• 2016-17: Record for rural roads, but under 50% of targeted habitations reached

    On May 22, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tweeted it had ratcheted the pace of rural road construction under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to 133 km a day over the three years to 2016-17, up from 69.35 km a day in 2013-14.However, compared with the Narendra Modi government's own per...

  • Superpower dreams and the road ahead

    By Kengal Shreepada RenuIndia has to retain its talent if it wants to become an economic powerhouse Since its creation, India's foreign policy was based on non-alignment in a bipolar world made up of the US and Soviet Union. But things changed at the turn of the century. The world became unipolar, ...

  • Why does hair have to be long?

    By Ponnu ElizabethWhen I was thirteen, my teacher told me that I should grow my hair long so that I could find a boy to marry. Though I couldn't make sense of that entirely, I supposed that long hair was considered a prerequisite for beauty and marriage. And, as a girl, my hair was always short, so...

  • Will the govt ever lead by example?

    By Wg Cdr GB Athri (retd)It is common knowledge that there are a set of standards laid down by the government, both central and state governments, for taking up any activity in India. For example, if you want to build a home, commercial building, road or a bridge or anything, there are specific stan...

  • The great exodus, from Andhra to America

    Telugites are mainly obsessed with three things: films, technical education, and the United States of America. Actually, the last two obsessions complement each other. Though our obsession with 'foreign settled and foreign returned' is quite evident, the love Telugu speakers have for the US is incom...

  • Amsterdam: Canals, museums, and much more

    Being a former police officer, I visited Amsterdam to see how the city, which had legalised commercial sex and soft drug consumption, dealt with crime.Naturally, my first place of visit was the Red Light District known as De Wallen. I began my tour with 800-year-old Oude Kerk, said to be the oldest ...

  • The song of Suhana: Making sense of an uproar

    Fanatical cries against Suhana's singingThe incident pertains to the innocuous rendering of a Kannada devotional song by a young Muslim girl Suhana Syed from Sagara Taluk, Shivamogga district, in a popular Kannada TV musical reality show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" recently. It was a mega audition event, where...

  • Kota Kinabalu – The pride of north Borneo

    During my school days I had read that Borneo is the third largest Island in the world, and that the islanders had been influenced by Hinduism. I had also learnt that it was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War. Borneo is now divided between three countries – Indonesia, Malaysia and B...

  • Will the govt ever lead by example?

    It is common knowledge that there are a set of standards laid down by the government, both central and state governments, for taking up any activity in India. For example, if you want to build a home, commercial building, road or a bridge or anything, there are specific standards along with certain ...

  • Spinning out of control: The signs from Nagpur are not good

    Spinners have continued to torment Indian batsmen for quite a while now. Are we no longer good at playing spin, asks Joseph HooverWe were masters at playing spin bowling in the halcyon days. Not anymore. The demoralising defeat to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup at Nagpur has only exposed our batsm...

  • Why Kerala's development story doesn't reach Attapady's tribals

    Maruthi and her husband Vellangiri are still mourning for their infant son who lived only four-and-a-half-hours after birth in 2014. Maruthi, who continued working as a daily wage labourer into her third trimester, had grown steadily weak during pregnancy. There wasnt enough food at home, the drinki...

  • The song of Suhana: Making sense of an uproar

    Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2017-03-15 10:39 The focus of this article is about a recent distressing incident in Karnataka, and to look closely at the implications it brings to bear upon the notion of a human being and the role of education in it. Fanatical cries against Suhana’s singingTh...