Connecting regions, and hearts

Monday, 13 Mar 2017 | RC Acharya | in Oped

India Railways has been working hard to connect various parts of the country with one another, and also one region of State to another of the same State. The work undertaken to connect south and north Bihar is a good instance Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the two most populous States...

Bahrain’s crackdown and US tutelage

Saturday, 11 Mar 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The Donald Trump Administration can’t simply say no to Bahrain as it hosts the most important strategic American base in the heart of the West Asia. This will embolden the al-Khalifa family to crush any future unrest in the State The sixth anniversary of the 2011 uprising in Bahrain witnessed a...

Cooperative or competitive geopolitics in Arctic

Saturday, 11 Mar 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

Both the US and Canada are deriving major chunk of energy from Arctic territories. Along with resources, the importance of this region is growing because of the Northern Sea Route. Analysts are arguing this sea route is going to connect ‘Europe and Asia Pacific’ by reducing the distance. However because...

Flashback to motivated protest

Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 | Shreya Kedia | in Oped

Gajendra Chauhan has made a quiet exit from the FTII, in marked contrast to the tumult that had greeted his appointment over a year ago. Academic activity had come to a halt in the premier film training institute for more than three months and politicians made hay The tumult that had...

Flyover that was a disaster in making

Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

There are sensible and pragmatic ways to combine smart urban development with the protection of the environment. Mindless decisions must be avoided The Karnataka Government's decision, announced on March 2, to scrap an unnecessary, monstrous and environmentally disastrous, 6.9-kilometre steel flyover in Bengaluru, is a welcome development. Jubilation over it, however,...

Options that harm environment

Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Public health and environment cannot be redeemed if India chooses to use highly polluting fuels even though better options exist. The increasing consumption of pet coke and furnace oil is a good instance of where we are erring Inspite of the availability of renewable energy, natural gas and electricity many commercial...

Liberating avenues for FDI

Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 | Katarzyna Kaszubska | in Oped

Given the diminishing role of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board in recent years, the scrapping of this body is welcome. Moreover, the decision is in line with the Government's commitment to create favourable conditions for foreign direct investment In his Budget speech on February 1, Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley...

Upcoming black day for the Godhraites

Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

March 11 shall be waited with baited breath. India may wake up to a new idiom of politics where Modi may have won, triggering an yearning for change In an unprecedented election campaign for Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, and among the most memorable for years to come, the Prime Minister, the...

Reality check on new visa norms

Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

If indeed, US President Donald Trump is successful in pushing the stringent HI-B visa norms, Indian IT majors are sure to face a setback. They must start re-working their economics and look for ways to bring down on-site work India’s Silicon valley in Bengaluru and Hyderabad’s cyber city, India’s IT hub,...

One huge mockery of justice

Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Politics must have played a huge part in the 2005 Delhi blasts case investigation not being re-opened after new evidence came up. Why did neither the police nor the then Government take cognizance? Was this because the Congress itself was a divided house? It is not surprising that the verdict on...