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Opposition’s Cardinal Sin

 London, April 18 (Agencies): The whole world was his stage. And from the vantage point of Central Hall at London’s Westminster, Prime Minister Narendra Modi picked up every moment to let the global Indian community know what type of a person..

May Caught In War Vortex

By ARUN SRIVASTAVA THE allied attack on Syria was perceived to secure the political future of British Prime Minister Theresa May and boost nationalistic pride, but the results of the first opinion poll reveal that she was wrong to order strikes by the Ro..

Regulator Must For PSBs

IN THE mostly washed-out post-budget session of Parliament, a revealing reply was provided on the well-meant Asset Quality Review (AQR) initiative of the former RBI Governor and celebrated economist Raghuram G Rajan on a query on the record write-off of n..

Of a ‘monster’ on way out

    When the ugly structure was not there, things were a bit congested, a bit awkward, even a bit backward. Then a smart alec among politicians and another smart alec among bureaucrats came together to think of that ugly structure. The momen..

Of poetry and persimmons

  By Vijay Phanshikar, Consider meas one who loved poetryand persimmons. - A haiku by Masaoka Shiki POETRY! Persimmons!! What a connection?! How can those be compared?!Does not seem to make sense! -- I must say. Yet, this haiku asserts:Consider..

Clean Electoral Funding

By RAMESH  KANITKAR AN investigation has revealed that the much-hailed electoral bonds, which were meant to usher in an era of taint-free financing for political parties, carry a secret number “visible on the top-right corner of the original ..

Seniority Has No Bearing

Seniority Has No Bearing..

Why are we killing our language? - II

          ViSITING a village some time ago to meet a farmer friend was a very revealing experience. We were together in college, after which he went back to his village to work on his family farm and I joined the urban purs..

UTTER NONSENSE

  Such a fakeness would not last long in public domain. It is becoming more and more obvious that the Opposition has become desperate to malign the image of the Modi Government. When the people have understood the political intent of the Oppositio..

US Military Bases

ByCAMERON ORR U.S. PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s new discretionary budget will shovel 61 per cent of the country’s social oxygen into the Pentagon’s fiery furnace. That’s $727 billion worth of schools, libraries, green jobs and infrast..

Robot Tax

Robot Tax..

Victim Of Lok Sabha Logjam

By Nantoo Banerjee IT IS a matter of great concern that the country’s apex legislature, Parliament of India, is finding it increasingly difficult to legislate, if one goes by the outcome of the second part of the less-than-five-week-long budget ses..

Pak Annexed Balochistan

By FAZAL MEHMOOD THE leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) has issued statements in serious breach of the Baloch nationalist narrative and presented the world at large with an inaccurate understanding of Baloch history. Balochistan had been a loose..

Forever spring evening

  By Vijay Phanshikar Lighting one candlewith another candle --spring evening. - A haiku by Yosa Buson ThIS thought is as ancient as human civilisation. Humans have often lighted one candle with another. They have often sought light from others..

Curbs On Court Reporting

                    AN inter-professional gathering of lawyers and Media professionals was held in Cochin on March 31to discuss the topic - “Media, courts and fair trial guarantee” ..

Antibiotic Misuse

                      In a vast country like India where the majority of the population is non-vegetarian and heavily feeds on chicken and poultry, the problem takes ominous proportions a..

Why are we killing our language?

        THIS may be the umpteenth time when ‘Loud Thinking’ has brought up this subject -- of how we are killing our language. Please mark the usage. I am not saying ‘languages’. I am insisting upon &lsquo..

IRRELEVANT ‘LEFT’ – II

   “Our object is the economic freedom of the producing classes; this ultimate goal will be attained after a long and bitter struggle; therefore our primary task is to organise the masses and lead them in the struggle for economic freedom..

Solar Alliance

By DR. D. K. GIRI INDIA’S leadership of International Solar Alliance and the maiden Summit on solar energy held last month did not receive adequate media attention. It is understandable as the media is less attracted to issues it cannot sensational..

Welcome Protectionism

                  ECONOMIC ISSUES THE United States (US) and China are engaged in a trade war. The US has increased import duties on a number of goods such as washing machines that were being import..

Genesis Of Kashmir Terror

By FAZAL MEHMOOD THE unending insurgency in Kashmir took a heavy toll on April 1, and 19 people including 13 militants, four civilians and three Army personnel were killed and over 100 civilians injured in three separate operations. Since the insurgency ..

Politics Of Paper Leaks

By Sushil Kutty ALL Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) question papers should henceforth - like film Censor Board certificates, which carry no-smoking and no animals were used in the making of the film claims - carry the legend ‘This Q-pap..

Challenge Of Honour Killings

                    By Adv. R.S. Agrawal IN THE verdict on Shakti Vahini’s writ petition, delivered on March 27, 2018, Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Ju..

Need To Retrace Roots

                        The era of competition is so gripping that marks and competitive acumen are the only yardsticks of a good education. But that simply means that whoever mugs ..

Are pseudo schools (tuition classes) in our national interest?

        THE subject this week may rankle many. For, it would hit at their weakness directly. For some, it may mean an attack on their commercial interests. Yet, in larger interest of the society, it is necessary to raise the issu..

Irrelevant ‘Left’

 The Leftist ideologues in Kerala are beginning to realise that their realm is counting its last days. But now it is too late for them to take control of things and mend matters. For, the people in Kerala, too, are realising the hollowness in Lefti..

Solar Electric Vehicles

  By K R SUDHAMAN AS GLOBAL solar power generation touched 100 Gw, of which nearly half of it is in China and an additional 20 Gw in India, very soon, a new application – solar powered electric vehicles will become a reality providing clean a..

Funding Of Varsities

    By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala THE Government has decided to grant autonomy to 62 universities including the Aligarh Muslim University and Benares Hindu University, and other institutions of higher learning. These universities will now be..

Data Mining For Polls

By Sushil Kutty IS IT possible to fix Indian elections using data from Facebook? It depends funnily enough on who wins, and which party loses! Post-2014, chances that Facebook data helped was certain; post-Bihar gatbandhan, the view was the opposite - &l..

FDI In Defence

By NANTOO BANERJEE THERE is nothing to be surprised if India has attracted a tiny Rs 1.17 crore ($180,000) as foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence production under the “Make in India” framework in the last four years. The reason is simp..

Of accidental happiness

  By Vijay Phanshikar,       Serendipity always rewards the prepared. - Katori Hall, American playwright. This word -- serendipity -- is often fascinating to countless people. The dictionary has a simple meaning assigned to ..

Creditor’s Stand Post Auction

  By Adv. R.S. Agrawal IN THE judgement of the case - ITC Ltd. V. Blue Coast Hotels Ltd. & Others, delivered on March 19, 2018, Justice Sharad Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao at the Supreme Court have held that in this case, the creditor did..

Women’s Empowerment

                          It takes a lot for an ordinary woman to fight the odds and make a mark. There are societal bindings of culture and tradition that stifles many poss..

Can this be a part of the Indian Dream? - II

          Again, evening. Again, six-thirty pm. Again, a busy square. Again, rush-hour traffic. A swanky car is ahead of mine at the red signal. The driver opens the door , leans out, and spits a red juice on the road. He s..

FAILED OPPOSITION - II

 One does not know what the possible outcome of Union Minister Mr. Vijay Goel’s effort to reach out to the Opposition parties would be. No matter that, one does tend to compliment the Government to decide in favour of such a reaching out. It ..

Peace In Valley

  By FAZAL MEHMOOD THE first week of May each year brings the J&K Government back to Srinagar after its six month occupation of the seat in Jammu. It’s the time when many activities occupy the minds of the political and military leadershi..

Water Crisis

        By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala THE per capita availability of water in Delhi is more than that in Amsterdam. China, with a larger population, uses 28% less fresh water than India. We have ample water yet we face a huge water..

Putin’s Victory

  By ARUN  SRIVASTAVA VLADIMIR Putin’s re-election as the President of Russia, encompassing his decree over the world’s largest country for another six years, that too at a time when his ties with not only the Western world bu..

Shift To Right

By MARK GRUENBERG PLEASING few people but himself, GOP President Donald Trump dumped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in an early-morning tweet on March 13, replacing him with CIA Director Michael Pompeo, a former Kansas right-wing Congressman, foe of th..

FLEXIBLE NORM FOR DAMAGES

In the judgement of the case - M/s Fortune Infrastructure (now M/s Hicons Infrastructure) and Another v. Trevor D’Lima & Others, delivered on March 12, 2018, Justice N. V. Ramana and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer, at the Supreme Court, have, while d..

CHANDRABABU’S DESPERATE MOVE

    The Telegu Desam Party and the YSR Congress Party have brought parochial squabbles to Delhi and turned them into a war cry against the BJP. Then, out of the blue, Gorakhpur and Phulpur happened and it made all the difference. Not surprisin..

The waning Left

  By Jayant Muralidharan, For the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the drubbing in Tripura was also a significant symbolic reversal, coming seven years after it lost its strongest fortress ever, West Bengal, where it was in power for an uninte..

Not A Burden

  When people come to realise that their daughters are safe in society and have greater opportunities to grow, they would not feel worried at the birth of a girl child and female foeticide will decline. A large number of people abhor the girl chil..

FAILED OPPOSITION

There are many aspects of the Government’s functioning that can be questioned. Instead of grabbing the opportunity to do so, the Opposition is allowing those precious moments to pass. If this is not running away from responsibility in democracy -- t..

Challenge Of Joblessness

By K.R. SUDHAMAN GROUP of 20, G-20 as it is called, has certainly ensured that the 2008 global financial crisis, which triggered an unprecedented global recession, did not get converted into a great depression like that of 1930s. In fact it goes to the c..

Follow Protectionism

          By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala UNITED States President Donald Trump has imposed additional import duties on solar panels and washing machines to protect American manufactures. He proposes to impose similar import d..

Maoists Spreading Wings

  By Jayant Muralidharan IN AN encounter on March 2, 2018, an estimated 10 Maoists and an Andhra Pradesh Police ‘Greyhound’ commando were killed on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border. The incident confirms reports that the Maoists have s..

Death Of Free Trade

  By NANTOO BANERJEE HAD the Friedmans, Milton and Rose, the last of the laissez-faire doctrine proponents, been alive today, they would have probably called the capitalist realtor-turned US President, Donald Trump, a pseudo socialist. In true capi..

Free Speech And Pending Case

                    In the opinion of the court, the moment the right to freedom of speech and expression is atrophied, not only the right but also the person having the right gets into a semi-..

Disturbing trend

                        The downfall of the law and order situation in Kerala is self-evident and glaring and no amount of excuses can lessen the sting of the inconvenient trut..

Introduce New Culture

By C.J. ATKINS Hoping to inflict a blow to the South’s military capacity and break America’s will to continue fighting, NLF and North Vietnamese leaders instructed their fighters to “crack the sky and shake the earth.” Like the at..

Case For Exports Growth

By K R SUDHAMAN WIDENING trade deficit to a 65-month high at $16.3 billion in January this year has raised eyebrows among pundits, that too at a time when India’s exports have started looking up somewhat in recent quarters after poor showing last c..

Stagnating Real Wage

        By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala THE Modi Government, like its predecessor UPA Government, is pursuing economic growth as a path to securing welfare of the people. Assumption is that economic growth leads to increase in the wa..

let us breathe

  By Nikita Sawarkar, “…Smog in Delhi…” “…Delhi has become a gas chamber…” “…Delhi’s smog declared as national emergency…” “…Delhi chokes to smog&hel..

LetUsBreathe

  By Nikita Sawarkar, “…Smog in Delhi…” “…Delhi has become a gas chamber…” “…Delhi’s smog declared as national emergency…” “…Delhi chokes to smog&hel..

Gaining People’s Trust

By Barun Das Gupta THE fall of the CPI-M citadel of Tripura is the most remarkable outcome of the results of the three States that went to Assembly polls last month. Everyone including the CPI-M knew that the electoral battle in Tripura this time will be..

Fortifying Indo-Vietnam Ties

By Subrata Majumder CLOSE on the visit of Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan for the Republic Day celebrations, the visit of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang to India should be viewed from more than the angle of bilateral economic engagement. ..

Termination Of Service

                      The question, which the Labour Court was expected to decide in the first instance as a ‘preliminary issue,’ was whether the domestic inquiry held by..

Need Of The Hour

                        Every year we will have as many new doctors inducted into the system. This has to be a windfall for the healthcare sector. The Government medical colleg..

Systemic Cure Required

            By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala THE Punjab National Bank scam points to the need of a deeper cleaning of the bureaucracy. Anecdotal evidence indicates that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has appointed a..

Pressurised Judiciary

Pressurised Judiciary..

Pressurised Judiciary

By KULDIP NAYAR The judiciary in Bangladesh is so much under pressure that it is difficult to believe the five-year sentence given to former Prime Minister and Opposition leader Khaleda Zia is genuine. The judges are on the run because of Prime Minister ..

Fiscal Federalism

FOR fans of schadenfreude, Britain’s “brexit” shambles has provided much fodder over the last eighteen months or so. As the members of the campaign to leave the European Union are beginning to find out, the task of leaving an economic an..

Fora For Co-operative Society

IN THE judgement of the case - Smt. K.A. Annamma v. The Secretary, Cochin Co-operative Hospital Society Ltd., delivered on January 12, 2018. Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, at the Supreme Court, have, while dealing with service dispu..

‘Sadmaa’ of ‘Judaai’ of the ‘Chandni’

  By Kartik Lokhande, CAN someone’s eyes well up for an unrelated person? Yes, if that person has created a space in the collective emotional universe. As the Sunday morning came with the shocking news of untimely demise of Sridevi, one&rsquo..

PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT

  The environment is a growingly worrisome issue that several countries are grappling to address effectively. The environment is a deep and expansive sphere that needs immense commitment, experience, expertise, innovation and money. PRIME Ministe..

Bank Frauds Galore

By Shivaji Sarkar, An education or farmers’ loan goes through so many stringent procedures, how come billion of rupees’ loans are granted virtually without collateral security? The banks should be told to put up names online of those tak..

Need Inclusive Democracy

By Srinivasan K. Ranggachary Governance in a democracy is defined by the nature and quality of its politics and therefore, has to be understood in a broader context. The politics in a democracy postulates choice, dissent and contest relating to policy, t..

Adopt Protectionism

By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala THE Government is trying to ride the two horses of globalisation and protectionism simultaneously. The Prime Minister proudly announced at Davos that while globalisation is giving way to protectionism across the world, India &l..

Asma, A Votary Of Peace

By KULDIP NAYAR ASMA Jehangir, who has kicked the bucket last week, was a popular human rights lawyer and social activist. Although her work was confined to Pakistan, her example was followed throughout the subcontinent. The place from where she announce..

Unfounded Allegations

THE National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) silence on possibly one of the biggest defence deals has somehow led the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to believe they have something to hide. A massive purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, a 7.88 billion ..

Of power of thought

  By Vijay Phanshikar, Ulluvathellam yuarvullal matratuTallinum tellamai nirttut (Think of rising higher. Let it be your only thought. Even if your object be not attained, the thought itself will have raised you.) - A kural from ‘Thirukur..

Subsidy For Mulitplexes

IN THE judgement of the case - Commissioner of Income Tax-I, Kolhapur v. M/s Chaphalkar Brothers, Pune, delivered on December 7, 2017, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Navin Sinha, at the Supreme Court, have affirmed the Bombay High Court’s..

Whose priority should sustain-elders’ or kids’? - 2

  THE large number of calls in response to last week’s ‘Loud Thinking’ was rather perplexing, in the sense one could not anticipate that the issue could be raging in so many homes: the invasion of television on families! Most cal..

NUCLEAR TERRORISM

Peace is in peril and the chances of global peace are only diminishing with the rise of these usurping powers. Their activities are getting more intense and spread more rapid with the silence of the state players. The landing of atomic weapons in the w..

Kashmir’s Ugly Reality - 2

“You may call me names, but I suggest that we should talk to Pakistan to find a solution on militancy in Kashmir. War is no option”. - Ms. Mehbooba Mufti,Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir THERE is no doubt that war is no option to sort out ..

Pakistan’s Assault Paradigm

SINCE 2015, the militants have increasingly taken to high-profile Fidayeen attacks against the security forces. Heavily-armed terrorists wearing combat uniforms attacked an army base in the heart of Jammu early on February 10 morning. The terrorists had m..

Beware Of Globalisation

The Finance Minister is not able to either reject or adopt globalization. He will fall trying to do both. The Finance Minister has imposed higher import duties on mobile phones and a few other items in his quest to provide protection to domestic manufactu..

The bungalow that breathes politics

Vijay Phanshikar, By no standard can the sprawling bungalow be associated with the aura of immense political power that is associated with the position of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister. The modest main gate to the estate, too, does not make any ph..

Saboteurs At Work

TWO more policemen died in the valley. This is not the first time that there is a casualty in Kashmir. But the disconcerting aspect is that killings are taking place at regular intervals. New Delhi has not been able to quell violence. That at least two m..

CLIPPING LALU’S WINGS

CLIPPING LALU’S WINGSTHERE is a lesson for bureaucratsfrom the exemplaryhonest life a civil servantcan lead despite politicalpressure and risk to life.Corruption can be eliminated if a topcivil servant doesn’t succumb to pressureto toe the lin..

‘Mahashivratri is the most significant of all festivals’

  By Bk Madhuri Didi, Life today has become very challenging and stressful. More than ever before people are insecure and anxious about their future. As humans struggle to find solution to the mounting problems, it is evident that we need a highe..

Effect Of Under-Insurance

                      The only legal issue which arose for consideration in this case was “What is under-insurance and the effect thereof? Under–insurance basically means..

UNCARED CLASS

Millions of street children are subject to daily physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Thousands of kids are recruited perforce by terrorist outfits. This is apart from the huge population of children of migrant labourers and other migrant classes who l..

Whose priority should sustain -- elders’ or kids’?

THERE is a serious social issue calling for attention. Having known what is being dished out on commercial television day in and day out, many families are beginning to turn away from the habit of watching TV for hours on end. In countless families acro..

Rafale Deal: Best Bargain

By ANIRUDH PRAKASH,   The new deal is far more expensive compared with the previous bid. It is quite ridiculous to compare the two deals. Further, it is an accepted fact that major defence deals are an instrument of a nation’s foreign po..

The palace in democracy

Vijay Phanshikar,     The sprawling bungalow’s grandeur speaks for itself! Its red walls lined by white hems, its regal porches, its huge expanse of tiled roof, the very clean surroundings, the sprawling and well-manicured lawn i..

Budget, A Mixed Bag

                  The fact that farmers continue to be in distress despite getting 1.2 times the cost of production means that the cost of production is not calculated correctly. Paying 1.5 time..

Achieve Ayushman Bharat

By JYOTSHNA PANDIT,   Ayushman Bharat promises a country where no citizen will be sucked into poverty due to a high out of pocket (OOP) expenditure on health. Despite substantial investment in health systems under the National Health Mission, ..

Of an emotional osmosis

  By Vijay Phanshikar,         Chukali disha tarihee hukale na shreya saare;Wedya mushafiralaa sameel sarva tare.(Miss if you the right direction, not much is lost;For a wayward traveller, all stars are accomplices.) Me..

Trump-FBI War

By RICK NAGIN, In today’s situation, a Government led by Democrats would certainly be preferable to the Trump-Republican regime, but no one should have illusions that it would fully meet the urgent demands of millions demonstrating throughout ..

Fitness For Post

                    The apex court holds that acquittal in any case automatically does not entitle the candidates for appointment to the post of Constable in Chandigarh Police. IN THE jud..

A MAJOR THREAT

It is Pakistan’s own policy of appeasing and promoting terror groups and terror masterminds that has come back stinging it with an unstoppable force and intensity. Pakistan is not only growingly getting isolated in world affairs due to its bloody..

A Khichdi mismatch

IT WAS time for celestial conference again. The participants included representatives of all living beings and elements. The conference was chaired by the Tridevs, Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. The participants were ent..

Impetus To Rural Economy

By K R Sudhaman, Significant measure in the Budget is the impetus provided to the rural economy and address farm distress, which would be a force multiplier for overall growth expected to surge toward 8 per cent annually. Thus, a honest attempt has ..

Acting East With ASEAN

By Nilanjan Banik, Each year around 12 million people enter the labour force in India when roughly 2 million jobs get created. Economically well-off ASEAN nations, such as Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, can gain from making use of India&..

Requirements In Budget

                Our growth rate is stuck in the 6 to 8 per cent range. It is necessary to increase public investments in space research, next generation internet, genetic modification, data processing..

Relevance Of Awards

                    The lesson to be learnt is whether there should be any award at all. The experience is that the ruling party tends to give “recognition” to the people who are ei..

Myths On Health

EDUCATION is the key to development of any society. It opens up one’s mind, widens the horizon of thinking and gives an insight into the causes and effects of happenings around. Health education is all the more important because good health is most ..

‘Arm for a pillow...’

  By Vijay Phanshikar,         My arm for a pillow,I really like myselfUnder the hazy moon. - A haiku by Yosa Buson THESE thirteen words describe man’s completeness, so to say. They bring forth the truth how man ..