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Plastic bag impedes human evolution

A plastic bag is impeding human evolution or say, making us irresponsible. How can a filthy but convenient product like a plastic bag affect human intelligence? Every city in India is fighting the plastic bag menace. Shopkeepers in

RIP Kalam sir

Aryabhatta gave a new dimension to Mathematics after discovering Zero. He made the way for abstract Math and its concepts. Centuries later, if someone has contributed enough to the likes of Aryabhatta (re-inventing the value of Zero), it was Kalam

Why reading ‘A Doctor’s Journal Entry’ by Vikram Seth is must for all nuclear powers

Seventy years is a long time for the memories to fade. But when it is shaped by the most horrific incident of written history, time too fails to erase it from collective remembrance. August 6 marked the 70 years in the lowest point of World War II

140 characters of abuse

Social media runs its own court, at least in this country. People woke up to the news of Yakub’s hanging on July 30. Memon soon became the new reality TV show. While TV channels were busy making a spectacle of the dead man&rsq

Rape: Are our safety nets working?

When newspapers carry a story of a heinous crime or a brutal sexual assault on a woman, the usual reaction is this: First, the person reads the article (usually due to a gripping headline). Second, expresses utter disgust or disbelief. Third, he o

Thanks for giving us wings of fire

It was cold and dry month of January. I was given an assignment to report a school event where former president APJ Abdul Kalam was to launch the east UP chapter of his “What Can I Give Mission” programme. I was bit anno

Liberalisation of legal services in India

The story of India’s reversed economic fortunes since it instituted liberalization of its regulatory systems in 1991 is famous, and one that can be used to illustrate the extent to which a growth oriented policy approach can turn around the

The sounds of silence

  This article has been written to address some issues that have existed long in our lives, but for some reason are always subverted by what goes on around us. It is in the context of a situation like this, where words dominate, eithe

Crisis of the Greek debt and what next?

Greece accounts for just two per cent of the GDP of the Euro zone.  But the turmoil in that country has had effects on some of the major economies of the world. This necessitates an attempt to understand the causes and implications of the Gre

Manhole of Indignity

An American president once said that freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. But in the dark-suffocating manholes of indignity to which thousands of people are subjected to, in course of t

M-governance is about monitoring big time announcements

"Digital India" meet on July 1 turned out to an investment meet as the captains of the industry announced in 150 seconds allotted to each one of them how much investment they are going to make. It added to some Rs 26 lakh crore over next

Aspiring India: Trends and leadership

In the land of saints and sages, where words of wisdom flow from generation to generation, where a way of worship triggers piles of interpretation, there is a class of aspiring India which is determined to make brand India stronger than ever. They

Being a puppet of Indian education system

The first emotion of my parents, when they saw my ‘98% score in business studies’ in my 12th CBSE board exam result in 2012, was of overwhelming joy and pride. This lasted only for a moment, and faded as they anxiously scrolled down on

Absurd hope and real trauma given in the name justice

The absurdity is inherent in the arrest and the trial of Josef K, the protagonist of the Franz Kafka`s `The Trial` and is not something which is uncommon in the courtrooms of India. As a reporter for a national daily in Chandigarh, I came across s

Living in a world of parallels

“Bold is beautiful” Are Indians finally opening up their mindsets? Few days ago, the Indian advertising world took a step and launched the country’s first advertisement depicting a lesbian couple.

Yoga: From spiritualism to political capital

“The Muslim Board has decided to move the Supreme Court and launch a nationwide campaign against the order that wanted students to perform yoga and Surya Namaskar.” This was something I read last week as the government p

UP is safe for the French students, not for its people

About a fortnight ago, I spotted a friend nibbling muffins and cakes with two foreign women. They were engrossed in animated conversation at a coffee shop outside my office. The women were from France. He saw me exiting from my offi

Growing up with Maggi and making instant friends

Maggi isn’t just a snack. It is a lifesaver at home and life outside home. When I was young I preferred samosa, jalebi or dosa as an evening snack. But my grandmother would cajole me into having Maggi (homemade food) as having outside food i

Lalu opens his cards

Lalu Yadav never ceases to surprise his opponents, supporters, alliance partners and political analysts with his maverick political actions. When everyone took him for granted as a partner in Janata Parivar, his recent overture to include Jitan Ra

A beautiful mind and life, indeed

Fighting one’s fears requires mettle extraordinaire. Nash’s life was a perfect lesson in this regard. A mathematician, Nash won the Nobel prize for economics in 1994 and Abel prize in 2005. A certain measure of eccentricity is an under

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