Category: Columns - Page: 2

Revive foot pilgrimage routes in the Himalayas

HILLBILLY Uttarakhand is almost two decades old. During this period, there have been more losses than gains. Let us, for a moment, consider the state’s immense potential for tourism development. Today, we are gloating over the fact that despite a major disaster in 2013, a record number of people are visiting sacred sites like Kedarnath. Even though these visitors...

Why the pact soured

As Fadnavis resigns to head a caretaker Govt, the Sena cannot see the BJP bombarding its space of Marathi championship This has been a classic case of constitutional propriety being overridden by political impropriety. Maharashtra is staring at an unprecedented political crisis, where two pre-poll alliances have sought a mandate and one of them, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine, even...

The cross of valour

Three Victoria Crosses for Second Fifth Gorkhas are a reminder of unparalleled action that prevented the Japanese army from reaching India Three Victoria Cross-winning actions of a single unit along the Tiddim-Bishenpur-Imphal road and one unknown British Sergeant and seven soldiers in a trench along with others at Garrison Hill in Kohima during World War II prevented the Japanese...

Candid Notes

Symbolism galore The much hyped human chain event in Dehradun with a stated objective to spread awareness on the ill effects of single use polythene has again elicited focus on the TSR government’s obsession for symbolism. Educating people on the nuisance of polythene is one thing but organising a programme which creates public inconvenience in the name of creating...

The love of cash

Even after demonetisation and digitisation, Indians stash more notes than ever before Why do Indians love cash so much? That is a question that needs answering after a report emerged in the media that despite demonetisation, the proportion of cash as a share of total savings kept by Indians increased to a quarter of their overall reserve. In fact, a...

Revealed: Why cops fear lawyers

Policemen are scared of lawyers because the latter have a weapon called istagaasha or criminal complaint, which the police have no control over Recently, some policemen in the Capital were said to have been physically assaulted by lawyers in Tis Hazari, Karkardooma and Saket District Courts, which instigated them to hold a demonstration of several hours before the headquarters...

The Gandhi brand is losing its sheen

Gone are the days when the Congress depended on the leader at the top to get candidates elected. Today, it is the personal drive and popularity of candidates, the caste factor and regional issues that get them elected The Gandhi brand seems to be at a historic low at present. With its recent showing in the  Haryana and Maharashtra...

Depleting Forest Cover & Rising Air Pollution

GUEST COLUMN In the contemporary global order more than fifty per cent of the world population is already urbanised and this figure is expected to touch 68 per cent by 2050. Alongside such high margin of industrialisation and urbanisation, there has been a disproportionately massive surge in the global air pollution levels as well. While air toxicity levels frequently...

Breach most foul

As WhatsApp tries to undo its shame of snooping malware, questions arise about why civil society was targeted Information warfare is winning elections, changing regimes and recasting people’s opinions and policy across the world. And social media platforms have emerged as the favoured tools given their porosity and vulnerabilities. Hackers are being used to spread malware across the information...

Candid Notes

Badrish University? The first university of the world was situated near the sacred Badrinath shrine of Uttarakhand and its chancellor was none other than Maharshi Ved Vyas, the legendary author of epic Mahabharata. One should accept this fact without any iota of doubt in mind as this was narrated by none other than a scholar minister holding responsibility of...