Unemployment, really

Mahesh Vyas First, I thank Surjit Bhalla for pointing an error in my comparison of CMIE’s Consumer Pyramids Household Survey (CPHS) estimates of labour market statistics with those from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) surveys. However, even after using the data he presents, it is easy to see that the fall in female labour […]

A river called Gandhi

Huta Raval My 10-year-old granddaughter Hrida innocently asks me: “Why was Gandhiji killed?” I have no answer. I have never seen Gandhi, but have seen the urn containing his ashes. His bones are still alive. Gandhi did not have a 56-inch chest. Gandhiji is not a mere statistic of history but an experience, a realisation. […]

Modi’s security strategy

In the last lap of the Narendra Modi sarkar before the 2019 general elections, the government is effecting a major revamp of the national security architecture. Over the past few months, the government has constituted the Defence Planning Committee (DPC), increased the budget for the National Security Council secretariat, and reconstituted the Strategic Policy Group […]

After losing Kashmir, PDP loses Jammu too

After losing Kashmir, PDP loses Jammu too

Vikramaditya Singh, the elder son of former sadr-e-riyast Dr Karan Singh has formally joined the Congress party, nearly one year after quitting the Peoples Democratic Party. Vikramaditya Singh, who was considered to be the face of the PDP in Jammu region had said goodbye to the party last year after he was “ignored” by the […]

What is behind the plight of Iraqi women?

Zaid al-Ali Women are bearing the brunt of Iraq’s disastrous modern history. Despite early advances in women’s rights, including the fact that Iraq was the first country in the Arab world to have a woman serve as cabinet minister back in 1959, and that Iraqi women have been allowed to train as doctors for almost […]

The force of a dissenting verdict

Flavia Agnes There have been times in history when dissenting verdicts have not only pointed to the failure of a majority ruling to protect the fundamental rights of citizens but over time, the principles upheld by minority rulings have moved on to become the law of the land. The much-acclaimed minority view upholding the citizen’s […]

Governor’s plain talk

Governor’s plain talk

Former spokesman of National Conference Junaid Azim Mattu is in news again. Governor Satya Pal Malik has stirred the hornet’s nest by stating that Srinagar would get a foreign educated Mayor. He didn’t name Mattu but everyone knows that he is the only foreign returned candidate contesting municipal polls in Srinagar. Mattu tried to distance […]

Farewell to South Asia

C. Raja Mohan Two recent developments on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly suggest that “South Asia” as a political construct, at least the one built from top down, may have had its moment. Perhaps it’s time India moved on. According to reports, three of the eight South Asian foreign ministers left the […]

MeToo is a game-changer that can realign the scales of power

  Bhavdeep Kang Some five years ago, Union minister M.J. Akbar dodged a bullet. The Delhi police headquarters had received a complaint from a woman claiming to be his personal assistant and alleging multiple instances of sexual assault. The special police commissioner directed that the woman’s statement be recorded before a magistrate, but the very […]

PDP floating new ideas

PDP floating new ideas

Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday held a meeting to discuss the future strategy to rejuvenate the party at grass root level. But the question is would these meetings revive the party? Since the day municipal and panchayat polls have been announced in the state, the PDP has curtailed its political activities in the state. It […]