Category: Columns

An Army of Intoxicated Soldiers

THE OTHER SIDE Greta Thunberg, climate change, Aarey forest issue, WhatsApp snooping and even the Ram Janmabhoomi case- all these issues have at least one thing in common. For some time, they attracted considerable attention and revved up emotions of the public and are now mostly relegated to the background. The irritating circus going on in JNU, political games...

Setback for Congress

The SC dismissal of the Rafale plea has given the BJP fresh ammunition to target the party Now that the Rafale jets have made their way to India and their indispensability has been proven to our forces, the Supreme Court was expected to dismiss a review petition against their acquisition. Politically though, it gave the BJP, weather-beaten by the latest round...

Candid Notes

Brilliant Babus Killing two birds with one stone is an art that has been perfected by some of the intelligent officers of the Himalayan State. A perfect example was witnessed recently in the State Cabinet’s decision of imposing a blanket ban on stone crushers within three kms of rivers. It is clear that the State Government was under pressure...

Governor’s decision unconstitutional

President’s Rule in Maharashtra must be shot down by the SC. Elections are a costly affair and a poor country like India can ill-afford frequent polls. In my opinion, the recent imposition of President’s Rule in Maharashtra under Article 356 is unconstitutional and needs to be declared as such by the Supreme Court (SC). In the recent elections to the 288-member...

Trouble in Jharkhand

After Maharashtra, allies AJSU and LJP turn adamant on seats, show BJP why it needs them From the west to the east, BJP’s allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are seeking to assert themselves and give the “big brother” a tough time in both pre and post-poll scenarios. That’s because the results in Maharashtra have proven that the BJP,...

Negative impacts of automobiles on public health

GUEST COLUMN Many aspects of our lives have been influenced by automobiles since their invention. Neither education, nor employment, nor business and any other social interaction can be done without driving or travelling in a vehicle nowadays. Air, water and food are vital for our life. The first thing a body demands after birth is air. One breathes for...

This is no endgame

The Maharashtra Governor has ticked off boxes rather than honouring the spirit of a federal, democratic system As Maharashtra hurtles towards Presidential Rule, it has shown how a valid electoral verdict and ethics can be subverted by political greed of the day. Not only that, it shows how a centrist party, no matter what the verdict in States, can use the...

Mahabharta of power

The Cong-NCP-Sena alliance for a Government is based on a seasonal hatred of the BJP. Can numbers work? Maharashtra is no Karnataka, where a hung verdict had led to political machinations and a power surge of convenience. Yet in a shape-shifting scenario of permutations and combinations, Government formation is turning out to be a bizarre prospect despite a decisive electoral...

Return of maryada

That a multi-religious Bench could deliver a unanimous verdict is a tribute to our judicial system and political sagacity Revered variously as Maryada Purushottam Sri Ramchandra Raja of Ayodhya, the Imam-e-Hind as Allama Iqbal designated him, and a founding pillar of the Oriental civilisation, the status of Sri Ram as the central deity of the Hindu pantheon has always been beyond question. Regardless of...

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...