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King Dhoni bows out Prince Virat takes guard

Friday, 20 Jan 2017 | Ashish Jha | in Big Story

For Indian cricket, the two stalwarts are priceless, and will remain so What are the similarities between the Taj Mahal and Virat Kohli? Weird enough question, isn’t it? To begin with, both are grand: Taj in structure, Virat in stature. Both symbolise love in its purest form: The Mughal-era monument to...

The ultimate destroyer

Friday, 20 Jan 2017 | Sudhansu R Das | in Big Story

Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped in to bat with his usual long stride, face turning back to the sun, eyes closed and his bat in shadow practice for a copybook straight drive. Dhoni always wanted to play straight in the initial two overs before he angled his bat for big hits....


Friday, 20 Jan 2017 | Pioneer | in Big Story

With MS Dhoni calling it a day to his long and successful stint as captain of the Indian limited-overs team, and the baton being smoothly passed on to young and energetic Virat Kohli, who now holds the helm in all formats, things are likely to change in the dressing room...

My Lords, this is judicial adventurism

Friday, 13 Jan 2017 | Abraham Thomas | in Big Story

When the apex court enforces a law that the majority fails to relate with, there is a disconnect The Constitution of India is a living document. Since its adoption by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949, the text of the Constitution has been amended several times by the Parliament. Although...

Three cheers for judicial activism

Friday, 13 Jan 2017 | Namit Saxena | in Big Story

To cure a largely defective system, positive interventions by way of bitter pills are necessary The Constitution of India accepts the doctrine of ‘separation of powers’. The basic grammar of this doctrine suggests that one organ of Government should not control or interfere with the exercise of its functions by another...

The nonsense of seniority, rise of the meritorious

Friday, 06 Jan 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

Sachin Tendulkar said: “I just keep it simple. Watch the ball and play it on merit.” Merit is the word Invoking seniority is the lazy way out to making key appointments. It’s also a good way to cover one’s back. And it maintains status quo insofar as shunning intrepidity and creativity...

He's a fine General, stop carping

Friday, 06 Jan 2017 | Shreya Kedia | in Big Story

Had seniority been the only criterion, what was the need for a list of Generals to be prepared? With General Bipin Rawat taking over as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), one hopes that the criticism over his appointment will come to an end. It does not merit anyone to continue...

Master of supersession

Friday, 06 Jan 2017 | Pioneer | in Big Story

In 1983, Lt Gen SK Sinha, who was an outstanding senior officer, was to be appointed as the Army chief to succeed General KV Krishna. However, the then Indira Gandhi Government appointed General AS Vaidya, who was junior to Lt Gen Sinha. The reason given by the Government was...

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