A Letter to Justice Bela Trivedi from an ‘Untouchable’ Ex-colleague
‘The facts you are aware of are based on the echo chambers in which judges who are mainly from privileged castes/communities interact with each other. They are also based on the defensive silence of…
Indian Democracy’s Paradoxical Moment
Even as Indian democracy has deepened, democratic norms and the representative character of its politics have declined. Is this set to be the new equilibrium?
Semiconductor War that is Shaping the World
An ongoing war over semiconductors has the US and China jockeying for prime position. 'Chip War' pulls off the formidable task of getting readers to understand both the science of…
How ‘Sons of Soil’ Laws Hamper Economic Development
States have resorted to anti-migrant legislation to paper over failures to create adequate and quality jobs. These policies neither work nor aid development.
India at 75
The Journey since 1947-V: Hockey in India’s Blood
Indian hockey’s golden age coincided with the first decades of a young nation, creating larger-than-life men, a whirling galaxy of giants. Through the ups and downs in India’s global standing in the…
Global Hunger Index: Misplaced Debate and Ignoring Priorities
The annual public debate over the poorly constructed Global Hunger Index is all hot air; in the process the critical issue of child undernutrition in India, where authentic data is available showing…
Ela Bhatt: In Memoriam
Ela Bhatt, committed to improving the well-being of self-employed women, was one of those rare people who, in their lifetime, saw more than one law travel from the drafting board to its…
There are no Quick-fixes to Making Indian Cities Liveable
The September 2022 flooding of Bengaluru revealed all that was wrong with urban planning and its (non) implementation in Indian cities. But there are no readymade solutions; we need to evolve…
Anjali Karol Mohan
Migrants and Minorities in Ceylon: Lessons for the Present
Sri Lankan politics bears the mark of a century of anti-Tamil policies. A majoritarian outlook has helped Sinhalese groups gain power, grow corrupt and weaken democracy.
Ritesh Kumar Jaiswal
Why Policies Fail: An Institutional Perspective
India’s unsatisfactory public services are embedded in the very structure and functioning of an outdated field administration. Centralisation, a fragmented administrative structure, inadequate…
Supreme Court’s Expansion of Abortion Rights
The recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights is a significant one for it looks at the law through the lens of women’s rights and autonomy, and expands access to services for medical termination…
Bad loan problems at state-run banks have so far been resolved through massive taxpayer-funded bailouts. There must be a revaluation of a broken credit culture that virtually protects big borrowers.