Category: Columns - Page: 30

VIEW POINT: FATEFUL JUNE 12, 1975

Some days ago, the anniversary of the declaration of the Internal Emergency was observed across the country, including Uttarakhand, at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Prime Minister himself led the show, reminding the countrymen of the terrible time when the then Indira Gandhi regime went all-out to throttle the voice of democratic India by throwing the...

CANDID NOTES

Mango muses A maverick politician that he is, Harish Rawat threw the politics of the State into a virtual tumult after his Mango party in which he had invited people from all walks of life and politicians of all hues was attended by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. It is clear that both mighty Rawats wanted to hammer home...

WHERE WAS KURUKSHETRA?

GUEST COLUMN The Mahabharata war was fought in Kurukshetra, but where was Kurukshetra? Was it actually where the present Kurukshetra is located? Though many have worked on the location of places in the epics, they do not seem to have challenged the location of Kurukshetra. It should be noted that Kurukshetra merely means ‘the field of the Kurus’. Surely...

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...

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Uttara ‘after-effects’ The now infamous Uttara Bahuguna-CM showdown has landed the members of the CM’s magic circle in a deep soul-searching mode. This was after the knee-jerk response in which some of TSR camp-followers tried to paint the media in black hue, dubbing those present at the eventful Darbar as culprits for circulating video footages of the vituperative spat....

PROTECTION OF FORESTS: A GREAT CHALLENGE

Impressed by the claim  of Red Adair,  a US based  organisation, universally  known for providing training in fire- fighting, in the early nineties, the then Uttar Pradesh government  had sent some sixteen Indian Forest Service officers  to  undergo such training there. These officers, who were sent there at a considerable cost, were never tested on the ground and the...

MASTERING THE ART OF POLITICISATION

Surgical strikes have been used to the hilt by the BJP which prides itself on its commitment to the military and national security. With the launch of the video, it is at it again It is unfortunate that the already politicised issue of surgical strikes against terror camps in PoK was revived through a video clip, 20 months after...

TECHNOLOGY MIRED CHILDHOOD OF THE PRESENT

Monday, 02 July 2018 | Neeraj Kumar Pande | Dehradun– Cell phones bonging incessantly, news anchors deliberating at a deafening pitch and the clamour of cutlery- this by no means is a situational depiction but a demonstration of routine evenings in the majority of our homes. As technology is surpassing its own feats every other day, by throwing up the most snazzy...

BLANK VERSE: THE JOYS AND TRAVAILS OF REPORTING FROM A SLEEPY TOWN

When one sees Dehradun becoming the focus of attention like it recently became when it was chosen as the venue of the International Yoga Day event on June 21, one cannot help but recall the days when this town was not very newsy. Actually, hardly anything used to happen here which needed to be reported on the national level....

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TSR bolstered For the present, CM Trivendra Singh Rawat looks invincible while his detractors are on the back foot.  This is because of the on- the- back pats he has received from the redoubtable saffron duo-     Narendra Modi and Amit Shah-during their back-to-back visits. Nobody in the state party roost has been left in doubt over the indubitable standing the CM...