Nobel Peace Prize 2012 Awarded To The European Union(EU)

The Nobel Prize committee announced that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Eunion: “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe”. This is akin to pat on its own back, and surely a controversial announcement considering European economy in tatters, and …

Praying For Malala Yousafzai – Modern-day Anne Frank

Pakistani Taliban, in an assassination bid,  have lethally wounded Malala Yousafzai – a 14-year-old rights activist who gained international recognition for her stand against Taliban ban on girls’ education in the Swat Valley, in NW Pakistan. She campaigned through both Pakistani and Western media for allowing girls in the valley to continue education. When she …

Is Civil Society In India Urban-Centric?

The use of phrase ‘civil society’ became quite popular during Anna Hazare led movement against corruption. Until then this phrase was non existent in public discourse. Mainstream media then started assessing the nature of civil society institutions that were involved in this popular agitation. Many branded this movement as middle-class phenomena; urban centric; driven by …

CAG Says His Team’s Findings Are Rational And ‘Undisputable’

It is unfortunate that CAG of India himself has to defend his reports even though no one except politicians doubt their credibility.  Can you imagine Supreme Court Chief Justice publicly defending a judgement by his colleagues or by himself outside the court if there was a criticism directed at that judgement? Now, Vinod Rai has come out …

Women and Child Development Ministry Invites Comments on the Draft National Policy for Children 2012 (download PDF)

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has drafted the National Policy for Children 2012 and is inviting comments from the general public The first National Policy on Children was formulated in 1974. The policy described children as a supremely important asset and made the State responsible for providing them equal opportunities for growth and …

Acceptance Speech by Shri Pranab Mukherjee on his Assumption of office as President of India – Complete Text

Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Shri Hamid Ansari, Smt. Meira Kumar, Shri Justice S.H. Kapadia, Members of Parliament, Your Excellencies, Friends and fellow citizens, I am deeply moved by the high honour you have accorded to me. Such honour exalts the occupant of this office, even as it demands that he rises above personal or partisan interests in the service of the national good. The principal …

Union Cabinet Approves Introduction of the Criminal Law (Amendment ) Bill, 2012 in the Parliament With Provision Of Stringent Punishment For Rape

The Law Commission of India in its 172nd Report on `Review of Rape Laws` as well the National Commission for Women have recommended for stringent punishment for the offence of rape. Taking this into consideration, government had constituted a high powered committee headed by Union Home Secretary, which  examined the recommendations of Law Commission, NCW and …

Disclose civil services prelims marks: HC to UPSC – Hindustan Times

New Delhi, July 15, 2012 The Delhi High Court has directed Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to disclose the marks obtained by candidates in the civil services preliminary examination 2010. A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw gave the ruling, dismissing UPSC’s appeal against a single judge order to …

National Inland Waterways Of India – Maps and Details

On July 16th Prime Minister’s Office announced that it has formed a committee to study how private investment can be attracted to improve infrastructure in the  inland waterways, which are emerging as cost effective transport routes along some of the important industrial corridors. India is trying to improve their share in national transport. “In several countries, IWT …

‘Soft Power’ China Divides and Tries To Rule Asia pacific

Last week 10 member ASEAN countries’ meet ended in debacle. China orchestrated  it, Cambodia the host and indebted to China, ensured it. China has become assertive in its claim to superiority in the Asia Pacific region, scaring neighbouring countries and pushing them, quite stupidly towards US pivot. Resource rich South China Sea has become bone …

Drought, Monsoon, and El Nino – Their Mutual Relationship In The Indian Context

Monsoon brings showers and cheers to India. If it fails, it is a disaster both for people and economy. This year all forecasts of good monsoon have been belied and government is preparing to combat drought. Thankfully we have enough food reserves to meet emergency requirements. Last year India produced record 252 million tonnes of …

Child Malnutrition In India – Magnitude, Its Causes, Consequences and Remedies

“Though quieter than famine, persistent undernutrition kills many more people slowly in the long run than famine do”   (Dre’ze and Sen 1998) India’s much coveted ‘demographic dividend‘ might be  in jeopardy. It is estimated that by 2030, there  will be 484.86 million youth (aged between 15 to 34) in India. Much has been said about its …

15 Best Books On India – Those One Should Read To Understand India

Here is a list of 15 books on India written by both Indians and foreigners that one should read to understand India better. It is not an exhaustive list, but a representation of diverse opinions in the form of books from various personalities on India. This list is drawn from my own experience and also from various …