Avay Shukla

Watchdog should bite more often

The entire electoral process has been distorted to suit the BJP. But the Election Commission is not taking stern action

18 Apr 2019

Environmental governance should be a poll issue

Every single state of the environment report these days is unambiguous about one thing — the biggest catastrophe facing India is climate change and global warming.

26 Mar 2019

Turning into a federation of silos?

When the states and the Centre are in a constant state of antagonism, it does not portend well for the idea of one India.

28 Feb 2019

A difficult time for Caesar’s wives

We should move to an US-style system where the government nominates SC judges and top officials, but the Senate has to approve them.

30 Jan 2019

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

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

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

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

Allow us to die with dignity

If the law lets me tell a doctor to cut me open, it should also let me tell a doctor not to touch me and allow me to die in peace

06 Dec 2017

The strange language of governance

Words were supposed to convey a meaning. But our bureaucrats sometimes use words to hide shady deals; even RTIs can’t catch them

13 Nov 2017

The talwars are innocent, but are we?

In the Aarushi case, every institution intended to safeguard our rights—the executive, judiciary, Parliament and media—turned rogue

26 Oct 2017

Privatising the IAS is a mistake

Does the civil service need experts from outside? No, an IAS officer is an expert in the most difficult of all domains—public administration

14 Oct 2017

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