Wild rumours, lynchings and India's missing children

Rumours of child abduction spread over social networking sites are getting innocent people killed in different parts of rural India, creating serious law and order problems for police and raising questions over the effectiveness of law-enforcement machinery in India’s vast hinterland.

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Towards 2019: Can opposition combine take on BJP?

Since the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prospects do not seem to be as bright as it was even a year ago, its opponents are preparing to take on the ruling party at the centre with much greater confidence, as evidenced even in the latest round of byelections where the opposition scored more victories than the BJP.   

Modi’s Foreign Policy: Towards the Fifth Act

In a Shakespearean play, the first act is the exposition, introducing the characters and the setting and ending with the play’s significant piece of action.

US rights report critical of India

The US State Department's human rights report criticises India for violations by police and security forces while at the same time noting the “serious abuses” by separatist insurgents and terrorists. "The most significant human rights issues included police and security force abuses, such as extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, rape, harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, and lengthy pretrial detention,” the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 released in Washington on Friday said.

Tainted hands: Can any political party assure safety for the little girls?

The chilling fact is that every political party in India has taken advantage of the inherent fault lines in our society to garner votes and consolidate support based on caste, communal and class lines,  writes Rashmi Saksena

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,


IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...