Chandan Shekhar

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Scientists without a scientific temper

Jawaharlal Nehru coined the term ‘scientific temper’ in his book , which was published in 1946. He was also the President of the Association of …

Spectrum auction realities

The fine print of the spectrum auction coming up in February, shows that little has been learnt from experience with similar auctions in the past. …

Soft targets, hard questions

The world saw terrorism’s darkest face on Tuesday. The cold-blooded >killing of 132 students and nine staff members in a school in Peshawar has left …

The changing face of history

Over the past five odd decades the face of History as a discipline has undergone amazing transformations. During the 18th, 19th and much of the 20th …

Limiting the impact of Section 377

December 11, 2014 marked one year from the day on which the Supreme Court delivered one of its most heavily criticised judgments in recent history: …

Mountains of plastic waste afloat in the oceans

Believe it or not, nearly 269,000 tonnes of plastic comprising an estimated 5.25 trillion plastic particles are floating in the world’s oceans, …

Satellites to assess coral reef health

High-end satellite technology is coming to the aid of protecting earth’s largest biological structures — the coral reefs which have taken millions of …

Understanding inflation targeting

Inflation targeting is back in the news and this is welcome. I have always held the view that the dominant objective of monetary policy is the …

How and where hurricanes form

A tropical cyclone is a storm system with a low-pressure centre. However, while typical Canadian lows and storm systems are fueled by a battle …

New possibilities in Bahujan politics

Poverty, stigma, exclusion, violence are terms that come up during discussions on the status of Dalits. Recently, however, these have come to better …

Early historic period rock painting site found in Kadapa

A rock art painting site dating back to neolithic (New Stone Age) and megalithic (Iron Age) and up to the early historic period (from 4,500 BC to 2 …

Sterilisation deaths: infection cannot be ruled out

A fact finding report on the death of 16 women at a Chattisgarh sterilisation camp in November has ruled out the presence of zinc phosphide in the …

Development as a people’s movement

Development was a key issue in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. In his very first speech after taking over as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi asserted that …

Protecting biodiversity with rigour

The Prime Minister recently reorganised his National Council on Climate Change and called on an indigenous answer, yoga, to alter consciousness and …

More than just words

Autism has been defined as “a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally …

In Nepal, maintaining the momentum

In a few days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Nepal, his second time in a short span. Though this visit is for the South Asian Association …

False promise of nuclear power

New developments highlight the growing travails of the global nuclear-power industry. France — the “poster child” of atomic power — plans to cut its …

Families designed in frozen frames

While policy makers have deliberated a draft surrogacy law in Parliament in which surrogacy in India will be restricted to infertile Indian married …

Sectarianism of the secular brigade

Political imagination in India has come to a standstill, aiding and abetting the construction of a homogenised cultural and political sphere. The …

Countering another string of pearls

For a handful of islands scattered on the Australia-U.S. trunk route in the Pacific, with less than a million people, Fiji is new to international …

Radical face of Saudi Wahhabism

It is ironical indeed that the Turkish regime today is implicated in propping up a terrorist group called the Islamic State (IS), which has vowed to …

Ridding IPL of its taint

November 17, 2014 00:51 IST<p>Updated: April 09, 2016 10:20 IST<p>The Supreme Court’s disclosure of four names among those investigated by the Justice …

Gulf stability and the oil supply scenario

West Asia has dominated world headlines over the last few years due to the eruptions related to the Arab Spring, conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and, …

Oil

For a public policy road map

The >Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15 published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked India 71 in its Global Competitiveness Index (GCI). …

Against the norm

A lethargic lifestyle that doesn’t factor in time for optimum exercise and relying on refined, processed food are said to be major contributors to …