Debate ensues over ‘one nation, one poll’ proposal

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Hari shankar vyas | in GupShup

Yet again, speculations have started over elections. They had persisted for four years — on whether or not the Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections would be held simultaneously. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh Government sent its consent to the Central Government on ‘one nation, one election’. The UP Government had formed...

Getting into the real yoga

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Yoga is an ancient Indian practice of acquiring mental, physical, and spiritual rigor. However, these are the means and not the end. Yoga aims for some much higher and loftier goal. To understand the primary objective of Yoga, Patanjali Yoga sutras are a valuable and authentic reference source. The “Yoga...

Groundwater contamination

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Ground water shortages have long been predicted but what is surprising is the rapid contamination of ground water with elements such as uranium and nitrate At a time when municipal water supplies are slowly drying up, people in urban and rural areas are increasingly banking on groundwater even though the availability...

TV news channels’ frivolous conduct

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Public discourse in a large and diverse country in India invariably tends to be episodic. What grabs the headlines for a day or even a week often sinks without trace subsequently, with historians guaranteed to not even accord it a footnote. To be fair, the print media is relatively a...

In the throes of a water crisis

Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

Till Shimla's water crisis almost forced a shutdown of the tourist economy, the immediacy of climate change did not hit home. But with perennial streams turning seasonal, a water emergency is on the cards For long, falling water tables in the time of extreme weather conditions have featured in the context...

Fight to the finish

Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Ceasefire must be called off and those who dare pick up the gun against the state eliminated The Narendra Modi Government must not fall into the trap of previous NDA regimes which sought to burnish their inclusive credentials at the cost of letting the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir slip...

Underdogs for a reason

Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Abysmal Test debut by Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia's World Cup disaster carry a message Verily, there is a reason why underdogs in the sporting world are thus named. In the 21st century, which has mainstreamed what Prince Charles rightly termed a culture of blame, it is everybody's else's fault but one's...

Daredevil summitry in Singapore

Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Manan Dwivedi | in Oped

It is the season of summitry in the present day international system. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinging in Wuhan and US President Donald Trump met the European counterparts as part of the G-20 where in the rest intended to stem the tide of rising America First...

Chinese repression in Xinjiang

Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Xinjiang region of China today reflects an extreme manifestation of a new ‘Surveillance State’ by the all powerful regime of Xi Jinping. Interestingly, this comes with a high-handed combination of technology and a strong flavour of communism. Its aim is not only to prevent the wave of both global and...

SCO great vehicle for India?

Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Parnika Praleya | in Oped

The acrimonious G7 summit in Quebec, held contemporaneously with the Qingdao summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), has put the latter’s harmonious running in the spotlight. Hailed by many as a harbinger of an “East in Rising”, Chinese state media was quick to attribute the SCO’s successful conduct of...


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