What are the terms of engagement between science and politics? Are they supposed to influence each other? The debate over Bt Brinjal has brought these questions to the forefront yet again.
Senior ministers in the UPA government have been talking in different voices on Bt Brinjal. Read more
Political speeches have always fascinated me and in the state of Kerala where I grew up, there was never a shortage of them. I used to literally travel great lengths to listen to anyone who bothered to speak. And mind you, local leaders in my place used to think global and many a speech would end up issuing a stern warning to George Bush (senior that is). Read more
Few of us think highly of government. Most of us don’t think of government at all. But things are changing, and how.
For example, more and more people are keen to keep their money in government-owned banks. They suddenly seem okay with dusty desks and not-so-pleasing clerks, who are not called customer service executives. When you are scared, you look up to the government. Like we are now, by a global financial crisis that is taking away our jobs and depleting our assets. Read more