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State governments cannot make cities livable. They must give urban areas freedom to manage themselves. The concept of new cities that can be planned and built afresh is tempting, but new habitations take decades to settle. They cannot drive mass urbanisation.


Government has merely called to account those NGOs that have violated Indian law. Recently, the US warned India of the “potentially chilling effects” of regulatory steps taken by the NDA government against certain NGOs, on the ground that such “vocal civil society organisations” are important as watchdogs.


They are not thieves, robbers or pirates but desperate jobseekers ready to give service in exchange for something to live on. They have a right to livelihood in this wide world we call Mother Earth. The appellation of the 'earth mothering' us is perhaps no longer cited as affectionately as before by the abandoned.


Amidst the din over the land acquisition bill in Parliament, the farmer’s voice was missing.

Even though the U.S. does not practise what it preaches, its report on religious freedom in India should not be pooh-poohed as the Indian government has done.

Contributory social security schemes launched last week could be game changers.


The systems in cities are not geared to meet the challenges of increasing population, business activity and rising aspirations. And no road map to a solution is in sight.


Handlooms are the one area where India leads the world in skill, creativity and expertise. The Handloom Reservation Act must be strengthened, not repealed


Education has been reduced to the level of ‘teaching for testing’. The individual is completely lost. All that is visible are aggregates of a tiny part of the human capability, measured through tools of suspicious reliability


Over the past 10 years, we have seen a very corrupt Central government. State governments have not been far behind. The present Union government took over with a promise of “clean administration” and the tone at the Centre has changed in the past few months. The once venal ministries of the capital now look more business-like, efficient and clean. The first major decision in furtherance of the objective was taken recently, when the cabinet approved amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act.


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spotlight image A career diplomat, Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, is the first woman to be the island nation’s envoy to India. As Foreign Secretary, she was Sri Lanka’s top diplomat for 18 months before being posted to New Delhi.
India has accused the United Nations Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces “have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world.”
Close Canada-India collaboration in health and wellness is a journey that commenced in 2015 in Toronto, when the first major health summit was held, and ended in March 2017 in New Delhi.
With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under
The death of deputy superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith at the hands of a lynch mob highlights the dangers to the police in Kashmir today, whether from gun-wielding militants or locals disgruntled with the Indian State.
Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic.
The rapid rise of Mohammed bin Salman, from one among many princes in the al-Saud royal family to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia within a span of two years, is an unprecedented development in the history of the Kingdom.
A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.

Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599


  A former Indian civil servant, who is currently a professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, US spent long periods in distant villages and city slums of India. The result? A scholarly book that presen...


  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699


Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...


Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

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