For an All-Party Manifesto on Health

Each year, more than 40 million people, mostly in rural areas, are impoverished and run into massive debts to access healthcare. The devastating contribution of out-of-pocket medical expenses to poverty is often not fully appreciated by the media and policy-makers BY VINOD PAUL  &       K SRINATH REDDY As the countdown to the next general […]

Achieving Objectives

BY PAULO COELHO The yogi Raman was a true master of the art of archery. One morning, he invited his favourite disciple to watch a display of his skill. The disciple had seen this more than a hundred times before, but he nevertheless obeyed his teacher. They went into the wood beside the monastery and […]

Why Civilizations Collapse

BY DR NAFEEZ AHMED A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make […]

Why Russia Needs Crimea

 BY VLADIMIR RADYUHIN On Sunday, Crimea voted to split away from Ukraine and return to the Russian fold. For a vast majority of Crimea’s Russian-speaking population this is an act of redressing a monumental injustice that happened in 1991 when Crimea, which geographically, ethnically and historically is more Russian than many regions of Russia itself, […]

Britain and Bahrain’s Dictators

BY ANDREW SMITH On March 14, 2011, Saudi Arabia sent hundreds of troops into Bahrain to help crush a growing protest movement. More than 30 people died, hundreds were injured and thousands arrested. The response of the British government was to support and condone the action. We know that Saudi forces used armoured vehicles supplied […]

Strategic Portents of the Ukraine Stand-Off

BY MUNIR AKRAM The most renowned culinary offering named for Ukraine’s fair capital is probably not being consumed extensively in Kiev as Ukraine faces the loss of Crimea and possibly other eastern parts of the country. But the ‘heroes’ of Kiev’s Maidan Square, egged on by their Western patrons, probably brought this fate on themselves […]

Mobs to Dictate Judicial Verdicts?

BY AAKAR PATEL Twenty years ago, my beat as a reporter was a sessions court in Bombay. I was often struck by what I thought (perhaps, wrongly) were incorrect and poorly argued judgments. That this does not seem to bother too many people in India probably means that I am, as I said, wrong. But […]

Gender and Caste Abuse: Apartheid in ‘New’ India – (II)

BY GRAHAM PEEBLES The Indian constitution makes clear the “principle of non-discrimination on the basis or caste or gender,” it guarantees the “right to life and to security of life” and Article 46, specifically “protects Dalits from social injustice and all forms of exploitation.” Add to this the important Scheduled Castes/Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act […]

When Kashmiris Cheer Pakistan

BY KARAN THAPAR The Meerut police’s decision to file criminal charges against 67 Kashmiri students for cheering the Pakistani cricket team raises serious questions that have not been properly addressed. Those questions, in turn, reveal disturbing aspects about the police, our society, and the young Kashmiris. Although the police dropped sedition charges, were they unaware […]

Pak’s CII or Confounding Islamic Ideology

BY IRFAN HUSAIN I don’t understand why the Taliban are killing and maiming thousands in their quest to impose their version of the Sharia on us when the Council of Islamic Ideology is doing their job without firing a shot. In a spate of rulings, the venerable Council has done more to push Pakistan back […]