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Changes cannot be avoided

Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

India has always leapfrogged by learning from the experiences of others. We must apply the same technique in education reforms also It is an interesting time to be between England and India, especially from the point of view of education. Both nations have similar education systems, coming from similar roots. The...

We can’t afford a second blunder

Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

In rebuilding the devastated areas of Uttarakhand, authorities need to ensure that the rebuild effort is in sync with the delicate balance that needs to be maintained between development and nature The recent natural calamity in Uttarakhand has brought unimaginable destruction, with more than a 1000 lives lost and enormous damages...

A 3.6 billion year-old living lab

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | Gautam Pandey | in Oped

Many revolutionary techniques that humankind has invented and adapted with success in multiple areas of operation have come out of observing nature. The aircraft, the Velcro and the cooling chimneys are all products of nature’s genius With his arms stretched he flew higher towards the sun until the wax from the...

Ladder to reach Mount Everest

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | Daniel Kalder | in Oped

Sherpas and mountaineers keep dying along the trickiest parts of the climb to reach the world’s highest peak. The tragedy needs to be checked Once upon a time the world was full of wondrous mysteries and terrifying unknowns. Now of course things are different; our planet is well mapped out, tourists...

Divine retribution in many ways

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Local people have no say in policy-formulation, with their ancestral homes and land being acquired by developers and pilgrimages destroyed with the complicity of policy makers. That really is Uttarakhand's story of disaster Does metaphysics underlie the devastation of Uttarakhand? Locals ascribe the disaster to the removal of the presiding Mother...

Some bad, but most of it is good

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

Increasing mechanisation of manufacturing is taking advantage of newly emerging technologies to cut costs and enhance quality. It’s happening everywhere, from the aircraft industry to automobiles. But it is also taking away precious jobs At the Paris Air Show held at the Le Bourget airfield outside the French capital, it was...

Blame it on CPM and the Maoists

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

Not even heinous crimes against women seem to disturb the Trinamool Government in West Bengal. The Chief Minister discovers politics there too Polarisation and pluralities celebrate the existing fissures within the body politic. Mobilisations represent the strength of the differences in perception. By that measure, the spontaneous collection of thousands who...

Funny side of repressive days

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | Kumar Chellappan | in Oped

Fishermen told All India Radio that they were catching more fish because Indira Gandhi had imposed Emergency. A commentator informed we had won a test match because of the 20-Point Programme This day brings back memories of the dark phase of Indian democracy. It was on June 25, 1975, that Indira...

Taking the gullible for a ride

Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

The thinking politician has become a rarity in Indian politics, which is dominated by rabble-rousers, inane speeches and election promises that are virtually impossible to meet. The space for an intelligent approach to problems has shrunk The last fortnight had witnessed fast-paced changes in the country’s political scenario. The ruling Congress...

Poison gas and the Red Line agony

Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

US President Barack Obama can now only sound tough against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, while he prevaricates on taking precipitate action Fool me once, shame on you. (The Taliban regime in Afghanistan helped Al Qaeda to plan 9/11. We must invade.) Fool me twice, shame on me. (Saddam Hussein...


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