Wars without winners

Contrary to the view that extremism thrives when America is absent, empirical facts indicate that the opposite is truer. And each of the countries at the centre of global concerns over extremism is in fact one that has seen direct or indirect western intervention, not western absence In her autobiographical

Hind Swaraj vs Hindu Rashtra

Hindutva is a historic and possibly doomed attempt to change everything about Hinduism that makes it what it is — its ability to accommodate mind-boggling diversity, its avoidance of strict definitions and boundaries, its amorphous, heterogeneous, tolerant and fluid character The 2014 national election, resulting in a decisive victory for

Continuing with the spoils system

In the country’s multi-party polity, the role of Governors under the Constitution has been a sensitive aspect of Centre-State relations. Given that some Governors have in the past played a partisan role during moments of political instability, and some have been accused of using Raj Bhavans for political ends, the

60 villages come under waste management project

These Gurgaon villages will see enhanced wastewater treatment capacity Sixty villages from Gurgaon district have been short-listed for the implementation of Solid and Liquid Waste Management Project under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) for the current financial year. The project will help in segregation of solid waste and considerably enhance

Dams without responsibility

Uttarakhand has to ensure that the quest for hydropower cannot come without a responsibility to preserve a region that is limping back to life. The devastation in Uttarakhand had already happened much before the cataclysmic events of June 2013. The unprecedented rainfall and floods and loss of life drew attention

The good is in the detail

The national discourse is so superficial that it only talks of foreign direct investment, investment allowance, tax sops and the like which are just about a twentieth to a sixth of the national economy. It did not even notice paragraph 102 in the Union budget speech which is about half

Nagoya Protocol: landmark treaty on genetic resources to enter into force in October

With the required quorum of 51 nations ratifying the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization  will come into force from October 12 this year. The move will give legal backing and transparency to both providers

Explained: What is the UPSC controversy

Following protests by civil services aspirants who have been demanding the scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) calling it discriminatory against Humanities students and those with Hindi background, the Centre Tuesday asked the UPSC to postpone the preliminary examination slated for August 24. What is the controversy? * At the