Arbitrary custody by the police is not unknown in India, but a recent decision gives hope to those who get picked up by the police
The one month given to the JPC is not even enough for its members to consult their individual constituencies, let alone farmers across the country, the Left-backed grouping says.
As the rains hit the west coast, from Kerala to Mumbai, a look at some iconic Hindi film songs over the years
New Delhi: In the securitised narrative that drives most media coverage of Jammu and Kashmir, the state is a place of big battles, battalions and borders, of boys fighting with their toys. However, the parallel struggles waged by civilians, particularly women, never receives attention in ‘hard politics’ reportage. Even the women’s […]
‘Has there ever been a more dignified and lauded end to a national newspaper editing career?’ asks Dominic Ponsford at the beginning of his fascinating interview with Alan Rusbridger, the highly respected and much loved Guardian editor who stepped down on May 29 after 20 years at the helm of […]
Ten must-reads from the past week on The Wire
The struggles for women’s empowerment and improving sanitation are both harmed by using patriarchal messages to encourage construction of toilets.
New Delhi: Ever since power distribution was privatised in Delhi in 2002, peak power demand has more than doubled from around 3,000 MW to around 6,000 MW. The surge, helped by a steady rise in the city’s population, the increasing affluence of its residents – who now command the highest average […]
Regulatory shortcomings, tunnel vision and the slowly turning wheels of government machinery all come together to help keep up our uncertainty about if some foods are safe – even when there’s no need to be uncertain
Modi announced a $2 billion line of credit for Bangladesh as Dhaka pushed for Indian investment in two special zones so as to balance the economic relationship that is heavily skewed in favour of India at present.
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin are to unveil previously unheard tracks recorded with Indian musicians during a visit to Mumbai more than four decades ago
1. Industrial toxins behind Maggi’s lead content? The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has alleged that high lead content in the soil being used to grow the onions used in making the Maggi ‘tastemaker’ may be behind the high lead content in the product. FSSAI chief […]
CLAT is an exam in which even 2-3 marks gained or lost can see one’s rank change by 50-100 positions, but it also has a paper that’s riddled with mistakes of its own
Zoya Akhtar has made three feature films and one short so far, and yet you will be hard pressed to find a clear-cut narrative in her filmography
The FBI has cracked down on corruption in world football. When will it arrest the powerful American individuals known to be involved in crimes like financial fraud, market manipulation and torture?
The United States is a year and a half away from an actual vote for the next US president but the field of contenders is already so crowded you need a map to navigate the faces
The delay in justice for the Hashimpura case has not gone down well with the intelligentsia and legal community
Opinion poll shows continuing public support for ruling TDP-BJP combine but Chandrababu Naidu may come under pressure because of ‘cash for votes’ scandal.
1. We nod, you talk, govt tells UGC UGC chairperson Ved Prakash was reprimanded by the HRD ministry for speaking out against the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) before Parliament’s standing committee on May 26. Prakash had criticised the flagship programme in which state governments playing “middlemen” interfered […]
Care must be taken with estimating how India’s heatwave will behave since it will be based upon very few rare events in the observational record
The government should muster the courage to do away with AFSPA in the state and also declare an end to its policy of encouraging talks with new militant groups.
Over 279,000 Indians applied for a green card in the US between 2005 and 2015
The signature scheme is marred by ill-conceived projects and confusing directions. Urban bodies across India would do well to stay away from the Smart City initiative for now.
With the improvements to the land and ocean data sets and the addition of two more years of data, NCEI scientists found that there has been no hiatus in the global rate of warming
Those with power and influence, like the Vice-chancellors of many Indian universities, still tend to get away with plagiarism
The idea that India can afford to ignore Pakistan is based on the wrong assumption that its economy and regional clout are declining.
Beijing: China has virtually rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal to clarify positions on the Line of Actual Control and said it prefers an agreement with India on a Code of Conduct to maintain peace along the border. Outlining China’s first public reaction to PM’s proposal, Deputy Director General […]
Thursday’s killing of 17 army men in Manipur, most likely by the Khaplang-led ‘United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia’, and the June 2 death of a woman activist in army firing, underline the government’s inabilty to deal with civil strife.
Barely a day after the resignation of Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA, the United States made it known that it was now actively examining how world football’s governing body awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar respectively, a United States regulation […]
New Delhi: Twenty soldiers were killed and 11 others injured when their convoy was ambushed by members of an insurgent group in Chandel District in Manipur on Thursday morning. The soldiers killed were from a team of the 6 Dogra Regiment that was on a Road Opening Patrol (ROP), as part of […]
1. The gallows of Wall Street Delhi boy Sarvshreshth Gupta’s parents sent him to the University of Pennsylvania as one of the 100,000 plus Indian students in US campuses chasing the ‘American Dream’. He did well for himself, earning the post of an analyst at Goldman Sachs in 2014, […]
We don’t want Parrikar the wit. We want a serious-minded defence minister.
If a community qualifies as a Scheduled Tribe, it ought to be recognised by the Tribal Affairs ministry in the normal course; not as a point to settle with a group of gun-wielding youth
One year after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the political mood in the two states couldn’t be more different.
It was on June 5, 1981, that the first reports of AIDS started appearing in medical journals
The first time Amitav Ghosh and Shivshankar Menon shared a platform was when they wrote pieces for the launch of The Wire. On Wednesday, they came together to discuss Ghosh’s Flood of Fire before a packed audience in Delhi.
Many artists have now incorporated moving images in their works in one way or another. None of these go to the CBFC for certification.
It is to the NDA government’s credit that a new consensus has been forged withing India on its relations with Bangladesh, even though Manmohan Singh’s team did all the heavy lifting in settling the difficult bilateral issues.
David Mumford, professor emeritus at Harvard University and a winner of the Fields Medal, has written to the Director of IIT-Madras expressing his shock at the de-recognition of APSC
One day after India condemned Pakistan for its “forcible and illegal occupation” of Gilgit Baltistan, General Raheel Sharif has leapt into the ongoing verbal duel between the two countries.