Popular recollections of better, gentler time are not unique to the post-socialist experience, but here they suggest the Soviet everyday is just as redeemable as Soviet heroism.
Granting autonomy to colleges will ensure that the public good that is higher education, will become a private business.
Will Hindutva erase the eclectic, liberal and uninhibited legacy of Hinduism?
The highly publicised treatment in a Mumbai hospital of an Egyptian woman with a rare disorder that caused her to gain weight raises ethical issues for the medical profession, and the media.
With each new domestic crisis, the civilian government’s political space keeps shrinking.
BJP leaders in Saharanpur and Agra are pleased to have managed the transfer of two SSPs who booked Sangh leaders and activists for rioting.
As part of project Hindutva, Shome Basu documents how badly cows are treated and monetised despite being considered the holiest among all animals.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik says the current government is pushing a whole generation of Kashmiris towards armed struggle.
Facebook has a new, depressingly incompetent strategy for tackling fake news.
The success of the human milk bank started in Udaipur three years ago has now led the Rajasthan government to emulate such centres across the state.
The perverse obsession among Bengalis for old customs merely confirms the anxiety of their decadence.
The three year-long CBI investigation into Jatin Mehta’s Winsome Diamonds has finally come to an end. While there are a number of questions still remaining, will the guilty be punished?
Mahati Chittem, a medical psychologist, studies what happens to people emotionally, psychologically, behaviourally and physically when they fall ill.
As humans, we do care for each other. The challenge is: how do we apply it to more pressing problems of the world?
Every day, a half-complete well reminds Karbhari Jadhav of Ganori village in Aurangabad of his losses, all because he never received the approved funds for sinking the well.
While Trump has put in place a new culture of disruptive disagreement, institutional constraints and a vigorous media have combined to subject him to the rites of scrutiny and accountability.
There are many opportunities for the opposition, but the question is, are they up to it?
In conversation with The Wire, Dhirendra Jha talks about his book Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva.
Many people in Kashmir see the government ban on social media sites as a sign of the state’s weakness in the face of continuing protests.
Originally a financial tool used for social good, microfinance is now increasingly used to generate money.
The previously unreported figures will make uncomfortable reading for Prime Minister Modi who has ambitious plans for the modernisation of Indian railways.
The refusal of India’s telecom regulator to take action and Jio’s free data strategy has meant that the amount of money contributed towards the universal service obligation fund has dropped. Meanwhile, only urban teledensity keeps shooting up.
Researchers and farmer groups have lauded the KCR government’s proposals, but grass-roots level workers have questioned their sustainability, calling for a more holistic and eco-friendly approach instead.
There is no law prescribing reservation for general category candidates in public employment and therefore there’s no question of reserved category candidates being selected against “their seats”.
In an aggressive show of strength during its “Day of the Sun” celebration, North Korea presented a mock-up video of the country’s ballistic missiles destroying an American city.
Forcing taxpayers to enrol for Aadhaar violates not just the voluntary nature of the scheme but also the constitutional guarantee against discrimination between different classes of people, argued Shyam Divan in the Supreme Court.
Even as the Pakistani opposition frets about the sudden visit of an Indian businessman, the military ups its hand by releasing the ‘confession’ of an ‘Indian-backed’ terrorist.
The PDP-BJP government has banned 22 social media platforms, claiming that continued instability in the Valley forced the government to take the harsh measure.
The Centre had asked the apex court to recall its order saying that the judgment had hampered the army’s ability to respond to insurgent and terrorist situations.
Disability activists insist the move will lead to further exclusion of those with disabilities.
Glen Ford of the ‘Black Agenda Report’, and a distinguished radio-show host and commentator, says Trump is trying to “normalise” his presidency by doing what US intelligence services want.
India’s drug controller is allowing Abbott’s coronary stent, Absorb BVS, to start fresh clinical trials, though it has been red-flagged by the US and Australia.
Preparing for the 2018 elections, the Bhutan government has given in to internal opposition to the BBIN agreement.
While the rapid expansion of the card game will likely raise some eyebrows, judicial precedents and international research show that poker is kosher.
The government is not releasing pensions for people who have failed to submit their Aadhaar number to the bank. This is not only a violation of Supreme Court orders but also an infringement of the fundamental right to life.
The long-held view that women need protection from the outside world, where their respectability is endangered is changing, as women take on greater responsibilities and activities.
Nepal is at a crossroads. An immediate political settlement with the Madhesi parties will help the country avoid widespread electoral violence, the possibility of foreign powers calling the shots and the eventual failure of the constitution.
Although the state’s overall scenario needs improvement, some interventions have helped bring a social transformation in parts of rural Rajasthan society.
Should France apologise for committing war-time atrocities?
Most technocratic interventions introduced in MGNREGA appear to be designed to aid administrators rather than for actually helping workers.