Category: Columns - Page: 34

BUILDER-BUYER IMPASSE

Growing demand for housing has given birth to several real estate mafias in the country. The whole gamut of real estate management is a scam and needs to be looked into Indian societies, since time immemorial, have been a witness to different kinds of mafias which posed serious challenges to governance. Even in the modern era of democracy, these mafias, in...

HILLBILLY-DISNEYFYING KEDARNATH

Recently, we have seen disturbing visuals of a minister’s confrontation with women from a remote village in Garhwal, protesting against the felling of trees, in his own constituency. The mountains are once again seething with anger at the destructive development being unleashed by a double engine government. To understand what’s happening, we need to go back in time. The...

VIEW POINT-DOWN THE SLOPE: FROM ‘MENTOR’ TO ‘MARG DARSHAK’

Politics is not just an art of the possible but a game of the imponderables. The leaders wear a new hat, discarding the old, with the same ease with which they walk on eggshells. Swami Vivekananda’s father told him when he was a boy that he should not be surprised by anything that happens in life. The Swami remembered...

Guest Column-Rivers of Woe

Be like a river. Be open. Flow. Sane advice rendered by Julie Connor, but in the case of rivers passing through urban settlements in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, and indeed in the rest of India, this perhaps is the one dictum various government agencies entrusted with ‘development’ have chosen to ignore. It is difficult to fathom the convoluted logic...

BLANK VERSE- Charming “Old Dehra Dun”

Every town or city has a part which is older than the rest of it and has an environment that has remained quite unchanged despite the rapid changes in the other parts. Dehradun, a valley town, also has this old area near the railway station, with its crowded lanes and bylanes. This is a world which is very different from...