Once content to work hard behind the scenes, civil society has been pushed to the wall and has no choice but to assert that its actions and struggles for a more participatory democracy are responsible for almost every lasting transformative change in Indian society.
The last day of September was the final deadline set by the central government to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA). On paper, after seven earlier postponements, the Jharkhand government crossed this milestone by a whisker. This ambitious food law promises two of every three Indians subsidised food grains all through the year. In Jharkhand 86% of the rural population is legally entitled. But the ground reality of pervasive hunger in the drought-affected districts of a state with the second highest levels of malnutrition continues to be bleak.
NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed the Emergency, imposed in 1975, as the biggest blow to democracy and said its memories should be kept alive to draw lessons to further fortify th...
Yesterday NDTV had invited me to participate in a debate on the 40th anniversary of the Emergency. Before proceeding to the studio in Mumbai's Lower Parel, I took a stroll along Marine Drive with my two nephews, both in their early 20s and both bright and tech-savvy. I asked them why this year's June 25 was significant. They didn't know. I felt sad.