Farce in the name of Tibet’s representation

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Claude Arpi | in Edit

Of the 3,000 leaders elected to China’s rubber-stamp Parliament, Tibet has only 20 delegates. Among these, most are not even ethnic Tibetans but Han Chinese, while others have nothing to do with the region at all Padma Choling is not only a deputy to the 12th National People’s Congress, he is...

Take off the kid gloves

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

New Delhi must give Italy a stinging response Stunned after the Italian Government reneged on its assurance to send back to India the two Italian marines who face murder charges here, spokespersons of the Congress and the UPA Government have been trying to pass the buck on the Supreme Court which...

Focus on the real issues

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Pioneer | in Edit

Hizbul attack must alert Kashmir’s politicians At a time when lawmakers in Jammu & Kashmir have been preoccupied with the irrelevant matter of the interred body of a convicted terrorist, one can only hope that Wednesday's terror attack in Srinagar will help them rearrange their priorities and focus on what's really...

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...

Think now | William Shakespeare, Henry VIII

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

I charge thee, fling away ambition: By that sin fell the angels. How can man then, The image of his maker hope to win by it? Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, Let all the ends thou aim'st...

Don’t revere a leader who killed millions

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

Yang Jisheng’s book, Tombstone, is an expose of the worst period of Mao Zedong’s totalitarian regime, when the Great Leap Forward was at its peak and humanity at its nadir. A totalitarian system still exists in China The transition of leadership in People’s Republic of China, the crackdown on corruption in...

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...


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