Quintessence and the role of DNA

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Ethos for communities are to understand the intricacies of human-kind, integral to the growth of robust nationalism Whether we like it or not, we are all significantly ethos driven. We are born with a genetic code which carries selections from the DNA of 16 people, eight from our father’s side and...

Making our cities more robust, liveable

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Chandrakant Lahariya | in Oped

The struggle in metropolitan towns, to provide basic amenities to emerging and diverse urban population, lies in the functional inability of State Governments and civic bodies. Increased and proactive engagement is needed In the recently concluded meeting of the Governing Council of Niti Aayog, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra...

Gorakhpur waiting for a new dawn

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | KK Srivastava | in Oped

“The sadness is, that every leaf has fallen before…” Allen Ginsberg in his book KADDISH AND OTHER POEMS Writing this piece, I am aware that societies struggling to come to proper shape thrive on assumptions regulating these societies. And with the job in hand, I will go with the assumptions even naÔve...

Urgent need to reform civil services exams

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

The current civil services examinations need to be thoroughly overhauled if it were to serve as an effective instrument for selecting suitable candidates for the country’s premier civil services. Nearly one-year long process, comprising preliminary screening test followed by mains and interview for shortlisted candidates, leaves unsuccessful candidates little time...

No full closure in Nirbhaya case

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Shreya Kedia | in Oped

Changes now made to the juvenile justice Act ought to have come years ago. The trial of minors accused of serious crimes is permitted in many democratic countries The Supreme Court’s order, upholding the death sentence for the four accused in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case, has largely been...

Societal hierarchy spoiling growth

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Udit Raj | in Oped

Only Swachh Bharat Abhiyan won’t do. A real mindset change is required for noticeable cleanliness around us A survey report for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan came on May 4. Indore got the distinction to lead other cities in the survey followed by Bhopal. Not a single district from Uttar Pradesh achieved cleanliness,...

Dream of a greener and cleaner India

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Switching to renewable sources of energy is the global preference now and an environmental priority. As the second-largest coal user, India needs to perfect its infrastructure a whole lot better to replace the use of coal completely A recent Niti Aayog report has put full and comprehensive focus on environment friendly...

Beijing’s hard and soft touch

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | Raghu Dayal | in Oped

China's history is replete with threats and territorial demands. Sino-Indian talks on border disputes have one theme: ‘What is with us now is ours’ Notwithstanding several Indian liberal thinkers’ strong advocacy for India to endorse China’s magnum opus, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in view of China continuing to roil the...

The new leader of a New India

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

The three year governance of BJP-led NDA deserves cheer, with Prime Minister Modi ushering in a new epoch for growth Call it the permanence of fallacy of human kind, skepticism has been at the core of our existence. And as Bertrand Russell had rightly said, “Dogmatism and scepticism are both, in a...

Reducing Mahatma Gandhi to a commodity

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | JN Sinha | in Oped

Every year, Bihar celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s arrival to Champaran. But Gandhi for politicians has become more of an image-building necessity than respectful reminiscence. Most people resent this brazen lip service The centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Champaran in 1917 has been celebrated with much fanfare in Bihar. As Gandhi had...


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