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Socialists Oppose Trumpism

By JOHN BACHTELL, Trumpism fits into a global pattern of rising racism, ultra-nationalism, and authoritarianism   TWENTY-ONE months in, we can survey the damage done by the Trump administration. The GOP Congress has been plagued by internal d..

Promote Rupee Trade

By Nantoo Banerjee, To bypass the fresh US sanction on Iran, India is contemplating partial or full rupee trade with Iran and Venezuela for oil, with Russia for gold and diamond, and a rupee-renminbi trade with China. If implemented, this will certa..

In the deep heart’s core

  By Vijay Phanshikar,           I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:...And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,...I will ar..

Factors To Prove Bribe

By Adv. R.S. Agrawal,                       In order to prove a case against the appellant, it was necessary for the prosecution to prove the twin requirements of “demand and the a..

Question-mark on credibility of doctors

          Vijay Phanshikar   l The patient came in with a swollen left palm. One-fourth of the palm had become hard. A few days ago, the boy had run his palm along a rough wooden block, and a little splinter had pric..

Of A Balanced Job-Model 

New Delhi, October 11 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, allayed fears of job loss due to technological development, saying that the 4th Industrial Revolution will change the nature of jobs and provide more opportunities.  Speaking ..

UNCTAD’s Warning Bell

By K R SUDHAMAN,   The bankability approach avoids the key question of how infrastructure can become a force of productivity –enhancing structural transformation and deliver much needed economic and social change in most of the developing wor..

Solar Power Issues

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala, Solar Alliance can challenge the OPEC only when the infrastructure for cross-border transmission of electricity is put in place. It is necessary to build i..

Extra-Judicial Confession

                      Extra-judicial confession is a weak piece of evidence and the court must ensure that the same inspires confidence and is corroborated by other prosecution evide..

We don’t teach them to think about themselves

        By- Vijay Phanshikar l The assignment was simple. Each member of the group of college students was expected to introduce himself or herself to all. So, stand up, come up front, and tell others about who you are, what are..

Of A Deeper Story ...

New Delhi, October 4 (PTI): Facing enquiry over charges of nepotism and conflict of interest, ICICI Bank Managing Director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, on Thursday, quit the bank, six months before her current tenure was to end.  Kochhar, 57, has also ..

Bypass US On Oil Imports

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala,   Global trade in crude oil is undertaken through the US banks. In order to continue to import oil from Iran, a special financial infrastructure to r..

About round-abouts

    Vijay Phanshikar,   There were times for us children in the city more than fifty years ago to go round and round the large or small traffic islands speeding on our bicycles. The traffic in Nagpur of those good, old days was m..

A Message To Maghreb

By ANJAN ROY, The Moorish Mosque in Kapurthala has very close architectural similarities with the Grand Mosque of Marrakesh. It is time that India seizes that tenuous Moroccan foothold to expand its presence in at least the North African region. &n..

The outer and the inner sky

  By Vijay Phanshikar, A low yellow moon above the quiet lamp-lit house - A haiku by Jack Kerouac           WHAT a metaphor -- with multiple meanings! But the most profound is the one etched in the visual memory ..

PILs Serve Public Interest

                    The present petition concerning the rights of prisoners, was initiated on the basis of a letter received by the court from a former CJI. It was initially resisted by the Sta..

Smart city sans smart people?

        Vijay Phanshikar   THIS -- Smart city sans smart people? -- is one question that is being asked all over the country as the Government keeps pitching for the much-hyped Smart City project for which a lot of foreign..

RSS Metaphor -- II

   “The RSS has reversed its stand on many issues.”- General criticism. OF COURSE, such a criticism was bound to emerge, even from the RSS fold, as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat engaged himself in a t..

PSBs’ Existential Crisis

By G. SRINIVASAN Even as it is surmised that BoB’s large balance-sheet and robust capital ratios and Vijaya Bank’s strong capital base would help in addressing the Dena Bank’s balance-sheet blues, policy wonks legitimately pose the quer..

Sugar Turns Sour

                By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala, The production of sugar in the coming year is expected to be 36 Million Metric Tons (MMT) against consumption of 26 MMT. There is over supply of sugar in t..

Of dignity, sanctity and sanity!

    Vijay Phanshikar, Of course, times have changed -- for better or for worse, or for both. Scales stand upgraded today in everything -- from the numbers of people to their activities. And everything has come for a price, and at times..

Maldives Ushers In Change

By Barun Das Gupta,   Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is known to be very close to the former President Mohamed Nasheed who was ousted from power by an Army coup in February, 2014 DEMOCRACY returned to the ..

Labour Sees Revival In UK

By RICHARD BURGON,   The global economic crash of a decade ago and the ongoing stagnation in living standards show that the need for such radical change is stronger than ever. Britain is the most unequal country in Europe and the old ways of d..

Hymn of human endeavour

    By Vijay Phanshikar, Runs end. Running doesn’t!         ULTRA-MARATHONER Dean Karnazes quotes an unknown runner at the start of a chapter of his book ‘Ultra-Marathon Man - Confessions Of An All-ni..

A utopian encounter!

          By Vijay Phanshikar, MEETING the group of youngsters -- all college-going boys -- is certainly a great experience. They seem fired by the idea of excellence. They are inspired by something that demonstrated itsel..

RSS Metaphor Deciphered

“Those who oppose us are also ours.” Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh,at the conclave in New Delhi, where he delivered three lectures highlighting the RSS philosophy. SUCH statement can come only from an a..

Rupee’s Crisis Temporary?

By T.N. ASHOK, On September 3, the rupee closed below the Rs. 71 per dollar mark for the first time ever. This came a mere 18 days after it ended below the Rs. 70 threshold. Since January, the Indian currency has already depreciated by 10%, internat..

Invest In Technology

                      By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala,     The basic competitiveness of an economy depended on two factors—high technology and cheap labour. The absence of n..

Overseas Trade & Profits

By NANTOO BANERJEE,   By 2022, India’s overseas trade is expected to top the trillion-dollar mark as the economy is projected to grow at the rate of 7.5 per cent annually in the next few years. The country’s own transportation indu..

Litigant’s Right Of Appeal

                    After hearing the parties and on perusal of the record of the case and finding force in the submissions urged by the appellant’s counsel, the apex court expressed the ..

Challenge To German Left 

By VICTOR GROSSMAN THE events in the Saxon city of Chemnitz recently were truly frightening. The sight of Nazi-tattooed thugs growling threats as they stormed through the city center, chasing and beating up presumed “foreigners,” journalists ..

Cleansing Banking System

The no-holds-barred but clumsy personal attack against a person who is not in the country to defend his record, though the nation owed it to him for having recognised at long last and tried to resolve the festering issue with uncommon zeal unlike any..

Why The Rupee Is Falling

                    By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala, This survey was undertaken after implementation of GST. This means that GST has not led to an effective reduction in tax rates as was expected. ..

Expectations From New Cji

Justice Gogoi will take over as CJI on October 3, 2018 and will remain in office till November 17, 2019. He has to take the lead in protecting constitutional values. By PARAS NATH SINGH After months of speculations that were not entirely unjustifie..

Imran’s Innovations

The impression is that the kaaptan will not indulge in dynastic or nepotistic politics nor give in to the lure of corruption. Some decisions, already announced, are unprecedented. Ban on foreign trips for Ministers and bureaucrats for the next three ..

Social Media Abuse

                      Given the rapidity with which mobile and Internet penetration is increasing, it is vital to spruce up the cybersecurity system with more technological inputs an..

Let Us Define ‘Dissent’ - II

  “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.” Dwight D. Eisenhower,(former) President of the United States of America EVEN as some of us talk of dissent as a safety valve of democracy and fear that pressure cooker wo..

BIMSTEC Beyond SAARC

To be fair, the individual zeal and political will exist among the members, but the instruments have to be created and nurtured. No wonder, Nepal Prime Minister K.P.S. Oli urged the Summit to move on from deliberations to delivery, to translate promi..

Hazy Power Scenario

Hazy Power Scenario..

Of difficulty of ‘footloosing’

      Vijay Phanshikar,   Beyond doubt, Nagpur is changing because its landmarks are changing. A man who happens to visit the city now after, say five years, will not be able to identify places. So much change is taking place an..

‘Creamy Layer’

The Centre has been resorting to different methods to calculate ‘creamy layer’ for employees of Central, State Governments and the PSUs By Dhurjati Mukherjee THE Government’s decision, of implementing the concept of ‘creamy layer..

Shifting Alliances

Russia has reached out to the Taliban, which has accepted an invitation for peace talks in Moscow on September 4 to end the 17-year old war. Three decades ago, the Taliban were shooting down Russian helicopters with American-made Stinger missiles. B..

In my mind’s backyard

        By Vijay Phanshikar, A cuckoo singsto me, to the mountain,to me, to the mountain - A haiku by Kobayashi Issa These thirteen words revive a childhood memory -- in the backyard of the house. From the mango tree, lush ..

ORDER OF DISCHARGE

IN THE judgement of the case – Sandeep Sunil Kumar Loharia v. Sumeet Ganpatrao Bachewar and Another, delivered on August 23, 2018, a 3-judge Bench consisting of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Navin Sinha and Justice K. M. Joseph, at the Supreme Cou..

Increasing Landslides

                    By ANSHUMAN BHARGAVA,   Many environmentalists are blaming development activities and poor vegetation for this phenomenon. Landslides induced by extreme rainfall also..

Time we woke up to save our youngsters -- II

          - Vijay Phanshikar, THE same old story. The same old arguments. The same old, nay ancient, frustrations -- about youngsters going out of control in countless homes. “My son just does not listen to me”..

Let Us Define ‘Dissent’

“Dissent is a safety valve of democracy. If it is not allowed, the pressure cooker will burst.”                                - Mr. Justice Dhananjay Chandrach..

Help Kerala

Pursuant to the national disaster management guidelines, the Centre has categorised the Kerala flood situation as L3 disaster and treated it as a disaster of serious nature. The L3 status means that the Centre must help a State with its personnel and..

End Free Trade

End Free Trade ..

Tribute To Kuldip Nayar

Nayar’s autobiography, ‘Beyond the Lines,’ was one that was appreciated in both India and Pakistan for its refreshing candour and fast-paced narrative, reading almost like a nail-biting thriller. By ANGSHUKANTA CHAKRABORTY VETERAN..

Task Before J&K Governor

By BRIJ BHARDWAJ, The new Governor should start a dialogue if he is keen to win the hearts of the people. A new beginning could be made to remove irritants like the controversy over the future of Article 35A which provides certain safeguards for people o..

Sale Of Family Property

                    The appeal in this case was filed by the legal representatives of the original plaintiff against the final judgement and order passed by the Punjab & Haryana &..

Promising Trend

                      It is really a precedent to find doctors engaged in private practice dedicating their time in Government hospital. It is hardly a trend in India and doctors making h..

Time we woke up to save our youngsters

        - Vijay Phanshikar, THE city of Nagpur was shocked to the bone a few days ago when it saw three college girls get crushed to death under a massive excavator used in construction activity. None of those girls wore a helme..

PREDICTABLE DOOM

Our Correspondent Rajnandgaon, August 23: In a major blow to Left Wing Extremists, a desperately wanted Naxalite carrying Rs. 47 lakh-reward on his head, surrendered before Durg Range Inspector General of Police G.P. Singh. The ultra, with many aliases..

Indo-Pak Ties

By LALIT SETHI,   Pakistan had approached the International Monetary Fund for help to repay its debts, but the IMF promptly denied assistance because Pakistan has perhaps no collateral to offer. Is it bankrupt financially? Is it already a failed St..

Impacts Of Biofuels

                            Compare Jatropa cultivation with natural forest on degraded lands. I suspect the natural forest will absorb more carbon due to its biodi..

Of our very own Fleet Street

  Vijay Phanshikar, Life was truly challenging in those wonderful days almost fifty years ago for a youngster who wished to launch a career in journalism. There was a heady feeling -- that any big shot could be button-holed and quizzed, that anyb..

Immigrants or vote banks?

Immigrants or vote banks?..

Use of EVMs In 2019 Poll

Use of EVMs In 2019 Poll..

Of human temporariness

  By Vijay Phanshikar, Rain-drops!!!         They are apart from rains. They may form a drizzle, or a dangerous torrent. Yet, they are not rains. They are rain-drops -- absolutely, so totally different from the rains. E..

Probe By Informant

Probe By Informant..

Learning to spell correctly -- life’s minute details

        BY VIJAY PANSHIKAR,   FOR the past 13 years, the Spelling Bee contest is being held with a clock-like regularity. Every year, there is a good number of students entering the contest with renewed vigour, renewed pre..

KERALA FLOODS a manmade calamity

    Most of the regions impacted by this monsoon in Kerala were once classified as ecologically-sensitive zones (ESZs) by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), also known as the Gadgil Committee. The committee had suggested that 1,..

Ganga Rejuvenation

                      The Ganga has been a complex puzzle for Governments over decades. Every Government tries to clean up the continually deteriorating river but no Government has e..

The Incomparable

 “May you live a hundred years. We were just remembering you”, said a swayamsevak (volunteer) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), to another swayamsevak who arrived that very moment. “In the West, they say, ‘Take the name..

Political Vacuum In TN

Karunanidhi soon gathered his loyalists around him and built up the party over which he has held sway for over 60 years, though due to age related problems, he withdrew from active politics in 2016 and name his trusted son Mu Ka Stalin as his politic..

Inclusive Healthcare

In the first few decades of post-Independence period, the direction of the healthcare was based on these principles, which gave priority to public health. During that period, much of the healthcare was developed in State sector with a special emphasi..

Doctrine Of Pay And Recover

Doctrine Of Pay And Recover..

Water Extraction

                    Hotels, malls, big schools, colleges and institutes must have proper water harvesting paraphernalia. It doesn’t cost much to conserve water; it is just lack of awarene..

Artificial Milk Glut

By NANTOO BANERJEE INDIA may be the world’s largest producer of milk, but when it comes to per capita consumption, it is still far below the countries such as the US, EU members, Russia and even Brazil. Moreover, much of India’s milk is used ..

Banks Penalising Poor

By GYAN PATHAK,   Though this new practice of exacting penalty from the poor account holder has been made legal, it is in essence unethical and immoral, because the poor need more financial help from the system than anyone else. It’s quite&nb..

Woes Of Milk Producers

                The United States was exporting large amounts of milk products such as SMP, cheese and butter to China and Mexico. The ongoing trade war between these countries has led to the latter c..

Of hope -- and hope alone

      Vijay Phanshikar,   There is a general rush. Everybody is in a hurry, as if. Despite that, there is also an inexplicable sense of laze everywhere, as if nobody is in any hurry. Various smells -- of perfumes, of cheap ..

HORRENDOUS

                    THAT 24 girls had to be rescued from a shelter home in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh is, to say the least, horrendous and shameful for the Indian society. These helpless girls had..

Tough Job For Imran Khan

If all goes well, the formal announcement of Prime Minister will coincide with finalised results of National Assembly and provincial Assemblies. The PTI Chief will swear in at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the residence of President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain o..

Rational Use Of Drugs

By DR. ARUN MITRA, There are set rules for commercial production of a medicine, including packing, storage and disposal. On every strip of medicine the basic information of its contents has to be provided. Literature about various benefits, side effects ..

Of constant change in being

  By Vijay Phanshikar,             ... I do not know how other authors feel about their writings, but always I have a strange  sensation when I read something that I had written some time previously. Th..

Ambiguity In Tax Exemption

Ambiguity In Tax Exemption..

Hanging tenuously by a faint hope

            EVERY word Mrs. Asha Bage, the celebrated Marathi litterateur and winner of Sahitya Akadami Award for her novel ‘Bhumi’, utters is lapped up by her fans. At a recent felicitation in Nagpur, she..

Precious Human Life

                      It is cheap for India to buy and burns hotter than coal, which is why we buy them but forget the fact that they release much more carbon and sulfur content, posing a..

WHERE IS ‘THAT’ MAN?

Kolhapur, July 28 (PTI): Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar said, reservations for the Maratha community could be brought about with an amendment to the Constitution. The veteran leader added that he could hold a dialogue with the Opposition ..

Trade War

By K R SUDHAMAN, Some optimists still argue the US-China trade war might not become full blown and solutions would be found sooner than later as top world economists agree on one thing free trade is any day better than protectionism for global prosperity..

The Deep Pit

                Mr. Modi must focus on the core reasons for the outmigration of HNIs and outflow of grease money from India. The Modi narrative is that he is rooting out corruption, which, of course, is a ..

Ode to Kelibagh Road

    Vijay Phanshikar, Modernity is one condition human societies have often sought -- as an elevation, or departure, from the outdated or the outmoded to something current, something belonging to future. All cities around the world hav..

On Whose Side Is Imran

                    Democratic countries have said openly that Pakistan was under the Army rule. Will Imran Khan’s credentials be acceptable to the West? The next few months of Khan&rsquo..

Growth Rises In The East

The East continues to feed the country with basic raw materials such as steel, coal, bauxite and aluminum and crude oil. The market wind is, however, changing. The region now contributes to over 25 per cent of leather production, 21.5 per cent of ste..

Of unconquerable soul

  By Vijay Phanshikar, Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of cha..

Need To Report Detention

Need To Report Detention..

Mob Lynching

  Beating up people to death just on the basis of rumours or ideological differences is a deeply regressive, sick and pervert mentality. Violence on any pretext is condemnable and primitive— more so when it is inflicted upon helpless, innoce..

Start seeking careers in defence services- III

            To protect honour of all honours-our India! UNTIL recently, that is say about ten years ago, the larger society felt that the careers in defence services did not offer pay as good as in the private corpor..

Will He Do That?

Islamabad, July 26 (PTI): ... “After a 22-year-long struggle, the Almighty God has finally given me the chance to implement the manifesto I had dreamed up over two decades ago ...”, Imran Khan, 65, said in his first public address after the ..

Prisoner Of Past

By G. SRINIVASAN With its more than 150 years history and heritage of pre-colonial past, the baggage it suffers, operating as it is as a departmental commercial undertaking of the Government of India under the overall control of the Railway Board, its im..

Protect The Poor

                The welfare State in the United States and the European Union are under severe pressure because their companies are burdened with heavy taxes and are not able to face global competitio..

Old-world charm in modern times

      Vijay Phanshikar, The first impression of the Nagpur Railway Station a four-year-old boy carried sixty-four years ago was of its enormity. The little head could not fathom how big the Station was. But as the little boy stoo..

Surveillance Vs Privacy

By Padmakumar & Om Prakash, Along with worries over breaches of privacy, surveillance often brings mechanisms to discriminatively categorise people. As a country with a history of multiple forms of discrimination, India is at greater risk THE Suprem..

Of lengthening shadows

  By Vijay Phanshikar, Lengthening shadows of the evening ...         THIS is hardly a description of the evening. Of course, it is truthful no doubt. For, the evening has that quality of stretching the shadows. Yet, th..

Lynching Incidents

                  The Parliament should enact special law against lynching providing adequate punishment for the same, with a view to instill a sense of fear for law amongst the people who invol..

Reining in mob violence

  Of late India has seen a spate of mob lynchings. Such instances are a blot on our civilised society. There is a groundswell of public disgust at such lynchings. There has been a demand from some quarters to enact a new law to rein in mob fr..

Tenable Solution

The number of doctors per thousand population in India is one of the lowest in the world, which directly affects the quality of healthcare. This can be addressed by increasing the number of medical colleges and medical seats. But such a move also needs a..