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Restoring the balance..

19.12.18

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s three-day visit to India this week seems to have brought a tumultuous phase in India-Maldives ties to a close. This is Mr. Solih’s first overseas visit after becoming the President of the Indian Ocean nation of...

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Hot air at Katowice..

19.12.18

“Until you start focussing on what needs to be done, rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope,” said Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old activist from Sweden who shook the United Nations gathering at Katowice, Poland, with her plain speaking....

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Why Brexit remains problematic as ever..

17.12.18

IN A SERIES of developments last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a Parliament vote on her Brexit deal with the European Union, survived a vote of no-confidence from members of her own Conservative Party, and then hit a stumbling block when EU leaders...

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By extension: NRC for Tripura..

15.10.18

Just three months after the final draft of the National Register of Citizens for Assam was released, the Supreme Court has tagged a petition seeking a similar process for Tripura. The petition now tagged to the Assam case was heard by a bench headed by the Chief...

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The Health Transition..

13.10.18

In the last week of September, India’s health ministry received the prestigious UN Inter-Agency Task Force Award for “outstanding contribution to the achievement of NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) related SDG targets”................ ...

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10-Oct-The-right-to-mental-health..

11.10.18

The term “mental health” has become a euphemism for “mental illness”. This is in stark contrast to what it should be, for mental health is the most valued asset we have, the most treasured aspect of our humanity........... ...

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9-Oct-The-1.5°C-challenge..

11.10.18

If there is one message from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it’s this: Checking global warming will require major changes in the Paris Climate Pact’s targets............ ...

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Oldest friends: India and Russia..

11.10.18

India-Russia summits have traditionally been short on time and ceremony and big on productivity. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 22-hour visit to Delhi last week was no exception............ ...

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Focus on inflation — on RBI interest rate..

11.10.18

The Reserve Bank of India pulled a surprise on the markets on Friday by keeping its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 6.5%. ...

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Fields of concern — on MSP for kharif crops..

Oct 18-06

Within months of announcing generous hikes in the minimum support price (MSP) for several crops in the kharif summer season, the NDA government on Wednesday approved an increase in the MSP offered for rabi crops.............. ...

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In harmony with Mother Nature..

Oct 18-06

Yesterday, the United Nations honoured me with the Champions of the Earth Award. While I was extremely humbled at receiving this honour, I do feel that this award is not for an individual. Instead, it is recognition of the Indian culture and values, which have...

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