Low-carb diets could shorten life, study suggests

Alex Therrien A low-carb diet could shorten life expectancy by up to four years, a study suggests. Low-carb diets, such as Atkins, have become increasingly popular for weight loss and have shown promise for lowering the risk of some illnesses.…

Recalling Radcliffe’s division of India

R.K Kaushik It was the worst tragedy in the history of India. The impact was everlasting and would be melancholically endured by generations of Indians and Pakistanis. On the one hand, the nation was gleefully celebrating Independence Day and on…

Address to the nation by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on the eve of India’s 72nd Independence Day

Dear Fellow Citizens My greetings to you as we complete 71 years as an independent nation. Tomorrow we will commemorate our 72ndIndependence Day. For every Indian, whether living at home or anywhere else in the world, August 15 is sacred.…

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…