Recognising the true value of education

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2018 | Prafull Goradia | in Edit

It takes a long time to build institutions of excellence and nowhere is this more true than of the education sector; short-cuts won’t work In 1925, my aunt, Saraswati Vora, stood 33rd in the Bombay Presidency matriculation. The marks scored by her were the highest amongst the comparatively few girls...

Kathua: Justice must be delivered

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2018 | Sandhya Jain | in Edit

If justice is to be done to the victim given the new twists and turns in the Kathua case, the child’s killers must be identified and their motives have to be exposed A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder and alleged rape of a nomad child in Jammu’s...

Three Musketeers

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

All for one and one for all against BJP, may well be the motto of Sonia Gandhi, Pawar and Deve Gowda; will they succeed? The senior citizen and politically experienced troika of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Rao Pawar and Janata Dal-Secular supremo HD Deve Gowda, it...

Answering critics

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Kohli was personally brilliant at Edgbaston, as were Indian bowlers. But the batting and team selection left a lot of hanging questions What a gripping test match, had it not been for youngster Sam Curran’s run-a-ball sixty-odd in the English second innings things could have been very different. Then again, had...

No safe havens

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Close on the heels of the horrendous Muzaffarpur shelter-home rape cases, a fresh such incident has come to the fore in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh, at another shelter. These supposed safe havens for vulnerable souls are anything but. In such circumstances, abuse of children by locally powerful people must be dealt...

Sino-Indian effort needed

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2018 | Ashraf Haidari | in Oped

A combined security and development-aid approach by China and India will go a long way in enabling Afghanistan to achieve self-reliance. Success in this endeavor will in turn help them stabilise the surrounding region This writer was recently invited to a track 1.5 China-Afghanistan-Pakistan symposium on ‘Tackling Terrorist Threats, Jointly Safeguarding...

Family planning, a human right

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2018 | Swapna Majumdar | in Oped

Unless there is improved access to quality rights-based family planning services, the India-Vietnam strategic partnership will falter in its sustainable development aims Over the last couple of years, India and Vietnam have developed a robust strategic partnership. But burgeoning trade and military alliances are not the only ties that bind the...

Striking a fine regulatory balance

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2018 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

There is a dire need to regulate the regulators in our country. Two recent decisions — by NGT and the RBI — have shaken people’s trust The National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Reserve Bank (RBI) have failed to protect the people. Recently, the NGT held that diesel vehicles that over...

The tyranny of the media?

Monday, 06 Aug 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Edit

Today we live in the age of the Internet, where news items compete for the same eyeballs. There is no burying a story in a single column under-the-fold on page six... There might have been a time in human civilisation where a dastardly human beings like Brajesh Kumar would have been...

Privacy rules

Monday, 06 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The Government has taken the right step in dropping the idea of setting up a social media monitor The Government has rightfully taken a step back and abandoned the idea of setting up a social media monitor, ostensibly intended to assess public rating of its performance and inherently track the dissemination...


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