• Is school education under RTE really free?

    Suresh Kumar, an auto driver in Bengaluru, earns between Rs300 and Rs600 a day. A father of two kids, the Right to Education Act 2009 came as a blessing for him. The provisions of the Act (12 (1)C), which was implemented on April 1, 2010, makes it mandatory for unaided schools to reserve 25 percent ...

  • Modi's inclusive call: Need for religious leaders to build bridges

    As India celebrates its 71st Independence Day, it must remember the sacrifices made by leaders of the freedom movement. It was their vision, idealism, commitment to democracy, secularism and pluralism that made India an exceptional nation in the world.India's commitment to secularism and rule of law...

  • What do boys think?

    I was doing my second year of undergrads when a teacher decided that our class had to attend a compulsory sex orientation program. So, one hazy day when our class was gradually waking up to the buzz of morning coffee, in walked an elderly man, hauling rolled up charts twice his size into our unusual...

  • Highway to paradise: The beaches of Uttara Kannada

    The beaches of Karwar (Uttara Kannada district) in Karnataka, which has Goa as its border, have been attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world since decades. The beach at the district headquarters was described by Rabindranath Tagore thus: "The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit ...

  • Opposition unity may remain a chimera

    It has again become Sonia Gandhi's responsibility to put together the broken pieces of opposition unity.She successfully performed this task in 2004, thereby paving the way for the Congress's return to power after nearly a decade. But, 13 years later, the job has become far more difficult. For one, ...

  • Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

    It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as "Ahmad Bhai" with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. ...

  • Time for Modi's version of New Deal?

    The RBI expectedly cut the repo rate last week by 25 basis points, bringing the key lending rate to a six-year low of 6 percent. This came in the backdrop of a steep fall in inflation and weak consumer demand across the country. However, even though the industry had long demanded the cut, it is unli...

  • Trump's threat against North Korea: Credible or premature articulation?

    The problem with issuing a dire ultimatum as a first response to a traditionally bellicose regime is that the one issuing it is boxed in. That could well be the problem that President Donald Trump could likely face as he deals with North Koreas supreme leader Kim Jong-Uns increasingly aggressive mov...

  • Forgotten benefits of breast milk for the newborn

    Breast milk is recommended as the first source of nutrition for a newborn. It is considered as the sole source of nutrition for the first six months of life that helps an infant build growth for the lifetime. Also, it is recommended that complementary foods are added to the infant's diet at six mont...

  • Kohli's team should think of tougher challenges ahead overseas

    A series in Sri Lanka has always been tough and no captain before Virat Kohli won back-to-back series in the island nation. The record books don't show that India played a Sri Lanka team weakened by the retirement of two of their all-time greats in the last two years. After playing 13 Tests at home ...

  • Irony of history: From Angrez-mukt in 1942 to Congress-mukt in 2017

    On August 31, 1942, Lord Linlithgow wrote to Winston Churchill: "I am engaged here in meeting by far the most serious rebellion since that of 1857, the gravity and extent of which we have so far concealed from the world for reasons of military security."It wasn't until the beginning of the following...

  • Startling figures of inequality in India offer an incomplete picture

    The data released by the Bloomberg Billionaire Index reveals some shocking statistics about the rise of inequality in India. It showed that the top 20 industrialists in India added a staggering $50 billion to their combined wealth in the first seven months this year, taking their total valuation to ...