Gender inequalities: Universal experience

Cracking of the mirror

At the U.S. premiere of

Socio-economic factors

Missing the point

Students performing a play during a protest rally at Jantar Mantar and demanding changes in the law against sexual crimes on the basis of the Justice Verma Committee recommendations, in New Delhi on February 21, 2013.

Interview: Vrinda Grover

‘Right to justice at stake’

This combination of images created on September 24, 2013, shows convicted Indian prisoners (L/R): Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta as they arrive for an appearance at The High Court in New Delhi on September 24, 2013. Four men condemned to death for the murder and gang-rape of an Indian student were brought back to court as their lawyers confirmed before judges that they would appeal the sentence. The convicts were produced before the High Court in New Delhi where a panel of two judges said they would take up the case from September 25, the lawyer for one of the men told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR

Interview: Film-maker Rakesh Sharma

‘The feminists’ position is extremely short-sighted’

Documentary film-maker Rakesh Sharma.


Public funds to push neoliberal agenda

The Budget resorts to drastic cuts in expenditures in welfare projects such as the rural employment schemes in order to ensure fiscal consolidation.


Freethinker silenced

A torch-lit protest against the killing of Avijit Roy in Dhaka on February 27, the day after he and his wife were attacked while leaving a book fair.


Republic of Tahrir

Tahrir Square, Cairo: Protests against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government on June 29, 2013.


An end to power cuts

In Gudalur, Nilgiris district, one of the 20 houses that are part of the pilot project for providing 24×7 access to electricity.


In tune with nature

Madanakaias, bracket figure, Chennakeshava temple, Belur, Karnataka, 12th century. These are nayikas, or beautiful women, seen in Indic art from early times. They represent the fertile abundance of nature.

Vinod Mehta

Unlikely editor

Free speech vs justice

Delicate balance

The scene outside Alipore Jail in Kolkata on the day Dhananjay Chatterjee, convicted and sentenced to death for rape of a schoolgirl, was hanged in August 2004 after the President rejected his mercy plea. The film-maker M.S. Sathyu had recorded an interview with Dhananjay after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal in 1994, but he had to wait for 10 years, until after Dhananjay's mercy petition to the President was disposed of, to broadcast it. Sathyu claimed that the interview showed Dhananjay to be innocent of the crime he was accused of.

Inadequate measures

Words and deeds

Activists of the Communist Party of India burn an effigy representing the culprits in the December 2012 gang rape, in Hyderabad on March 6.

Ban as a political practice

Politics of ban

In 1988, the Rajiv Gandhi government banned Salman Rushdie's


Dynasty in democracy

Jawaharlal Nehru.

Data Card

Rape and the Indian record

Paramilitary forces

Raw deal

September 12, 2014: Flood victims being rescued by the NDRF in Srinagar.

Development Issues

Vanishing lakes of Hyderabad

Durgam Cheruvu, as it appears today from the west side. Pipes meant for a sewer line can be seen on the lakebed. In the distance is a modern building housing IT companies, which have mushroomed around this area in the past 15 years.


Beef ban

Closed beef stalls stand inside Crawford Market in Mumbai on March 10.


Delhi durbar

New Delhi, December 10, 2012: India Against Corruption activists (from left) Prashant Bushan, Arvind Kejriwal, Prof. Yogendra Yadav, (second row, from right) Shanti Bhushan and Gopal Rai during the announcement of their political party.

Jammu & Kashmir

Troubled start

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed during his swearing-in in Jammu on March 1.
Volume: 32
Issue: 06
Issue Date: 03-04-2015



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‘Driven by the communal agenda’
 Dr.Ram Puniyani has very clearly explained in this interview about the communal and identity politics of RSS/BJP combine. As mentioned by hi...»
posted by R.Srinivasan   on Mar 25, 2015 at 15:20 IST

Missing the point
 The author is correct to point that "At the same time, there is a need to address the factors that lead to an increase in the violence ...»
posted by Gopal Krishna   on Mar 25, 2015 at 15:31 IST

An end to power cuts
 Decentralized DC distribution is not new as some of us believe. Govt. House, Mount Road, Chennai (present Multi Speciality Hospital) had its...»
posted by Shanmugham K N   on Mar 25, 2015 at 21:56 IST


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