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Girl child isn't safe even inside schools

Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

Girls and boys need grow with confidence and comfort. Educational institutions have a role in promoting the culture of broad-mindedness How does your school or college celebrate Women's Day? Do they use it as a chance to say a special ‘thank you’ to the women in the institution? Why was...

Spin doctors are at work

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Desperate to in any way discredit the Gujarat Chief Minister, the Congress stops at nothing Whenever Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is feted by corporates, Western emissaries or business schools, his opponents rake up his alleged complicity in instigating the post-Godhra violence. Or fanciful surmises about BJP infighting over precedence and...

Modi and the fine art of political promotion

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The popular BJP leader has taken the Capital by storm. But, it remains to be seen if he can sustain the allure The media has all but crowned Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. Mr Modi too did not hide...

What is the value of an Indian passport?

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

If you are an Indian citizen, ask yourself how many countries require you get a visa before you can visit them. Compare this with the number of countries that will waive the visa requirement if you hold a US passport. India needs to do better if it wishes to command...

We talk of quality; now let’s grasp it

Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

The true judges ought to be the many stakeholders who make decisions that affect their learning and their lives. They put in their hard-earned money With near full enrollment reported in primary schools in India, the discourse has moved to retention and quality of education delivered. The two are obviously...

Yes to tolerance, no to Islamists

Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 | Mayuri Mukherjee | in Oped

President Pranab Mukherjee’s recent trip to Bangladesh came in the backdrop of the ongoing Shahbagh Square protests in Dhaka where people are demanding stringent punishment to the 1971 war criminals and a ban on fundamentalists. The visit is a message of support Given the present situation in Bangladesh where Islamists...

Sowing cancer in the grain bowl

Thursday, 06 Sep 2012 | Avik Roy | in Oped

In the lush fields of Punjab germinates a scary tale. Farmers there live in a disturbing cesspool of toxicity, as a result of excessive and unregulated use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers At 9.20pm every day, a passenger train leaves Bhatinda town for Bikaner in Rajasthan. Wrapped in blankets, a...

NaMo way to clean energy security

Thursday, 03 May 2012 | Avik Roy | in Oped

While others are busy talking, Modi has gone ahead and installed the world’s largest solar power plant Politicians are mouthing platitudes over the need to rescue the country from the severe power crunch that it faces, given that alarm bells have been sounded that coal-based thermal power plants are fast...

Ganga gets dirtier by the day as the Government dithers

Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | Avik Roy | in Oped

Revered by millions and integral to India’s civilisational history, Ganga has become a victim of poor management, bad policies and lack of will. The river is slowly dying The state of India’s main rivers reflects the callousness and ineptitude with which we approach the issue of managing our natural resources....

Beware the biotech Bill

Monday, 05 Mar 2012 | Avik Roy | in Oped

The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill threatens to side-step the legal framework available to the people to ensure transparent conduct of business Environmental activists are bracing for a confrontation with the Government over the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, which is likely to come up before Parliament during...


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