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Predators of wildlife get bolder

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

We all want the Indian economy to roar, but that roar will die out if its foundations are weak. Growth needs to be inclusive, and ecologically sustainable. These concerns should not be mere words but reflect in official policy and action therein The times are not good for our wildlife. There...

Small but enterprising Taiwan

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

The island-nation offers an excellent illustration of how tax collections can be optimised without placing additional burdens on the common tax payer. A combination of firm measures and incentives in the form of lotteries has done the trick there; it can well work here Recently, this columnist travelled to the Republic...

Time has come to see real change

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

West Bengal Chief Minister had promised poriborton to the people of her State. In some areas of policy the difference is visible, but it’s not good enough The iron law of diminishing returns or depreciation is real; real for firms, cars and durables like political leaders. The wear and tear of...

Girl child isn't safe even inside schools

Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

Girls and boys need grow with confidence and comfort. Educational institutions have a role in promoting the culture of broad-mindedness How does your school or college celebrate Women's Day? Do they use it as a chance to say a special ‘thank you’ to the women in the institution? Why was...

Spin doctors are at work

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Desperate to in any way discredit the Gujarat Chief Minister, the Congress stops at nothing Whenever Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is feted by corporates, Western emissaries or business schools, his opponents rake up his alleged complicity in instigating the post-Godhra violence. Or fanciful surmises about BJP infighting over precedence and...

Modi and the fine art of political promotion

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The popular BJP leader has taken the Capital by storm. But, it remains to be seen if he can sustain the allure The media has all but crowned Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. Mr Modi too did not hide...

What is the value of an Indian passport?

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

If you are an Indian citizen, ask yourself how many countries require you get a visa before you can visit them. Compare this with the number of countries that will waive the visa requirement if you hold a US passport. India needs to do better if it wishes to command...

We talk of quality; now let’s grasp it

Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

The true judges ought to be the many stakeholders who make decisions that affect their learning and their lives. They put in their hard-earned money With near full enrollment reported in primary schools in India, the discourse has moved to retention and quality of education delivered. The two are obviously...

Yes to tolerance, no to Islamists

Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 | Mayuri Mukherjee | in Oped

President Pranab Mukherjee’s recent trip to Bangladesh came in the backdrop of the ongoing Shahbagh Square protests in Dhaka where people are demanding stringent punishment to the 1971 war criminals and a ban on fundamentalists. The visit is a message of support Given the present situation in Bangladesh where Islamists...

Sowing cancer in the grain bowl

Thursday, 06 Sep 2012 | Avik Roy | in Oped

In the lush fields of Punjab germinates a scary tale. Farmers there live in a disturbing cesspool of toxicity, as a result of excessive and unregulated use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers At 9.20pm every day, a passenger train leaves Bhatinda town for Bikaner in Rajasthan. Wrapped in blankets, a...


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