Perhaps no other law has grabbed the urban middle class as much as the Right to Information Act. For the first time in 60 years, well off people sought to use a law to improve governance and make themselves accountable as citizens. By and large, the middle class views most legislation with some distant amusement.

Lakshman Oraon and his wife Sarla are no ordinary farmers. On less than an acre of land, they grow paddy, tomatoes, potatoes and onions. Their crop of paddy has just been harvested and you can see the dry remnants sticking out of the soil. But they are getting ready for a second major crop. It could be wheat with mustard and pulses in the margins.

Delhi was once green, cool and never water

...especially in the gigantic unorganised sector, and suddenly the labour fringe becomes the mainstream

...although the now bald pate of Iceland was once resplendent with grass and verdant willow, rowan and birch forests

Come monsoon, and archaeologists will be testing the revival of an Ancient water harvesting system in this historic Buddhist town

MARK Harrison's book is a tale of the trials and tribulations of the Raj on the battlefield of disease and medicine. The colonial government's political strength hinged on the wellbeing of its

Russian scientists confess to dumping atomic waste near major rivers to hide their Cold War sins

In February this year, the United States government publicly admitted to carrying out nuclear radiation tests on completely innocent human guinea pigs

Did American scientists help Russia acquire its atomic bomb? A new book triggers off a major post Cold War controversy