ABSOLUTE FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Ever since the nobel laureate Amartya Sen named his book on the nature of public discourse in India “The Argumentative Indian”, it has become axiomatic to refer to Indians in this manner. Read More by: livemint

LITERACY RATE UP BUT, SO ILLITERATE

A 2015 Unesco report said that in terms of absolute numbers, India – with 28.7 crore illiterates – was the country with the largest number of adults without basic literacy skills in 2010-11 compared to 2000-01 when it had 30.4 crore illiterates. READ MORE by: the times of India

LEAVING NO POOR PERSON BEHIND

The National Food Security Act is finally making headway in the poorest States. Amplified by reforms in the Public Distribution System, a modicum of nutritional support and economic security to all vulnerable households is now a real possibility. READ MORE by: the hindu

 

WHY PhDs WANT TO BE PEONS

Last year, 2.3 million people, including postgraduates and PhDs, applied for 368 peon posts advertised in Uttar Pradesh. Outrage followed. Why were highly educated people applying for a job which required only primary school education and knowing how to ride a bicycle, people asked. READ MORE by: livemint

 

BHAGWATI, DIXIT AND DASGUPTA: THREE NOBEL-WORTHY INDIAN ECONOMISTS

As in every other Nobel season, the run-up to the prize announcements has seen intense speculation on who will win them this year. The suspense over the economics Nobel will end on Monday. READ MORE by: mintonsunday

 

PIRANHAS IN THE GODAVARI: HOW INVASIVE SPECIES ARE WREAKING HAVOC

One day in December 2012, a boy and his father made their way from Mylapore’s famous Kapaleeswarar temple to the temple tank across the road. READ MORE by: mintonsunday