Editorial - The Hindu

The over-the-top reaction of the Prime Minister’s Office to a book by Manmohan Singh’s former media adviser confirms a long-known side of Indian politicians: they have a terribly thin skin, especi... »

Reining in cancer

Grim statistics present the deadly reality of the spread of cancer in India: one million new cases of different cancers are diagnosed every year in the country; an estimated 600,000 to 700,000 peo... »

Inexplicable reticence

As a candidate in the 2002, 2007 and then the 2012 elections for the Gujarat Assembly, Narendra Modi chose not to make his marital status clear in his nomination papers. Now, having set his sights... »135 comments

Another case of fraud in science

Just as the chapter on Hwang Woo Suk, a South Korean stem cell researcher and one of the biggest known research fraudsters, came to an end recently, another major fraud by a Japan-based stem cell... »2 comments

Staunching the vitriol

The Election Commission’s order banning two political leaders from addressing public meetings and rallies for their divisive and inflammatory speeches during the ongoing election campaign sends ou... »3 comments
April 14, 2014

Merger medicine

Digesting acquisitions is never easy in the corporate world, especially when the acquirer and target are of similar size. And when one of the two companies is in distress, the merger can be testin... »
April 12, 2014

The quiet IPCC warning

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has given its starkest warning of the likely impact of climate change. The IPCC’s March 31 report, the most comprehensive yet, s... »10 comments
April 11, 2014

Triumph for the Afghan public

Afghanistan’s presidential election, held on April 5 with over 350,000 security personnel on duty, marks the country’s first potential democratic transfer of power. The Independent Election Commis... »9 comments
April 10, 2014

Changing perceptions

The rupee’s recent appreciation to below 60 a dollar — it is hovering around those levels — is a significant development and not just because of its breaching a psychologically important mark. At... »8 comments
April 9, 2014

A significant capability

On April 4, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) marked its 25th consecutive successful mission by lofting the second spacecraft required for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite Syst... »3 comments
April 8, 2014

Sri Lanka breaks final jinx

After a prolonged and disheartening drought, the ICC World Twenty20 win must come as a supremely happy relief to Sri Lankan cricket. A wretched run in the knockout stages of major tournaments, inc... »12 comments
April 7, 2014

Neutralising a mass killer

The curiosity and keen observation shown by a single doctor at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi in 1985, combined with unprecedented team work by people from 13 institution... »8 comments
April 5, 2014

A cautious beginning

The Reserve Bank of India’s in-principle approval to two applicants, IDFC Limited and Bandhan Financial Services Ltd., to set up banks comes four years after the then Finance Minister, Pranab Mukh... »6 comments
April 12, 2014

India’s pro-rapist lobby

“Boys will make mistakes,” Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav said of rape, on Thursday. His remarks making light of such a heinous crime illustrate just why the feminist battle in India h... »73 comments
April 11, 2014

Watching the money flow

In line with the constitutional mandate to curb the corrupting influence of money power in elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued detailed guidelines and set up an elaborate... »8 comments
April 10, 2014

Seniors in retreat

The sense of despondency that appears to have overtaken several senior leaders of the Indian National Congress, to the extent of shying away from the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when they should be i... »30 comments
April 9, 2014

Unhealthy defiance

Deferring to any authority seldom comes easy to some elected leaders. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s attack on the Election Commission for ordering the transfer of eight civil servan... »17 comments
April 8, 2014

Hindutva confronts modernity

Conflicting ideas can coexist peacefully in the mind. But when put out in cold print, the contradictions will be manifest. The struggle within the BJP between those trying to retain the core suppo... »60 comments
April 7, 2014

Back to sectarianism

The Indian general election is inexorably moving towards the wearisomely familiar pattern of sectarian rhetoric and counter-rhetoric. It is something that unfailingly happens despite promises acro... »11 comments
April 5, 2014

Tasteless rants

Come elections, the standards of political discourse invariably drop. Despite the restraints imposed by the Model Code of Conduct, personal attacks and unsubstantiated allegations have always been... »16 comments