Randeep Ramesh

Blackouts in India are a sign of political arrogance

The recent powercuts that hit about 620-million people in India were a sign of a democracy that takes power from its people, writes Randeep Ramesh.

How wealth affects health

A British study shows that the poorest people in the London borough of Westminster live 17 years less than the richest.

Poorer children ‘don’t reach their potential’

Almost 60% of five-year-olds in some of Britain's poorest areas do not reach a "good level" of behaviour and understanding.

Millions of children still die needlessly

One of the biggest concerns is that not enough is being done to cut the number of child deaths across the globe.

India’s space race takes flak

If the country succeeded, it would become only the fourth -- after the United States, Russia and China -- to send a man into space.

Bestseller’s success upsets Indian literati

At 35, Chetan Bhagat's chronicling of the trials and tribulations of the country's middle-class youth has made him a publishing phenomenon in India.

High price for a cheap car

State accused of stealing land and livelihoods for a factory that now lies empty.

Indian vote clears path for landmark US nuclear deal

The Indian government on Tuesday night survived a knife-edge parliamentary vote of confidence, clearing the way for a landmark nuclear deal.

TV swami offers a cure-all

Yoga evangelist has millions in his thrall, but critics claim devotees are being duped, writes Randeep Ramesh in Haridwar.

Fall of the house of Shah

Last week, Nepal's new constitutional assembly held its first meeting and put an end to the monarchy, a key part of a 2006 peace deal with Maoist guerrillas who gave up the bullet for the ballot box on the condition that the country becomes a secular republic. The civil war lasted a decade and cost more than 13 000 lives.

True legacy of Bhopal disaster comes to light

Hundreds of children are still being born with birth defects as a result of the world's worst industrial disaster 23 years ago in the central Indian town of Bhopal, say campaigners. They are demanding that the Indian government provide immediate medical care and conduct research into the "hidden" health impacts.

Former rebels on brink of historic Nepal election victory

Former communist rebels in Nepal appear to be on the brink of a historic sweep in elections that will decide the political future of the Himalayan nation and end the rule of its 239-year-old royal dynasty. The Maoists' party has won 42 seats and is leading in 58 constituencies, the election commission said in a statement on its website.

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