Bhai is back

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Manohar Parrikar proves just why he is the apple of Goa's eye A senior BJP leader with an RSS background attending the national executive of the party in Goa a couple of years ago narrated an anecdote from decades past to his colleagues when the topic veered to a discussion on...

Ghostly tales

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

It is hard to believe that our future-shaping leaders have an abiding belief in ghosts The game of political one-upmanship in Bihar reached a rather ghostly new low this past week. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and son of former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi, Tej Pratap Yadav,...

Coal calling

Friday, 23 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Private coal mining is welcome but Government must ensure it doesn't become a gravy train Gold mining as is more or less over in any substantive way in India after the exhaustion of the Kolar Gold Field veins by the 1990s and iron-ore mining (mainly in Karnataka, Goa and Odisha) is...

Shut up the fringe

Friday, 23 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

By taking immediate action against fringe elements, the apex court has sent a strong signal Priya Varrier's wink has now reached legendary status, the seemingly annual discovery of a south Indian movie by the rest of the country which started with Kolaveri Di a few years ago. However the vocals of...

Think now | Oscar Wilde ; Irish poet and playwright

Friday, 23 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Oped

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that...

Parking woes

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Delhi’s new parking policy will be the end of the neighbourhood in absence of an alternative Delhi has grown around the cult of the car with much of the urbanisation in the city occurring in the southern half which was planned around wider roads. It is no surprise that there are...

Temple station

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Is it good prep or should we not read too much into the proposed Ayodhya station makeover? As signals of intent go, this is perfect. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), now in power at both the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh with decisive majorities on its own, has made it...

Gender conundrum

Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Niti Aayog's report on the falling sex ratio confirms much more needs to be done If a recent data released by the Niti Aayog is anything to go by, the picture is not so rosy for women and girls in the country. Its report showcases a worrisome trend of falling the...

Oh Canada!

Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

New Delhi should have warned Justin Trudeau about the perils of playing to extremists To understand the dynamic of the Indo-Canadian relationship, one has to remember events of June 23, 1985. That was the day that Khalistani sympathisers placed a bomb on board Air India flight 182 operated by the Boeing...

Time for reform

Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Nationalisation has made PSU banks houses of patronage. Government must act The most telling thing about the recent banking scandal involving Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, or indeed other banking scandals that involve loan fraud of one sort or another whether it is Vikram Kothari or Vijay Mallya or the myriad...

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