Dharma and adharma

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Dharma and adharma are essentially about the right and the wrong and often drawing a line between the two is difficult. People often justify their wrong deeds on situational or circumstantial predicaments. But it has to be remembered that right is right and wrong is wrong, circumstances notwithstanding. In the...

Modi's reforms prove India's global mettle

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The Moody’s upgrade of India has, quite predictably, drawn sharply partisan responses. This is not surprising in view of the mini-election season. The results, when they are finally announced on December 18, may not suggest a close fight. However, in the midst of an election campaign all elections appear to...

Ram Temple movement erected a big tent

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Ishan Joshi | in Edit

The project to ensure India's emergence as an Indic civilizational-rooted modern state will come undone if lumpen anti-intellectualism continues Happenstance, perhaps, but as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Ayodhya Demolition on December 6, I received a phone call from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), informing me that my...

Citizen is king

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

It's raining goodies and we aren't complaining. Now, for the delivery It may just have been a fortuitous coincidence or perhaps an attempt to distract citizens from the rampant air pollution across most of North India but both the Centre and Delhi State Governments chose Thursday to make some major citizen-friendly...

The great sari debate

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

No, it is not a Hindu garment but a symbol of Indic civilization The sari is our civilisational thread and is deeply encoded in our genetic heritage. So the recent New York Times column, which describes wearing it as part of India's neo-nationalist cause and by implication becoming a tool of...

Saudi Vision 2030: Regional dynamics

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

Of late, the Saudi Vision 2030, a brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (popularly known as MBS), has received considerable attention in the public domain, particularly after the anointment of MBS as Crown Prince with high prospect of succeeding his father, King Salman. What is Saudi Vision 2030? Is...

New India’s Trump card in Asian space

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Manan Dwivedi | in Oped

US President Donald Trump might be known for his so-called idiosyncrasies, whims and fancies, but the Asiatic space nations of the order of Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan too are going their gerrymandering ways. The rise and demise of twin economic groupings such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

Rohingya crisis: India’s strategic energy security concerns

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

Over the last few months, the Rohingya crisis has been generating global concerns. Just a few weeks ago, a boat carrying illegal Rohingya migrants to Bangladesh coast sank. Because of the prolonged conflict, the exodus of Rohingyas is continuing unabated from the crisis-ridden Rakhine province of Myanmar. Gauging the extent...

Sethusamudram project is not worth pursuing

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Technically, economically and ecologically, the cutting across the bridge is a bad investment that will not serve the country's interest It has been reported that earlier this week, the Supreme Court asked the Government of India to spell out within six weeks its stand on the Sethusamudram project. There is strong...

Fuelling a solution?

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Adopting Bharat Stage VI fuel is not the environmental panacea as it is being marketed The Government has been moving forward to limit vehicular emissions in the recent past. A few months ago, it brought forward the deadline for Indian automakers to shift towards Bharat Stage-VI emission norms by a couple...


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