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SICK MENTALITY

  UNION Minister for Human Resource Development Mr. Prakash Javadekar is absolutely right in his observation that though India has many more places of tourists’ interest as compared to several other countries, foreigners usually avoid visiti..

korean scare

WITH North Korean nuclear threat getting more serious, scary prospects loom large over the world. For, in an exasperated response to the Korean overtures, United States President Mr. Donald Trump went to the extent of threatening at the United Nations tha..

iconic project

REGARDED as one of the iconic irrigation projects of the country, the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the mighty Narmada river, has finally seen the light of the day when Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi unveiled the plaque on Sunday. But it took all of 56 years an..

welcome plans

INDIAN women’s cricket team seems to have done lot of good to the cause of women’s cricket in the country by reaching the finals of the World Cup last month though losing it in anti-climactic manner. The Board of Control for Cricket in India,..

Why everybody seems to be out on the street? -II

THAT everybody seems to be out on the street all the time, is certainly a scary spectacle. When we set out to find reasons, we may come across several factors that have led to this social situation. The sum and substance of all those may be that the atm..

ENSURE SAFETY

MURDER  of seven-year-old boy Pradyuman in the washroom of a school in Delhi has brought into focus the vital question of children’s safety in schools. The cold-blooded murder by a bus conductor, who mercilessly slit the throat of the innocent ..

CUT DELAYS

THAT the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat is finally ready for inauguration would of course bring cheers to the farmers as it will bring much-needed water to the parched land. However, the fact that it took 56-long years for the completion of the dam is di..

Prime concern

IF THE people do not understand Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s concern for cleanliness, then it will be a national disaster. Time and again, the Prime Minister has talked about making India a clean place in every which the way. Ever since he lau..

HUGE TRAVESTY

IT IS a huge travesty that Congress Vice President Mr. Rahul Gandhi has blasted ‘dynastic’ continuance of leadership in politics or business, when he himself has been imposed on the Congress party as part of dynastic succession. Mr. Gandhi&rsq..

AS EXPECTED

                 THAT Mrs. V. K. Sasikala would be ultimately shown the door by the AIADMK was a foregone conclusion from the day political drama unfolded in Tamil Nadu soon after the death of the par..

NEW SYNERGY

NEWLY inducted Defence Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman has brought in a welcome change in the functioning of her office by deciding to hold daily meetings with all the three Service Chiefs, besides meeting the Defence Secretary separately everyday. Rig..

ray of hope

THERE is certainly a ray of hope from Kashmir, and Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh has captured it rightly during his recent visit to the troubled State. He has felt that green shoots -- sprouts -- of peace are visible in Jammu and Kashmir. This is ..

Of a journey without fear

  By Vijay Phanshikar, “From dreams awake, from bonds be free,Be not afraid. This mystery,My shadow cannot frighten me,Know once for all that I am He.” - Swami Vivekananda THIS assertion! -- “I am He” -- is a universal spi..

BACK-BREAKING

CHIEF coach Ravi Shastri has given voice to what the players may hesitate to state. He has fervently appealed to the Committee of Administrators to plan the scheduling of future cricket series in such a manner that the cricketers and the support staff get..

SQUEEZE FUNDS

SHUTTING down of operations of Pakistan’s Habib Bank and slapping of USD 225 million fine by the US for terror funding, money laundering and other illicit financial transactions is in consonance with the promise made by the US President Mr. Donald T..

Why everybody seems to be out on the street?

THE spectacle is scary. Everybody seems to be out on the street all the time. Very few seem to have time to be spent in the house, at home. In morning, people are out to the park then to the market and then to the bank or to the doctor. During the day, ..

IMMENSE ETHIC

THE description of the Indian cricket team by Sri Lanka’s Interim Coach Nic Pothas as a squad ‘with immense work ethics’ is one of the finest compliments the team can ever expect to get. That it has come from a rival coach whose team h..

CONDEMNABLE

NATIONAL outrage over the murder of senior journalist Ms. Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru is justified. The murder of the highly respected journalist in cold blood, as she was about to enter her house, is highly condemnable. However, Karnataka Chief Minister..

Sri Lankans Wary Of China

Going around the island one comes to acquire the impression that the paradigm and matrix for the development are not well defined. It needs deeper understanding and analysis of the ground level realities. The government has to exploit the natural resour..

truly historic

THE comprehensive victory scored by Indian cricket team in Sri Lanka should be termed as truly historic. Right from Day One, the Indian team dominated the scene totally without any shade of doubt, winning all the three campaigns -- the three Tests, the fi..

A SETBACK

SCRAPPING of the amnesty programme, granting work permits to immigrants who arrived in the US illegally as children by President Mr. Donald Trump is likely to prove counterproductive economically, besides causing social unrest. Protests against the deci..

death knell

THE Union Government has sounded the death knell for shell companies by freezing their bank accounts. This is one more positive step towards clamping down on generation of black money and curbing corruption. Even while some quarters question the efficacy..

ON FAST TRACK

CLEANING of the holy river Ganga, the pet project of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, is a massive task. Ever since the regime of former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi, efforts were being made to clean the river but in vain for various reasons. Howev..

India’s victory

From the 2-3 occasions when China had opposed the Indian move in the United Nations to have a dreaded terrorist declared as global offender to the moment in Beijing when China joined other members of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) to name ..

GARBAGE MENACE

WITHIN a couple of days of two people losing their life in a garbage dump collapse in Delhi, 50 bovines have died after consuming polythene in Jind, Haryana. Both these incidents highlight how serious the problem of garbage disposal has become. Due to a..

Matter of ‘moments’

  By Vijay Phanshikar, Lamhe urte hain kabhi ya to titlion ke tarahYa kabhi khushbuon ki manind cheekh uthte hainSimat’te-phailte sanche mein waqt ke dhal karAjeeb shakl ke ban kar ‘Zamana’ rakhte hain na’mZamana?Lamhe -..

Prevent Abuse Of Judicial Time

The Supreme Court has pointed out that extremely important matters are taken up for consideration on a daily basis, and they lag behind sometimes, because individuals who were not competent to assist this Court, insist without due cause, to be granted a..

no surprise

THAT Hockey India (HI) has sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans is neither a shock nor surprise as he kept on promising and planning big but had been falling short in producing results. The bosses at Hockey India finally gave vent to their frustration o..

whose fault?

THE collapse of an old building in Mumbai resulting in the death of as many as 33 persons including a 20-day-old male child raises multiple issues that range from official incompetence to popular apathy. In this particular case, as has been in many simila..

Careers in Defence attracting youngsters again

The sense of happiness was more than obvious. The family was radiating happiness and a deep sense of achievement. For, the efforts of the young son had proved fruitful, and he was all set to join the Armed Forces. In the next few days, he would be gone ..

DISCONCERTING

THERE are disturbing signs visible on the economic front. For the first time in three years of the Narendra Modi regime, the growth of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has sunk to a point as low as 5.7%. Though Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Ja..

PERFORM OR PERISH

                WINDS of change are blowing  in the Government-run establishments. Perform or perish seems to be the mantra of the Government, which has started toning up the administration in right e..

AIMS ACHIEVED

WHILE the Opposition and some sections of economic experts continue to question the efficacy and effectiveness of demonetisation of high value currency last year, Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, the Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI..

PRUDENT STEP

THE decision of the Government to undertake major reforms in the Indian Army, though long overdue, is welcome. The decision is significant because reforms on a massive scale are being undertaken for the first time after Independence. With a total strength..

PROBLEM AREA

UNION Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh has very rightly said that the Maoist menace continues to be a matter of concern for the country’s internal security. Because 35 districts in seven States have been badly hit by the problem, which, though due to..

RAIN FURY

ONCE again the Maximum City has been halted by its nemesis, the rains. Every year, season after season, residents of the megapolis go through the same nightmare. One long hard spell of downpour is enough to show how the city that never sleeps is caught ..

wings to poor

PRIME Mr. Narendra Modi has reason to be happy that his cherished ‘Jan Dhan Yojna,’ an inclusive welfare scheme for the deprived sections of the society, has swelled into a mass movement of the people. That the Jan Dhan Yojna has scaled to 30..

OPPORTUNISTIC

THE rally of Opposition parties in Patna, organised by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav, was nothing but an attempt by him to divert the attention of the people from corruption cases that have landed him and his son Mr. Tejashw..

prudent step

NEITHER the stand-off nor actual fighting was in anybody’s interest over the disputed tri-junction site of Doka La. Hence it was prudent for China and India to de-escalate the eyeball to eyeball situation. The diplomatic agreement between the two ne..

Of one’s unrevealed world

  The human heart has hidden treasures,In secret, in silence sealed;The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,Whose charms were broken when revealed From ‘Evening Solace’By Charlotte Bronte These four lines tell us what is..

chance for pak

THE three-match cricket tour by World XI team, led by South African skipper Faff du Plesiss, provides Pakistan a chance to get back to international sports calendar and not host its matches on alien soil. Pakistan has been hosting its scheduled cricket se..

BLIND FAITH

WHAT was on display in Punjab and Haryana on Friday after the conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, was a pathetic show of blind servitude by the Baba’s misguided followers. The 50-year-old was found gu..

A GOOD IDEA

THE decision of the Government to invite global companies to build affordable houses for poor families is welcome as it will give a further boost to the ambitious scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, launched by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Af..

POLLUTED MUMBAI

A staggering 2.93 crores vehicles are registered in Mumbai that accommodates a population of 23 million plus. It is but obvious that the pollution by these vehicles is one of the major factors that has put the financial capital of the country in the lis..

TOUGH MESSAGE

US President Mr. Donald Trump, by issuing a strong warning to Pakistan, asking it to desist from supporting terrorists in Afghanistan and, seeking India’s help in the task by assigning it a strategic role in the region, has charted a new course in w..

A GOOD BEGINNING

A good beginning has been made with the Government collecting whopping Rs 42,000 crore as taxes in the first monthly filing of Goods and Services Tax (GST) returns. This is as per the expectations of the Government. The revenues are expected to go up at..

historic

THE majority verdict of the Supreme Court, striking down triple talaq as violative of Constitution and arbitrary, has righted the centuries old wrong heaped on hapless Muslim women. The historic verdict, though may not be palatable to some sections of the..

KEEP UP PRESSURE

THANKS to the crackdown on separatist leaders by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for funding terror, incidents of stone-pelting by protesters on security forces have come down. Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Mr. Arun Jaitle..

it’s criminal

IF THE accident caused to the Kalinga Utkal Express train in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening is a case of gross ground level negligence, then, to say the least, it is criminal. Harshest punishment needs to be handed out to those responsible for causing ..

Of floe and flow

    By Vijay Phanshikar FLOE!Sheet of floating ice, as the dictionary says.The ice floating on a glacier, on a frozen river, on the Arctic or Antarctic surface! The scenario is etched deep on human memory, no matter if one has seen any su..

INFY CRISIS

SINCE the day N Narayana Murthy, co-founder and ex-chairman of information technology giant Infosys, came out openly against its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vishal Sikka for the “deteriorating standard of corporate governance in the company”..

FLOOD FURY

ALMOST half of India is reeling under floods, causing massive destruction of human life and property. More than 33 lakh people have been affected by floods in Assam alone, which has witnessed third wave of floods. The situation is serious in Bihar, West B..

DANGER GAMES

That children are vulnerable and can get hooked to something that is distorted, is understandable. But it is not only a matter of concern but preposterous too when adults follow suit. The latest case in question is the Blue Whale game, which now has cau..

OWNING DREAM

HAVING given the call for building a ‘New India’ earlier this month in his monthly ‘Man ki Baat’ broadcast to the nation, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi now wants the entire 1.25 billion population of the country to own the idea,..

BALL IN SC’S COURT

THE scathing report submitted against the acting office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has once again stated the obvious -- of BCCI’s adamance and brazen..

CRACKDOWN

WITH China constantly vetoing any move by the United Nations Security Council to designate Pakistani terror mastermind Azhar Masood as the global terrorist, the decision of the United States to declare Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahide..

CHAMPIONS

TEAM India, under Virat Kohli seems to be unstoppable, at least on its current form. The 3-0 clean sweep against Sri Lanka reestablishes the Indian cricket team as deserving number one side in the world. In all the three tests the Indian team achieved c..

MAKE A RESOLVE

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, while unveiling his vision for New India, tried to apply a balm on the sore wounds of Kashmir during his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort, by saying that abuses and bullets will not resolve the problem. It can be..

Father the unjudgmental

  By Vijay Phanshikar I want a fatherAlways have.God won’t doHe’s too judgemental.And so I found youLike my father, absent. - I want a father, A poem by Eunice D’Souza THAT’S no simple poem! It has its complex thought, a..

CONSISTENCY!

INDIAN cricket captain Virat Kohli’s expectation that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should show consistency and clarity in implementation of its rules and guidelines for players, is quite reasonable. Such expectation from a top notch inter..

WHALE GAME ?

IT IS good to hear that the cops were able to save a boy who was about to finish a task in his Blue Whale Game. As part of the game, the boy was travelling from Solapur to Pune and the cops noticed him and rescued him from further disaster. The boy had go..

FALSE ALARM

THE panic created among the people following the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that the defence forces have ammunition that can last only for 20 days in an event of a war should subside with the Defence Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley reje..

Inspiration

Care, even if nobody is looking. Care, even when there’s no possibility anyone will ever know. Care, because it is the right thing to do, not because it looks good. Care, without caring so much about who gets credit. Care, by doing more than just cl..

SHOCKING!

THE modus operandi revealed by a Bangladeshi national as to how youngsters from that country enter into India illegally and manage to get identification documents should be an eye-opener for the authorities. The youth, Abdullah, said, the youngsters cr..

NEW INDIA

THE latest parliamentary resolution to commit the nation to creating a new India by the year 2022, marking the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, has a tremendous importance in a context that spans eras and not just decades. Even as Parliamen..

WELCOME MOVE

THE submission made by the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board in the Supreme Court that a mosque could be built at a reasonable distance from the birth place of Lord Ram in Ayodhya is welcome as it is a significant step in the direction of resolution..

try that!

TO THE beligerent question from China to India, “what if we enter Kalapani region of Uttarakhand or Kashmir?”, India has only one answer: Try that! For, if China wants to act in a bnrazen manner, then India has no option but take a tough stand..

BE SENSITIVE

MADHYA Pradesh Government’s action of removing Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Ms. Medha Patkar to hospital as her condition deteriorated after 12 days of fast has yet again brought into focus the long-pending issue of rehabilitation of Sardar Sarov..

ON DOT

CONGRESS leader and former Union Minister Mr. Jairam Ramesh has hit the nail on the head when he stressed that the Congress party is suffering from an existential crisis. He has also suggested a collective effort to sort out the crisis in the organisation..

EMPHATIC WINS

THE manner in which the Indian cricket team wiped out the host Sri Lankan team in the first two test matches should be described as emphatic, to say the least. The aplomb with which Captain Virat Kohli led the team from front was something to watch and ..

LOSING GROUND

FINALLY, the international coalition led by the US and Russia has been successful in turning the tables on the Islamic State militants, who are fighting a losing battle in Syria and Iraq. The Syrian and Iraqi armies are fast recovering lost ground, dislod..

Of delicacy in totality

By Vijay Phanshikar,   ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—That perches in the soul—And sings the tune without the words—And never stops—at all— And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—And sore..

vijender

THE promise boxer Vijender Singh had made to himself when he turned pro(fessional) has stood fulfilled. He had said to himself, which he confessed in so many words, that he would give himself to boxing in totality. Nine bouts -- all won -- offer the reaso..

Inspiration

When you don’t get your way, be cheerful about it. There’s no good reason to be any other way. Being angry, spiteful, resentful, despondent, destroys you’re effectiveness and repels other people. That’s not going to accomplish anyt..

FOIL PAK’s bids

RISE in attempts by Pakistan to push in terrorists in Kashmir indicates that it is in no mood to stop its anti-India activities in near future. In fact, it’s not surprising either. Because, the entire military establishment in Pakistan is thriving o..

GOLDEN ERA !

THE observation by an India-American Think Tank ‘South Asia Programme’ at the Carnegie Endowment that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has brought a golden era to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), underlines the reality most correctly. Mr. Mil..

SAY ‘NO’ TO GRAFT

THE Supreme Court has touched an important issue plaguing the nation for long. While delivering a judgement upholding conviction of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Mrs. Neera Yadav and another IAS officer Mr. Rajiv Kumar in Noida land allotment sca..

STAY PUT

WITH India not succumbing to the pressure mounted by China asking it to pull out troops from Doka La unconditionally, the dragon country has now resorted to spreading canards. The Foreign Ministry of China has claimed that India has reduced its troop st..

GOOD NEWS

THE decision of the Union Cabinet to scrap the ‘no-detention’ policy for students upto Class 8 in schools, should be treated as real good news for Indian education. The Government finally agreed to listen to the clamour for the scrapping of th..

Steeped in books’ romance

    Vijay Phanshikar Libraries have often had a magnetic value. They attract people. They even absorb people. The sight and smell of books, and the silence they are engulfed in -- everything has a mesmeric quality.  However, until I v..

MAJOR SUCCESS

WITH the killing of top Lashkar militant Abu Dujana in Pulwama, Kashmir, the security forces have achieved a major success in their anti-terrorist operations. A Pakistani national, Dujana, who was wanted for many attacks in Kashmir, managed to escape th..

OLD FRIEND

THE statement by Mr. Sergei Chemezov, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rostec State Corporation of Russia, that Russia’s friendship with India would continue no matter the other countries India has ties, has its own importance in the international..

CURB THE MENACE

THE Indian Coast Guard has done a smart job by seizing 1,500 kg of heroin worth around Rs 3,500 crore from a merchant vessel off Gujarat coast. Thousands of youths, many of them school-going, are falling prey to drug addiction, ruining their life for ev..

NEW INDIA

AHEAD of the Independence Day Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has harked back to the spirit of the momentous five years from 1942 to 1947 which shaped the destiny of modern, independent India. Those five years marked intense struggle of the countrymen to..

The moment of the dew

  By Vijay Phanshikar A DEW sufficed itself And satisfied a leaf, And felt, ‘how vast a destiny! How trivial is life!’ The sun went out to work, The day went out to play, But not again that dew was seen By physiognomy. Whether..

BIG STATEMENT

THE comprehensive 304-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Galle Test has given Team India a major boost in the series. In the end it turned out to be a one-sided contest with only a charged-up India standing up while the demoralised Lankans capitulated on e..

Why should chaos accompany urban growth?

THE last week produced a need to visit a big city just for a day. It is one of the top ten cities in the country, the capital of a State, and an emerging hub for greenfield industries. It is also a vibrant place, in the sense a lot of developmental work..

NEW CHALLENGE

GLOBAL terror outfit Al Qaeda has thrown a new challenge to the Indian security forces by officially announcing the setting up of its unit in Jammu and Kashmir. While making this announcement recently, the terror outfit, which planned and orchestrated ter..

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ELECTRIC VEHICLES..

KEEP UP PRESSURE

THE claim of the CRPF DG Mr. R. R. Bhatnagar that stone pelting incidents have come down in Kashmir, comes as a big relief. It was very disturbing to watch youths, their faces covered, throwing stones at security forces engaged in anti-militancy operati..

MASTERSTROKE

THE nation will always remember the political masterstroke delivered so smartly by Bihar Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar which saw the exit of Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav and his Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) from the alliance that ruled the State Government and e..

Of the spirit, the grit, the fit

  Vijay Phanshikar The first impression of the Nagpur University Playgrounds on Amravati Road nearly fifty years ago was one of a vast expanse of open space, every corner of which had been occupied by young persons engaged in different games. For..

BITTER PILL

INDIAN bureaucracy has earned itself a dubious distinction of being lethargic, inept, unadoptive to change and unaccountable to the people. There are of course some exceptions. But they are rare to find. The main reason behind this sickening attitude is..

REAL THREAT

VICE-CHIEF of Army Staff Lt. General Sarath Chand has quite justifiably warned the country that the manner in which China was expanding its influence across the Himalayas it is bound to remain a threat to India in coming years. And the spectre of such thr..

JUSTIFIED ACTION

NO one else but the unruly six Congress MPs themselves should be blamed for inviting suspension by Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan against them. Through their highly unacceptable behavior of storming into the well and throwing papers at the Speak..

A LEAGEND

WITH the demise of Prof. U.R. Rao, the world has lost a legendary scientist whose absence will be felt particularly in India. As a leading space scientist, Prof. U.R. Rao was one of the early architects of India’s space programme and led the ambitio..

CAs UNDER LENS

AT a time when the Government is taking steps to cleanse the system of corruption, it becomes obligatory for chartered accounts (CAs) also to pitch in. Unfortunately, not many CAs appear to be helping the Government in this. On the other hand, many of t..

UNFORTUNATE

BY ANY standard, the failure of Indian Women’s cricket team to win the World Cup final match against England can be termed as unfortunate. The Indian ladies allowed a near-sure victory to slip from their grip and met with defeat that should have act..

Of freedom of art

  By Vijay Phanshikar     “Art, even modern art, need not be instant. In the luxury of a little time, I can try to avoid some of the most obvious traps of the news. I am, like Popeye, what I am. I do not have to be the represe..

A LONG JOURNEY

INDIAN hockey coach Mr. Roelant Oltmans has said that failures of past in some major tournaments have not been a deterrent in his quest to make the national team world class. Mr. Oltmans says that ever since he took over as the national coach four years a..