Some cheer, but more of gloom

Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

India is considered a world leader in conservation. We have pulled the Great Indian rhino and the Asiatic lion from almost certain extinction. We are the committed custodians of the tiger. Yet, we remain locked in the ‘development versus environment’ debate “So, are we writing the epilogue of India’s wildlife ?”...

The fear: It will rain frogs and blood

Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The American shut-down has made people across the globe go hysterical. They believe the US is really going bust. But the issue is more political than financial A salient feature of American ‘exceptionalism’ is the belief that the United States can never be ordinary. If it is not the best, then...

Flush the politics down the drain

Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 | Madhuri Shukla | in Oped

Narendra Modi has articulated the belief of millions of Indians that basic sanitation is the cornerstone of all development. But his ‘first toilet then temple' remark has been twisted by detractors to ridicule him Mahatma Gandhi gave the famous slogan: “Cleanliness is godliness”. Spiritual leaders like Murari Bapu had been roped...

Internet is about free speech

Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

There is no Left-wing or Right-wing agenda when it comes to freedom of speech, whether it is in a newspaper or on the Internet. But the unfortunate fact is that there are increasingly different rules guiding the two A democracy that is ruled by a woman leader, the widow of a...

Childhood lost in rolling smokes

Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 | Avik Roy | in Oped

Dhuliyan, one of the major hubs of the bidi industy in West Bengal, projects the grim story of child labour, exploitation, poverty and deprivation of basic rights Along the banks of Ganga in the town of Dhuliyan in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, 11-year-old Rubina Ansari rolls bidis, a popular leafy...

Look beyond the economics here

Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The Raghuram Rajan panel, set up to evolve a composite development index of States, has made observations both convenient and troublesome for the Congress-led UPA regime India is neither a developed country nor a developing country; it’s an under-developed country. This is what the Raghuram Rajan panel on evolving a composite...

Daggers drawn for war of votes

Monday, 07 Oct 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

It is perilous to predict the outcome of the 2014 Lok Sabha election. There are some pointers and more will come after the Assembly elections are through. Meanwhile, supporters of Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi are already claiming victory The battle for votes has begun in the right earnest. Political realignments...

Drug pricing norms must change

Monday, 07 Oct 2013 | Subhash Chandra Agrawal | in Oped

The country’s medical sector is crying for reforms. Essential drugs are expensive and the multinational drug manufacturers especially have a virtually free hand in determining pricing. Needy patients suffer The Additional Solicitor General of India had wrongly pleaded in the Supreme Court that the Drug (Prices Control) Order ceiling is correct,...

Sympathy will help RJD regain power

Saturday, 05 Oct 2013 | Raghuvansh Prasad Singh | in Oped

At a time when speculation is rife about the imminent leadership crisis in the RJD and the party’s ‘bleak’ future in the wake of Lalu’s conviction, party’s senior most leader after Lalu, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, talked to The Pioneer’s Saturday Special rejecting reports of any crisis and claimed that voters...

Chips down, but too early to write RJD off

Saturday, 05 Oct 2013 | Amarnath Tewary | in Oped

Will the RJD survive, will it come out more stronger, which party will cash in on Lalu’s absence from active politics, will Lalu’s core M-Y vote bank switch over to any other party — answers lie in how the RJD capitalises on Lalu’s conviction during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls After...


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