Do Human Rights Increase Inequality?

Imagine that one man owned everything. Call him Croesus, after the king of ancient lore who, Herodotus says, was so “wonderfully rich” that he “thought himself the happiest of mortals.” Impossibly elevated above his fellow men and women, this modern Croesus is also magnanimous. He does not want people to starve, and not only because…

Health staff, clinics attacked, need more protection – rights groups

Health workers in countries torn by civil unrest and conflict – particularly Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria – need greater protection against attacks on medical facilities, staff and patients, rights groups and aid agencies said on Wednesday. Targeted attacks are destroying health systems and infrastructure, forcing health workers to flee and preventing children from getting vaccinations,…

India hits back at US, refers to racial bias

After America frowned upon “violent attacks” on religious minorities in India, “Ghar Wapsi” campaign by Sangh Parivar and crackdown on the NGOs by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, New Delhi has subtly hit back at Washington, highlighting “racial bias” and “deficiencies in law enforcement procedures” prevalent in United States. In its statement at the United…

Safeguarding the open Internet

Proposals regarding Internet governance are bound to generate serious friction. The online world, after all, has provided enormous opportunities to billions of denizens, largely because it has never been governed. And yet, as the Internet grows in importance, so do the risks inherent in the lack of regulation. There is a growing danger that the…

A tempting minefield

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a report in Mint , commands a very high approval rating at the end of one year. That must be reassuring to him and many others. This column focuses on India’s foreign policy, conceded one of the successes of this government, even by critics. However, it makes the case…