Editorial - The Hindu

The rhetoric on the capacity of countries to reap the so-called demographic dividend cannot mask the more complex reality of a not-so-young world in 2014, and non-uniform patterns of growth. About... »

Sweet and sour for Ms. Banerjee

Soon after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s astounding performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the general feeling was that she was “clearly riding a tiger”. Her confidence-building speech las... »

A far too liberal Act?

The law pertaining to juvenile crimes has come under the scanner yet again. Last week, a Supreme Court Bench comprising Mr. Justice Dipak Misra and Mr. Justice U.U. Lalit described the punishment... »

Carlsen reigns supreme again

Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand’s bid to regain the title was foiled in Sochi, Russia, with a game to spare. The gifted young Norwegian, Magnus Carlsen, produced a result similar... »
November 25, 2014

For peace in the Garo Hills

The Garo Hills region of Meghalaya has faced turmoil for years with multiple militant groups fighting what are essentially turf wars, their eyes primarily on the spoils from the extortion of coal... »
November 24, 2014

Strengthening care of the newborn

Tamil Nadu has come to realise in a most tragic manner the high mortality risk faced by preterm babies (those born before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and its unfinished task of saving these... » 
November 22, 2014

Crime in the name of honour

The deployment of ‘honour’ is an intense form of social control on women, a disciplining of the body. Families, communities, gossiping neighbours snooping for acts of ‘dishonour’ — what one wears,... »
November 21, 2014

Of secret hoards in tax havens

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... »
November 20, 2014

Counting caste in the census

A stand-alone caste headcount may not normally be desirable in a country grappling with the adverse consequences of social hierarchy and caste-based divisions. However, in conjunction with socio-e... »
November 19, 2014

Getting them back to school

A survey commissioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, in September shows that out of the estimated 20.41 crore children in the age group of 6-13 in India, an estimated 60.41 lakh (2... »
November 18, 2014

Resolute policies on children

On the 25th anniversary this week of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), is the world a better place for children? It would be ill-advised to seek shelt... »
November 17, 2014

Bizarre verdict reversed

Justice has finally been done. A few days ago, an appeals court in L’Aquila, Italy, acquitted six Italian scientists who were convicted of manslaughter and awarded a six-year jail term in October... »
November 24, 2014

Stepping out of the shadows

It is rare that a single bilateral invitation conveys as much as Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to U.S. President Obama to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade does. To begin with, the... »
November 22, 2014

Unprecedented indictment

The good thing about the tenure of Ranjit Sinha as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation is that it is drawing to a close in the next few days. And when he exits the country’s premier ag... »
November 21, 2014

Diplomacy wins the day

The unconditional release by Sri Lanka of five fishermen sentenced to death by a court in that country on charges of drug smuggling is a welcome development. Sri Lanka must be commended for taking... »
November 20, 2014

Arms and the godman

Some godmen and religious cult leaders often have an exaggerated sense of their own importance: they sometimes end up believing what they tell their fanatic followers. In evading arrest for days t... »
November 19, 2014

New clarity to ties with Australia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia was long overdue, coming 28 years after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi travelled to the continent. While the invitation to Brisbane for the G-20 summ... »
November 18, 2014

Trade facilitation on track

The deal between India and the U.S. on the contentious issue of public stockholdings of foodgrains for security should put the global trade negotiations back on track. The bilateral compromise pro... »
November 17, 2014

Ridding IPL of its taint

The Supreme Court’s disclosure of four names among those investigated by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee marks another step in the excruciating process of cleaning up Indian cricket. The fact t... »