Friday, 19 August, 2022

Topic: India

Revadi jibe shows Modi govt letting its insecurities do the talking, not economics

Why exactly should the Prime Minister be worried about the welfare model of an opposition party that barely controls two state governments?

What Left parties’ decision to not join Bihar alliance means for India’s Dalits, women, MBCs

Top leaders of the Left are English-speaking 'upper' caste elites. And they won't let MLAs become ministers lest they should threaten their elite power.

Can’t return to Taliban, can’t stay in uncertainty in India—Afghan students’ woes only rise

With the ICCR refusing scholarships to Afghan students, the latter are relying on personal funds to study in India. But friends can't guarantee jobs.

Tagore wrote a letter of introduction for Bose before he left India. Half-hearted at best

In 'Bose', Chandrachur Ghose talks about how Subhas Chandra Ghose was rebuffed by Gandhi and received little support from Tagore.

In the debate over freebies, India is forgetting it traded rule of law for welfare services

India's want for freebies comes from envy of European welfare countries. But the govt must fix the law first.

Carbon market in India is long time coming. But Modi govt can learn from these mistakes

Elsewhere, the creation of a carbon market has been informed by constructive debates between industry and civil society. In India, people just don't care.

Muthulakshmi Reddy—allopathic surgeon who turned to Sanskrit medicine when nothing worked

In 'Muthulakshmi Reddy', V.R. Devika talks about how India's trailblazing doctor showed extraordinary open-mindedness in the face of personal crises.

Why Taliban wants India in Kabul and New Delhi is upscaling mission

The Taliban and India are joined at the hip by a single date – 15 August. The similarity ends there.

Biggest battle Indian transgender people are waging is against the humble school marksheet

For transgender people in India, discrepancies in official IDs mean constantly explaining transition and revisiting trauma. They're victims to slow bureaucracy.

Population control messages on Indian stamps from 1966 to 2005. How postal dept played key role

In the 1960s, given the limited reach of TV and radio, the Indian govt relied heavily on Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department to spread awareness about family planning.

On Camera


Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.