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The Chart-Busters

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Big Story

Based on the tales of Shiva, Amish Tripathi’s ‘Shiva Trilogy’, which is a series of three books on the deity, traces the journey of Shiva from the magical land Meluha to Panchavati. The first book, The Immortals of Meluha, discovers Shiva’s journey in the land of Meluha where...

General Motors’ general failure

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | New Delhi | in Automobile

General Motors was one of the first foreign carmakers to enter India after the Government had eased entry conditions for manufacturers. Those were heady times for Indian automotive writers; as after a decade of unprecedented success, Maruti-Suzuki’s bastion was under attack. And General Motors, the world’s largest car manufacturer was...

Down and out versus down but not out

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

If adversity brings out the best in a political organisation, it can also throw up the worst. The swing factor here is the moral fabric of the party in question The tensile strength of a political party in a democracy is tested in times of adversity. If a party takes defeats...

Standing by Palestine

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

India’s growing proximity to Israel has not diluted its support to Palestinian cause In a fine balancing act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and assured him of ‘unwavering support’. Abbas’s visit comes ahead of Modi's trip to Israel. By hosting Abbas first and offering India's help...

AMU’s several problems

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Financial and recruitment irregularities have marred the institute’s image The Aligarh Muslim University, which was already in the eye of a storm over its insistence to be considered as a minority institution (the case for which is pending before the Supreme Court), must be concentrating more on setting its own...

No full closure in Nirbhaya case

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Shreya Kedia | in Oped

Changes now made to the juvenile justice Act ought to have come years ago. The trial of minors accused of serious crimes is permitted in many democratic countries The Supreme Court’s order, upholding the death sentence for the four accused in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case, has largely been...

Societal hierarchy spoiling growth

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Udit Raj | in Oped

Only Swachh Bharat Abhiyan won’t do. A real mindset change is required for noticeable cleanliness around us A survey report for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan came on May 4. Indore got the distinction to lead other cities in the survey followed by Bhopal. Not a single district from Uttar Pradesh achieved cleanliness,...

Dream of a greener and cleaner India

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Switching to renewable sources of energy is the global preference now and an environmental priority. As the second-largest coal user, India needs to perfect its infrastructure a whole lot better to replace the use of coal completely A recent Niti Aayog report has put full and comprehensive focus on environment friendly...

Think now | Albert Camus

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

It is a matter of living in the absurd I know on what it is founded, this mind and this world straining against each other without embracing each other. I ask for the rule, and what I am offered neglects its basis. I know it implies obscurity and ignorance; and...

Intellectuals, yes, but with closed minds

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | Anirban Ganguly | in Edit

Historian Ramchandra Guha’s academic capacities may be considerable, but they are severely compromised by the biases he holds, and which colour his opinions Cricket historian Ramchandra Guha recently called Professor BB Kumar, the newly appointed Chairman of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), a “semi-literate Sanghi”. These words demonstrated...


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