Category: Columns

The chameleon’s game

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 | Amitabh Shukla |in Analysis- Regional parties have become experts in sensing the political climate by switching sides at the slightest possibility of a better electoral outing and negotiating a relevance for themselves The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) may be the latest ally to desert the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced...

Tackling diabetes with lifestyle changes

GUEST COLUMN Much of the diabetes burden can be prevented by making lifestyle changes. The complications of diabetes are of significance also in terms of socioeconomic costs. Diabetes is a chronic disease which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an increased concentration...

Return of Dame Dikshit

Elections are also much about chemistry than arithmetic. Given that she certainly has a past history of working magic with Delhi, her big challenge will be consolidation of votes The first thing that 93-year-old Mahathir Mohamad said when voted back as Malaysian Prime Minister was, “Yes I am alive…and the country’s youth voted for me.” The grand patriarch’s return...

Soon, Melody will be Queen Again

—-Blank Verse—- For many years, melody has been mostly absent from music. Film songs as well as non-film songs in the country have moved far away from meaningful lyrics and sweet music that touches the heart. A couple of years ago, a well-known singer of the 1990s said in a television interview that the music of today could not...

The stellar logic of Kumbh Mela 2019

Calendars can fall victims to the phenomenon of culture and nationalism supplanting astronomical principles that lie at their foundation A perusal of the official website of Kumbh Mela, 2019 — hosted by the Prayagraj Mela Pradhikaran, Uttar Pradesh — reveals why this is not a kumbh at all. It mentioned two celestial alignments under which Kumbh can be held in Prayagraj (Allahabad). These...

Candid Notes

Cut paste fiasco An example how sloppily the highly pampered officers of State secretariat function was witnessed recently when Secretary, Home, Nitesh Jha was mentioned as Principal Secretary, Home in an order. This order was not a routine one but amended transfer order of two officers of Indian Police Service (IPS). When the error was spotted, the order was...

Quota politics

Unexpected announcement of a 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections is not a political masterstroke The aftermath of the Mandal Commission report recommendations being implemented in India was to transform society in this country, and while it could never reverse the millennia of caste discrimination, it was believed at that time that the correct thing to do...

What Imran Khan forgot

It is ironical that the Pakistan Prime Minister should want to teach India how to treat its minorities when the country has created a new minority with the passing of every decade Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered to teach India how it should treat its minorities. Is it not likely that when he said this, he was experiencing a...

Parliament pandemonium

The 16th Lok Sabha will be dissolved in a couple of months. It will not be remembered as a hard-working House When the 16th Lok Sabha was sworn in under just five years ago, the India electorate had delivered a stunning majority to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Opposition parties were shattered with the principal one, the Indian National Congress, reduced...

Practice empathy and teach it to your children

GUEST COLUMN Empathy is the ability to read another person’s emotions. It is the ability to identify with and feel for the other person by trying to put yourself in his or her shoes so as to be able to understand what he is feeling or going through emotionally. Ravi had failed his XII Board exams. He was feeling...