Anubhav Pratikant Singh

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A Time Bomb Wrapped in a Ukrainian Peace Deal

When world leaders pull an all-nighter, something has to come out of it. What came out of the 17-hour, Ironman-level endurance test in Minsk is a …

Medicines in India, for India

January marked an important breakthrough in the fight against tropical diseases. Researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and …

Clinical Trials

The perils of school choice

School choice has been one of the most controversial issues in education. Why should something which is so self-evidently desirable, that parents …

No more a déjà vu, but a new war

Three major sectarian attacks (in Rawalpindi, Punjab, earlier in January; in Shikarpur, Sindh, recently; and in Peshawar) after the horrific Peshawar …

Balochistan

How to Build in India

If there's one thing holding back India’s economic growth, it's the country’s massive infrastructure deficit. The lack of good roads, bridges and …

A citizenry caught unawares

Since late December this columnist has been on something of a social media sabbatical. Actually that isn’t accurate. I’ve been on a daily news …

Advances in nutrition: myth or reality?

Since 2005-06, the date of the last nationwide government survey of nutrition, the story has been one of a curse, a national shame and a disconnect. …

Railways, reforms and resistance

“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” The exasperated cry of Professor Higgins in the delightful Hollywood musical of the sixties based on George …

In search of quality fiscal adjustment

Ever since Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan talked about it, “high-quality fiscal adjustment” has become the buzzword for expectations …

Tomorrow’s world: seven development megatrends challenging NGOs

Climate change, urbanisation and geopolitical shifts are some of the key areas international development organisations should focus on this year<p>As we move into 2015, many UK-based NGOs are wondering how to meet the challenges of a crucial year. What is the unique and distinct value that each …

To Fix India, Think Local

For all the attention being showered on the Indian budget set to be unveiled on Saturday, there are limits to what any national leader -- even one as …

Strong on the social sector side

Budget making is a complex exercise, especially in a country like India. Therefore, the parameters to judge the annual budget are also many. For me, …

Game changers in the Budget

Even ignoring the reporting in sections of financial media which have reduced the Budget into mere ‘comics,’ the media debates on budgets …

India

From India and Turkey to Oxford, we live in a perpetual state of war against women

Equality of the most basic kind cannot exist when a woman’s life and her words are always worth less than a man’s<p>On some days I don’t need to read the news. I know it already. It is basically a list of the women and girls who are the latest to be abused and killed. If it is nearer to us – a …

Wishing away India’s culture of rape

In an interview shortly after the release of his book , Truman Capote said of the motives of one of the two killers whose stories the book told: “I …

Will the elephant overshadow the dragon?

Now that the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and others have predicted that India’s growth rate will overtake China’s within the …

Economics

Leveraging political aspirations

India is the world’s second most populous country, and home to a third of the world’s poorest 1.2 billion people. Fertility reduction has, therefore, …

From lip service to action in science

The Union Budget, which was presented on February 28, National Science Day, unfortunately failed to bring a smile on the faces of Indian scientists. …

No one is above the law

Distinguished Indians are increasingly being dethroned and their reputations decimated by scandals. Some of the scandals are part of what happens …

India’s next steps in South Asia

Narendra Modi’s foreign policy adventures began when he was sworn-in as prime minister with leaders of India’s neighbouring countries in attendance. …

A neighbour difficult to please

A visit to Sri Lanka by an Indian Prime Minister has been long overdue. The last visit to the island by Rajiv Gandhi almost ended in disaster. …

Sri Lanka

India's Crisis of Democracy

An ambitious political experiment in India's border state of Jammu and Kashmir threatens to implode within just a few days of its inauguration.

Private interests and public ethics

Leaks have become a recurrent and common phenomenon in our public life, but are they all equally justified? Should we encourage the culture of leaks …

Judges, castes and social justice

Mark Twain said “a lie can travel halfway around the world, while the truth is putting on its shoes.” What has been happening in the High Court of …

Modi's Biggest Problem May Be the Banks

Unless they're brought back to health, growth won't revive.

Is there an economic case for Gorkhaland?

In the Lok Sabha elections of 2009, Darjeeling district in West Bengal had a surprise candidate—former Union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata …

It’s time for India to join the Mine Ban Treaty

India, since its independence, has been a passionate advocate of disarmament measures in the United Nations system. According to the Ministry of …

India

The killings in Tunisia: the Arab spring’s only success needs support

The Bardo museum attacks show Europe and the US must do more to shore up Tunisia’s achievements<p>The terrible attack at Tunisia’s Bardo national museum, which killed 20 tourists and three Tunisians, casts a shadow over the last ray of hope from the Arab spring. The country is often celebrated as the …

Hasty conclusions over a tragic death

When was the last time we saw spontaneous protests and crowds in their thousands pouring out into the streets to mourn the death of an Indian …

India

The polluted air we breathe

In 2006, Al Gore broke down the complicated issue of climate change in “An Inconvenient Truth” to make it understandable to the public. In a similar …