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Higher Education Commission

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had by all accounts failed to fulfil expectations. Indian Universities had performed very badly in global ranking. It is good that the Government had drafted a new law, the Higher Education Commission…

Rape cases on a crazy spiral   

The Thompson Reuters report names India as the most unsafe country for women. This cannot be easily contested considering the growing number of rapes ad atrocities against women. Notably, the survey held periodically had ranked India at…

Fighting Poverty

Until recently, India presented a dismal picture of having the largest number of people living in extreme poverty. Recent research goes against it. It shows that the number of Indians living below $1.90 per day is falling rapidly. It is…

Kashmir sequel

The collapse of the government in Jammu  & Kashmir naturally led to a trading of allegations between the PDP and the BJP. BJP President Amit Shah accused the Mehbooba Mufti Govt of discriminating against Jammu and Ladakh. The Mufti and…

Recollections of the Emergency

India remembered the Emergency as a routine annual observance Monday, with the BJP advertising the ills of the 1975 defensive step by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. On the other hand, is also a small segment of the population that…

Saudi women to the fore

Women’s emancipation, a dream dear to many, found new expression – this time in the most unlikely of places - Saudi Arabia – where women in the extremely conservative oil kingdom have won the right to drive vehicles. Past the midnight of…

Danggo’s flip flop drama

Was Martin Danggo under coercion to resign from the Congress Party? If so what were the compulsions? Is the promise of a civil sub-division to the people of Ranikor the only bait that the National Peoples’ Party (NPP) held out? Chief…

Banks at breaking point

WHAT looks like a dangerous scenario is steadily building up in India’s banking sector. The arrest of the head of Bank of Maharashtra, one of the leading public sector banks, this week comes on top of several such grim situations. The…

Failure of Trilateral Dialogue

It may not have been judicious for India to promptly turn down the proposal for a trilateral dialogue between Delhi, Islamabad and Beijing initiated by Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui. Beijing had suggested last year that it could rename…

Social Media: Anti-social engagement and conformity

Patricia Mukhim So we all have a smart-phone even if we might not have “education,” which supposedly helps us understand the complicity of spreading fake news. After all, who cares about boring, old mainstream journalism with its…