Voices

Blockchain-based property registries may help lift poor people out of poverty

In India, the lack of secure land ownership is a bigger cause of poverty than the caste system or a high illiteracy rate.

Are the Centre’s welfare measures for daily wagers effective or mere paper tigers?

With lakhs of bogus workers registered and the welfare boards sitting on thousands of crores of unused funds, migrant workers aren’t the real beneficiaries of these schemes.

One likely winner of the World Cup? Russian President Vladmir Putin

Putin seems to understand the ability of sport to foment feelings of national pride and has repeatedly used sporting events to enhance his popular standing at home.

The politics of steel: In the tussle between AP and Centre, Kadapa plant is losing out

The difference in the versions provided by the central and Andhra governments raises suspicion over whether the dispute is entirely political. 

National Statistics Day: How data can be harnessed for sustainable development in India

On the 125th birth anniversary of India's master statistician, PC Mahalanobis, it is important to see how far we have come, how far we have to go - and how to measure it.

If I were a farmer, here are 10 reasons why I would question the Salem-Chennai Highway

With no actual environment or social impact study being done, Nityanand Jayaraman writes the points he would raise had he been one of the farmers losing land.

The real reason Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women driving: Economic necessity

In general, Saudi women are slightly better educated than men and so the government believes they can play an active role in developing the country.

Women’s unpaid work must be included in GDP calculations: lessons from history

Over the next seven decades, GDP calculations would not generally include unpaid (and mostly female) labour.

Why reducing antibiotics in farm animals isn’t as easy as it seems

Reducing antibiotic use will also likely raise costs for producers and with them, prices for consumers.

Puducherry’s cause has been sacrificed for Congress party’s enmity with Kejriwal

Also, Puducherry with one Lok Sabha seat is much less politically important than Delhi with 7 seats.