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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Independent India at 60
Watercolour by M.F.Husain, done specially for The Hindu on the occasion of 60 years of Independence
India in the world
On this special anniversary of our independence we need to ask: why have India’s global concerns narrowed just as its global attainments have broadened?
India at sixty
The nation is on the move. The challenge before us is to make the growth process more socially inclusive and regionally balanced
Newspaper futures: India and the world
India’s experienced and diverse press is in robust growth mode. We must ensure that it preserves its elements, its core values and its soul
Two unlikely heroes: the Election Commission and the judiciary
Ironically, in order to protect the Constitution, both have assumed powers that extend beyond their original mandate
Six decades of parliamentary democracy
In spite of shortcomings, Parliament can claim the maximum credit for creating conditions for democracy to flourish
On the threshold of ‘social democracy’
When an eagle takes flight, it has to fly against the wind and not with it
A developmental vision for the future
Towards an alternative economic programme to balance economic growth and equity
Hopes for the future
The challenges: internal security, rural poverty, moral values
Eight areas of success
Our young nation can be proud of its achievements, but key development challenges remain
Persisting public health challenges
Nation’s health should not lag behind economic growth
A pluralist society and a secular state
India is the acknowledged home of people of different cultural and social identities. Its democratic experiment has stood the test of time
Democracy and socio-economic justice
The great Indian paradox: a thriving ‘democracy’ in which the people are powerless to change the exploitative and unequal economic order
Where are the children?
That one in three malnourished children lives in India is a reflection of the failure of the Indian state
At a crucial juncture
Rising India needs to resolve social injustices that fetter development
A question of the right balance
Of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary
Agrarian relations: the lynchpin
India’s future is dependent on resolving the agrarian question. The alternative is too grim to contemplate
The crisis of Indian
If farm ecology and economics go wrong, nothing else will go right in agriculture
Furnishing much less than what people need
Electricity and clean cooking fuel are still unavailable to large sections of the population
Needed, more of those revolutions
India’s telecom growth, marked by a subscriber growth from 14.8 million in 1997 to over 225 million now, represents more than a ‘connectivity revolution’
Growth, but still short of the goals
The ‘non-inclusive’ nature of the current phase of rapid growth is worsening inequalities as never before
IIT dreams, realities, tasks ahead
What they should do to sustain their tradition of excellence
Nuclear renaissance: the Indian scene
India has come a long way in gaining technological independence in nuclear energy. Now it has to move rapidly to realise energy independence
India’s biotech future
Despite roadblocks, the prospects of the sector have never looked brighter
Key issues, challenges for India’s nuclear energy policy
India must continue to pursue the goal of a “nuclear weapons-free world” while taking initiatives to widen the civilian nuclear energy base
Global problems and regional issues
Rising global tensions and regional unpredictability will affect India; security managers have difficult choices to make
India and its neighbours
India seems to have discovered the formulae for living in harmony with neighbours
India and the United Nations
Sometimes being in a minority can be an honour
India in world mathematics
Our nurture of the potential has been less than satisfactory. But there is room for cautious optimism about the future
Indian capital, foreign policy
Bandwagoning with unipolarity has been a trend, but there are limits
For wider access to higher education
To ensure that its economic and social benefits are fully realised by all sections
Trajectory of space technology
India’s national programme could be coupled with an international collaborative framework
Today’s science, tomorrow’s challenges
We need greater commitment to uplift our educational and scientific institutions as a matter of national priority
Understanding the monsoon
Research has produced many insights into what drives it
The Indian art scene in retrospect
It is 60 years since India became independent. Sixty years should be considered a long time, it is nearly two-thirds of a healthy man’s life by today’s count; and so, long enough for him to achieve whatever he planned in his growing ...
History as a site of struggle
Historiography is a terrain of contest, reflective of different conceptions of society and ways of realising them
How to make past future perfect
Lord Curzon, it is said, was eager to look at the restoration work going on inside a temple in Bhubaneswar. He climbed up a ladder and looked at the architecture with admiration, but was aghast at the thought that it would soon be defiled by ...
Are we truly free?
The onward march of the new ‘Great Indian middle class’
It is important to reflect on the implications for democracy of middle class activism outside the political realm
The story of a transformation
The Indian automotive industry as a whole is today in a tough but very exciting phase
India’s traverse to an Information Society
While tele-density growth creates the impression of increasing connectivity, this is no indicator of an actual transition
Indian civil services on the comeback trail
Their context has changed; there are reasons to believe they will rise to the occasion
Making every drop of water count
Strenuous efforts need to be made to maximise what we get out of each drop of water in every kind of water-use
The southern slowdown
Is the south Indian sentiment that “others” are holding South India down true?
Why the south attracts
Attracting investments, doing well on social indices
Good cinema, bad cinema
It was Independence and the linguistic reorganisation of the States that gave a fillip to the growth of regional languages and led to a renaissance in the arts, literature, theatre, painting, and, importantly, cinema in India. The films of ...
Bright prospects for Carnatic music
Chitravina N. Ravikiran answers a set of questions on the state of Carnatic music, the influences that continue to shape it, the impact of technology on it… How do you see the future of Carnatic music in a world of competing ...
Hindustani music over the years
Popular Hindustani vocalist Girija Devi spans genres and generations with her versatile singing. She specialises in Purbi ang, the flavour of eastern India, as well as Khaya , the major classical form of North India. She gave her first ...
India’s environmental roller-coaster ride
Environmental news making newspaper headlines is no longer a rarity. On July 15, the Prime Minister’s meeting on India’s response to climate change was on the front page of many newspapers. Not so long before that, the shocking news ...
Making room for nature
Contemplating India’s conservation experiences after achieving Independence, hope and despair clash in my heart. In the first two decades (1947-1967), the country tried to address a tidal wave of expectations about economic ...
Sporting struggles and triumphs
As sport turned robust, India’s stagnancy was linked to what billiards ace Michael Ferreira calls “a refusal to adapt”
A brief history of deference
The relationship between the Indian cricket board and the player has been that of a fitfully benevolent but essentially unaccountable patron
Changing social and cultural mores
India is going through a phase of transition; the certitudes of the past are being interrogated by the imperatives of the present and the temptations of the future
“Tryst with Destiny”
“Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially,” declared India’s first Premier, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, moving the ...
A Republic is Born
THE inauguration of the Republic of India is an act of high faith in the people of this country, a gesture of dedication of all the nation’s talent and resources to the realisation of worthy purposes. It amounts to an implicit pledge on the ...
Recalling the historic midnight scene
THE midnight hour of the 14th-15th August 1947, was, without doubt, a most momentous event in the history of our country. In fact, it marked the birth of a free India and, thus, the culmination of the hopes, the dreams of many dedicated people, ...
The Universal Man
The oppressed and exploited of all nations feel that the most powerful voice raised in the cause of justice has been stilled
A Red-Letter Day
By the grace of Providence India enters the comity of free nations to-day, an equal among equals. It is an occasion for rejoicing not only for her people but for all who value human freedom as an end in itself. So long as this country with her ...
Basis of Cabinet Government
Cabinet Government is not just Government by a Cabinet; it is a whole scheme of Government in which ultimate responsibility for political decisions is vested in the Cabinet. It is not enough to collect a dozen gentlemen in a room, place agenda ...
Economic rights of the common man
After the transfer of power on August 15, 1947, the next important step we have taken is the declaration of the Union of India as a sovereign democratic Republic, in pursuance of the Constitution we have adopted for ourselves.This is fixed ...
Reconstruction of society
“Dravidastan” agitation explained
Ranji of undying glory
Founder of a new technique
Gandhian key to real peace
Reflections by Romain Rolland
Ideal of Aikya Kerala: viability of proposed unit
THE formation of a separate Kerala Province is now a certainty. The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister told the Aikya Kerala Deputation which waited on them recently that there was no doubt that the Province would be formed and that the ...
Religious rights in the new State
All students of contemporary affairs in India are aware that our political struggle was dominated in the last stages by the question of the status of minorities and the problem of ensuring for them the freedoms that would enable them to function ...
A Hundred Years
Where national life becomes an arena for differing views to have it out, resulting in heated controversy, the role of the press becomes delicate
Glimpses of history from the archives of The Hindu - I
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