A sectarian affair, or more?

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | K Yhome | in Oped

If Sunday’s Bodh Gaya blasts were indeed a fallout of the Rohingya issue, it’s high time New Delhi engaged Myanmar and Bangladesh diplomatically to ensure that Indian territory does not become a battleground The probe into the recent Bodh Gaya blasts that injured two monks are currently underway and there is...

Emasculation by pseudo-secularisation

Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Sushilkumar Shinde says he is serious about fighting terror but can’t get Delhi Police to slap traffic charges on Shab-e-Barat revellers. Giving Rohingyas a base and then expecting them to keep their issues out of India is hardly a counter-terrorism policy Just sample these. On the night of Shab-e-Barat, mayhem was...

Presumed guilty little too soon

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

Just because a case is hanging against an MP or MLA, it is unfair for the person to be assumed disqualified due to the hyped-up fear of a future conviction, as the allegation could well have been fabricated to score political points The Supreme Court’s recent landmark judgement, which ensures that...

A gesture of great import

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Muslims in north India have taken the lead in banning the slaughter of cows for food A radical change seems to be sweeping the northern cow belt, serving to erode somewhat Muslims' isolation on the contentious issue of cow slaughter. Two parallel developments, in Haryana's Kheri Kalan and Uttar Pradesh's Mathura,...

Telangana: Hobson's choice for the Congress

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Whatever decision the party takes on carving a new entity out of Andhra Pradesh, it should reconcile itself to losing the State Will Telangana become a separate State? The vexed problem is about to be solved if one goes by the mood in the Congress. Lawmakers from Telangana have accused...

Chanting ‘secularism’, ignoring development

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Even as our political leaders exchanged pointless barbs on communalism, which, no doubt, received much attention on prime time television, the successful flight of ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which placed into orbit five satellites, was largely ignored One of the things which needs to be reconciled before this nation...

On the brink of population explosion

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | Amit Mohan Prasad | in Oped

Investment in healthcare and family planning, along with skilling of the population needs to be increased substantially if India hopes to achieve population stabilisation and realise the millennium development goals As per Census 2011, the population of India was 1.21 billion. The present population would be close to 1.25 billion, which...

There is a world beyond degrees

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

Lifelong learning is an essential part of education policies in most nations that have a decent quality of life. At the very least, it improves mental health Lifelong learning. Something that we practise but get no credit for. Since certificates are for schools and colleges, and not for anything learnt after...

Miscalculation that can be fatal

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | Mayuri Mukherjee | in Oped

India appears to have bought hook, line and sinker the West-driven narrative of ‘good Taliban’ and ‘bad Taliban’. Salman Khurshid’s support to dialogue with the militant outfit, is shocking in the least External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s recent exhortations in favour of opening a dialogue with the Taliban as part of...

Think Now | Aesop Tales

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

An Ass, having put on the lion's skin, amused himself by terrifying all the foolish animals. At last coming upon a Fox, he tried to frighten him also, but the Fox no sooner heard the sound of his voice that he exclaimed, ‘I might possibly have been frightened myself, if...


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