Seeding violence

Police in Uttar Pradesh, it is reported, shot a 38-year-old man Vivek Tiwari, who had been working as area sales manager with Apple, for not stopping his vehicle when asked to by a couple of policemen. The incident reeks of police high-handedness and attempts to...

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Spirit of the Constitution

India is witnessing the budding of a monotheistic religion whose ‘holy book’ is holding sway on its believers to the extent that they are blind to the impact their proselytisation is having on the nuances that make a culture unique. The book is the Constitution...

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Of ‘Hindu Rashtra’

One of the concerns of people who are looking ahead to the 2019 election is the fear of ‘Hindu rashtra’. This is a concept that will pull India away from our current Constitution that is not religious, towards one that is. It will make India...

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Mirrors of society

The Supreme Court has placed the onus on the Parliament to legislate on the matter of disallowing candidates facing charges of committing heinous crimes from contesting elections. The judiciary has been kind of compelled to pronounce judgments on crucial socio-political issues. But in this case,...

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Hasty action

The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently issued an advisory to all universities operating under it to celebrate September 29 as ‘Surgical Strike Day’. The move is clearly motivated by political interests and has nothing to do with the UGC’s mandate. The initiative, if anything, is...

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Smoke over Rafale

Defense deals are often mired in controversies, and huge commissions are believed to be part of every deal. It is not only arms manufacturing mega corporations but also the host country’s government’s involvement that makes it impossible to unravel the massive kickbacks that invariably take...

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Women power in politics

Two stories concerning defence and what is called strategic affairs have been in the news recently. One is the story on the purchase of the fighter plane Rafale from France, and the other is the dialogue India had with the United States called 2+2. I...

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Don’t set free

Recently, the government of Tamil Nadu decided to recommend to the Governor of that state, Banwarilal Purohit, the release of all the seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The state cabinet, which met under Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, passed a resolution...

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Power play in Goa

Attention is now focused on Goa, where chief minister Manohar Parrikar is reported to be seriously ill and may not be in a position to head the BJP-led government anymore. The Congress, the single-largest party in the state, is obviously seeing a window of opportunity....

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Real picture

To dream on, or boast about, an impending so called ‘economic superpower’ status is one thing; to have it happen requires grit and determination on the part of India’s leadership. India as a nation is far from being healthy and now, we are told, it...

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