Unpardonable conduct

Saturday, 25 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Make the erring Shiv Sena MP accountable The dramatic scenes witnessed on an Air India flight recently, where Ravindra Gaikwad, a Shiv Sena MP, hit a state-run carrier's employee 25 times with his footwear for the latter not having allotted him a business class seat, must be condemned in the strongest...

Two Leaves out of bounds

Saturday, 25 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Task for rival AIADMK factions has got tougher The RK Nagar Assembly by-poll in Tamil Nadu has taken an interesting turn with the Election Commission of India (ECI) freezing the AIADMK's Two Leaves symbol and recognising the party's two factions led by VK Sasikala and O Panneerselvam as AIADMK (Amma) and...

The London reminder

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Comprehensive fight against terror is needed The attacks in London on Wednesday are grim reminders of not just the growing menace of terrorism but also of the urgent need for the global community to join hands in combating it. By now everyone understands that terrorism is not nation-specific, nor is it...

Expanding Aadhaar net

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

More transparency and enhanced accountability The Government's decision to make Aadhaar, a unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India, compulsory for the filing of income tax returns and also for the procurement of Permanent Account Number (PAN) card, is a pragmatic decision and must be viewed as...

The Ayodhya challenge

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Apex court offers an idea, but will it work? It's common for the Supreme Court to suggest that litigating parties settle their disputes out of the court, especially when those relate to sensitive issues. But it's rare for judges to offer themselves as ‘mediators' in such out-of-court rapprochement. Therefore, Chief Justice...

Trinamool’s Narada mess

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Let CBI bring out the truth in sting operation Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Calcutta High Court's decision to order a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Narada sting tapes, one should expect the truth to come out. The Mamata Banerjee Government in West Bengal had tried...

think now | Nelson Mandela

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be...

Islamabad’s mischief

Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Indian clerics’ case shows growing intolerance The return of the two Indian clerics, Syed Asif Nizami and Nazim Ali Nizami, who had embarked on a pilgrimage to Pakistan to spread the Sufi message of peace and love but mysteriously went missing, is a matter of great relief. One had almost begun...

Finally, MoP for judges

Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Now, fill the judicial vacancies with great speed Now that the Supreme Court Collegium has cleared the contentious Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), the filling up of judicial vacancies in High Courts must begin in right earnest. The sanctioned number of High Court judges across the country is more than 1,000, but...

Think now | Swami Vivekananda

Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

Vairgya or renunciation is the turning point in all the various Yogas. The Karmi (worker) renounces the fruits of his work. The Bhakta (devotee) renounces all little loves for the almighty love. The Yogi renounces his experiences, because his philosophy is that the whole Nature, although it is for the...