The Aids Beater


For a large number of people in India, the acronym, HIV, is not music to their ears. While cancer and most ailments are openly talked about, the very mention of the HIV/AIDS continues to strike a disc..

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Struggling Back


At one point, Bihar was likely to be written off from the cognitive world of India. However, in the last decade or so, there appears to be a turnaround. But to understand the state fully, one has to d..

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The new mockery

Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, launched in 1999 and which ran up to 2012, was called the Total Sanitation Campaign. The objective was to eradicate open defecation by 2017. It was based on the idea of community involvement so that cultural values of people would change and they would start using the toilets. However, after look...


Chariots of the gods!

On May 26 when Narendra Modi took oath of India’s 15th Prime Minister, his perennial detractor and former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was quick to predict disaster. “Modi has taken oath at an inauspicious time and his rule will be punctuated by a series of national calamities” he said and has gone on remindi...



It was 1977. The chocking Emergency run by late Indira Gandhi had ended. The Janata Party had come to power. India Today ran an iconic photograph by Raghu Rai: Indira’s torn posters being swept away by a jharudaar in the streets of Delhi, where till then she was the monarch of all she surveyed. The Emergency had enr...


Dragon’s footprints

When former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited China in 1979 as the external affairs minister, he had fervently made a case before his counterpart to put an end to the training camps offered to Northeast separatist outfits in the neighbouring country. Beijing agreed and within a couple of years, all the facili...


Infosys- it’s money honey!

“Vishal Sikka means lots of money,” said Infosys founder Narayana Murthy on the day the announcement of the appointment of Sikka as the CEO of Infosys. He was the natural choice for the Infosys board as he was not just seen as an agent of transformation but also fulfilled the criteria of highest educational qualifi...


Red riding falsehood

“This perfidy and calumny must not be tolerated”, a mentally shattered Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, said on the floor of the Indian Parliament after the aggression by the People’s Liberation Army into the Indian Territory on 20 October 1962. It was an act of a massive betrayal, signifying the...


Choking india

One summer afternoon, I got this disturbing phone call from a resident of Pitampura in Delhi, (name withheld). He was undergoing cancer treatment in Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Hospital. After completing a round of treatment, his doctors have advised him to reduce body burden of toxic exposure. He asked, “Where can I live t...


Climate classroom

Thirteen year old Sohail was one with the lowest attention spans in his class at Sarvodaya Co-ed Senior Secondary School, Munirka, and this was affecting his academic progress. But the last winter vacations changed something in him, making him an observant and diligent student. His teacher, Arunav Chauhan, a Teach For ...


Data debated deaths denied

The alarmingly swift degradation of the environment has for long been a pressing concern for filmmakers, especially those that work in the non-fiction space. A little over a decade ago, environmentalist and former US vice president Al Gore featured prominently in documentarian Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth...


Law-lessness rules

It was in July 2015 that the then Law Minister, Sadananda Gowda suggested that the National Litigation Policy would be implemented soon. Two years having gone by, there is no news about the same, and the government itself is the litigant in nearly half of the 2.6 crore pending cases. Due to a government being the bigge...