Odd pollution, even solution

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Supreme court is right to take up pollution issue, knee-jerk reactions won’t solve problem Sometimes there are lessons to be drawn from history, even if it is the history of another country. In December 1952, atmospheric conditions coupled with rampant coal usage led to what was known as a ‘Pea Souper’,...

A work in progress

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 | Talish Ray Sunieta Ojha | in Oped

Despite advances including the promulgation of a progressive piece of legislation to make workplaces safe for women, much more needs to be done whether in boardrooms or on construction sites Every once in a while, the news is about the spectacular fall of a person in power over charges of sexual...

A bigot called Tipu Sultan

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 | Aparna Patwardhan | in Oped

Who was Tipu Sultan? A social reformer or a religious fanatic? A dismally corrupt Congress which refuses to look beyond vote-banks calls him a freedom fighter! My victorious sabre is lightning for the destruction of the unbelievers… Oh Lord, make him victorious, who promoteth the faith of Muhammad. Confound him, who...

A model to fight terrorism

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 | M Ashraf Haidari | in Oped

The Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia conference, both led by Afghanistan, have been set up to fight poverty and terrorism by bolstering regional stability and prosperity Over the past 16 years, Afghanistan has been a victim of state-sponsored terrorism. As a proxy of a regional...

Think now | Confucius, Chinese philosopher

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. When a person should be spoken with, and you don't speak with them, you lose them. When a person shouldn't be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath. The wise do not lose...

Swachh mission requires attitudinal transformation

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | JS Rajput | in Edit

In its third year now, the purpose of Swachh Bharat Mission is yet not clear. We need to ponder over the Mahatma's ideas on sanitation and hygiene to give this excellent idea proper direction The logo of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) - the signature pair of specs of Mahatma Gandhi...

Restraint, My Lords

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

The faith of the nation in the higher judiciary must be upheld Without commenting in any way on the merits/demerits of the case involving a Lucknow medical college and the issues of alleged judicial corruption that emanate from it, it must be said that developments on Thursday and Friday in the...

Twitter @ 280

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

The micro-messaging service just got a bit more bloated and removed one of its greatest assets One of the key positives of Twitter when it launched a decade ago was that you needed to be succinct. Putting a message across in 140 (now expanded to 280) characters or less is not...

A new approach to doing business

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

While the leap in India’s rank in the Ease of Doing Business table is welcome and reflects the Government’s commitment towards reforms, it is not an end in itself. More needs to be done A recent report by the World Bank on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ pegged India at the 100th...

A disGrace in Zimbabwe

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Blame not Grace Mugabe but her husband, Robert Mugabe, the President, for pushing the country into an economic crisis Grace Mugabe, second wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, had a moment of awful clarity about her future three years ago. Speaking about Joice Mujuru, the woman who was then Vice President...


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