The seething state

Pratap Bhanu Mehta The controversy in Assam over amendments to the Citizenship Bill 2016 may not make national headlines. But it has the potential of becoming a perfect storm in the near future. The BJP’s own ally, the AGP, several…

Government is stalling science in India

Bikash Sinha Former President APJ Abdul Kalam once said, “Politicians spend half their time on politics and the rest of the time on development.” That perception no longer holds good: more time is spent on politics and less on development.…

Disoriented education

Saumitra Mohan There was a time when the Indian students pursued education to learn skills and acquire knowledge. The pursuit of learning then was not about cramming by rote, but was directed towards the acquisition of wisdom and thus to…

Ghettoes of the mind

Making several mistakes at once Mukul Kesavan In India, the words Muslim and ghetto seem to go together. The word ‘ghetto’ comes from medieval Venice where it was used to describe the quarter of the city where Jews were required…

Unending ordeal of children

Harun Yahya All over the world, kids pay a heavy price when adults make irresponsible choices. As long as there is the will to help, there is virtually no limit to what can be done Certainly, the world doesn’t have a…

AFSPA ~ long past its expiry date

Monalisa Changkija Over a week ago, the Centre revoked the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and restricted it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh. The question is: should the Act have been imposed in Meghalaya in…

Unending Politics Of Portraits

Deepak Sinha Whatever be MA Jinnah’s connection with Aligarh Muslim University, penniless refugees who came to India post-Partition deserve better than to once again be faced with religious zealots who are keen on putting Jinnah on a pedestal that he…

Twenty years ago the earth shook and India became a nuclear power

Manvendra Singh The signs were there early enough in the day, but I was poor at reading signals. A Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission never has to go to office on a government holiday, but here was Father, Jaswant…

Jinnah today, Nehru tomorrow

Jawed Naqvi You could have spotted, as I did, Mohammad Ali Jinnah in an official portrait at the Indian Muslim League’s headquarters in Kerala in the 1990s. I’m not sure if the picture is still around after the party split…

India must focus on making universal health coverage a reality

Srinath Reddy At the 2012 World Health Assembly, the then director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, declared that universal health coverage (UHC) is the most powerful concept that public health has to offer. A year later,…