The Naga’s right to know

The contents of the Framework Agreement must be revealed to end speculation and suspicion Monalisa Changkija Most Indians are unaware of the history, politics, cultures and economics of the Northeast ~ and most probably, couldn’t care less. Still, the nation…

The female principle

Hima Bindu Kota With the right support, women are developing a new set of skills and are on the way to contribute to nation-building economically, politically, socially and culturally Emerging economies with wide gender gaps and unequal access to education,…

Towards creation of gentlemen farmers

Samit Kar Recently, the Prime Minister iterated his Government’s commitment to double the income of Indian farmers at a National Conference held in New Delhi. Modi stressed on the imperative to implement a 4-pronged strategy encompassing (i) reduction in cultivation…

A judicial conundrum

VK Bahuguna The petition to impeach/remove the CJI has rightly been rejected by the Vice President. The judiciary is the last refuge for justice for the citizens of the country; it must be protected The Indian judiciary is facing its…

An act of unlearning

Shiv Visvanathan Moments of crisis often create moments for rethinking, when the basic concepts and institutions we employ are subject to critical scrutiny. Such a crisis haunts the idea of the nation state, the vision of democracy and, at another…

Why this culture of impunity

Patricia Mukhim Humans evolved from the primitive stage of, ‘might is right’ to the worship of nature, of gods and goddesses and then to the stage where they subjugated themselves before kings and rulers. In England kings were believed to…

Caste-blind justice

Anisha George In November 1995, while dismissing Bhanwari Devi’s plea for justice, the District Sessions Judge remarked that the upper-caste men (the 5 accused included a Brahmin and the rest Gujjars) could not have raped a Dalit woman at the…

Shaken to the core in Kathua

Zoya Hasan & Farida Abdulla Khan The tragic and gruesome rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu, with a blatantly communal agenda (as suggested by the details that have come to light in the charge sheet filed…

Farmer in Focus

Jaydev Jana The long-term dynamics of development and historical experience of other countries indicate that as an economy grows the share of agriculture in GDP and employment goes down. As far back as 1918, BR Ambedkar had warned of the…

Kathua’s inconvenient truths

Abhinav Kumar A little over six years ago, India had erupted in a howl of rage and anguish over the December 16 rape case. To assuage public sentiment, we ended up with tighter rape laws. Even then, I recall sounding…