• Family debts main cause of Indian farm suicides

    Nearly 70 per cent of India's 90 million agricultural households spend more than they earn on average each month, pushing them towards debt, which is now the primary reason in more than half of all suicides by farmers nationwide, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various government data. The fa...

  • Technology, job losses and the rise of Hitler-like clones

    The worldwide economic slowdown that we are going to see in the next few years and job losses due to technology will see the rise of a number of Hitler-like figures worldwide. Sounds ridiculous? Hitler in today's information age? Ironically, technology which has uplifted the human race in the last 3...

  • Promise of social development requires more than economic growth

    By Amit KapoorThe obsession with economic growth blinds the government from focusing on the issues that matter. The citizens nowadays do not want their economies to be just on the wealth creation track. In their view, a successful economy should be able to provide them with state-of-the-art health f...

  • Dravidian assault: Bahubali may save Bollywood from its mindless exertions

    By Prashant PandeyThere is a scene in Richard Attenboroughs film "Gandhi" where Shriram Lagoo playing Gopal Krishna Gokhale prevails upon the South Africa-returned barrister Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi (played by Ben Kingsley) to travel all over India.As an astute observer, Gokhale's character knows...

  • Maharashtra starts rating industries by emissions

    By Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan and Anant SudarshanThe Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) launched a new Star Rating Programme for air pollution on June 5, 2017, World Environment Day. The programme uses smoke-stack emissions data that MPCB is already collecting. But since...

  • Climate change: Neglecting oceans no longer an option

    By Soumya Sarkar When people think of climate change, pictures of melting glaciers, sweltering heat in summers and flooding of coastal areas predominate. Often lost in the imagery is the role the world's oceans play in countering the worst effects of global warming.Although oceans and seas cover mor...

  • Muslim women in India can become change agents through education

    By Frank F. IslamPrime Minister Narendra Modi recently called for empowerment and education of Muslim women. One would have expected this message to receive widespread acceptance and support. It did not.There was resistance on several fronts for a variety of reasons. Some saw Modi's move as a politi...

  • Dalit for President: Tokenism wins

    By Amulya Ganguli It's a no-brainer, for the result is known before the contest. The support which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been able to muster for its presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the electoral college will give him an easy ride to Rashtrapati Bhavan.Even then, the confront...

  • Kohli Vs Kumble: The end of an affair

    By Veturi SrivatsaAnil Kumble -- who quit as India cricket coach early this week -- and skipper Virat Kohli are indulging in shadow boxing. Both had their say on the dressing room disputes, leaving the meaty parts between the lines. At the end of it all, the aggressive captain got what he wanted.Fra...

  • Finding Brahman in Australia

    By Mamatha Deva I was very much excited when my visit to Australia was confirmed. After covering many attractions in and around beautiful Sydney and capital Canberra, I was curious to see the country's unique animals such as kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats, platypus, echidna since no Sydney tr...

  • India has to save yoga from its shallow, soulless imitations

    By M. Rajaque RahmanWith weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancien...

  • Is RBI's hawkish stance hurting India's growth prospects?

    By Amit KapoorThe role of interest rate in Indias growth is grossly underplayed. The movement of interest rates has been strongly linked to episodes of high growth and slowdowns in the last few decades.There are two major puzzles of the Indian economy that have been surprisingly left unquestioned an...