroads

Written by Praveen Verma The ongoing farmers’ protests have seen the return of khap panchayats to the arena of political mobilisation. In the intersection...

Courageous battles in bleak legalscapes

Written by Madhu Mehra The significance of the verdict in the MJ Akbar vs Priya Ramani case is understandable when one considers the...

Governments must remove obstacles of poorly designed planning systems, fragmented regulatory mechanisms, lack of investment

“Decarbonisation” has entered the vocabulary of most governments and large corporates. Other than a few naysayers who are for the present holding their...

US moves suggest that it wants Iran to pay a price before reviving deal with it

Although the US has recently indicated that it is willing to engage in talks with Iran in a multilateral forum sponsored by the...

Forty Years Ago, March 1, 1981: Budget Proposals

Finance Minister R Venkataraman won the hearts of the middle class and the industry by presenting a savings and growth-oriented Budget containing taxation...

The Hindutva Challenge To Women’s Rights

Written by Jyothi S International Women’s day is approaching. But do women in the country have a lot to cheer about? A success story in...

Mass, volume, models: Listening to glaciers

Written by H C Nainwal THE RECENT tragedy in Uttarakhand brought a lot of focus on Himalayan glaciers. But these glaciers have been a...

Courts sound the bell for liberty

Just as we were giving up hope, there are signs that the defence of individual liberty is not a lost cause. The idea that...

400 and counting

The last few months in Ravichandran Ashwin’s career have played out like a fantasy. In Australia, he out-bowled Nathan Lyon and scripted one...

Delhi & Islamabad

India and Pakistan’s joint re-commitment to the 2003 ceasefire, through an agreement to “strictly observe” the truce along the Line of Control and...

In classrooms, we need to rediscover meanings of ‘disobedience’, ‘nationalism’

Amid the tsunami of FIRs and sedition charges, it is not easy to cherish the spirit of critical enquiry and transform our classrooms...

Science for Society: The way to Atmanirbhar Bharat

Science is the foremost tool to understand reality and find out possible explanations for phenomena around us. From classical mechanics to quantum physics,...

AAP’s mobilisation strategies and its record in Delhi could help it in upcoming municipal bypolls

Written by Anita Tagore There is election fever again. The Aam Aadmi Party is riding high on electoral gains in civic and panchayat polls...

The Digital Media Code balances many priorities, interests of several stakeholders

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India (MeitY), led by Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, has announced the proposed Intermediary Guidelines...

February 26, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Pak Unrest

Pakistan’s military regime has arrested 21 more political figures bringing the number of those detained to 30, while anti-government demonstrations spread to Karachi....

State pushback

On Thursday, the government unveiled the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 that seek to define the contours...

Centre’s IT Rules bring answerability in digital ecosystem. But they also increase political control

In the polarised environment that we now inhabit, there are few public agreements. One of these rare instances is an agreement that social...

The State vs Big Tech battle involves crucial questions of democracy

Written by Sarthak Agarwal 2021 has been one long showdown between governments and Big Tech. What started off as a glaring example of the...

Behind the Scream

In 1895, Edvard Munch attended a meeting in Munich in which his painting was being discussed. A medical student, with a certainty in...

Kathmandu impasse

The order of the Supreme Court of Nepal to reinstate the House of Representatives is a step towards resolving the constitutional crisis triggered...

Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index falls short of nudging govts to undertake reforms

Measurement of corruption has remained a perennial problem. Transparency International’s (TI) first Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released in 1995 was a bold initiative....

Dear Rahul Gandhi: A big share of the blame for India’s authoritarian slide will have to be shouldered by you

Indian democracy is being disfigured each day beyond repair and recovery. This ought not to be possible in the presence of an energetic...

51 years after fake encounter, Kerala pays compensation to victim’s family

Fifty-one years after a Naxal leader was killed by the Kerala Police in a fake encounter, the CPI(M)-led LDF government on Wednesday decided...

An anxiety-ridden Vishwaguru

Nationalism is supposed to unify a country facing external aggression or an existential threat. The variety of nationalism espoused and practised by the...

Petrol@100

In several parts of the country, petrol prices have either touched or are nearing a record high of Rs 100 per litre. While...

Brawlers of Baghpat

Chaat vendors in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat became viral meme material earlier this week. According to Harinder, the henna-maned man who has emerged as...

Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs a negotiating, not a criminal, process

On February 5, 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision regarding the scope of its territorial jurisdiction over issues pertaining to...

Budgeting for welfare

Written by Bakshi Amit Kumar Sinha and Barna Ganguli Among the 28 states in the Indian Union, Bihar is only the second state...