He is former Opinion Editor of The Pioneer, Senior Political Commentator and Public Affairs Analyst.

Contributions 
The Challenge of Ensuring Rail Safety The recent derailment of the New Farakka Express train near Rae Bareli, in which more than half a dozen lives were lost, has brought to fore the issue of rail safety yet again. Details of the incident are still sketchy. Reports say that the 23-coach ...

Ayushman Bharat a Game-Changer, but concerns have to be addressed It’s not always that the prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet, effusively praises India’s healthcare system. In the past, it has challenged Governments in New Delhi on the reported figures of malaria deaths, for instance, claiming that...

वह कांटा चुभा सकते थे, लेकिन मरहम भी लगाते थे: अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी को श्रद्धांजलि अगर मुझे ठीक याद है तो यह 2002 के आखिर की बात है। प्रधानमंत्री अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी नए साल की शुरुआत क...

World Suicide Prevention Day Every year, we observe the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. It is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), and the purpose is to raise awareness around the globe on the preventive aspect of suicides. The ...

Fighting Drug Abuse in India: Greater Focus on ‘Demand’ side is Required Late last month, six northern States and a Union Territory joined hands to tackle the rising drug abuse menace in the region. Ruled by different political parties, they have come together, cutting across ideologies, to plot a common strategy. The ini...

Book Reviews 
Remnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition through Material Memory, Aanchal Malhotra, Harper Collins Publishers, India, Pages 400, Price Rs 799/-. It was Elie Wiesel who had said, “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilisation, no society, no future.” The Holocaust survivor would know, as would those in India and Pakistan who went through the trauma of ...

Half Lion: How PV Narasimha Rao Transformed India; Vinay Sitapati; Penguin Viking Books When Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao became the country’s Prime Minister, he came with few expectations. His track record as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (then undivided) and many years later as Union Cabinet Minister was mediocre. The party ...

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