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A paddy field on fire along the Sirsa-Delhi highway/Photo: UNI

Stubble Burning: Harvest of Tears

Above: A paddy field on fire along the Sirsa-Delhi highway/Photo: UNI Though the NGT has asked Punjab, Haryana and UP to be cautious about farmers...

Delhi Durbar

The Kashmir Conundrum For once, the BJP seems to have been caught flat footed. Mehbooba Mufti, traditional rival Omar Abdullah and Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi...
The Bt Cotton plant

Sowing Seeds of Doubt

The Additional Solicitor-General intervened between Monsanto and Nuziveedu Seeds, giving the impression that the ministry is playing favourites. But this may not be the...
Workers harvest cotton near Ahmedabad. Bt cotton was approved in 2002. Photo: UNI

Cloud over GM Crops

The fate of GM mustard hangs in the balance with the centre yet to take a final decision on it. This has forced many...

Moo for me

The government allotted Rs. 500 crore for the cow in the union budget. Makes sense, considering how emotive this issue is among farmers, a...
A meeting of a parliamentary committee. These panels monitor government action/Photo: iihr.res.in

Parliamentary Standing Committees: A Well-oiled Machine

Above: A meeting of a parliamentary committee. These panels monitor government action/Photo: iihr.res.in In order to ensure greater accountability of the government to Parliament, subject-based...
Illustration: Amitava Sen

Foreign University Bill: The Balkanisation of Education

Above Illustration: Amitava Sen Is the centre’s move to set up foreign varsities an attempt to create a global secretariat class? Education is not treated...
More durable and inexpensive, PVC pipes with lead are preferred for carrying water/Photo: enterslice.com

PVC Pipes: Lethal Lead

Above: More durable and inexpensive, PVC pipes with lead are preferred for carrying water/Photo: enterslice.com Despite NGT orders about the dangers of lead contamination, the...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation from the rampart of the Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

I Have a Dream…

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation from the rampart of the Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, in New...
ECLIPSE OF A GOLDEN LEGACY?

ECLIPSE OF A GOLDEN LEGACY?

By Inderjit Badhwar I caught up recently with S Narendra who, during an illustrious career spanning several decades as a veteran senior bureaucrat, served...

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