Why NRC is necessary to curb illegal migrants

Sunil Gupta Preparation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the final draft of which was released on 30 July 2018, was not a suo motu exercise undertaken by the Government of India. Its origins date back to…

At the crossroads: on mob violence

Shiv Visvanathan This is about footage and photographs of 2 events, like two strips of memory; cuttings from everydayness. One of them, from Hapur in Uttar Pradesh in June, shows a vigilante group hunting for alleged cow slaughterers and smugglers.…

Why Modi is more Indira than Nehru?

Shekhar Gupta Unrelated coincidences have brought 2 past titans of Indian politics back in the debate: Indira Gandhi, because of the Emergency anniversary, and Jawahar Lal Nehru after former Congress Minister Saifuddin Soz’s claim that he saved Kashmir for India…

Lifting the driving ban wasn’t only about women’s rights

Martin Hvidt After years of campaigning by women activists, on June 25 the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was lifted. It is the most visible of a bundle of recent initiatives taken by the Saudi king and the…

Deep Conundrum

Rakesh Kumar Sajjan Chaurasia, a resident of Jahangir Puri and a paan-seller by profession, considered himself lucky when his affliction of Tuberculosis was detected at an early stage. He was put on treatment and his health recovered. He resumed his…

Where women are without fear

Zakia Soman A recent survey by Thomson Reuters Foundation found that India is the most dangerous country for women. In this poll, India ranks below Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Saudi Arabia on the 6 issues surveyed. These were healthcare, access…

The Unwanted Makeover of India’s Higher Education

Nandini Sundar The destruction of Nalanda University in 1193 is something that the Hindutva Right likes to talk about. But an equally consequential destruction of India’s university system is now underway. First, the government announced a new Higher Education Commission…

Unsafe for Women?

Devendra Saksena A newspaper article about the recent survey commissioned by Thomson Reuters Foundation, which had ranked India as the most dangerous place on earth for women, has deeply offended Indian sensibilities. The Women & Child Ministry have questioned the…

To be an environmental world power

Kanak Mani Dixit Ecological ruin is on a gallop across South Asia, with life and livelihood of nearly a quarter of the world’s population affected. Yet, our polities are able to neither fathom nor address the degradation. The distress is…

Between a doctor and a patient

Atanu Biswas A doctor in the 4th century BC was facing a tribunal in ancient Athens. The allegations against the doctor were quite serious, of illegal and abusive relationships with the women of Athens while treating them. To prove innocence,…