Paritosh kimothi

Democracy beyond futile arguments

THE OTHER SIDE Recently one read an article about a new study published in the Psychological Science journal. It was about researchers recruiting volunteers to read, view a video or listen to arguments on topics deemed controversial. The participants were then asked to answer questions about the opinions with which they disagreed. The researchers found that those who listen...

Know the real enemy

—The Other Side— The latest big incident-the terror attack on Indian soldiers in Kashmir has continued to guide the sentimental expressions and actions of many across the nation. It is only natural for the people to feel angry and even frustrated after such an attack which one veteran general debating on a prominent news channel opined was akin to...

The season of ‘master-strokes’

THE OTHER SIDE As the parliamentary elections approach closer, the developments, allegations and claims that earlier emerged from the political and governmental establishment after longer intervals have now become more frequent. The developments also became bigger in their potential for effect in recent months. Earlier, the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to the post of Congress general secretary elicited...

Lounging on a time bomb

–The Other Side– The results of the recently held Assembly elections in five States have elicited the usual range of reactions from surprise to “I told you so” and from jubilation to disappointment. However, for the astute politicians that there are, the results might not have come so much as a surprise as disappointment or excitement at the less...

Ignoring the Major Assets

THE OTHER SIDE  Paritosh Kimothi While I was musing on the urban local body (ULB) elections and the National Press Day,  a colleague suggested the focus on the recent happenings in the sphere of wildlife in Uttarakhand. That made one realize that though the state’s media in general and politicians are focusing majorly on the elections, the forests and...

God save the Abode of Gods

THE OTHER SIDE Paritosh Kimothi Saturday, 27 October 2018 | Dehradun— The series of events that temporarily elicit our focus, appreciation, outrage or nothing-depending on one’s perception- seem to continue as in the past without much benefit to society. At the national level, the politicians and media- especially the television news channels focused dramatically for some time on the unfortunate...

Things going on…amidst all this official bling

THE OTHER SIDE Paritosh Kimothi Saturday, 06 October 2018  | Dehradun— With just about a day left for Destination Uttarakhand-Investors Summit 2018, this major event to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday could well be considered the biggest such event to be held in Uttarakhand since its creation as a separate State. Union Ministers and a...

The Money and How to Use it

THE OTHER SIDE Saturday, 15 September 2018 | Paritosh Kimothi | Dehradun– As in every year, the monsoon turned Uttarakhand in to a happening place with landslides and other disaster scenarios taking place in various parts of the State. More than 50 people have lost their lives during the monsoon season this year so far. The next month too is expected...

THE OTHER SIDE: THE UNWANTED ART OF RUINING THE RICHES

Saturday, 07 July 2018 | Paritosh Kimothi | Dehradun– The anti-encroachment drive undertaken in Dehradun on the directions of the High Court could end up being one of the best things that happened to Dehradun in the past couple of decades. Whether the end result is good or disappointing would depend on what and how it’s done by the authorities after the...

THE OTHER SIDE: MOVING FROM DISASTER TO DISASTROUS

This Saturday will mark five years of the 2013 disaster which could be viewed as the most devastating calamity experienced here since the creation of Uttarakhand State. Thousands of people were confirmed dead and thousands more are presumed dead, their skeletal remains still believed to be buried under many tonnes of debris in the worst hit area. The authorities...