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...

Taken for granted, and for a ride

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | in Oped

It is time we realised that the battle of getting the marines back is lost. We need to introspect and understand that, what people say to our faces and think of us are two different things. We have no one but ourselves to blame Amidst the outrage of the Italian marines...

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...


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