Jammu & Kashmir: A settled issue

Tuesday, 03 Oct 2017 | Hari Om Mahajan | in Oped

It’s unfortunate that politicians and commentators, who term separatists as stakeholders, urge the Government to talk to them to resolve the non-existent Kashmir issue India is a sovereign state, and not a banana republic. It has its own territory, people, Army and Government. Article 1 of the Indian Constitution defines the...

Reinventing the concept of secularism

Tuesday, 03 Oct 2017 | Ramesh Davesar | in Oped

India is facing the worst kind of ‘socio-communal' polarisation, with the civil society radically divided on caste and communal lines. Apart from fracturing the social fabric and mutual harmony, it is threatening our internal security too. It’s time that decisive steps are taken to liberate our society from this malady Perhaps...

Same, same yet so different

Monday, 02 Oct 2017 | Vineeta Pandey | in Oped

Both, Suu Kyi and Sheikh Hasina have a lot in common. Yet, both are viewed differently by the world. While Hasina is seen as a leader with compassion, Suu Kyi is viewed as an oppressor Two women. Close neighbours. Both powerful and influential. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi...

Sensitise society to empower women

Monday, 02 Oct 2017 | Abhishek and Velentina Brahma | in Oped

It is not the state, the judiciary or the bureaucracy, but the society that has failed to provide security to women. Nevertheless, they have shown exemplary courage Last week, a girl student of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was allegedly molested by two men riding a motorbike when she was...

Skilling India’s skewed workforce

Monday, 02 Oct 2017 | Sudip Bhattacharyya | in Oped

Though skill training in the country has improved in recent years, the absence of job linkages is only aggravating the problem of unemployment. The Government must institute better policy initiatives. Long-term solution is essential to endow people with skills The Niti Aayog’s three-year action plan notes that “unemployment is the lesser...

How far is Catalonia’s road to Independence

Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The struggle for Independence continues in Catalonia, one of the richest and most industrialised parts of Spain. Though this movement for liberation from the mainland is an age-old issue, it started dominating the Catalan political scene only in 2010. However, on September 11, what the international community witnessed was something...

Doklam resolution: Departure from reluctant foreign policy

Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 | Satish Kumar | in Oped

There has been consistency in India’s foreign policy — with a steady focus on neighbourhood — since Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Bhutan for his first foreign visit in June 2014. Modi is carrying forward the foreign policy of the Vajpayee regime. We all remember that the then NDA Government had...

‘Need to prevent and reverse heart attack’

Friday, 29 Sep 2017 | Sangeeta Yadav | in Oped

Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals, along with his daughter and Joint Managing Director, Sangita Reddy, talks about the just launched Healthy Heart Programme on the occasion of World Heart Day and the success of the Apollo Shine Programme in Tamil Nadu, that is soon going to be rolled...

Healthcare needs better collaboration

Friday, 29 Sep 2017 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

Allied health professionals can play a critical role in ensuring better quality healthcare services to the people, especially in far-flung areas In a developing country like India, where poor people, particularly those in the rural and remote areas, are still left unattended in terms of quality healthcare, allied health professionals (AHPs)...

Salvaging India’s great spiritual tradition

Friday, 29 Sep 2017 | Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan | in Oped

The only credible way to help people understand the true character of the so-called saints, who have been holding the title of ‘Babas’ and ‘gurus’, is to read and understand the hidden spiritual treasure of our scriptures and evaluate the deviations in their behaviour, if any In recent times, we have...


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