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Why war can never bring peace

Bruno Bettelheim in Surviving and Other Essays wrote that genocide brings us two categories: the survivor and the victim. When we think of war as an industry which

Sustainable model for rural sanitation

Prime minister Narendra Modi has promised to build a toilet in every Indian home especially in our villages. This is necessary and very admirable

Smart meters to save more energy

A smart meter is an electronic device that records consumption of electric energy in short intervals and communicates this information on a regular basis back to the utility for monitoring

Saving a vital agricultural heritage site

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN initiated in 2010 a programme for according recognition to innovative agriculture production systems by designating them as globally important agricultural heritage

How crucial is e-learning for India?

There has always been some sort of a disconnect between how things are taught in a classroom and how things work in the ‘real world’. While academicians, industrial community

Thriving in a disruptive ideas economy

At every age there are certain portends that become irreversible events. In the 19th and 20th centuries the steam turbine and later oil-driven economy unleashed the mobility

To get good ideas, pay for them

Earlier this week Japan’s media were exultant over a Nobel Prize in physics award to three native sons. So it came as a shock when rather than

Hong Kong reveals Chinese weakness

Faster than expected the demonstrations in Hong Kong have run their course without any substantial concession to the protesters. Initially there was a lot of enthusiasm amongst the

Hazards of high taxes on tobacco

The wise minister of a Mauryan king had advised that since all undertakings depend on finance, the king should pay foremost attention to the treasury. The efficacy of this

Is India ready for an IT revolution?

One of my British mentors told me that technology waves are similar to a London red bus. You do not know exactly when will it come

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