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What the UGC ruling on plagiarism means for Indian academia

What the UGC ruling on plagiarism means for Indian academia

The new rules approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the higher education regulatory body, say that researchers will lose their registration and teachers their jobs if found guilty of plagiarising. There will be graded punishment for offenders. This essential move should have come much earlier to ensure that Indian academia is a wellspring of fresh ideas rather than a […]

Islamabad must keep Hafiz Saeed and his ilk out of Pakistan‘s politics

Islamabad must keep Hafiz Saeed and his ilk out of Pakistan‘s politics

The United States has once again tightened the noose around the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), one of the most potent anti-India forces that operates from Pakistani soil, by designating the Milli Muslim League (MML) and Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir (TAJK) as fronts for the terror group. Both MML and TAJK are political forces created by LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, the former with an eye on […]

While Facebook faces the music, maybe it is time to #DeleteWhatsApp | Opinion

While Facebook faces the music, maybe it is time to #DeleteWhatsApp | Opinion

WhatsApp differentiates itself from Facebook by touting its end-to-end encryption. “Some of your most personal moments are shared with WhatsApp”, it says, so “your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands”. A WhatsApp founder recently expressed outrage at Facebook’s privacy policies by tweeting “It is time. #deletefacebook”. But WhatsApp may need […]

Don‘t let the Cauvery water dispute fester any more

Don‘t let the Cauvery water dispute fester any more

On Monday, Parliament was adjourned by noon after AIADMK MPs protested demanding the formation of a Cauvery Water Management Board. The protest, and a series of other stirs planned by parties in Tamil Nadu, shows how, despite the Supreme Court verdict on February 16, there has been little progress in settling the Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The […]

India‘s political class has failed to realise the gravity of the employment cri…

India‘s political class has failed to realise the gravity of the employment cri…

Twenty-five million people have applied for 90,000 blue collar jobs recently advertised by Indian Railways. This statistic captures the fundamental divide in the Indian economy. All talk of young Indians being engaged in the knowledge-based digital economy and creating potential unicorns is valid only for a minuscule minority. An overwhelming majority is desperately looking for government jobs, even if it […]

The narrative around 2019 is more likely to be shaped from state capitals than Ramlila…

The narrative around 2019 is more likely to be shaped from state capitals than Ramlila…

Anna Hazare sat on a hunger strike in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan to press for demands, including the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayukta. The agitation has not had any impact on the current political environment. Mass-participation is a minuscule fraction of what it was when Anna came to Delhi in 2011. The 2011 Lokpal agitation marked the beginning of the end […]

The NDA government‘s Ujjwala scheme is not a failure

The NDA government‘s Ujjwala scheme is not a failure

There has been much anxiety in recent times about refilling, or the lack of it, of LPG cylinders among poor households under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). This understanding is driven by the conflation of the idea of access (getting a new LPG connection) with expectations of usage (LPG replacing wood/ dung as the main cooking fuel). The underlying […]

When change matters, can Congress make the difference in Odisha?

When change matters, can Congress make the difference in Odisha?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has finally appointed one of his key aides, former union minister Jitendra Singh, to take charge of the party’s affairs in the state of Odisha. Singh’s appointment comes at a time when the Congress in Odisha, ridden by factional fights, is on the brink of becoming an irrelevant political force in the state. Its local leaders […]

If the authorities care for Delhi‘s future, they must heed the SC

If the authorities care for Delhi‘s future, they must heed the SC

The Supreme Court on Monday could not help but express its anguish over what it called “a complete breakdown” of law and order in Delhi because of frequent traders’ strikes against the ongoing sealing drive in some of the city’s popular markets. The situation has become a “free for all” and the “rule of law was meaningless if you [the […]

India cannot afford a North-South divide

India cannot afford a North-South divide

The southern states are unhappy with the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission, which is to decide the ‘distribution between the Union and the States of the net proceeds of taxes’. The body is mandated to take into account the 2011 census instead of the 1971 census. This, states in the south feel, will result in penalising them […]