Editorials

Smoking e-cigarettes is more injurious to health

The government’s ban proposal needs to be welcomed The Narendra Modi government’s proposal to ban e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) needs to be welcomed as such a move will ensure that Indians, especially, children, are kept away from these pernicious products. Such a ban has also been …

Read More »

A misleading presentation of a labour programme

The Economic Survey presents an unbalanced view of the technical interventions in MGNREGA A chapter in the recent Economic Survey on the “transformational” impact of Aadhaar on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) merits scrutiny. It presents a skewed and unbalanced view of the programme’s technical interventions …

Read More »

What does it mean to oppose Brahmanism?

Anyone who adheres to the principles of the Indian Constitution is automatically anti-Brahmanical A few months ago, a chilling report appeared in Deccan Herald stating that in 2017, 210 cases of atrocities against Dalits occurred in the urban districts of Bengaluru and 106 in its rural districts. Likewise, Kerala reported …

Read More »

The judicial presumption of non-citizenship

In further strengthening the Foreigners Tribunal, the judiciary has failed to fulfil its duty as the last protector of rights On May 17, in a very short hearing, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court (the Chief Justie of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna) decided …

Read More »

2 men leave footprints on moon

Two men walked on the moon to-day [July 21]. They were U.S. astronauts, Neil Armstrong (38) and Edwin Aldrin (39), the first men to leave their footprints on the dusty, rocky surface of the moon where they landed in the Lunar Module Eagle at 1-47 a.m. (I.S.T.) to-day [July 21]. …

Read More »

A new beginning

The pact between the military and civilian protesters may help Sudan turn a democracy Sudan’s ruling military council and representatives of the pro-democracy movement have signed a power-sharing agreement, signalling that its disputed transition to civilian rule is on track. Ever since President Omar al-Bashir’s fall in April amid anti-regime …

Read More »

Sucking up surplus

SEBI needs financial autonomy to remain effective as the chief markets regulator The Centre’s decision to clip the wings of the Securities and Exchange Board of India has not gone down too well with its members. Yet, the Centre is refusing to budge. In a letter dated July 10, SEBI …

Read More »

An invasive and inefficient tool

Use of facial recognition technology in law enforcement can have disastrous consequences The Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) recently proposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs is geared towards modernising the police force, identifying criminals, and enhancing information sharing between police units across the country. The AFRS will use images …

Read More »

Pride and melancholy

To save the hard-won press freedoms, there is a need to form a vibrant covenant between journalism and citizens Commemorative columns can be an occasion to celebrate a body of work. They have a tone of pride and professional satisfaction. But, I reside in a borderless terrain between personal satisfaction …

Read More »

An ally, a partner and American unilateralism

There are major differences but also similarities in the U.S.’s response to Russia’s S-400 deals with Turkey and India The decision by the United States to terminate Turkey’s participation in the F-35 joint strike fighter project and its threat to impose economic sanctions on Ankara under Countering America’s Adversaries Through …

Read More »
Get Free Updates to Crack the Exam!
Subscribe to our Newsletter for free daily updates