Suffering in silence? Painful periods may be a sign of endometriosis

Anesha George & Anonna Dutt Rehana* consulted a gynaecologist for the first time in her life after her husband insisted that her listlessness, nausea and heavy bleeding were a sign of a serious illness. “From my first period at 14,…

The Aching Grace of Suffering (A Reflection for Good Friday)

Pain, sickness, accidents, death, and natural calamities are a part of daily life and they raise questions that cause people a great deal of personal anguish. The existence of suffering is an undeniable reality of life, and hardly anyone escapes…

Stemming the tide of agrarian distress

Seema Bathla & Ravi Kiran Similar to the last two Budgets, this year’s pro-agriculture intentions are palpable through increased outlays to the agricultural sector and initiation of various programmes. They seem impressive, but closer scrutiny shows that the measures may…

Staying ahead of the double helix

Sujatha Byravan The Delhi High Court recently ruled against discrimination in health insurance by United India Insurance Company involving a person with a heart condition which was perceived to be a genetic disorder. The Court held, “Discrimination in health insurance…

Digitising exams the way forward

Anupam Debashis Roy Bangladesh’s government is finally considering something that could really stop the question paper leak crisis. The Education Secretary has reportedly hinted at using tablet computers for taking tests. In this method, a question set will be prepared…

Solving The Biometric Riddle

Sanju Verma The Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar mirrors the hopes and aspirations of the people as without privacy the very notion of modern life is bleak In August 2017, the Supreme Court of India declared ‘Right to Privacy’ as…

To understand the Naga demand for separation from India, visit the small village of Benreu

Journalist and filmmaker Sanjoy Hazarika draws upon decades of work in India’s North-East for a new book on the region. The Indian Army came to the village on the high ridge of the Naga Hills after a brief mortar attack.…

Righting wrongs in land acquisition

Jairam Ramesh & Muhammad Khan In July 2011, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government embarked on an ambitious project to rewrite the law on land acquisition. How the Government acquired land from private parties had long been the subject of…

Balancing the costs and benefits of Aadhaar

Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus & Sandip Sukhtankar At its launch 9 years ago, Aadhaar was hailed by its proponents as a “game changer” for governance. Now, the Supreme Court (SC) is considering whether it should be “game over” for Aadhaar.…

Medium is the Message

Devendra Saksena We live in surreal times. Google and WhatsApp determine what we know, think or believe. Things have reached such ludicrous levels that many of us who have recently moved to a new location cannot reach their own home…