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Nation's health needs critical care

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | Shiv Basant | in Oped

If we continue to fool around with basic issues, we will be jeopardising the long-term interests of the nation and perpetuating mass poverty, illness and deprivation. People will surely back the right policies The UPA Government’s ambitious National Rural Health Mission was conceived with the laudable intent of improving...

Vatican must reach out to others

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

The world has a lot of expectations from Pope Francis. But the spotlight, as far as the East is concerned, will be on how well he conducts inter-faith dialogues with Islam and Indic religions. His predecessor appeared less than enthusiastic on the issue An estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the...

So far so good, but danger lies ahead

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The US-South Korean exercises have gone off well, but the risk of a miscalculation, first in Pyongyang and then in Seoul, is very real The joint US-South Korean military exercises known as ‘Key Resolve’ and ‘Foal Eagle’ have got underway, and so far the heavens have not fallen. The American forces...

Purge Bharat of manual scavenging

Sunday, 17 Mar 2013 | Devender Singh | in Oped

The Union Government should urgently pass a legislation to tackle this disgrace to society. It must then without delay frame rules for effective and speedy implementation of the Act, so that the dignity of sanitary workers is upheld In one of his most prescient speech in the Constituent Assembly on...

CBI needs more funds, freedom

Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

The country’s premier investigating agency is getting increasingly burdened with all sorts of cases, political and financial. It needs modern technology to keep pace with the challenges. Yet, the Government continues to starve it of money The loss of reputation and pride of the Central Bureau of Investigation because of its...

Straining the spirit of justice

Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Strident moral crusaders themselves descend to cruelty in their zeal to punish the perpetrators of crimes In the wake of the grisly end of Ram Singh, the main accused in the Delhi gang rape case, serious attention needs to be paid to more circumspect views that dissent from the rabble-like cries...

To vote or not to vote against Sri Lanka

Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

New Delhi has refrained from a tough stance against Colombo for its war crimes against the Tamils, but can it ignore the issue any longer? The Congress-led UPA Government is under tremendous pressure from its important ally, the DMK, to vote against Sri Lanka for the latter’s violation of human rights...

Naive Rahul does not know his own party

Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | CP Bhamri | in Oped

Having made clear that he’s not interested in being Prime Minister, the Congress vice-president says he is focussed on re-building his party. Yet, he remains blissfully unaware of how the Congress functions and this is exactly why his grand plans for the party won’t materialize Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s statement to...

The guru of social reforms

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

It was Sree Narayana Guru's efforts, along with those of Sree Chattampi Swami, which stemmed mass conversions in the late 1890s and led to the opening up of public spaces, including temples, to all Hindus, regardless of their caste, in Kerala The Maha Shivratri of 2013 marked the 125th anniversary of...

They leave you in a state of shock

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Raghu Rai's photographs of Bangladesh's Liberation War are among the world’s best specimens of visual war coverage In his seminal work, An Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, Erich Fromm wrote, “Man is the only mammal who is a large-scale killer and a sadist.” Further, stating that “Malignant aggression” was a “characteristic only...


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