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...

Killing forests for development is killing the future

Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | Avik Roy | in Oped

The dense forests of Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh should be preserved and not destroyed by wanton mining. Development does not mean disaster There is a saying: “When the last tree is cut, when the last river has been poisoned, when the last fish has been caught, then we will find...

The many virtues of volunteerism

Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | Avik Roy | in Oped

Volunteering has proved to be an effective method for the United Nations to reach out to people and places that are facing conflict. Volunteers have been relentlessly working across the world to promote social stability and economic progress On International Volunteers Day, observed on December 5, UN secretary General Ban...

New GM crops Bill promotes opacity, stifles debate

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | Avik Roy | in Oped

A proposed legislation to fast-track clearances for genetically modified crop cultivation in the country ignores the apprehensions of both farmers and environmental activists who believe the modified versions endanger health and prove disastrous for the cultivators The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill that seeks to give a single-window...

Organic farming crucial to soil health

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | Avik Roy | in Oped

Policy makers have to understand that the agricultural sector has to eventually move away from a chemical-based fertiliser regime and towards biomass usage. But for that to happen the Government has to offer incentives to farmers Experts have repeatedly warned that, with the rapid degradation of soil our food security...


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