Anand Neelakantan

Time to shift to a Presidential system

Democracy is vital for India, but we can’t be proud of how it is practised now. 

26 Sep 2021

Heart-centric, Not Smart-centric will Finally Win the Day for India

If we allow one-third of our citizens to go hungry when sufficient grains are available with us, how can we call the system ‘smart’?

12 Sep 2021

A modern secular India has no place for religious education

Religions, claim the scriptures, are revealed by the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God or gods, making them irrefutable and infallible.

28 Aug 2021

The debate should shift to rationalisation of quota

The Union government recently announced 27 percent reservation for OBC and 10 percent reservation for the economically weaker societies in medical courses.

14 Aug 2021

India needs to reform its culture to excel in sports

India is continuing its dismal Olympic performance this time too. Since the inception of the Olympics in 1900. In the last 121 years, we have got 28 medals till 2016.

31 Jul 2021

Encourage private enterprise, not at the cost of basic facilities to people

Recently, Kitex, the world’s third-largest supplier of infant wear, announced the withdrawal of a Rs 3,500-crore expansion plan from Kerala, alleging harassment by the state government.

16 Jul 2021

Menace of dowry that is ingrained in Indian 'tradition'

There could be no people on earth who are bigger hypocrites than Indians when it comes to how we treat women.

03 Jul 2021

India's recurring monsoon tragedy

While city roads become raging rapids, drainage flows into one's drawing room, and people start cursing the rain, in villages, the floods wash away homes and livelihood.

18 Jun 2021

It’s time to end the concept of union territories

Unfortunately, in India, some lesser citizens have to swallow whatever is thrust down their throats by their rulers with no recourse to hold them responsible. These people live in eight UTs of India.

05 Jun 2021

Time for open book exams

Considering the rising Covid cases, it would be wise not to conduct the examination.

22 May 2021

Vaccine a fundamental right

Twenty-four years ago, a poor Third World country decided to vaccinate 12.1 crore of children against polio on a single day.

08 May 2021

'Midnight's Borders' book review: A skewed presentation

More than 500 princely kingdoms got sucked into the Indian Republic after independently gaining independence from the British.

04 May 2021

We get the leaders we deserve

We are standing at the same place where we were last year, or perhaps, we have regressed.

24 Apr 2021

Food and faith create lactose intolerance

It is a myth that India is a country of vegetarians. More than 70 percent of Indians consume meat and fish in one form or another.

10 Apr 2021

Time to rein in social media during elections

The amount of information we have voluntarily submitted for the data miners through our social media accounts is humongous.

26 Mar 2021