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Of the new habit -- of quietness

From a third-floor balcony, the fine curve of the road below -- a lane in a locality -- appears so different now during the lock-down. Cars appear permanently parked on both sides, as if frozen in their respective places. A few -- very few -- people stray out of homes to fetch things that they can’t avoid doing. Dogs bark intermittently, giving evidence of both, their restlessness or of their waking up from the slumber. Police patrol cars move about at regular intervals, sometimes alerting people ..

PROTECT WOMEN

THE telling statement made by UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres urging Governments to protect women during the coronavirus lockdown carries a deep-felt message for the entire humanity. “Violence is not confined to the battlefield,” Mr. Guterres said while pointing towards the surge in domestic violence against women during the homestay clauses applied almost all over the world. It is an indictment of a filthy attitude that pervades ..

CRITICAL POINT

INDIA’S fight against coronavirus pandemic has reached a critical point as it finds itself perched between Stage II and Stage III of COVID-19. Even though India’s national effort until now have been of exemplary standards, the subsequent efforts will have to be much more disciplined and intensified than ever before. The common people, too, will have to extend much better cooperation to and collaboration with the official efforts so that the country is able to handle the rigours of Stage II and Stage ..

Hanuman Jayanti: Festival of worshipping strength and courage

BAAL samai ravi bhakshi liyo tab, teenahu loka bhayo andhiyaro| Taahi so traas bhayo jag ko, yah sankat kaahu so jaat na taaro| Dewan aani kari bintee tab, chaadhi diyo ravi kasht niwaaro|| Ko nahin jaanat hai jag mein kapi sankat mochan naam tihaaro|| This is the first verse of Sankat Mochan Hanuman Ashtakam which narrates the glory of Lord Hanuman as: “When a child, you gulped the Sun, the three worlds went dark; The world thus got into trouble, A crisis as such none could dispel; The gods then ..

Of the scheme Divine

‘HOPE’ has found many a definition in human parlance. Despite its positivism, ironically, however, ‘hope’ finds its existence in the thick of hopelessness. When everything is black and bleak, when nothing seems to move, when life appears frozen, a little sprout of hope raises its tiny head and says, ‘Hey, here I am -- with you, by you, and for you. Come on. Come up. Rise. Refuse to succumb’. Hope, thus, is almost an outcome of a time when everything appears lost. For reasons that we do not ponder ..

ONCE AGAIN

INDIA has proved once again its unity and solidarity in the fight against coronavirus. Millions of lamps were lit in millions of homes across the land at 9 p.m. on Sunday, demonstrating to the world a rare show of social togetherness and emotional bonding to serve a national cause. Those nine minutes reminded the nation of what it had achieved on March 22 when crores of people stood at their door-steps or balconies and clapped and clanged to demonstrate solidarity with those people who were engaged ..

BE PREPARED

KEEPING the future dangers in mind, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is working on putting more robust logistics in place during the next round of operations at airports. The CISF deploys about 32,000 personnel to guard as many as 63 civil airports of the country. They are among the most vulnerable people who are likely to get infected by the coronavirus, having close physical interaction with lakhs of passengers. While the country..

Is COVID-19 The Worst?

HUMANKIND is now facing a global crisis. Perhaps, the biggest crisis of our generation. The decisions people and governments take in the next few weeks will probably shape the world for years to come. They will shape not just our healthcare systems but also our economy, politics and culture. We must act quickly and decisively...

Environmental Clearance

IN THE judgment of a bunch of 4 civil appeals in the case –Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd. v. Rohit Prajapati & others - delivered on April 1, 2020, Justice Dr D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Ajay Rastogi, at the Supreme Court, have adopted balanced approach, which holds the industries to account for having operated without environmental clearances in the past without ordering closure of operations. The Court has issued the order for payment of compensation as a facet of preserving the environment in accordance ..

TEAM INDIA

A CHAMPION’S true test lies in the defence one puts up during a probing phase, against a rampaging rival firing on all cylinders. The most critical factor of such fights is not lowering the guard in the face on an onslaught. This was the precise message delivered by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi during his video conference with India’s sportspersons while discussing ways to manage the period after the lockdown is lifted on April 14...

Social Distancing

THE lockdown regime we are having to brave is an unprecedented pan-India injunction never seen before in the country’s history. And the force of this ruling comes, obviously, from the Covid-19 pandemic which has gripped the world in rapid contagion. The world’s most advanced nations are running short of infrastructure ..

BE TOUGH

EVEN as shocking details keep pouring out about how the members of the Tablighi congregation behaved with the Police force as well as medical teams that sought to sort things out, a realisation must dawn upon the nation and its rulers that time has come to act tough on all such entities or groups, no matter the religious barriers put in place by a distorted political narrative in the country in the past half a century. Time has now come to act in accordance with the law of the land without being bothered ..

STAGGERED EXIT

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi pitching for a common exit strategy of all States is the right step to deal with the situation emerging after the 21-day coronavirus lockdown period ends on April 14. All the States are facing multiple and diverse pressures while tackling the long lockdown, which is imperative to break the chain of Covid-19 spread...

India Rises To Occasion

Students form prestigious educational institutions -- IITs, NITs, and IIMs -- have come together and launched an initiative called ‘Sahyog’ to aid stranded workers, homeless and migrants amid the lock-down imposed to..

THE MESSAGE

THAT no individual Indian is isolated and the whole nation stands by him even as he stays indoors during the long lock-down, is the message Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has sought to give to everybody in the country when he urged all to light a candle or a lamp or a torch-light or a cellphone light at 9 p.m. for full nine minutes ..

Kamalatmika - The Lotus Goddess of Delight

Goddess Kamalatmika or Kamala is the tenth and the last of the Dasha Maha Vidya. She is considered as the goddess of inner and outer prosperity. Kamala means “Lotus” Atmika is “based on”, thus she is lotus goddess of delight,..

INSENSITIVE

EVEN as the nation stands together in the great com bat against coronavirus, some sections of the larger Indian society are showing absolute insensitivity towards the issue of extreme seriousness. They are refusing to follow the principle of social distancing and voluntary isolation which the nation has accepted by agreeing to stay indoors. ..

TOO AMBIGUOUS

AT A time when uncertainty is ruling lives and income sources taking a big hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, a ray of hope had come through the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) moratorium scheme for borrowers from state-owned banks. However, it was nothing but a false dawn, shrouded in too much ambiguity. ..

End Of Globalisation?

THE coronavirus pandemic will leave some deep and fundamental lessons for organising our economy and for a new kind of social policy. If lockdown was the essential way to fight the spread of the virus, it has also shown where our social policies are flawed and how those can be remedied. We have always been talking about 90 per cent of the total employment in India being in the informal and tiny and small sectors. But we have hardly bothered to know how these people worked and lived. They worked in ..

Matangi - Utterance of the Divine Word

Maa Matangi Devi is the ninth Mahavidya among the Dasha Mahavidya. According to Devi Purana, Maa Matangi has dark complexion and yet is lavishly elegant and beauty with very refined beautiful features. Devi Matangi resembles Devi Sarasvati in appearance especially, the way she holds the divine musical instrument Veena. But there is significant difference in these two forms. Ma Saraswati grace is centered on more of ‘Saatvik’ form of learning such as fine arts, academics, mastery in language learning. ..

10 ways to be silly and have fun with your kids

What to cook and what to eat? Other than these, one more questions pops every morning, what to do with my kids, how to engage them in a productive way. Here are some ways of keeping them busy and believe me it will keep you busier...

Bagalamukhi - The Goddess of Speech

Bagalamukhi Devi is the eighth of the ten Mahavidyas. Bagalamukhi Mantra is very popular amongst the devotees. The devotees believe, “This mantra evokes innumerable advantages for all round protection, prosperity stability and offers protection against diseases, chronic problems and accidents. Regular Japa of the ‘Bagalamukhi Mantra’ is said to paralyses the ego and actions of a person who tries to harm us.” ‘Dasha Mahavidya’ published by Geeta Press Gorakhpur describes, “Bagalamukhi means ‘The Crane-Heade..

Time to say ‘thanks’

There is a reason to thank the current lock-down of unprecedented scale. For the first time, some of the common people might have understood what kind of a tough job the cops have on hand monitoring streets and public..

‘KNOT’ NOW!

THE world famous ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ has shrunk to size zero as the coronavirus has forced postponement or total cancellation of marriage functions across the country. Band, Baaja, and Baarat have gone silent as the ‘auspicious dates’ too have bowed to the pandemic. While a wave of despondency rides through the families of the would-be brides and grooms, making a difficult decision of putting the nuptial knot on hold is the best, wise and ‘auspicious’ decision in these extraordinary times. Marriages ..

Markets To Recover

A WEEK can be a very long time and last week was a classic example. It began with the markets falling very sharply and the BSESENSEX losing just about 4,000 points on Monday. Tuesday saw the markets trading in a comparatively narrow range of just about 800 points on BSESENSEX. Tuesday night was also the time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown beginning 12 midnight of Tuesday the 24/25th March. Wednesday saw markets gain 2,000 points. Thursday saw the FM announcing measures ..

DANGEROUS

EVEN as the country -- and the world -- puts together all its resources to combat the scourge of coronavirus, a dangerous trend has become active in the society, making a direct contribution to creating panic among people about the possible outcome of the deadly infection that has already taken more than 31,000 lives worldwide. The social media -- about whose credibility and utility the world had been worrying for long -- is agog with information that is almost fully unfounded and unauthorised about ..

Dhumavati - The Grandmother Spirit

DHUMAVATI is the seventh of the ten Mahavidya Goddesses. According to Thodala Tantara Maa Dhumavati is the equivalent of Varaha Avatara. Devi Dhumavati is an old widow and is associated with things considered inauspicious and unattractive. She is always hungry and thirsty who initiates quarrels. In characteristics and nature She is compared with Goddess Alakshmi, Goddess Jyeshta and Goddess Nirriti. All these three Goddesses are embodiment of negative qualities but at the same time worshipped at special ..

Of tryst with the Divine

Alone I walked the ocean strand; A pearly shell was in my hand: I stooped and wrote upon the sand My name—the year—the day. As onward from the spot I passed, One lingering look behind I cast;..

Chhinnamasta - The consciousness beyond the mind

Maa Chhinnamasta is the sixth among Dasha Mahavidya. The image of Chhinnamasta is a severed head. She is the Goddess who causes us to cut off our own heads or to dissolve our minds into pure awareness. She brings transcendence of the mind and represents the non-mind (unmana) state. Freed from the limitations of the mind, consciousness realises its true nature beyond death and sorrow. Chhinnamasta -- A severed head..

‘THANK YOU!’

‘thank you!’ THE pain and plight in the words of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi were obvious to all when he sought the nation’s forgiveness for having imposed on the people tough decisions as the Government braced itself to deal with the coronavirus challenge. As he verbalised these feelings in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, ..

The Storm Will Pass

HUMANKIND is now facing a global crisis. Perhaps the biggest crisis of our generation. The decisions people and Governments take in the next few weeks will probably shape the world for years to come. They will shape not just our healthcare systems but also our economy, politics and culture. We must act quickly and decisively. ..

WELCOME FALLOUT

EVEN as the nation combats the coronavirus scare, a welcome fallout of the situation has also come to fore, making environmentalists very happy. The good news is that as many as 90 cities in India have registered a record minimal air pollution, thanks to withdrawal of vehicular traffic from their roads to lock-down. Encouraged..

Bhairavi: The Warrior Goddess

Maa Bhairavi is the fifth among Dasha Mahavidyas. As the name indicates, Bhairavi means frightful, terrible, horrible or formidable. According to Swami Vivekananda, “Bhairavi provokes different fears. For, she is said to shine with the effulgence of 10,000 rising suns. She has many names including Tripura Bhairavi, Sampath Praja Bhairavi, Kaulesh Bhairavi, Siddhida Bhairavi, Bhay Vidwamsi Bhairavi, Chaitanya Bhairavi, Kameshwari Bhairavi, Nitya Bhairavi, and Rudra Bhairavi. Her body is the color of ..

Overcrowding In Prisons

IN THE judgement of the case – The Bharat Coking Coal Ltd. & Others v. AMR Dev Prabha & Others and 3 other civil appeals, delivered on March 18, 2020, a 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court, consisting of the Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Surya Kant have underscored the importance of presence of element of public iA 3-JUDGE bench of the Supreme Court consisting of the Chief Justice Sharad Bobde..

OUT OF ACTION

SPORTS PERSONS across the globe are facing a similar and peculiar quandary of sitting idle as the world has gone into a lockdown mode to break the chain of coronavirus spread. Such extraordinary times were never imagined by the world. The sporting arenas falling silent simultaneously across the globe is a rare phenomenon that should not repeat again. This is a fervent prayer, not only by the sporting world but also shared by entire human race. ..

Silent Crisis

THE Armed Forces need more funds to procure state-of-the-art weapons, but the Budget for 2020-21 has provided 35 per cent less than the projected demand, said a standing committee report on Demands for Grants for capital outlay for defence services, which was tabled in Rajya Sabha recently. The panel said there was a “considerable shortage” of funds and that such a situation was a dampener in modern-day warfare. The parliamentary panel said a shortage in capital outlay will affect the acquisition ..

true icon

LEGEND has it that a foreign professional body acknowledged his greatness when a native body found it difficult to grant him membership since he did not have an official certificate as an architect -- at least initially. This anecdotal corollary sums up the achievement of Mr. Satish Gujral as a world-renowned architect ..

Good time to revive family dinner

LET us thank our stars that most of us are to stay indoors all the time, thanks to the lockdown due to coronavirus scare. This compulsory staying indoors may offer us a good opportunity to revive the institution of family dinner, which used to be an integral part of family life until a couple of decades earlier. We should start having dinners together and spend time in discussions beyond our neighbours’ cars ...! We can create an atmosphere of true togetherness by evolving fine conversation over dinner...

Culture-Change In Offing!

A mature society should have behaved differently and more responsibly. But quite many sections among us refused to do so. They thronged the markets. They crowded the streets for prayers, they indulged in political protests regardless of warnings and cautions from the administration...

STAY WITH BOOKS

  THE mandatory lockdown in the country to break the chain of coronavirus spread has opened up various avenues for the people to keep themselves engaged. While television shows, on-line movies and over-the-top platforms have seen a surge in viewership, a silent but heartening change has also seeped into the society. More and more are going back to books, to old classics and treasure trove of yesteryear. There is no companion like a book and keeping this golden adage in mind even the National ..

DIRTY DESIGN

  THAT the Pakistani Army authorities are pushing coronavirus patients into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) so that the province of Punjab in Pakistan is cleansed of the scourge, is nothing but an expression of dirty minds at work in Islamabad. It is common knowledge that PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan are among the most marginalised areas in Pakistan and the efforts appears obvious to treat those as garbage dumps. Though the authorities are reported to have set up quarantine centres in some ..

Tripura Sundari - The beauty of the three worlds

‘TRIPURA Sundari’ is the third among ‘Dasha Mahavidyas,’ the ten great Goddesses of wisdom. In Vamakeshwara Tantra, it is mentioned, “Tripura is the ultimate, primordial Shakti, the light of manifestation. She, the pile of letters of the alphabet, gave birth to the three worlds...

SHOCKING!!!

THE deadly terror strike by Islamic State (IS) in a Kabul Gurudwara killing at least 25 worshippers is one of the freshest example of how Islamic jehadi groups have been targeting members of the minority Sikh community in Afghanistan for years -- almost as part of an organised campaign to eliminate the Sikh community from that country. A similar campaign has been going on against other minority communities as well. ..

Countering Pandemic

THE word “novel” in the Novel Coronavirus is a misnomer. As part of human nature, there is a propensity to compare the deadliest of diseases and while Covid-19 does not appear to have a high mortality rate, yet the rate of exposure seems to be unprecedented. Historically speaking, there is one disease which could match ..

REAL TASK

THE expert estimation that India may end up with a gaping 4% hole in its GDP -- worth Rs. 9 lakh crore (USD 120 billion) -- as the price for its fight-back against coronavirus, will make anybody feel shell-shocked. Even as the experts who have predicted the size of the damage to the economy have asked for a bail-out package, and the Government, too, has expressed its willingness to offer help to the best of its capacity. Thus, once the coronavirus scare is effectively dealt with, then the real task ..

Hidden Opportunity

IT IS clear that there will be a negative impact of Corona Pandemic on our economy. The numbers of foreign tourists has already declined and is likely to remain near zero. Our exports are under pressure. Domestic industries like automobiles and pharmaceuticals are unable to get auto parts and raw materials from China and their production is likely to soon come under pressure. Yet, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Ajay Chibber has said that India will be less effected by the ..

THREE WEEKS

THE period of three weeks of extended lock-down across the country will pass quickly, if all of us stay indoors happily and also with a sense of duty -- towards ourselves and towards the larger human community in India and in the world. For, when there is a well-set goal, well-defined method and manner of doing things, and the innate interest in common good, staying indoors for three weeks would not be impossible. ..

Tara - Saviour of the world

TARA is the second form of Goddess in Dasha Mahavidyas (Ten Wisdom Forms). She is not only an important Hindu Goddess but also the most important of the Buddhist Goddesses. The Bodhisattva Tara is the consort of the great Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Lord who looks down with compassion on all living beings. In his book ‘Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses: Spiritual Secrets of Ayurveda’ Dr David Frawley writes: “..

Of a road less travelled

It used to be a matter of genuine, low-intensity adventure for Nagpurians to enter the woods on both sides of the Telangkhedi lake and make their way up to the top of Starkee Point. The lake and the woods on both sides were little patches of genuine vegetation that could scare the weak-hearted even during noons. There were some daredevils who would enter the lake-water from its eastern embankment, swim across to the western edge, and then walk through the wooded patch of well over a kilometer to the ..

Gudhi Padwa: Beginning of Sharvari/Pramadhi Nama Samvatsar

ACCORDING to Vedic Astrology, first day of Chaitra month is the first day of New Year of entire universe. Chaitra Shuddha Pratipada is celebrated across the country as the first day of New Year as per Hindu traditions. The New Year is termed as Nav Samvatsar or Nav Samvat because according to Hindu scripture Brahma Purana, the universe was created on this day by God Bramha. Spring season also starts from this day, which is a symbol of new construction of nature. The country has different calendars ..

RECESSION LOOMS

EVEN as the world counts the immeasurable human costs of the coronavirus, large-scale economic ramifications also stare in its face, calling for a united effort at global level to limit its damage. The International..

Corona Scare

The country’s economy faces the biggest ever threat as public income and consumption are severely under ‘forced’ compression with the coronavirus scare spreading across States. Thousands of Indian workers abroad, regarded as a great asset for the country remitting billions of dollars annually, the highest by overseas workers in any country, have suddenly turned a big liability. The Government is under pressure to bring a large number of them back as the Covid-19 has become pandemic. There is no official ..

‘robust’ moves

IT IS heartwarming to know that Dr. Roderico Ofrin, Director of Regional Emergencies, South-East Asia, of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has described India’s efforts to contain coronavirus as “comprehensive and robust response”. Thanks to the promptness and no-nonsense approach of the Government, India’s fightback against the deadly virus is being appreciated the world over. When the world is engaged in a serious war against the disease, such appreciation comes as a genuine encouragement to ..

Of the blank page

That’s a smart sentence, almost silencing anybody. And there is nothing to challenge in such a closed-ended statement by anybody. Every word is true -- you can edit a bad (badly-written) page, but you can’t do that with a blank page. For, on a blank page, there is nothing. But the world of writers and creators and artists has often been charmed by the blank page, challenged by the nothingness that the blank page represents, and chagrined by the insolence with which it stares into the face of the writers ..

let’s keep it up

THE nation can only ill-afford the word of caution from Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi about the long-drawn battle against coronavirus. Even as he thanked people for their response to the ‘Janata Curfew’ and to the appeal for clapping at 5 p.m. to express gratitude to coronavirus warriors, Mr. Modi has also expressed a sense of urgency about continuing the efforts for a fairly long period so that the spread of the deadly virus is contained within reasonable limits, which he described as a long battle. ..

Business For Humans

JUST as there is no leadership without followers there would be no business if it did not have customers. Business is a venture of the people, by the people and for the people. It is not surprising that business management involves leadership, adoption of ‘smart’ processes, ability to understand and handle human interactions, study of how national entities -- which are human -- behaved in a globalised world and a realisation that know..

COWARDLY ATTACK

AFTER a big gap 17 security personnel were martyred in the worst affected Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. These Special Task Force personnel were declared missing after an encounter with the Maoists on Saturday. Their bodies were found on Sunday, while 15 more have been hospitalised with bullet injuries. No doubt the security forces have been able to control the menace of Naxalite extremists in the last few years and were successful in retrieving v..

Element Of Public Interest

IN THE judgement of the case – The Bharat Coking Coal Ltd. & Others v. AMR Dev Prabha & Others and 3 other civil appeals, delivered on March 18, 2020, a 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court, consisting of the Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Surya Kant have underscored the importance of presence of element of public interest in a contractual case for its maintainability before the Court. The Court has pointed out that two clear issues in dispute arise in the case. ..

A LEGEND GOES

THE departure of PK Banerjee has taken away a golden hero of Indian football. He will be fondly remembered as Indian football’s Goliath but PK Banerjee’s career went much beyond soccer, leaving a legacy that deserves rich tributes from the sporting world. Calling it a huge loss of football would be looking at life in a myopic way, for, Pradipda had carved his place in the psyche of lovers of sports of any discipline, any form. Banerjee was a synonym for Indian football, being part of the holy trinity ..

Global Pandemic

THE coronavirus spread is still uncontained in most places even as several countries are almost in lockdown mode to stem the surge. In this age of rapid movement and people to people contact and communication, it is very difficult to fully control the spread, and thus from China, today a hundred countries are affected, some completely in the grip of the pandemic. Given the seriousness of the situation and WHO declaring the menace as a global pandemic for its rapid contagion, it is important for countries ..

for our sake

WHEN the nation observes ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday and stays indoors, it will bring into effect any such move of national scale for the first time. There is every reason to believe that the 14-hour moratorium will work to the fullest and there will be nobody on the streets for whatever reasons, except in the cases that have been specified as essential services. It would be historic day when the whole nation stays indoors for 14 hours in a massive effort to isolate the deadly coronavirus that has shaken ..

Good time to take to book-reading

LET us make the full use of the time we have got to spend at home -- indoors -- for this compulsory period of at least upto March 31 -- as our country battles the coronavirus scare. Let us take to reading books so that we ..

Pickings from the musers’ bowl

LIKE the soft rays of gallant sun seeping through the darkness of the night, like the harmonious waves of a tranquil sea caressing the dry, shady shores, like the white mountains rising high against endlessness of azure sky, poetry, through all ages, like clear waters of a rippling river, has stirred human consciousness time and again. It is not for nothing that those who nurse it are also called wordsmiths. For, they turn words into gold. As the world celebrated World Poetry Day on Saturday, The ..

Ankit Patil’s Hydroponic farming, a boon to tribals in Melghat

New method of farming in a small space has been experimented by a young engineer from Nagpur and given to the tribals in Mariampur village near Chikhaldara. Under this experiment, vegetables are being grown in ‘Hydroponic’ farming system. Ankit Patil, with the help of Father Simon from a Church organisation in Chikhaldara and a teacher from Sipna College, Chikhaldara, have introduced the system. Commonly used vegetables are being grown in small pots, with minimum use of water and plant nutrients. ..

BIDEN IN RACE?

MR.JOE Biden appears to be racing ahead of Mr. Bernie Sanders in securing Democratic party’s nomination for the Presidential election of the United States. Within the Democratic party it is an ideological fight between Mr. Joe Biden and Mr. Bernie Sanders with the latter having pronounced sociological moorings. While hot favourite Mr. Biden..

Tackling Coronavirus

THE medical fraternity around the globe is up in arms to mitigate the impact of Novel Corona virus. The WHO has declared it a Pandemic and issued guidelines for its prevention. Governments in each country are following those details. These include personal human behaviour, travel restrictions, early medical advice, avoid crowded places etc. On the personal level, the people are being advised to care for personal hygiene, wash hands more frequently, not to touch objects unnecessarily, avoid touching ..

DIPLOMACY

EVEN as he goes full distance to explain to the countrymen the meaning of diplomacy, Minister of External Affairs Dr. Subramanian Jaishankar often insists upon futility of jumping to conclusions or offering knee-jerk reactions to small developments. Of course, he does not shrug his shoulders and lets some events pass without any Indian response. But he often insists upon a long-range view of international relations that would forbid India and Indians from assessing a situation with a sense of finality...

Of a new ‘tall’ order

Move anywhere in the city, at any time of the day or night, in any season, and your eyes will be assailed by tall structures emerging out of the urban landscape -- in various stages of construction or completion. In increasing numbers, most new structures are getting taller and far more robust, almost causing a visual offence of sorts. Some structures seem to grow upward endlessly, adding floors to their edifices. So tall do some structure appear that one cannot count the number of floors while passing ..

Of poet and poetry

Of poet and poetry OF COURSE, poets have often tried to decipher what they do when they write poetry, in the process giving rise to countless definitions and explanations -- and even apologies. They have also tried to understand the poetic process and have seen themselves in its depths and tentacles and shrinking or expanding labyrinth. But what Peter Howard has done in these few lines is to offer a wide range of questions that the poets and readers of poetry have to explore. In fact, this can be ..

SC On Binding Precedent

THROUGH the judgment of the case – Union of India and others vs. M.V. Mohanan Nair, delivered on March 5, 2020, a 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court, consisting of Justices R. Banumathi, A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, have made it abundantly clear that “A decision, unaccompanied by reasons can never be said to be a law declared by the Supreme Court though it will bind the parties inter se in drawing the curtain on the litigation”...