Global Cricket’s Toothless Policing Force

A few months after taking over as general manager of the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), Alex Marshall pronounced, “In most parts of the world it is mostly corrupt Indian bookies.” What Marshall said was nothing new. For more than one

Game of Skill or Game of Life?

On October 16, Mohan, a 21-year-old engineering student in Andhra Pradesh, allegedly died by suicide, failing to pay a debt of ₹80,000 that he had accumulated due to his online gaming addiction. Over the past year, Tamil Nadu reported 30 suicide due

Modern Slavery Is On The Rise

In early September, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) released a startling report that brought into focus the magnitude of ‘modern slavery’. Slavery in the conventional sense might have been abolished or has been deemed illegal in most parts of the world, but

Rogue Flying Objects

On a hot summer morning in June 2020, at around 5 am, Border Security Force (BSF) sentries manning a border outpost at Pansar in Rathua village in Jammu, which is at touching distance from the Pakistani post across the international border, picked

Death of the Invisible

Even as India marks 75 years of independence with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Virendra Kumar, informed Parliament on July 18 that 347 people died during hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in the past

Seeding a Tech Revolution

Nearly 43% of India’s population is dependent on agriculture and farming for livelihood, with the sector contributing a shade over 20% to the country’s GDP, but due to the lack of technology integration and a robust value chain, the agriculture sector and

Green is the Colour of Money

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sprang a surprise at the climate change conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, last November by announcing that India will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. Since then, the government has taken a series of steps in that direction.

Bitter Harvest

In a few months’ time, apple farmers in the Kashmir Valley would be gearing up for another cycle of flowering and fruiting of the cash crop. But, most likely, they will be weighed down by the thought of stacks of unsold crates

Oily Dilemma

The mission announced in August 2021 to bring an additional 6.5 lakh hectares under oil palm cultivation by the end of March 2026 is necessary to reduce the country’s dependence on imported edible oil but its extension to the Andamans should be

Economic Spring On India’s Horizon

In August 2021, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government would bring about an amendment in the appropriate law to negate the effect of the capital gains tax imposed by Pranab Mukherjee, finance minister in the UPA government, on several