Russia's memorandum of co-operation to supply radar systems to Pakistan seems to have nudged India into standing up to the US
By: K.P. Nayar When Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi stand together at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday afternoon to witness the signing of several bilateral agreements, the elephant in the room will be Pakistan. In an atmosphere of bonhomie, partly contrived out of necessity on both sides, but mostly […]
Policymakers need to ask why programmes for farmers do not reach them.
By: Yoginder K. Alagh Two policy issues remain a flea in my ear and I keep reiterating them in my column. The first is: Does the money we aim to spend on farmers reach the intended beneficiaries? Alternately, do markets give them advantages on their harvest? The second is: Does the money we spend on […]
The arrogance that US President Donald Trump demonstrated during the UN General Assembly session last week underscores the need for a new global order where one power isn’t able to dictate to the rest of the world. This isn’t the first time that Trump has belittled globalism and undermined international institutions that have attempted to […]
Their marginalisation affects the health of tribal communities.
BY: Shah Alam Khan A report in The Indian Express (‘Health to poverty: Tribals scrape bottom of barrel’, IE, September 15) drew our attention to the findings of an Expert Committee on Tribal Health appointed five years ago by the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare and Tribal Development. The report revealed that tribal communities […]
DEAR SHOIB, PLEASE COME BACK! As I am writing this letter, my fingers are trembling and your face comes before my eyes once and again. The moment I saw your picture on face book holding an AK47 rifle in your tender hands, I was shocked and tears rolled down from my eyes. You can survive […]
The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Satya Pal Malik, has made certain revelations which resonate with the reality with regard to his understanding of present situation in Kashmir and with no visible takers for these revelations. These vital disclosures continue to exist in a vacuum and this situation raises the following question: If a politically […]
BY: Ananya Vajpeyi Truth, Satya, was the central axis of the Gandhian system of thought and practice. For Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, everything turned on Truth — satyagraha, swaraj, ahimsa, ashram, brahmacharya, yajna, charkha, khadi, and finally, moksha itself. In a fine introduction to a new critical edition of the Mahatma’s An Autobiography or The Story […]
The Supreme Court trial of the five activists.
By: KAMAL CHENOY It was clear to most activists that the Supreme Court, as it was constituted, would reject the case of five activists, accused of espousing Maoist causes, arguably linked to Maoist forces. Despite Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who from the beginning questioned the Pune police, and criticised them for showing all their documents to […]
The smarter we are, the more likely we are to re-affirm our political biases.
By: Sreejith Sugunan As part of the Cultural Cognition Project, which aims to study how individuals with preconceived group identities perceive their risk in society, law professor and psychologist Dan Kahan found that people generally engage in “identity protective cognition”. Kahan used this term to refer to our tendency to “selectively credit and discredit evidence” […]
The benefits being projected in Aadhaar’s name are not backed by the data
By: Reetika Khera The first death anniversary of Santoshi Kumar, a Dalit girl from Simdega, Jharkhand, was this week. She died of hunger, at the age of 11, a few weeks after her family’s ration card was cancelled by the State government because they failed to link it to Aadhaar. The Aadhaar judgment of September […]