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Judges may well be preserving the hopes of citizens with rejection

Nobody is perfect. But the notion of hope in the delivery of justice is what the supreme court has tried preserve with the verdict on judges appointments commission (NJAC). The legislature is inaccessible, the executive is faceless

Mistaken sense of `sacred and profane`

"The Elementary Forms of Religious Life" is an important text by French sociologist Émile Durkheim -- at least for those who live in today`s India, when rationality is so much cowed (pun intended) down by the bigots of different h

Bihar needs to cast out its past and go for development agenda

Should caste make sense when development brings a generation of changes? Is Lalu Prasad Yadav relevant in Bihar? Bihar may not change overnight but it can make an attempt in this assembly elections. The state did try to make a break

Saving the young India skillfully

BT is to stop using Indian call centres. This could be just any other news item.  But the news says more about India’s education system than closure one business unit. BT is closing its call centre because its customers h

Bihar: Trojans at War

Among things that we have learnt from the Greeks and their strategy in the Battle of Troy, is to win. You need to punch surprises under disguise. In similar way, special packages worth Rs 1.25 lakh crores as announced by Mr Modi, 35 percent reserv

Logjam in parliament

Our parliament has performed poorly and irresponsibly in the recent monsoon session. It gives a bad signal to the future of our democracy.  The way things were going on and the way sessions were adjourned on some pretext or the other proved t

First lesson on challenges of social media

It was a caution and solicited advice for all of us- the aspiring journalists. Two years down the line and I realise that social media has grave perils and can tarnish the credibility and reputation of not just journalists, public figures and inte

Bengaluru polls: Cong lost grace too?

In a democracy political parties lose elections and some are won. And in a century of its existence the Congress party has many humiliating defeats and unbelievable victories. However, the party does not seem to have taken its defeat in elections

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



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