Nov 22, 2014 12:14 AM
The conventional narrative that the CBI is a ‘caged parrot’, that is, an institution struggling to assert its autonomy in the face of political pressure, was turned on its head by Ranjit Sinha. The good thing about the tenure of Ranjit Sinha
Nov 22, 2014 12:14 AM
This week, Bhavya, a college student in Delhi, Yadav by caste, was strangled to death by her family for eloping with Abhishek, a Punjabi. The deployment of ‘honour’ is an intense form of social control on women, a disciplining of the body. F
Nov 21, 2014 02:10 AM
The telephone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Mahinda Rajapaksa capped days of back channel persuasion by a number of emissaries. The unconditional release by Sri Lanka of five fishermen sentenced to death by a court in t
Nov 21, 2014 02:07 AM
The gathering of the Group of 20 countries in Brisbane over the past weekend was not without its share of lofty goal-setting on the big questions of the day that usually marks such summits. There are indications, however, of a realistic chance that the wo
Nov 20, 2014 01:23 AM
Instead of choosing the easier and more sensible option of surrendering to the police, Sant Rampal put at risk the lives and limbs of his band of supporters. Some godmen and religious cult leaders often have an exaggerated sense of their own importance:
Nov 20, 2014 01:20 AM
The Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) launched in 2011 to enumerate castes along with socio-economic data, is progressing, and is likely to be completed soon. A stand-alone caste headcount may not normally be desirable in a country grappling with t
Nov 19, 2014 01:20 AM
While the invitation to Brisbane for the G-20 summit took Mr. Modi there, the decision to travel to three other Australian cities, when he had other pressing domestic commitments, was well considered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Austra
Nov 19, 2014 01:10 AM
A survey commissioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development simplistically records poverty and academic disinterest as major reasons for children dropping out of school. A survey commissioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, in Sep
Nov 18, 2014 01:52 AM
The deal with the U.S. now provides for an indefinite peace clause until a permanent solution is found to the farm subsidy issue. The deal between India and the U.S. on the contentious issue of public stockholdings of foodgrains for security should put
Nov 18, 2014 01:46 AM
UNICEF points out that progress to realise the objectives of the CRC has stalled due to diminishing aid flows in the wake of the financial crisis. On the 25th anniversary this week of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Ch
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