Root cause

A file photo of the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP<br />

World Bank draft raises red flags

3 min read . 21 Aug 2015
A file photo of Unilever headquarters in Rotterdam. Unilever has in this past decade been hammered for alleged human rights violations. Photo: AFP<br />

Unilever takes a step forward

3 min read . 03 Jul 2015
India is among a handful of countries with the capability and intention to reach out to the world for natural resources, exploit such resources at home, as well as offer such resources to the world. Photo: Getty Images<br />

China’s advisory on human rights

3 min read . 31 Oct 2014
A file photo of a Chevron Corp. off-shore oil production platform. Global oil firms, including Chevron Corp., are being pressed in the US to disclose their practices in West Africa’s Niger Delta region—a conflict and human rights malpractice hotspot. Photo: Bloomberg<br />

Human rights: who, what, where?

3 min read . 26 Sep 2014
Sharmila will likely continue her iconic protest against AFSPA. She could continue to fast—nasal drip intact—till the law is repealed (or even, diluted). Photo: Arijit Sen/HT<br />

Freed Sharmila, fettered India

3 min read . 22 Aug 2014
In Andhra Pradesh (and present-day Telangana) and West Bengal, Maoists imploded with the pressure of the states’ infiltration and armed action; but there is scant follow-through with governance, always a recipe for renewed slippage. Photo: AFP<br />

Revisiting Ficci’s take on Maoists

3 min read . 20 Jun 2014
Voting in large numbers by people defying Maoists does not amount to a vote for state violence, but for democracy. In any case, that obtuse action can lead to a stalemate and turn people against the state is proved by decades-long resistance and endemic suspicion in much of north-east India and Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: AFP<br />

How to deal with Maoists

4 min read . 16 May 2014
If last fortnight’s flashpoint with Bodo militants suspected of slaughtering Muslim settlers to avenge perceived electoral slight is not alarming enough, consider what sustained communal conflagration can do to Assam. Photo: AFP<br />

Next government must look North-East

3 min read . 08 May 2014
The absence of peace talks—the past four years have seen repeated efforts at peace talks being sabotaged by hawks and vested interests—gradual attrition would buy the Maoists more time, but not by much. Photo: AFP<br />

Maoists: Deal or no deal

3 min read . 11 Apr 2014
A file photo of a battalion of Special Police Officers (SPO) guarding a Salwa Judum relief camp near Bhairamgarh, some 255 Kms south of Raipur on 28 October 2009. Photo: AFP<br />

Hard lessons of Salwa Judum

3 min read . 15 Nov 2013
A file photo of Maoist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao. Photo: HT<br /> (HT)

Heads-up for Maoism Mark V

3 min read . 26 Sep 2013
While the spectrum of payback or collusion is unsavoury, it’s another matter entirely for a government to co-opt CSR funds and make it a part of its development programme. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint<br /> (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Licence-Permit Raj for CSR

3 min read . 19 Sep 2013
A file photo of Maoists. Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP<br /> (Noah Seelam/AFP)

Cooling conflict in Manipur

3 min read . 13 Sep 2013
A file photo of Pushpa Kamal Dahal. In government the Maoists, renamed Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) remarkably spawned two prime ministers, party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, or Prachanda, and his rival, Baburam Bhattarai. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP<br />

Will Nepal be the next failing state?

3 min read . 05 Sep 2013
A file photo of Maoists in Chhattisgarh. Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP<br /> (Noah Seelam/AFP)

Manifestos for internal security

3 min read . 29 Aug 2013
The WEF meeting this past June in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw may have been prophetic about its concern over what some in media described as ‘greedy land grabbing and displacement, especially in ethnic areas with tentative and fragile peace processes’. Photo: ©/2013 World Economic Forum<br /> (©/2013 World Economic Forum)

Indian business and Myanmar

3 min read . 23 Aug 2013
When public servants routinely make servants of the public, it would perhaps be foolish to expect decorum in democracy, let alone the deepening of internal security. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint<br /> (Priyanka Parashar/Mint)

The greatest security threat

3 min read . 15 Aug 2013