Queen’s gambit

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Mayawati as PM? Why seat numbers don't matter for a party that drew a blank in the 2014 poll In any other country, indeed even in India for anyone but the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), it would have been laughable to harbour aspirations for the top job in the country for...

Ailing Taj

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Saving Taj’s pristine splendour is not just a matter of national pride but a national emergency It is the world’s sixth most visited heritage site and Asia’s second most sought after monument but the Taj is probably the frailest of them all as its translucent marble façade picks up every little...

Class will tell

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The suicide by an air-hostess in a tony Delhi locality due to alleged domestic abuse by her husband is confirmation if any were needed that misogynistic violence cuts across the class divide in India. The immediate cause of the suicide appears to be a marital dispute over the proceeds from...

Thrills and spills

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Russia 2018 is being hailed as one of the finest World Cups over the past three decades It was a Final which had everything — controversial decisions, pitch invasion, own goal, first teenage goal scorer since Pele and a comic goalkeeping error. France beat Croatia 4-2 to be crowned World Champions...

Real life resumes

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

For the past month, there isn’t a nation where, depending on the time difference with Russia, football fans haven’t stayed up all night, been up at the crack of dawn or bunked work to catch a match. But the quadrennial event showcasing The Beautiful Game is over, the French will...

Big brother tech

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

In a connected world where anybody can put their thoughts on the Internet, should the Government monitor them? The British thespian Stephen Fry has a wonderful podcast available called ‘Great Leap Years’ and in one of the episodes he describes the aftermath of an invention by Johannes Gutenberg. The invention was...

Warrior Nawaz

Monday, 16 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Nawaz Sharif is one of the canniest politicians in the world. But can he pull off a Houdini-like escape this time? Nawaz Sharif would never have imagined that he would one day become a poster-child for democracy. But in an increasingly dysfunctional Pakistan, he is now a prisoner of conscience of...

Golden Run

Monday, 16 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Hima Das’ gold medal at the World Under-20 championships was remarkable though it wasn’t surprising; she was the favourite going in. But it has been an exceptional achievement because it was the first gold in a track event for India, at senior or junior levels, on the world stage. And...

Drowning Delhi

Monday, 16 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Mumbai reeling under torrential rains is one thing; for the Capital, where monsoon is scanty, to go under is pathetic Delhi is clearly caught in a crossfire between multiple authorities and agencies fighting for territorial rights and responsibilities as its civic amenities become anonymous fatalities, unacknowledged and uncared for. If the...

River of waste

Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

With the arrival of the monsoon, Mumbai’s reputation and streets both turn into a soggy mess. Now comes news that the megapolis’ Mithi river, one of the oldest in those parts, is flowing alright but with over 90 per cent of its volume comprising sewage. Clogged and abused, it could...

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