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Need To Change Narrative

      The need of the moment is two-fold: One, the Government must offer a well-coordinated political, diplomatic, and military response to the Pulwama challenge; and two, it must start acting tough on the political elements that ..

Corbyn’s Offer On Brexit

By AL NEAL, The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) called on the PM to introduce direct rule Government for Northern Ireland if a deal isn’t reached, and Sinn Fein, which supports the backstop provision, said May lacked credibility and was “hostage ..

Don’t Fear Fiscal Deficit

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala, The global development mantra today is that low fiscal deficit signals good governance and can help attract large foreign investments. However, it also lim..

Of land-hungry people

  Vijay Phanshikar   When -- whenever -- the Metro Rail services begin, in near or far future, those who take the journey to the Ajni Station from any of the stations on Wardha Road, will be able to have a peep into the sprawling premi..

Cap Airfares

By K R Sudhaman,   The need of the Indian people should be given due consideration while regulating airfares and luggage charges. Civil Aviation Ministry and DGCA should come forward to regulate baggage charges and airfares in such a way to fa..

Trump’s Isolationism

By CONN HALLINAN, This time around, the U.S. is pretty much alone. While the Trump administration is preparing to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the European Union (EU) is lobbying Iran to..

Beyond grief and bliss

  By Vijay Phanshikar           Mein nahi chahata chir-sukh,(Permanent bliss I do not seek)Mein nahi chahata chir-dukh(Nor do I seek eternal grief)Sukh-dukh ki khel michouni(In this hide-seek of bliss and grief)Kho..

Cricket’s Glamorous Heroes

By Yajurvindra Singh, One of our most adored sportsmen and present Indian cricket Captain is Virat Kohli, who was recently bestowed with three awards by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It makes one proud of his achievement, a true hero of millio..

Centre Of Learning

                    “This has made Indian society a cultural amalgamation so uniquely positioned that no other country or culture can imbibe or boast of.  Here every idea could flour..

Of fashion, feistiness, and fitness

          The general scene in the gym was, naturally, very invigorating. Men and women -- mostly young -- were engaged in various fitness activities like cardio exercises such as tread-mill, weight training, calisthenics f..

Who Is Doing What?

New Delhi, February 7 (PTI): In a frontal attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, alleged that those who imposed Emergency, “bullied” the judiciary, and insulted the Army were accusing him of destroying institution..

The Inevitability Of Taliban

By Sankar Ray, Politically, Kabul appears to be moving in a direction where the forces that wanted Taliban out and considered it as their enemy have now accepted its presence and inevitability. Taliban is being legitimised or has forced powers to re..

UBIS Is Feasible

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala,   The need is to implement a Universal Basic Income Scheme that covers all citizens of the country. The main argument against UBIS is its cost. Finla..

My very own Sitabuldi! ...

    Vijay Phanshikar,     Of course, too long ago, Sitabuldi started changing. Sitabuldi of my childhood was long gone, and continued to go away into thin air. That community warmth, that familial closeness, that feeling th..

Trump Steps Up N-Race

By John Wojcik, The INF treaty Trump is cancelling is particularly worrisome because, since it was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1987, the Soviet Union and now Russia and the ..

Venezuela In Turmoil

By PAUL DOBSON,   Meanwhile, the pressure is growing on Guaidó inside Venezuela, with the country’s Supreme Court issuing a travel restriction on the National Assembly Deputy following a request from Attorney General Tarek William Saab..

Of my right to sublimate

              By Vijay Phanshikar, Ve muskate phul, nahi(Those smiling flowers) Jinko aata hai murzana(That know no wilting)Ve taron ke deep, nahi(Those twinkling stars)Jinko bhataa hai buz jaana(That know no..

CAT chief’s power

    The CAT Chairman acting judicially, is equal to any other Member. The Chief Justice of the Higher Courts or the Chief Judge of the subordinate courts, may be higher in order of protocol and may have additional duties andresponsibili..

STARVATION WAGES

THEY provide food for thousands of children every day in the schools. For this, they receive a wage of Rs. 1250 per month; or, Rs. 42 per day. Unbelievable! In this day and age! But this is the reality of Nitish Kumar’s Bihar. Pointing to 42% of the..

Work on Samruddhi Mahamarg commences 

  Staff Reporter, Finally, the work on Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway -- popularly referred to as Samruddhi Mahamarg -- has begun from Shivmadka in Hingna tehsil of Nagpur district. The work of 31-km stretch in Nagpur district is ex..

GDP Inadequate Barometer

                  By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala, GDP is considered to be a measure of welfare of the people. However, it can be exactly the opposite. An anomaly of GDP is that it measures “g..

Gold - Safe Haven Asset

By ARJAVI INDRANEESH,     Analysts see continued demand for gold and investors once again seek tail-end protection against increased volatility and uncertainty across other asset classes.   GOLD is re-emerging as a safe haven, lea..

Brexit And India

By SUBRATA MAJUMDER,   Given the lead role played by UK in India-EU relations, arguments were levelled both in favour as well as against Brexit. One group thinks that it will open new opportunities for a surge in economic relation while anothe..

I am the moment

  By Vijay Phanshikar,           You gleam Caribbean bright,whispering melancholy in the watercolour essence......Sunlight and Water in fusionI watch from the shore,reflections dancingalong the rippling spine of yo..

DUTY AND ENTITLEMENT

  Ahmedabad, January 23 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the sense of duty among people before Independence has now turned into a sense of entitlement. Modi was addressing a gathering in Sansora village in Bhavnagar distri..

Sanders’ Vision For US

By C.J. ATKINS, Rich people are not the problem. Wall Street is not the problem. An unfair economy is not the problem. No, for Third Way, we need to worry about adapting people for life under modern capitalism. Stop concerning ourselves with the fan..

Economics Of Cow Rearing

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala, At the level of economics, the village economy was dependent on the cow. She converted grass from the grazing lands into manure, fuel, milk and bullocks. A..

Longing for continued warmth

    Vijay Phanshikar, Nagpur used to be a place where “everybody knew everybody else”, as the saying went. Now also, the saying seems to operate. For, there still are countless lakhs of people who seem to know countless lakhs of..

May In Tight Corner

By Arun Srivastava, Theresa May suffered an overwhelming defeat over her Brexit deal by MPs voting, deepening the crisis in British politics ahead of the country’s scheduled departure from the EU on March 29.   IT is too premature to predict..

Sikkim, A Trend-Setter

By CLAUDE ARPI A crucial factor in India’s favour has been the strategic and political stability of the border State of Sikkim. Sikkim is India’s first organic State, showing the way to other progressive States in the country.    ..

Of Destiny’s swerve...

  By Vijay Phanshikar,         Daiva Jaat Dukkhe Bharata Dosh Naa Kunacha,(When Destiny’s Pot Is Full Of Woes, It’s No One’s Fault)Paraadheen Aahe Jagati Putra Manavacha(So helpless, so dependent, is Ma..

Commuting Death Sentence

                        The appellant was working as a driver and wanted to change his duty from night to single day, which was refused and he was disturbed. And he knocked down&nbs..

Where does all this money come from ?

  The question -- “Where does all this money come from?” -- has often bothered a lot of people when they see youngsters splurging huge amounts on their social outings on a regular basis. This question demonstrates a legitimate social con..

EVALUATION IN SCHOOL

  PARLIAMENT recently approved a Bill to amend a law to abolish the ‘no detention policy’ till Class VIII by enabling State governments to allow schools to fail students.  The Rajya Sabha passed the Right of Children to Free and ..

‘NAWABS OF NEGATIVITY’

    Mumbai, January 17 (PTI): The Opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) is a club of ‘nawabs of negativity’ and the only glue of this diverse grouping is its opposition to one man (Narendra Modi), Finance Mini..

The Killing Fields Of Kota

By YASHWARDHAN JOSHI, In this coaching desert hotspot, it is stress that snuffs out lives. And those who come out with flying colours are often also not the brightest. They have cracked the exams by years of pattern and rote learning. They lack crea..

Glory Of Our Heritage

                  We were the most technologically advanced and prosperous area of the world till about 1,000 years ago but we faltered thereafter. It is good that we are remembering our past gl..

DATA PROTECTION VITAL

By Nantoo Banerjee, IT IS most surprising that India’s bid to enforce data localisation should be strongly contested by the European Union, which boasts one of the world’s toughest personal privacy regimes. The EU, US, Russia and China all ha..

US Gridlock Hurting

By MARK GRUENBERG AND JOHN WOJCIK,     Powered by female, minority, progressive and Democratic first-timers, the new Democratic-run House, including 110 women, achieved one win before Congress even began: They dumped that GOP tax rule. T..

Of truth within

  By Vijay Phanshikar,         Dehachi Tijori, Bhaktichach Theva(My body is the safe hosting my treasure of devotion)Ughad Daar Deva Aataa, Ughad Daar Devaa ...(Oh God, please open its door, please open its door...) - L..

Retaining Money Wrongfully

                    The Supreme Court directed the LIC to pay to the appellant an amount of Rs. two lakhs towards all the claims, demands and outstandings, including litigation expenses, b..

Jai Anusandhan

                      “It can be said without doubt that scientific research in the country has taken a back seat in the last two decades or so. It must remembered that no country c..

So much drinking, dear youngsters! And why do you drink?

            IT IS one sight a sensible person will never want to see. Yet, such sights are available in countless restaurants these days -- of youngsters sitting in groups and gulping down some liquid in bottles of va..

A GLORIOUS SOCIAL POINT

 New Delhi, January 9 (PTI): A day after Lok Sabha approved the 124th Constitution Amendment Bill 2019, Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 voting in its favour and seven against, thus enabling 10% reservation to poor people in the general category..

Bangla Economy Surging

By Nantoo Banerjee, Growth in Bangladesh has averaged more than 6 per cent over the last decade, significantly lifting per capita income. Poverty has declined steadily and other social indicators, like gender disparity in education and maternal mort..

Chance For Peace

By DR. ARUN MITRA,   With similar background of cultural values people of the two countries have always been having strong yearning to go to the places they have been only reading about. The Kartarpur Corridor would also be an opportunity to b..

Of faith eternal

  By Vijay Phanshikar, Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana(Your effort will bear fruit) Banegi Asha Ik Din Teri Ye Nirasha(Your despair will become your hope one day)Kaahe Ko Roye Chaahe Jo Hoye(Why do you cry whatever may happen)Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana K..

‘Seduction’ Is The Key

                    The court has drawn a clear distinction between rape and consensual sex. The court has struck a note of caution and observed that ‘in such cases’ the court must ..

How can somebody get drunk in New Year celebration?

          ONE of the most dreaded news items at the beginning of each New Year is about how many drunkards the cops have arrested during December 31 night celebrations. This is a national phenomenon, so to say. In each city..

GOOD FIRST STEP, BUT ...

  New Delhi, January 3 (PTI): Parliament, on Thursday, approved a Bill to amend a law to abolish the ‘no detention policy’ till Class VIII , by enabling State Governments to allow schools to fail students. THIS approval removes a majo..

New Constitution In Cuba

By W. T. WHITNEY JR., The provision of the new Constitution limiting Cuban Presidents to two consecutive terms was unpopular with 88,039 commentators. That he or she must be younger than 60 years of age at the outset of a presidential term worried 2..

Reform The GST In 2019

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala, The Finance Minister is on the right track in moving towards a single rate of GST but the precondition of its success depends on simultaneously introducing..

Replenishing IAF

By Nantoo Banerjee,   While selecting private sector partners in armament production, the Government must examine thoroughly their financial and technical capabilities to ensure that suppliers keep quality standard and delivery schedule. &nbs..

Of crafting of human virtue

  Prose By Vijay Phanshikar, Invest. THIS is one word that is often fascinating. Each of its many dimensions holds an inherent attraction, for each goes well beyond the  standard understanding everybody has -- about money. And that arena -..

Universal Medicare 

By DR. ARUN MITRA HEALTH is the basic human right. Every person has the right to live a healthy life and contribute effectively to the society’s development. As right to health is included in the directive principles, it becomes the duty of State t..

Discretion In Levying Penalty

                      There is no discretion vested with the authority impounding the document in the matter of collecting duty. The question which was required to be answered in this cas..

Old Disease

                      No one can doubt Vajpayee’s intentions and exceptional ability to foster an indelible link of friendship and cooperation with Pakistan. The whole world had app..

The missing glory of family-dinner - II

          F AMILY dinner is not a meal, as many may tend to think. It is an evening event the spiritual power of which we hardly realise and understand. It is meal-time, alright, but it is a time to feed notjustourbodieswit..

PAKISTAN’S UGLY REALITY

  New Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI): Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, on Thursday, hit back at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his remarks on the treatment of minorities in India, saying that all Indians were secure and he (Imran Khan) should worr..

Setback To China In Asia

By SARAH ATTFIELD,     Unable to stomach his failure to install Rajapaksa, Sirisena dissolved Parliament on December 9. Fresh elections are to be held on January 5 next year. The outcome of the result will show whether the new Government..

Challenges Before LS Polls

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala,   Troubles of the SMEs have translated into lesser job creation because they used more labour and less capital. Most jobs in the economy were being c..

Aged Endure Neglect

By Nantoo Banerjee,     The constitutional ‘right to live’ becomes meaningless for the old in the absence of societal and Government care and compassion.   IT may appear to be odd that India’s nearly 150-million ..

NATO-Trump Row

BY sankar ray, NATO allies keep battling with Trump’s unpredictability throughout his presidency. He issued a thinly veiled threat to pull out of the alliance unless the former ramped up their annual national military spending without delay, implem..

HCS’ POWER IN APPEAL

THROUGH the judgement in the case – Akhil Bharatvarshiya Marwari Agarwal Jatiya Kosh and others v. Brijlal Tibrewal and others, delivered on December 14, 2018, a 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice A. K. Sikri, Justice Ashok B..

Eco-Sensitive Zones

                        We have already wrought immense damage to wildlife in the last three decades or so. Large swathes of forest areas have vanished, with hotels, resorts, roads ..

The missing glory of family-dinner

          THIS issue has come up in ‘Loud Thinking’ time and again. And now also, it cries for attention as more and more disturbing evidence is coming to fore that increasing numbers of families in the society ..

WE CAN REMOVE POVERTY

    New Delhi, Dec 20 (PTI): US-based think-tank Brookings Institution has said, the world may have under-estimated India’s achievement in reducing extreme poverty at a fast pace. The number of people living in extreme poverty at USD ..

Workers’ Struggle

By SARAH ATTFIELD In Australia in October, the streets were also awash with yellow vests, worn mostly by construction workers who put tools down to join rallies and marches in the city centres as part of a union-led campaign to ‘change the rules&rs..

‘Yellow Vests’ Revolt

BY DONALD DONATO, As a bold gesture of political punctuation, graffiti calling for French President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation was spray-painted around the enormous base of the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris. But the real story of growing..

Pitfalls Of Gig Economy

By B. Sivaraman,   Though dubiously glorified as ‘delivery partners’ and ‘delivery executives’, they are basically wage workers. They are supposed to bring their own two-wheelers but the company offers them neither ESI nor a..

Of ‘Becoming’

  By Vijay Phanshikar,           There’s a lot I still don’t know about America, about life, about what the future might bring. But I do know myself. My father, Fraser, taught me to work hard, laugh oft..

Socio-Economic Condition

                  According to a 3-judge Bench of the court consisting of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta, while the socio-economic condition of a convict is ..

End Child Labour

                      Estimates say no less than 20,000 kids are involved in the sifting and picking of mica in the Bihar-Jharkhand region. There are 20-30 deaths in accidents every month..

Shocking spiritual numbness of the society II

            THE most disturbing part of our society, as part of its shocking overall spiritual numbness, is the absence of self-respect and self-awareness on the part of young  generation. If we take a good look..

“SIRRR!!!”

 Pune, Dec 13 (PTI): Indian Army should not be looked upon as a job provider organisation, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said here on Thursday, and warned personnel who feign illness or disability in order to avoid duty or get benefits. He assured..

Changing Face Of Naxalism

By Arun Srivastava, A few months back CPI (Maoist) had announced a voluntary retirement scheme for its leaders, who were physically and mentally unfit. The eventual mission was to rejuvenate and reorganise at the grass-root and make the party a &lsq..

Crisis In Banking System

By Devidas Tuljapurkar, Despite India not being fully globalised, problem has arisen due to external shocks and domestic vulnerabilities   THE Indian banking sector is in deep crisis. The banking system has had no direct exposure to the subprime m..

India’s Gain From Trade War

BY RAPTI RAY & DR. BUDDHADEB GHOSH, The two main opponents in this Trade War are China and America. India can gain on both the fronts. Firstly, it can gain more footing in the Chinese commodity market, where US exports will not be able to penetr..

Of oil in my lamp......

              By Vijay Phanshikar, Unn Charaagon Mein Tel Hee Kum ThaaKyon Gila Fir Hamein Hawa Se Rahe (My Little Lamps Ran Out of Oil, So Why Complain About The Wind?) - By Javed Akhtar, Original in Urdu, ..

Invoking Article 226

                    In the considered opinion of the Supreme Court the petition filed by the first respondent under Article 226/227 of the Constitution of India against the appellant before the..

Dr Ramaiah Muthyala: A ‘rare’ scientist spreading awareness about rare diseases

  By Rajendra Diwe, Government of India has no public policy on rare diseases or on Orphan Drugs. It is further compounded by lack of trained doctors or diagnostic labs etc. There are no incentives to Indian pharma industry to develop Orphan Drug..

Shocking spiritual numbness of the society

            By Vijay Phanshikar, OUR society is paying a very heavy price for ignoring a very serious warning of an impending social crisis. Though scores of social thinkers have been issuing this warning, the larg..

Reviewing Death Penalty

By Amritananda Chakravorty, Recent studies show that research till date is not conclusive whether capital punishment decreases, increases, or has no effect on homicide rates, and these research findings should not influence policy deliberations . &..

Pollution Control Pays

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala,   A study for Shanghai published in the Journal of Environment Management found that the power plants around the Delhi, if fitted with air pollution ..

Of rudderless leadership

    Vijay Phanshikar,   ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’, was the wisdom taught to your’s sincerely when he was a young photo-journalist fifty-plus years ago. So, whenever he took pictures to embellish his st..

Growing Retail Sector

By K R SUDHAMAN, India’s retail sector, cruising towards $1 trillion by 2020 growing annually at 20 per cent, is in for exciting times as consumers want “clean and swanky” stores. INDIA’S retail sector, cruising towards $1 trilli..

Google’s Project For China

BY B SIVARAMAN, Google employees are objecting to Google’s surrender to the demands of the authoritarian Chinese regime which wanted to censor what the Chinese citizen could search and watch or read on the worldwide web. Hence, six US senators..

The mind ... the mirror!

  By Vijay Phanshikar,           Tora Mann Darpan KahalayeBhale Bure Sarey Karmonko, Dekhe Aur Dikhaye...(Your mind is your real mirror That sees and shows your good and bad deeds...) Mann Hee Devata, Mann Hee I..

Where practical argument freezes

 THE story of Ashok Munne, originally a resident of a village near Nagpur, is one narrative where any practical argument just freezes. As he relates his own story at the fifth edition of Global Nagpur Summit, he starts telling how he scaled Mount E..

Lack Of Vision

 A WOMAN footballer, who represented the country 10 years ago, is now running a roadside tea stall in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district. Kalpana Roy, 26, also coaches around 30 boys and trains them twice a day in order to keep herself fit, as..

These Funny Diktats!

                          By Vijay phanshikar,   It appears that the those in charge of education -- particularly in schools -- are least bothered about the long-term e..

Crucial G20 Summit

By K R SUDHAMAN, One of the focal points of the G20 will be a multilateral meeting on World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the reforms needed in the organisation in a manner that it serves India’s interest. Modi will focus on the need for reformed mu..

Borderless World

By AMIT KAPOOR, Globalisation, escalated by advances in technology, has created a borderless world. Policymakers should play the role of enablers by focusing on the overall environment rather than on specific firms. The correct approach is to identify th..

Ipos: Sebi’s Watch Needed

By Nantoo Banerjee,   Barring a small percentage of the country’s Central and State Government pensioners, who get manageable post-retirement benefits from the Government, the country’s vast working population, doesn’t have m..

US Yearning For Change

BY SAM PIZZIGATI, Democrats have a comfortable working majority in the US House of Representatives. They may move any big and bold new legislation in a positive direction. Just encouragingrallies on new legislation and taking floor votes on it, woul..

Of poetic relief -- in sky!

  By Vijay Phanshikar,       From time to timethe clouds give restto the moon-beholders. - A haiku by Matsuo Basho MOON-BEHOLDERS!That is a special tribe. Focused. Patient. Steeped in poetry. Stepped up in enthusiasm. Awake ..

Sexual Violence

  INDIA has called for the UN Security Council sanctions regime to “proactively” list terrorists and terror groups involved in sexual violence in armed conflicts, underscoring that prosecution of criminals engaged in trans-boundary cri..

‘Discipline is not  punishment’

  THE moment the speaker -- eminent educationist Mrs. Chanda Kundra -- raised the issue of discipline as part of character, at the Students’ Conclave 2018, every student delegate sat bolt upright -- What was she going to say now, everybody w..

Trump Stifling Bolivia

By CHRIS WILLIAMSON, Morales has implemented a variety of State-funded social programmes which have dramatically reduced extreme poverty, from 38.2 per cent in 2005 to 16.8 per cent in 2016. Poverty has declined from 60.6 per cent of the population ..

Govt’s Wish List For RBI

                  The imposition of GST affected large numbers of businessmen immediately. Fiscal policy, therefore, affects the electoral fortunes of the Government. Remember, the Congress had ..