Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Can anyone stop him please? Not caring for great classics, he just loves glamour

By Indira Hirway* If a film opens with a romantic duet song “ye pahela pahela pyaar hai” with a sweet and romantic background music with Mohandas Gandhi and Kasturba dancing on the sea shore of Porbandar, how will you find it? If Kasturba is dressed boldly and Mohandas is dressed in a typically Sorathi dress … More Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Can anyone stop him please? Not caring for great classics, he just loves glamour

Keeping Ganga clean? Fanatics don’t bother, feel the river is self-purifying, will take care of itself

By Sadhan Mukherjee* The Uttarakhand high court on 19 March recognised river Ganga as the “first living entity of India” along with Yamuna and qualified them as “minors” who by themselves cannot take care of themselves. After chiding the states of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttarakhand (UK) for not cooperating with the central government for … More Keeping Ganga clean? Fanatics don’t bother, feel the river is self-purifying, will take care of itself

Asbestos lobbyists seeking to prioritize financial interests over health and safety of world population

By Laurie Kazan-Allen* In a few weeks, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations’ Rotterdam Convention (RC) on the Prior Informed Consent Procedures for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade will meet for the eighth time (COP8). Pivotal to the success of the meeting and, indeed, to the long-term viability … More Asbestos lobbyists seeking to prioritize financial interests over health and safety of world population

A gross violation of constitutional provisions, Rajya Sabha privileges, again through Money Bill route

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Government of India is seeking to amend the Income Tax Act, 1961 to make it compulsory for taxpayers to have Aadhaar for filing income tax returns (IT returns). If the Aadhaar number or an Aadhaar enrolment number is not provided by a taxpayer at the time of filing IT returns, after 01 July, 2017, … More A gross violation of constitutional provisions, Rajya Sabha privileges, again through Money Bill route

As 40% of deaths occur at home, India must use verbal autopsy to collect data on causes of death

By Nandita Saikia and Purushottam M Kulkarni* By setting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the early 2000s, the United Nations galvanised unprecedented efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental … More As 40% of deaths occur at home, India must use verbal autopsy to collect data on causes of death