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Manganiyars' music is fast fading

Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

A traditional art form, practised by the Muslims of Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district, is now on the verge of losing its pristine characteristic to Mammon For several full moon nights, Manganiyars sang at Rao Jodha Park in Jodhpur with the towering battlements of the Mehrangarh fort in the background. The last session...

Eco-literacy is the key to survival

Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

In the scenario of climate change, resource depletion and environment-linked illnesses, it is crucial to strive for accumulation of ecological knowledge in the people. This is vital to the sustainability of humanity in harmony with the environment Many environmental initiatives, especially in India, which have an enthusiastic beginning, fizzle out soon...

Unite for the sake of shared assets

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

There is an urgent need of a strategy for the conservation of rich wildlife harboured across international borders, and increased dialogue and cooperation between neighbouring countries. This will go a long way in saving our natural heritage I recently came across reports from Pakistan that the critically-endangered Great Indian Bustard has...

More than a rockstar performance

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | Atul K Thakur | in Oped

The new RBI Governor has loosened capital controls to attract investments from abroad. But the weather is still rough and the economy weak. Raghuram Rajan has a lot to do, and his debonair looks will not see him through These days everyone, including celebrity author Shobhaa De, is writing about Mr...

Net impact on the news media

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

Newspapers rarely made money from circulation. Most of their revenue came from advertising. Now, with people reading news online for free, circulation and advertising models of the past have gone for a toss Part of my day job is to look after the digital affairs of this newspaper, and in doing...

Leaving dirty footprints at the Sundarbans

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | Avik Roy | in Oped

The Governments of India and Bangladesh plan to jointly set up a coal-based power plant within four kilometres of the eco-sensitive forest. It’s a certain recipe for disaster Thousands of people, young and old, men and women, are now preparing for a 400km march from Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh,...

Men have a role in birth-control too

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | Manjula Pal | in Oped

Although it is easier for men to be sterilised, the women end up bearing the burden of contraception. The Government and civil society must work to popularise vasectomies The burden of family planning in a patriarchal society is borne primarily by women. In the age of woman empowerment, it is high...

Food disaster waiting to happen

Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | KD Singh | in Oped

UPA2 regime’s flagship programme on the ‘right to food’ is slated to create more problems than it will solve, once it kicks off across the country. A creaky public distribution system and the weak economy will not be able to sustain the scheme In 2009, the UPA2 Government led by the...

Corruption can give you a heart attack

Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | Amar Singhal | in Oped

If this does not put fear into the minds of those that are engaged in dubious deals, whether political, business or whatever, nothing probably will Corruption is not only confined to illegal give and take of money; it is also being identified as a potential risk factor to harm the heart....

Have healthy debates on health

Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

Political campaigns must also throw up core issues relating to the social well-being of citizens. For instance, parties must discuss and debate the matter of drug patents, because it affects every Indian Political parties, the intelligentsia and the media would do well now to concentrate on debating key developmental issues ahead...


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