Columns

April 3, 2020

“Pesticide regulation can dramatically reduce the number of non-farm suicides in India”

The Center for Pesticide Suicide Prevention at the University of Edinburgh suggests that banning highly hazardous pesticides could mitigate the number of suicides in India

Aastha Sethi
April 3, 2020

This is why many Indian children from low-income households struggle with English

Orality — a combination of verbal communication and non-verbal communication — is the key. If children don’t learn to communicate well in early childhood, odds are they will struggle in school

Natasha Joshi
April 3, 2020

The very purpose of social distancing was defeated when people thronged the streets

Over the last few years, we have regressed. The perfect example of this is the number of messages that were circulating before and after the ‘thali and tali’ fest on March 22

Sanjiv Krishan Sood
March 28, 2020

The lockdown is revealing the yawning chasm between the urban and rural India

Even in rapidly urbanising India, 69% of the population lives in villages, according to the 2011 Census. But the distribution of health workers and facilities leaves much of rural India in dire straits

Patralekha Chatterjee
March 27, 2020

Make sure to keep the virus at bay, but don’t ignore your mental health and emotional well-being

Many people are wondering what would be the outcome of this lockdown. Those who live alone are feeling lonelier. People are losing money. It’s important to keep your emotions in check

Shyam Mithiya
March 21, 2020

Barring a few metropolitan cities, the house sparrow is doing well in rural areas in India

If sparrows enter our homes, it’s because we want them there. I can’t think of any other wild animal which is so missed by people. There was global outrage when the house sparrow started declining

Neha Sinha
March 2, 2020

We would perhaps value food more if we have to really search for it. Learn from a woodpecker

The tree may not mind the scars the woodpecker leaves; and the woodpecker perhaps does not mind hundreds of attempts before it gets a single insect that bores into the heartwood of a tree

Neha Sinha
February 29, 2020

Coronavirus scare: India should pay heed as our health system is patchy. India remains vulnerable

The Union Health Minister has said India has remained protected from Coronavirus due to its robust heath surveillance system. But health experts are more cautious in their pronouncements

Patralekha Chatterjee
February 15, 2020

The Wetlands Day should be celebrated every day as the future of wetlands in India is uncertain

There are still lakhs of wetlands in India but they are disappearing. The banks of the river Yamuna, for instance, were dotted with wetlands which are now getting tapped, dried or filled up

Neha Sinha
February 8, 2020

The broiler is selling cheaply these days. That’s bad news for small and independent farmers

The cost of production at broiler farms has shot up steeply in the past two years. In 2017-18, it was due to the high rise in chick prices and in 2018-19 it was due to high prices of both chicks and the feed

Ibne Ali