Whither women's security in Akhilesh's Uttar Pradesh?

Being a woman and moving around in Akhilesh Yadav's Uttar Pradesh seems to be a mortally scaring thought.

While union home ministry records show that rape cases in India's most populous state of over 200 million people, which sends the largest number of 80 lawmakers to the national parliament, have seen a quantum jump of 55 percent over the previous year, the state government and the police force, possiblyl the largest in the country and pathetic by all standards, continues to drag its feet in one-line statements and knee-jerk reactions of setting up teams and taking the PR route of "CM blasted officials, probe is in the right direction".

Asian exports: Will 'decoupling' theory work this time around?

By Vatsal Srivastava,

During the financial crisis of 2008, there was a prevailing view among asset managers that a sell-off in developed market (DM) equities would not lead to a downturn in emerging market (EM) equities, especially in Asia. This ‘decoupling’ theory was supported by the fact that Asia could decouple from DM and US demand. It was argued that intra-Asian demand had become more important for Asian exports than DM demand. Further, the loss of DM demand would be offset by China, thus providing a buffer for Asian exporters.


Extending solidarity from Mumbai for Palestine

By Yogesh Maitreya & Daisy Katta,

With the energetic recital of humanitarian songs from “Republican Panther”, a Mumbai based Dalit and Human rights cultural organisation, the meeting to condemn Israeli act of genocide in Palestine has accelerated amidst the wetly evening of 19th July, in Mumbai.

Gaza violence: India's parliament must reflect on Gandhi's words

By C Uday Bhaskar,

After considerable vacillation that brought little credit to the world's largest democracy, the Indian parliament is now set to discuss the violence and bloodshed in Gaza on Monday, July 21.

Lowering juvenile age to curb offences doubtful prescription

By Parmod Kumar,

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Menaka Gandhi's suggestion to lower the lower the juvenile age from 18 years to 16 so that those accused of heinous crimes such as rape can be punished instead of being sent to reform homes is an outdated proposition.

Passport woes are unending: Sushma needs to crack the whip

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

Ever heard of a government department whose one wing goes en masse for lunch while the other wing efficiently continues to function, leaving scores of people - the elderly and women with crying babies included - cursing their fate? Welcome to the passport office in Delhi.

A call for revolution, and romance: The poetry of Faiz

By Vikas Datta,

Is there any common ground between revolution and romance, as expressed in poetry and music? Lenin didn't think so, admitting he loved hearing a Beethoven sonata, but couldn't listen to music much since it made him want to pat people's heads, though his "devilishly difficult job" called for him to beat their heads instead. But it is not difficult to identify parallels - for one, both activities call for a great deal of passion. The Indian subcontinent can boast of several people who effortlessly straddled both spheres. One of them was Faiz Ahmed 'Faiz," who even won the Lenin Peace Prize.

Jadeja-Anderson spat a test case for Srinivasan

By Veturi Srivatsa,

It is incongruous to find players from India and England standing eyeball-to-eyeball within a month of the expressed bonhomie of their board along with Cricket Australia in joining hands to rule World cricket.


Are Hindutva hawks flying again?

By Amulya Ganguli,

The latest reported observations of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) supremo, Ashok Singhal, echo what the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, M.S. Golwalkar, said in his 1939 publication, "We, or Our Nationhood Defined". In it, the Hindutva icon had given an outline of what the minorities can expect in India.

Gordimer: Chronicler of apartheid and South Africa’s transition

By Saeed Naqvi,

The world was in ideological transition when I met Nadine Gordimer in her bungalow in a Johannesburg suburb. Nelson Mandela had been released that very month after 27 years in the “White Man’s prison”. Earlier, the Soviet Union had collapsed.