The (absent) CSR in Swachh Bharat

A Swachh marathon conducted by the Dettol company, Reckitt Benckiser, in collaboration with NDTV, as part of the Swachch Banega India project, takes the discussion on sanitation into the drawing rooms of the middle and upper classes. With brand ambassadors like Amitabh Bachchan hosting the show, people look up and watch.

It's time ICC took teams' misbehaviour seriously

Bangladesh skipper Shaikb Al Hasan did a Sunil Gavaskar on Friday night, waving his batsmen to walk out of their virtual semi-final against hosts Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy tournament in Colombo.

Hubris is letting down BJP

If one explanation has to be given for the BJP's electoral ills in the Hindi heartland and nearby states, it is arrogance.

Why are India's farmers committing suicide?

Farmer suicides have been taking place across India for years now, and studies of rural distress reveal the deeply-rooted, tenacious causes, such as lack of irrigation, fragmentation of land, unsuitability of seeds and inadequate sources of credit.

Five years on, mandated philanthropy not delivering in India

India is now into the fifth year of its unique experiment of legally binding companies to be socially responsible. This push by the government to solve the country's most challenging social problems was based on the idea that the corporate sector will come up with transformative solutions that will scale up impact across the country. As the development goals of the country are immense and everyone recognises that the challenges can only be overcome with the effort of every stakeholder in the ecosystem, many scholars viewed it as the right move by the government.

Promote secondary agriculture, composting, bee-keeping, says panel on doubling income

Secondary agriculture is an important and independent activity and a division needs to be created in all the three departments of the agriculture ministry to promote it, says the Doubling Farmers' Income (DFI) Committee, headed by Ashok Dalwai, Additional Secretary.

Tripura ends CPI-M tedium by trading decency for false El Dorado

The extraordinary feat the BJP has pulled off leaves one breathless. Which other Chief Minister in the country will have a decorated Director General of Police, B.L. Vohra, write in his book, "Tripura's Bravehearts", "Manik Sarkar was definitely unlike any Chief Ministers whom I had seen, met, worked with and heard about.... He was honest personally and that had percolated down to all echelons of the government -- again one cannot find many examples of his ilk unfortunately in the country." This level of decency has been traded by the Tripura electorate for mobs who pull down statues.

Ban tobacco, promote sports

Let me start by saying that I don't want to sound a fanatic, for I don't suggest anything that I can't do myself. I quit smoking recently. And that's no small feat. Tobacco is the most common form of addiction and one of the most harmful as well, much more than the dreaded cannabis or for that matter Ecstasy, let alone alcohol.

BJP's politics of dualism could easily backfire

The Shakespearean phrase "fair is foul, foul is fair" can be one way of describing the contradictory nature of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) policies in different parts of the country.

Maldives: India needs to give measured but tough response

Idyllic Maldives faces a serious constitutional crisis and there are no indications that President Abdullah Yameen is willing to soften his position. On the contrary, all indications are that Yameen would ruthlessly incarcerate the opposition and even prevent the forthcoming presidential elections from taking place.

Big Cats: Predators under threat

It is a startling statistic which beggars belief, but the truth is there are more tigers living in captivity in the US than survive in the wild in their natural habitat in Asia -- several sub-species are already extinct, and those that remain cling on in their last bastions. They have some prominent champions -- including the Russian President and the governments of Cambodia and Kazakhstan -- and there are some positive signs with India reporting an increase in numbers.

Where girls pretend to be boys: A bittersweet Afghan social tradition

The term "Bacha Posh" literally translated from the local Dari language means a "girl dressed like a boy". There are families who bring up their daughters as sons and, once they reach puberty, the girls usually must return to being girls. Parents who have no sons prefer to convert one of their daughters into a Bacha Posh to raise their social standing. In a society where having a male child is of utmost importance and a matter of pride, Bacha Posh provides social relief.

Modi's 'hugplomacy' in troubled West Asian waters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's worldwide travels, which appeared to lag a little with the advent of President Donald Trump and his own domestic troubles, resumed with a bang with visits to four Islamic countries in four days in February. For a person of the Prime Minister's reputation and record, this was revolutionary. No other single journey of his as Prime Minister was so rich in symbolism and practical wisdom.

India's Competitiveness: Where do we stand?

It is quite commonplace to hear that India will be an economic superpower in a few decades. However, the current reality is far from it. One cannot deny the abysmal standard of living of our citizens. Indias real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita (at 2010 prices) for 2016 stands at just $1,861.5 while the other BRICS nations -- China ($6,893.8), Brazil ($10,826.3), South Africa ($7,503.3) and Russia ($11,099.2) -- are higher up on the scale.

Rhythms of history: A rocking retelling of the later 20th century Jana Sangh to BJP: Battling India's pluralism India's Sri Lanka challenge After ODI triumph, Team India and Kohli look different Weighty reading: Books which provide physical exercise too The emerging India-U.S. role reversal in world leadership Convergence of talents: Modi must join hands with Musk for a shot at Mars Love profane and sacred - the message of romance from Urdu poetry Kohli-Shastri combine could do well with Dravid inputs Science writing: A neglected form of literature that needs focus In the footsteps of Hollywood, homoeroticism hits Bollywood With his Parliament speech, Modi undermined his own case After reverses in Syria, Afghanistan, a quest for propaganda equaliser REC: A must for India to achieve renewable energy targets For now, enjoy the success of Indian cricket Winds of Change: A message for Mr Modi from Diggi Palace Government addresses affordable housing, but larger issues remain unanswered A renewable energy investment opportunity not to be missed Gulf between promise and reality: Karni Sena is only one of the saffron Frankensteins Powering EVs with 100% renewables by 2030 could be cheaper than estimated As 'Padmaavat' is targeted, recalling other films under fire R. Madhavan is back, this time in web series 'Breathe' for Amazon Is the stock market overvalued? Thoughts for Republic Day: India can be a standard-setter for democracy worldwide Budget 2018: Opportunity to fulfil housing expectations of millions This budget will be Modi government's biggest challenge in 4 years Ripple: Potential tech giant mistaken for a crypto currency Rahul must move away from his mother's populism Plenty of cricket still to be played in the series Indian cities need integrated development agenda
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