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Language of destructionists

Friday, 05 Jul 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Nobody in the corridors of power really cares about destruction of nature. Money and politics count Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna's claim that Tehri dam saved Rishikesh and Haridwar by containing the flood waters of Bhagirathi, quite like the dreadlocks of Lord Shiv reducing the momentum of Ganga's fall to earth,...

It is all about getting poll calculations right

Friday, 05 Jul 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The Congress seems to have got a head start in the ‘alliance game'. The next few months will show the arithmetic If anything, it will be the arithmetic that will work for the UPA and the NDA in the 2014 election. The Congress, earlier averse to a coalition, has now come...

Neither Modi nor Nitish has prescription for India's ills

Friday, 05 Jul 2013 | CP BHAMBHRI | in Oped

The success of the development models implemented by Chief Ministers in their States notwithstanding, they cannot simply be scaled up and imposed on the rest of the country. Each Indian State needs its own tailormade development plan The claims and counter-claims made by the Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Bihar about...

Past errors needn’t be repeated

Thursday, 04 Jul 2013 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

It’s not that India does not have any leverage to push China for an early resolution of the border dispute. New Delhi can pressure Beijing by doing a lot on Tibet without breaching any agreement with China, and ramp up regional cooperation with other nations It is difficult to say whether...

At least heed the holy scriptures

Thursday, 04 Jul 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

The conditions of elephants remain the same 36 years after Sunderkali's death. Various laws and rules to protect the animals have largely remained on paper A 54-year old cow elephant, Bijli, collapsed on June 11 on a road in eastern Mumbai. Her pathetic state attracted the attention of many, including super-star...

Handle waste with seriousness

Thursday, 04 Jul 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Waste produced in India has a huge potential to generate clean and sustainable energy if it is recycled in a proper manner. The Government must spread awareness on the issue Burgeoning population and overburdened municipal infrastructure are ensuring that the top cities of India are very productive in one area —...

Nature will punish its abusers

Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

The crass race for ill-planned development has been the bane of every State. The Himalayas have been destroyed across their range. Have we forgotten the devastation of Sikkim's earthquake in 2011, perhaps induced and accentuated by the slew of dams across the Teesta? Thousands have died in Uttarakhand’s floods, many more...

Shattered lie their dreams and hopes

Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013 | Tazeem Akhter | in Oped

Girls in a village near Poonch in J&K rarely get to study beyond the ninth standard, while the boys have all the opportunities for higher studies, writes Tazeem Akhter On the dusky village roads in Batal Kote, in Loran region of Mandi tehsil, a two-hour drive from the border district Poonch,...

Compounding misery many times over

Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013 | Manoj Misra | in Oped

It is clear that the Uttarakhand Government has failed to provide an effective and coordinated direction to the relief and rehabilitation of the survivors of the recent calamity. But for the brave efforts of the Armed Forces, things would have been worse, writes Manoj Misra Cries of deprivation and neglect from...

Dalrymple’s flight of fantasy

Tuesday, 02 Jul 2013 | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | in Oped

The premise that the war in Afghanistan is actually a battle between India and Pakistan for supremacy in the region, is laughable. There is no evidence, nor does sensible opinion accept, that New Delhi is responsible for the unrest and violence in that country This fortnight saw an outpouring of righteous...


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