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Monarch who willingly ceded

Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | PR Kumaraswamy | in Oped

The decision of the Emir of Qatar to abdicate in favour of his son is yet another example of the ruler setting a new trend in the Middle East. Will Prince Tamim rise to the high benchmark of governance his father has set? We have to wait and watch Voluntary abdication...

Brotherhood of the universal life

Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Swami Vivekananda had said that even the smallest animal is the same “as I am, he has the same soul as I have”. Have we already forgotten his thoughts? According to recent media reports, a study, published in the American Journal of Primatology, attributes five dimensions to chimpanzee personalities with a...

Recycled buildings for sustainable living

Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Driven by economic and environmental forces as well as aesthetic considerations, builders across the world are experimenting with a wide variety of reclaimed material in construction Recycling demolished building waste materials for use in new buildings is not just about sustainability but it is also about savvy innovation and stylish adaptation....

Perilous battle to save nature

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

The gravity of environmental crime, be it illegal trade in animal parts or the assault on natural habitats, cannot be underestimated. The racket in wildlife is linked not only to the smuggling of arms and narcotics, but also to financing terrorism On May 30, 26-year-old Jairo Mora Sandoval, a dedicated Costa...

Re-Morse. STOP. End of an era

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

Virtually rendered redundant in a world powered by technology, it is curtains for the ubiquitous ‘taar'. It will now just be an enduring memory In the age of Internet and smartphone when @ and Hinglish SMSes are the order of the day, the telegram has suffered a silent death. The new...

Ballot box alone is not the forum

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | Subhash Chandra Agrawal | in Oped

Political parties have no business to oppose their coming under the Right to Information ambit. They draw benefits from the public exchequer and are very much accountable to the people Political parties have been unanimous in voicing their resentment to the Central Information Commission’s verdict placing them within the purview of...

Long-term gain must be the aim

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | in Oped

The transition in Pakistan has set forces churning which are now more than ever optimal for India to pursue bold measures in the revamp of our missile technology portfolio. We must not lose this opportunity and rue at leisure The return of Nawaz Sharif brings both opportunities and risks. This first...

Taking chances that might fail

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Shikha Mukerjee | in Oped

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now perhaps over-confident about her connection to the voter, and uneasy about it too. That’s the problem Along with the dynamics, the compulsions that steer the trade- mark actions of political leaders, change. It is a fallacy of the naïve to expect that the...

Too early to drop one’s guard

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Atul K Thakur | in Oped

India must work closely with the newly-elected Nawaz Sharif Government in Pakistan. But, while it must explore enhancing relations in areas of trade, New Delhi must remain vigilant all the time Mr Nawaz Sharif’s return to power and his exuberant shower of constructive announcements offer hope, both to the Pakistani people...

Politics sabotages operations

Monday, 17 Jun 2013 | Sankar Sen | in Oped

Anti-Maoist offensives in many States have suffered due to lack of coordination between the Centre and the States. Unfortunately, politics takes centre-stage when the need of the hour is to single-mindedly tackle these insurgents across the country The deadly attack on the Congress yatra at Sukma in Chhattisgarh was a display...


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