A new air quality agenda

A new air quality agenda

An efficient traffic signal management can not only help maintain the flow of traffic but also drastically reduce air pollution levels and save fuel Air pollution in our country, particularly in some of the urban centres, has become a major public health issue. Depending on the region and clima ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, 17 January 2020

Consensus still possible

Consensus still possible

The very rationale for establishing the Inter-State Council was to have a wide perspective on resolving frictions. In the present context, we need to remind ourselves of its role. The Inter-State Council, having its roots in Article 263 of the Constitution, was meant for situations just like the prese ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Saturday, 04 January 2020

Between States

Between States

Despite the deteriorating Centre-State relations in the late 1960s, not much could be achieved as the Council had not been established. Later, as the political situation underwent a change after the mid-term poll of 1971, followed in a similar manner in the states, these recommendations were practically forgotten. ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Sunday, December 29, 2019

Global warning

Global warning

Irrespective of the disappointing outcome of the Madrid summit, as a responsible nation, India cannot be making a half-hearted approach to address the issue of climate change Even as the thunderous reverberations of the 16-year-old environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, at the UN, ju ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Privacy & the Public

Privacy & the Public

Undoubtedly, the RTI Act in its original form was one of the most liberal pieces of legislation aimed at enhancing transparency and democratic values. As such, in order to fulfil their perceived role effectively, the CIC and the ICs had been given a status which would enable them to have the power to re ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Saturday, December 7, 2019

Justice in the time of AI

Justice in the time of AI

A proposal is currently under consideration for the introduction of Artificial Intelligence to aid the justice delivery system. A reclassification of crimes for trial of offences under the social welfare code, correctional code, economic and other white collar crimes, criminal code, organised crime and ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Sunday, December 1, 2019

Our sacred text

Our sacred text

In the present atmosphere of competitive politics, we can’t dream of such a great collective effort at nation-building as achieved by the Constituent Assembly Almost all religions have sacred texts revered by their followers. In a similar manner, for ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Man-made crisis

Man-made crisis

Delhi, leading the NCR with a combination of adverse factors, has already broken the world record for Air Quality Index (AQI), making the headlines bold and telling. But perhaps waking up will take some time. There is no dearth of authorities who are and were aware of the impending environmental hazard, ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Parliamentary dilemma

Parliamentary dilemma

The role of the Speaker has come under much criticism in recent times. There’s a need to bring changes to the anti-defection law besides strengthening the office Even as controversies surrounding the office of the Speak ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Monday, November 04, 2019

Building blocks

Building blocks

Our education system must be integrated from the foundation stage, which will encourage critical thinking and inculcate a sense of inquiry and inquisitiveness The concept of critical thinking is not something entirely new ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, October 25, 2019

Common sense won the day

Common sense won the day

That there is little connect between innate common sense and educational qualifications is a well-known historical fact. Some of the most successful historical figures and famous persons had no degrees to boast of while some had not even learnt the basics of alphabet. Today, in our day-to-day life we often come ...

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This article was first published in The Tribune on Friday, October 18, 2019

The plastic waste

The plastic waste

It is quite paradoxical that so far we have been very conscious of pollution caused by auto emissions and other atmospheric pollutants while we have been continuing to ignore heaps and mounds of garbage and plastic waste. The existing laws on the subject as well as the rules framed thereunder are more t ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Frequent policy swings hurt

Frequent policy swings hurt

The decision to give major incentives for electric vehicles has delivered a body blow to the already struggling automobile sector. Sometimes even with the best of intentions, certain words can lead to unexpected results a ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, October 11, 2019

Harness the power of sun

Harness the power of sun

To achieve the target of installing 100 GW of solar energy by 2022, a more comprehensive manufacturing strategy is needed. We cannot remain dependent on imports. Recently, while addressing the UN Climate Action Summit 201 ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Saturday, October 05, 2019

The Hazardous Ozone

The Hazardous Ozone

According to some recent reports the Ozone hole which is not exactly a hole but a low density area for Ozone has started to fill up and of late, has become relatively more dense. Going by the current projections and based on the currently controlled regime under the Montreal Protocol, the existing hole ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Thursday, September 26, 2019

A Himalayan Threat

A Himalayan Threat

Fires that engulfed the Amazon rainforests should awaken us to the threat closer home. Shivaliks and lower Himalayas, too, witness the same risk almost every year. ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Thursday, September 19, 2019

Greasing wheels of justice

Greasing wheels of justice

Merely raising the number of judicial officers may not be enough for quick delivery of justice as the system calls for changes in vital areas. Recently on the recommendation of the ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, September 13, 2019

Constitution & the Polls

Constitution & the Polls

The entire electoral process in the current scenario has assumed a more vibrant and demanding role. Keeping in view the core values of our Constitution and democratic norms, it would be very befitting to further strengthen ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Sunday, September 8, 2019

Explained: The negative sentiment in automobile market

Explained: The negative sentiment in automobile market

With attractive concessions for e-vehicles in the offing, those who were in the market for buying cars or two-wheelers might have postponed their decisions. ...

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This article was first published in Sunday Guardian Live on Saturday, September 7, 2019

Gubernatorial Discretion

Gubernatorial Discretion

The Supreme Court in Jayalalitha’s case ruled that the Governor is a functionary under the Constitution and cannot in exercise of his discretion do anything that is contrary to th ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Saturday, August 31, 2019

A Matter Of Indiscretion?

A Matter Of Indiscretion?

The appointment of convicted SKM leader, PS Golay, as Sikkim CM has thrown up some sticky questions about constitutional propriety by the Governor ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Friday, 30 August 2019

Public order in concurrent list

Public order in concurrent list

The Hon'ble Chief Justice of India has recently spoken about the CBI in some very unambiguous terms. Earlier, two of his pre-decessors has also spken, but they had done so from the bench ...

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This article was first published in The Statesman on Thursday, 22 August 2019

Governing Governors

Governing Governors

History is replete with instances where Governors failed to adhere to the principles of the Bommai judgement and the Supreme Court had to intervene to uphold the Constitution. ...

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This article was first published in The Pioneer on Thursday, 15 August 2019