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...

Destruction, not ‚Äėdevelopment‚Äô

Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

For the last decade or so, a pliable political leadership, in collusion with the corporate-contractor lobby, has thrown most conservation norms to the wind in the name of promoting ‘development' It was waiting to happen. The Government has been planning it since 1960s. No sane advice of environmentalists, activists or religious...

No lessons learnt, no regret even

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | Udayan Namboodiri | in Oped

The semi-anniversary of the Nirbhaya rape went unnoticed this week. Which was no surprise because the response to that ghastly crime was a one-off and matters had to return to ‘normal’ in a city which celebrates hedonism, not humanism One morning this week I caught up with a former colleague who...

The empire of rape

Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | Sutapa Mukherjee | in Oped

Another ghastly rape rape and murder, this time in Kolkata’s neighbourhood. It’s become a civilisational thing now On Friday June 7, it was reported that the demand for power passed the previous record set in July last year to touch 5,653 MW. There was almost a sense of self-congratulation in the...

A flood of policy failures

Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

The destruction caused by heavy rains across north India is a grim reminder of how woefully unprepared India is to respond to natural calamities. Laws defining the state’s role in such situations must be framed right away As the scenario in flood-hit Uttarakhand is heading towards being disastrously grave, where hundreds...


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