Three million graduates, with little contribution

Friday, 03 May 2013 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Because the country's education policies are not in sync with its developmental processes, there is a huge gap in the skills available and the skills needed. While every individual has the right to pursue self-goals, the cumulative and collective process of skill-formation cannot be abandoned There is something about the state...

Lessons this tragedy teaches

Thursday, 02 May 2013 | Mayuri Mukherjee | in Oped

One can only hope that Sarabjit's sad story and his enormous suffering will move the establishments in both India and Pakistan to seriously reconsider the manner in which they treat each other's prisoners. Humanity shouldn’t be sacrificed Less than a week after he was brutally attacked with bricks and iron...

Import teachers for quality education

Thursday, 02 May 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

It is time to bring in trained and proven faculty from all over the world to raise standards of learning in India that can match global levels The demographic dividend is upon us; let us prepare them for their prosperous future, let us skill them. If we don't, they will...

Stop mining eco-sensitive zones

Thursday, 02 May 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Identification and mapping of ecological sensitivity is vital to an effective ability to cope with environmental stresses, such as human-induced developments and their impacts. Ecological resilience has to be determined in the process A growing economy has a justifiable and an almost insatiable need for resources, but are we as...

Make it a bee in your bonnet

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 | Gautam Pandey | in Oped

To many people, these pollinators are simply insects that they see in the garden, but these tiny creatures carry out a vital role in keeping food on our plates. Unfortunately, bees are dying and it's because of human activities You might have already read or heard about one of the...

A rather small weapon of mass destruction

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The Americans are playing the same games with words and meanings that every great power has used to justify its actions since the dawn of time Former US President George W Bush wasn't lying about Iraq after all, and those of us who said that he was owe him an...

US-India trade relations adrift

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 | Manohar Thyagaraj | in Oped

Due to a dodgy rudder, commercial ties between the two continue to snake their way erratically across the geo-political seas. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum could help bring them back on track Almost four months into the second Obama Administration, what can be said about the prognosis for the US-India...

Meaningless posturing must end

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | in Oped

It's high time we saw past the nationalist gobbledygook and knee-jerk anti-West diffidence that our External Affairs Ministry feeds us, because what in effect it has done is to give the LeT and the JeM a free ticket to the next attack, a la Mumbai Nationalism can be a great thing...

All smoke and no fire, is the mantra

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

The poor are paying the price for the failure of the West Bengal Government to discharge its responsibilities because it is busy promoting its political interests There is an obscure nursery rhyme that tells of how a kingdom was lost for the want of a nail. The lost nail...

No place for them to call home

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | Mahesh Kaul | in Oped

The influx of Hindu refugees from Pakistan is not new. The Government here is aware of the sorry condition of these unfortunate people, but it has chosen to remain mute on what is an issue of gross human rights violation Persecution, conversion, rape and religious cleansing have been the fate...


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