COMMENTARY

Mining Policy: A Few Burning Questions

Consider the questions listed below concerning some of the key aspects of mining policy, and reflect on the possible answers from among the options suggested: 1. Who has the right over the mineral wealth of the nations?

Punitive Purges of Student Activists

The public lynching of Prof. Sabharwal on an Ujjain campus is the symbol of ‘student politics’ at its worst – and it is this image that University authorities evoke as justification for punitive strikes and purges of student leaders. But recent

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Corruption in Kerala CPI(M) – Is it an Aberration?

A corruption scandal is rocking the CPI(M) in Kerala. The CPI(M)’s Malayalam organ Deshabhimani has accepted two crores of rupees out of total 3.2 crores, popularly known as “bonds”, from a lottery tycoon, S Martin who is accused

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1857: Some Reflections

We are in the 150th anniversary year of 1857. The debate over how to characterize it continues, though its aspects have changed. Earlier the dominant debate was over whether or not 1857 had a national character. However, the debate has transcended Mutiny

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Woman President Equals Women’s Empowerment?

A World Economic Survey ear lier this year placed India ahead of many western countries in terms of women’s political empowerment. The basis for the Survey’s optimism was the fact that India had seen a female premier, while

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Conscience and Cross-Voting in the Presidential Polls

Much as anticipated, the UPA nominee Pratibha Patil has made it to Raisina Hill. She polled nearly twice the number of votes as her NDA rival Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. In addition to the votes of the UPA constituents and the

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Manusmriti Prevails in Mayawati’s Sarvajan Raj

‘He is fulfilling his jatigat kartavya (caste obligation).’ – that’s what the President of the BSP Pratapgarh Unit said when asked about the local Brahmin BSP MLA who had harboured (in his own home) the killer of a Dalit college

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Gogoi Government Condoning Killings in Karbi Anglong?

Within a fortnight, more than twenty five persons have been killed in Karbi Anglong and an almost equal number injured in separate incidences committed reportedly by armed groups. There seem to be a clear design in choosing mainly Hindi speaking

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Double Standards of Justice: Srikrishna Commission and the Bombay Riots

(A TADA Court has meted out a dozen death sentences and other harsh sentences to those indicted in the 1993 Bombay blasts. What justice for those guilty of the communal carnage that preceded the blasts? Gautam Navlakha examines this issue with

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123 Agreement: Modern-day Document of Slavery

On August 13, the Manmohan Government reiterated its old statement on the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal - statement aimed at nothing but misleading the Parliament and the people. The Prime Minister uttered not a single word on the Henry J Hyde

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Opposing US Designs on South Asia — Is the Best Way to Tackle Terrorism

There is a growing clamour among US policy-makers these days for a stronger American role in South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. The latest US National Intelligence Estimate report released in July 2007 talks of an Al Qaeda safe

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Crackdown on Journalists: Contempt for Judicial Ethics and Accountability

It is now an established fact that sealing in Delhi has very little to do with planning, unauthorised structures or even efficient retailing. Sealing turns out to have been nothing but a real estate scam, clearing the shops to pave

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