Scrutators

Such has been the disastrous pollution in Delhi and its environs in recent days. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal , driven to desperation, announced  that schools in the city would be closed temporarily to prevent serious damage to the health...

Scrutators

Bangalore was India’s pride, Bangaluru, as the city is now called, is India’s shame. The orgy of violence witnessed last week, of blazing buses and buildings will be etched in the public memory for decades, a benchmark of horror never to be...

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, missile scientist and President extraordinary of India (2002-07) was a rare combination of doer and talker, a karma yogi, who drew his last breath, aged 83, while addressing a rapt, youthful audience in Shillong...

The Monsoon rains, mercifully, have been sufficiently adequate so far, raising hopes that its continuation will spur agricultural growth and strengthen the Indian economy. The forthcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, alas, held out few such...

The much touted India-Pakistan breakthrough of a week ago, it now appears, was no more than a one night stand. There has been firing on the Jammu & Kashmir border, with Pakistani claims to have shot down an Indian drone aircraft which, says...

The prize fight between Aam Admi leader and Delhi Chief Minister,  Arvind Kejriwal,  and the two rivals for his throne, Prashant Bhusan and Yogendra  Yadav, ended in a victory for Kejriwal, if only on points. It was scarcely a riveting contest,...

The keenly awaited Insurance bill – one of the most important in the government’s economic reforms agenda – has been passed by the Rajya Sabha [the Upper House of Parliament] and thus becomes law.

The government at the centre is caught in a coalition bind in Jammu and Kashmir, where it recently struck a deal with the Valley-based People’s Democratic Front (PDF) led by Mufti Mohammed Sayid. With Sayid carrying the Valley in the State Assembly...

The last few days have been truly terrible. The gruesome murders of innocent French people in a jihadi attack in the offices the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine, in Paris, is a further reminder of the combustible world in which we live. Those...

Minority communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh seeking refuge in India are to be granted five-year visas instead of the one-year visa that is currently the norm. This is a welcome decision, long overdue in the light of their precarious...

Going into 2015, the good news is that India’s birth rate has declined dramatically over the past two decades and more, in part due to rising female literacy, according to a new report called the Sample Registration Survey, published on 23 December...



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