The power of a hug

Sunday, 12 Aug 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Though a now-famous hug in the Indian Parliament created a flutter and became the subject matter of social media gossip, the seriousness of a hug cannot be overlooked. It is a gesture with many manifestations. From a means to strengthen friendship bonds to a technique of public relations, a hug...

NDA’s RS Dy Chair win purely symbolic

Sunday, 12 Aug 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Much has been made, mainly in the media, at the NDA Government’s success in securing the victory of its candidate, Janata Dal (United) MP Harivansh, for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Considering that the Government does not have a working majority in the Upper House and...

Children of a lesser God

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

The child shelter horrors in Muzaffarpur and Deoria have swamped our conscience and prompt the question: Can we afford our demographic dividend to turn into a liability? Just as the horrors of the children at shelter homes in Muzaffarpur and Deoria swamped our conscience, making us wonder how as a society...

Great expectations

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

There are many twists and turns yet to come before the 2019 poll though BJP keeps pole position Opposition efforts to get the candidate of their choice elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha came spectacularly undone on Thursday. Not only did they change candidates midstream in the run-up...

A distant dream

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) cannot come soon enough in India. It is something that our policy makers have conspicuously avoided in the name of secularism. There should be only one marriage and divorce Act that treats men and women of all faiths and creeds equally. Without an UCC, India...

Seamless solution

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

A plan with the twin objective of unclogging Delhi and making travel within and from the Capital less stressful is on the anvil With plans in place to create a rapid interchange transit system, the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) seems to be headed in the right direction to unclog...

Political game behind NRC

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Rajiv Tyagi | in Oped

Ever since the issue of Assam’s National Citizens Register (NRC) has cropped up the political blame-game has begun in earnest. BJP’s president went into chest thumping mode and proclaimed that “Congress did not have the guts to implement the Assam accord, but we shall see it through”. It seems the...

Why a pan-India NRC is the need of the hour

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Vijender Gupta | in Oped

Reactions to the procedure of National Register of Citizens of India (NRC) to identify illegal migrant population in Assam, as per the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985, is the latest example of the manner in which matters of national security have been vitiated for political exigencies. The Accord,...

Airports built to last

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Matthys Serfontein | in Oped

Early engagement of a technology partner in the design phase of an airport terminal enables a paradigm change in its construction There has been a strong collaboration in recent years between architects and IT specialists in the development of new airports and terminal design. The role played by technology in providing...

In solidarity with indigenous people

Friday, 10 Aug 2018 | ATUL JOG | in Edit

European countries physically eliminated and destroyed the identities of indigenous peoples; the world has much to learn from India and its Constitution Christopher Columbus embarked on an expedition in search of India in 1492 and reached the Western Islands. The Spanish travellers mistakenly thought, in their search for gold, that they...

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