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Without action on 2009 killings, India should boycott CHOGM

It is high time that concerned Indians pressurise the PM to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, unless Sri Lankan agrees to a full and impartial inquiry into the killings and events thereafter. Sankaran Krishna writes.

'Palli sabhas' of tribal communities hold the key to development

The 73rd Amendment Act of 1992 provided guidelines and a three-tier structure of local governance to protect tribal economies, traditions and customary laws. Sonum Gayatri Malhotra writes.

A Calmer You: Diwali for some, Diwala for some!

No one loves this season more than I do. There’s festive spirit in the air, and of course, viruses of different kinds. Both bind the nation like nothing else does. Happily sneezing away to glory, we all put up status messages claiming to love the festivities all around.

Possibly the strongest relationship on earth

According to a news report this week, there are as many as seven TV serials on air or under process based on works of Indian fiction. Some of these stories were written a hundred years ago but their content is both relevant and interesting today. Renuka Narayanan writes.

Give weight to obesity statistics

Obesity in children is a reality that is fuelling the diabetes epidemic. The government must assume a bigger role in fighting childhood obesity, writes Anoop Misra.

Delhi Lokayukt Act: a needed but flawed law

The Act is flawed, being somewhat unconstitutional. As someone put it, the noun has become a hyperactive verb. It is adversely impacting the rule of law and democratic functioning. Ashok Kapur writes.

Our maritime safety is adrift

There was talk of beefing up coastal surveillance after 26/11. But today we remain as vulnerable to terrorist attacks along our coastline as we were in 2008, writes Ajai Sahni.

Giving machines a mind of their own

With the rapidly increasing use of intelligent machines like unmanned aircrafts in modern warfare, the definition of the term 'human' seems to demand a revision, Manmohan Bahadur writes.

The price for being an unlikely politician

Right now, politics in Kerala is an entertaining one-man show in which the actor, scriptwriter and floor-manager are all rolled into one: chief minister Oommen Chandy. Paul Zacharia writes.

Convince the minorities about state protection

Multi-religious secular democracies are confronted with the challenge of dealing with the growing sense of insecurity among the minorities. It is heartening that the government has taken notice of this. CP Bhambhri writes.

A Calmer You: Mujhe arranged marriage se bachao!

The wedding season is upon us. And brings with it a truck load of stress, as always. I toh anyway firmly come from the shaadi is barbaadi public school but I recently realised what a tension a wedding can be, for the bride or groom’s single friends, says Sonal Kalra.

Treated shoddily by the railways? Get help from consumer courts

Two years ago, the Indian Railways had come in for severe criticism for its insensitive handling of the rescue operation of a passenger caught between the platform and a railway coach at the Nizamuddin Railway station. Pushpa Girimaji writes.

Keeping freedom of expression alive in the Internet age

Internet, as Eric & Cohen mentioned in their seminal treatise The New Digital Age, is the largest experiment in anarchy, and I believe it has succeeded. Manish Tewari writes.

My way or the highway for Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee does not believe that intellectuals and socially-conscious people who do not go by her ideology can also contribute to the development of the state. Ranjan Das Gupta writes.

Heritage can be a trampoline for growth

At a recent Unesco Conference on Culture and Development in Hangzhou, China, His Highness the Aga Khan said that cultural heritage can be a “trampoline” for the social and economic development of an area.
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