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Carnivalesque columnist

Shiv Visvanathan rightly prefers to be introduced as a social science nomad. He is an itinerant thinker, wandering across boundaries of academic disciplines and professions. An anthology of his writings naturally displays that eclecticism.

Resolving Indo-Pak conflict

What is today the mother of all imbroglios, Kashmir, was a script directed by the wily British rulers, as part of their design to divide India. The British had used Mohammad Ali Jinnah to veto the idea of an independent India without a sep

Hillary versus Trump: Who will be the winner?

United States presidential elections are hardly three months away. Voting will take place on November 8. The Tuesday following the very first Monday in November is observed as Election Day in USA. USA has a presidential system of d

Noida real estate: How UP strangled its goose that laid golden eggs

Noida’s once booming real estate sector is today sailing through choppy waters, and the weather is only expected to turn rougher, with the Akhilesh Yadav government contemplating to hike the circle rate and also increase the stamp duty.

BJP, Congress not in the clear as they slam AAP government advertisements

 Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity, said          Sigmund Freud, one of 20th century’s most influential thinkers. In what seems to be a classic examp

A season of political surprises

This is no laughing matter. Navjot Singh Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer who guffaws throughout The Kapil Sharma Show on television, has quit the BJP and his Rajya Sabha seat and there is a distinct possibility of his joining the Aam Aadmi Party

Smriti Irani no more fire and brimstone

Smriti Zubin Irani’s fall from grace is dramatic. The minister who would regularly wade into nasty controversies had it coming all this while and one needn’t be taken aback. Irani headed a crucial ministry that dealt wit

How dare you trivialise rape?

It is outrageous that rape and rape survivors are being taken so lightly. It is as if rape has been turned into some kind of a flippant drawing room conversation and we have stooped so low as to dehumanise women whose lives have been ravaged.

UK was always a bit different from Europe

The rush of immigrants to Europe and harsh realities of global economy may be the trigger for the United Kingdom to seek a formal divorce from the European Union, but the differences and tensions between the two were visible to even a first time t

Brand Modi changing the rules

There is something unique in Narendra Modi, even his enemies will admit that. The kind of stir his foreign trips create and the impact they leave is something that has not been witnessed before. His style, his oratory skills, the way he takes prid

Bihar’s lost glory of education

“Political science is actually pronounced as ‘prodigal science’ and it is a subject on cookery.” This statement is not coming from a kindergarten kid who is trying to make sense of a term which he has heard for the first ti

Row over film misses larger issue of Punjab’s drug problem

The Central Board of Films Certification (CBFC) finally relented, and decided on June 13 to let Udta Punjab move on. But by then enough damage was already done – to the board’s image. Its previous move to delete all references of Punja

Are the weakest being ignored?

 Mahatma Gandhi once said, "A nation`s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) of the ministry of rural development assists the weakest citizens of our country li

Of course, allow right to die for the terminally ill

On February 16 last year, my father went for a routine medical check-up as he was not keeping well. The doctor said he needed to be hospitalised. That evening our life began to fall apart. His condition stabilised, but a battery of

A broken promise, an incomplete flat and a big hole in the pocket

I still vividly remember that nippy February evening in 2010 when and I and my wife drove down to a real estate broker’s office in Noida and booked our dream flat in Amrapali Silicon City, with the hope that we would, in a couple of years, s

RTI Act: Why citizens must send a strong message to MPs

There is a very disturbing news report about the entire political spectrum agreeing that RTI is misused and some constrictions and impediments should be developed to muzzle it. This is indeed a sad state of affairs. Samajawadi Part

A letter to the Kota girl

Dear Beta, I am sorry for pushing you to death. In fact, I have to apologise to you for many things: • Each time you showed me your mark-sheet, I got angry and lectured you on how you need to do better next time.

Death of a river

On a dry winter morning in December 2012, while crossing the bridge over what seemed like narrow waterway in an eastern UP town, I noticed a mountain of garbage in the stream. This shrunken, polluted and narrow stream was river Varuna. I, a cub re

“My methods may be unconventional, but my intentions are good!”

A girl studying in the prestigious Presidency University was thrashed in south Kolkata by a group of people owing allegiance to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on April 15,

AAP has to remember promise of clean politics and also ensure cleaner Delhi

We the Indians ignore basics in almost all acts of ours is well illustrated by the dirty Delhi. The national capital, with exception of NDMC area, looks like one huge garbage dump. Whether it is politics are deep game plan of various political pla

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