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Is activism against Deepavali firecrackers a one-day campaign against Hinduism?

Why are activists opposing an ‘old tradition’, and why not complain against other festivals? An environmentalist answers.

A chance for citizens to shape the city’s future, let’s not waste it: A Bengalurean’s appeal

Citizens can now join ward committees to work with the BBMP and local Corporators to make sure your neighbourhood develops the right way.

Bengaluru, you're killing me: How the city's traffic has made me an angry person

There's no metro where I live and the BMTC bus service is so unpredictable, I don't know if I should blame it on karma.

What makes a great WHO chief? A conversation with Halfdan Mahler

It is well known that the voting for this position will involve a lot of backroom diplomacy and ‘horse-trading’ deals between Member States.

The World Health Assembly in times of Ebola and election of a new Director General

This will also be the first time that a disease outbreak is in news as the WHA meets, making the conversation about diseases and their spread 'live and real' .

A response to Nandan Nilekani’s new claims on Aadhaar

"Since every transaction leaks identity and every transaction requires the the biometric data, the “true ID” is shared with everyone for completing a transaction."

'Dhoomakethu' and Indian heritage in the world of comets: An astronomer writes

This is just the tip of an iceberg of rich scientific history and heritage we have inherited from our ancestors.

‘The UIDAI system design is flawed’: This man ‘busts’ Nandan Nilekani’s 9 claims on Aadhaar

Almost everyone who tries to use the system, will at some point face an authentication failure over a period of time.

Your future food will be grown with waste water

The use of waste water for food production is mainly a question of managing water shortage and socioeconomic costs.

A journalist’s burden of despair and anger: The injustice to this old man will haunt me forever

Madhu struggled for years to find out the truth about how his son Aneesh had died, but never found his answers.

Fly me to the Moon? Why the world should be wary of Elon Musk's space race

Space travel is not a natural process, but a social one, involving domestic politics, international competition, and state funds.

Giving girls their due: How a village sarpanch showed the way

People like this sarpanch in an East Delhi village are helping change the perception that a girl is 'only' a liability.

There are no superwomen: This Women’s Day, can we please stop with these patronising ads?

Can you imagine a superhero movie where all that the man with super human powers does is housework, housework, and oh more housework while smiling pleasantly all through?

The return of the pugnacious southpaw: Will Abhinav Mukund’s comeback be longer?

So obsessed was he in making an international comeback that, by his own admission, he had stopped enjoying the game that he loved.

A letter from Democracy, to the Free Speech she misses: A Bengaluru 17-yr-old writes

"I hope this letter to you isn’t being written in vain. In more colloquial words, if I may, I hope you are not dead."

Dear Gurmehar, One woman to another, this woman’s day

It saddens me to see you retreat from Delhi to Jalandhar to recover. But recover you must.

Listen to Maneka ji beta - it’s not discrimination, we’re just controlling hormonal outbursts

Imagine a hostel full of 16 year old girls with hormonal outbursts running amok on campus and it's worse than the zombie apocalypse.

Kerala priest rape case: The Church's defense is sick and dangerous

The convenient excuse that the church hands out each time such an assault comes out in the open is this – “Not all priests are like that.”

India should be unhappy at the manner of losing Test

Sometimes the figures tell it all.

Lipstick to seal my vagina shut? Let's start with its creator's mouth

Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll stick to my “plugs" and "diapers” instead.

Modelling when Muslim: How a bikini shoot angered my relatives but made me confident

I was accused of bringing “disgrace” to the family for “shamelessly exposing” my body.