Avay Shukla

On the new demographic dilemma

The global total fertility rate (TFR) is around 2.4, less than half of what it was in the 1960s.

08 Jan 2019

Insurers give short shrift to Disabled

Article 25 of the UN Convention on the rights of the disabled prohibits discrimination in matters of health and life insurance. 

11 Dec 2018

Our right to  know is not  negotiable

These last few weeks have had a bizarre quality to them, almost a Kafkaesque experience, with doses of Lewis Carroll, Ian Fleming, John Le Carre and George Orwell thrown in.

28 Nov 2018

Courts should interpret law, not morality 

A legal fiction is a term coined by sociologists to describe widely held beliefs that may not be capable of being proved; they may even run contrary to natural principles of the universe and nature.

13 Nov 2018

Judiciary fighting a lonely battle

The pillaging of the Western Ghats (and its consequences in Kerala) is just the latest example.

20 Oct 2018

The pushback against mass tourism

As the numbers become unsustainable its negative fallout can be seen: the adverse cultural, ecological and infrastructural impacts on places and communities.

18 Sep 2018

Privacy woes: Aadhaar only the beginning

Forget biometrics—it is a rudimentary prototype of what AI algorithms have in store for us. In the digital future, you can run but cannot hide.

21 Aug 2018

WhatsApp doesn’t kill, hate does

WhatsApp is only the messenger, the message itself comes from elsewhere in the corridors of power, amplified by some channels which have specialised in converting news into ‘fake views’.

24 Jul 2018

The end may be closer than we think

Recent research shows global temperatures will go up by seven degrees by 2036 and mankind will be dead. The time to act is now.

27 Jun 2018

We need a law on state reparations

Apex court’s order on SC/ST Act highlights the problem of wrongful arrests in India. It’s time to compensate the victims and end such laws.

28 May 2018

Last bastion of constitutional order under siege

Nation states are created by individuals but endure on the strength and integrity of their institutions. This is particularly true of democracies, which take generations to set down roots.

28 Apr 2018

Miles to go before we sleep

The apex court opened the doors to a dignified death last month. But few will be able to walk through these doors because of red tape.

04 Apr 2018

The real challenge is inequality

Development has become skewed in favour of the rich. The monstrous inequality is making a mockery of our so-called growth story

07 Mar 2018

Why do we kill our daughters?

The Economic Survey 2018 says there are 21 million ‘unwanted’ girl children in India. The name of the game is to have a male child

08 Feb 2018

A hope lost to politics as usual

Kejriwal is delegitimising his revolutionising entry into the political sphere by maintaining silence on key issues

15 Jan 2018