Category: Columns

Looking for Rusty’s trees in Dehra

HILL-BILLY Just imagine having to leave home and starting a life in the Bazaars of Dehradun as a teenager. Now imagine doing all of this in the 1950s. Well, author Ruskin Bond did all this and more in the once quaint valley of Dehradun. Ruskin writes fondly about the Dehra of the 1950s and 1960s, the sleepy town with...

Modi feats, not DeMo, will decide ’19 results

The ongoing battle over demonetisation appears to be waged more in the social media and between politicians than in the public imagination. The real test over the public benefits or otherwise of this two-year-old move may never happen since elections are invariably fought over a basket of issues. The only occasion demonetisation was a substantial electoral concern was during...

Ramjanmabhoomi backdrop

VIEWPOINT In view of the recent resurrection of the long-festering Ram Mandir distemper, it is interesting to look back at its tangled trajectory, how it evolved over the years into intractability with rancorous communal overtones. In 1528, it is claimed, Babur’s army demolished the Ramjanmabhoomi temple following a fierce battle with the Hindus that lasted for over 15 days....

Instagram too

The photo-sharing app has joined the list of social media platforms promoting bigotry and hate discourse Social media sites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are now clearly known to provide a platform for fanning flames of discontent, spreading toxic ideas and fuelling hate-crimes. Instagram, the photo-sharing app, appears to have joined the list. Warning signs that this is...

Candid Notes

Good Riddance Many in the state unit of BJP are finding it hard to hide their glee on sudden fall from grace of a powerful leader, a former Pracharak foisted over them from above, after a sensational charge of sexual harassment by a party worker.  This fellow known for his organizational skills was so overbearing in his dealings with...

Shameful antics

Manoj Tiwari’s argument for being left out of a bridge inauguration in his constituency doesn’t excuse his behavior The ‘Signature Bridge’ connecting North Delhi and North-East Delhi has been described by some in the media as ‘iconic’, quite ignoring the definition of the term but there is no doubt that this much-delayed bridge, which has taken over a decade...

Supping with the enemy

China’s security team visiting India for talks has to be viewed with great caution. Discussing anything related to or concerning our VVIP security procedures with the Chinese would appear to be out of place keeping in view their close ties with Pakistan Supping with the enemy technically may just be a few stages short of wining and dining with...

The restoration of a mosque

GUEST COLUMN In the light of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhumi dispute, it would be interesting to read about an early king of Gujarat, who insisted on restoring a mosque that had been destroyed. The Dharma Shastras, the ancient law books, state that it is the duty of the king to protect his subjects. Thus the Manu Smriti says, “The...

Psychological Challenges in Childhood

 Saumya P Mittal Saturday, 03 November 2018 | Dehradun– Rishab (name changed) grew as a healthy, boisterous child till adolescence kicked in. His grades at school went down and performance in sports lost its vigour eventually. His irresponsiveness to the reprimands and repeated questioning from his parents only resulted in his emotional recoiling from them. Over the next few months,...

Time to celebrate and introspect

BLANK VERSE  Jaskiran Chopra Saturday, 03 November 2018 | Dehradun– Yes, once again that time of the year is upon us when we can actually take out some time to think and introspect besides being part of celebrations with family and friends. The calendar has brought for us the festive season. Ever since the monsoon got over, an air of...