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SOARING HIGHER

WOMEN officers in the Indian Armed Forces are set to break another glass-ceiling after earning the right of Permanent Commission granted by the Supreme Court a few months ago. The elite Golden Arrows squadron hosting the Rafale fighter jets is set to see a woman fighter pilot flying the newly-inducted mean machine that has become the toast of the nation since its arrival from France. Parallely, two women officers have been selected to join a..

China’s Duplicity

With Chinese aggressive moves on various fronts in its wolf warrior diplomacy, the international community has seen through the propaganda with many other nations having suffered its salami slicing tactics, particularly in the South and East China Seas. MORE than four months have gone by since the PLA upped the ante on the borders with India resulting in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation. The confrontation has also been unprece..

uncouth

ONE word that sums up the conduct of eight suspended Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament (MPs) is ‘uncouth’. The manner in which they stepped into the Rajya Sabha well, stepped up to the Chair, used very abusive words against Deputy Chairman Mr. Harivansh, tore the papers on his table and came close almost to cause him physical harm is nothing but an uncouth conduct that shows certain shamelessness and no sense of responsibility towards the dignity of the House of Rajya Sabha and decency and decorum ..

Crisis-ified!

‘Crisis brings best out of people.’ Or so they say! Since none of the examinations I appeared for brought anything best out of me, I assumed it was just one of those sayings like ‘honesty is the best policy,’ that are uttered for creating an impression, but do not mean much. Of course, life, magnanimous as it is, does not often throw one into a real crisis. So, till the time one does not arrive at a wholesome crisis, one tends to name any seemingly troublesome situation as a ‘crisis’. nothing-to-wear-to-a-..

Writing: A tool for empowerment

Being a female author can come with its own set of challenges, especially when one is trying to juggle a career in the demanding field along with a personal life. From burning the midnight oil to pursue writing, to managing multiple roles, budding authors share how they used writing as a tool for empowerment. Four Dances of the Moon author Shikha Rinchin Tiku explains how every journey is different and so are the challenges. “I got my inspiration..

POWER TO ALL

THE villages in Keran and Machil sectors in far north Kashmir have become the latest example of inclusive growth of an integrated India after the abrogation of Article 370 according Special Status to the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir. These J&K villages located near the Line of Control (LoC) were connected with the national electricity grid recently to end an over seven-decade-long wait for the people. Their agony had acted as a spur for Kupwara Deputy Commissioner Mr. Anshul Garg who put the ..

Non-Violent Revolutions

It’s more than three decades since this new technique startled the world, and dictators are not usually fools. They see what happened to their former colleagues who got overthrown, and start working out counter-strategies that weaken the determination and cohesiveness of the protesters. bbbbbbbbbbb THE old calculation was simple and brutal: If you want to overthrow a tyrant, you must use violence. There was an occasional exception, like Gandhi’s use of non-violent protest to gain India’s independence, ..

new challenge

THE security forces in Kashmir now face a new challenge -- of dropping of weapons and ammunition by drones obviously by powers that be in Pakistan and Occupied Kashmir for the use of terrorists in Indian territory. The terrorists are also digging bunkers and underground escape tunnels through which they infiltrate into Indian territory and also get back to safety. Of course, the security forces are alert and have captured a lot of such material in the past some days, and even shot down a few drones ..

Of magical silence in creation

KAUSHIKI Chakraborty has offered the quintessence of artistic creation. Steeped in politeness, basking in an endearing nonchalance about ownership of that creation, she highlights the presence of the “magical moment” in which nothing moves in the mind -- in whose stillness music is born. What a beautiful, spiritually-empowered process! The most fascinating part of the process is the denial of the credit of creation. Music just happens -- one does..

Interim Maintenance

QUITE recently, the Bombay High Court has pointed out that it has not seen any material illegalities so as to infer that the order challenged runs contrary to the scheme of Section 19 of the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956. The plain reading of Section 19 of the Act contemplates that the respondents –Harneet Kaur, widow of Bhupinder Singh Mathraoo & Another have every right to claim the maintenance after the death of her husband from the estate of her father-in-law, that is the present petitioner- ..

REBOOT

HOW much the coronavirus-induced stoppage on sports had its effect on the players could be gauged from some of the waistlines appearing in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi when the annual carnival of Indian Premier League (IPL) rebooted India’s cricketing activity. The transformation of cricket from virtual to real in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starkly showed the perils of lack of outdoor physical activities as the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sha..

Whence Freedom?

VICE PRESIDENT M Venkaiah Naidu has asserted that India cannot make progress unless women are given equal opportunities in all spheres, including the political arena. He also said that there was a need to show in action and in deeds that gender discrimination no longer existed in the Indian society. In a Facebook post, he once ..

CYBER HYGIENE

COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in a drastic manner, teaching harsh lessons to humanity and also redefining people’s outlook towards threats hitherto dealt in a casual manner. Apart from challenging the health infrastructure, many other sectors including information technology and cyberspace have seen the threat landscape undergoing dynamic changes. Cyber-crime has witnessed an extraordinary 500 per cent increase during COVID-19 underscoring an urgent need of devising robust infrastructure ..

THE BAMBOO BRIDGE

Pilibhit, September 17 (IANS): A group of villagers in Pilibhit has built a bamboo bridge for the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) troopers, about 200 meters from the Uttar Pradesh-Nepal border. The 25-meter-long and 1.2-meter-wide bamboo bridge on a deep-water channel has been built by the Bamanpur Bhagirath village head, Gurdev Singh, with assistance from the locals. Ajay Kumar, Commandant, SSB’s 49th Battalion, said, “A bridge was urgently needed for the frequent, prompt and unhindered movement of SSB ..

POLITICAL

BY CALLING on President Mr. Ramnath Kovind to discuss the probe by Delhi Police in the February riots that claimed 53 lives, Opposition leaders have given more credence to the theory that the riots were nothing but a politically-engineered act with a motive to defame the Central Government..

Quick

THE manner in which Chief of Army Staff General M.M. Naravane sprang to action and paid a visit to Kashmir to assess the situation arising out of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan can certainly earn him the epithet of Q R Boss -- Quick Response Boss. Just a couple of days earlier, he paid a visit to the forward areas in eastern Ladakh to review the situation and issue fresh instructions to the troops guarding the border with China. Similar alertness is being displayed by chiefs of the Indian ..

Inspiration

YOU don’t have to be positive about everything in order to be positive about something. The world around you doesn’t have to be perfect in order for you to get good work done. Sure, you’d like the situation and the people around you to be more accommodating, more cooperative, understanding, and amenable. Yet there are plenty of ways you can move forward from the situation as it is, right now. ..

FAITH IN GOVT

DESPITE the rising numbers of coronavirus positive cases in the country, three fourths of the people have put their total trust in Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s handling of the situation. The IANS C Voter COVID-19 survey has revealed that 75.8% people endorse the strategy of the Government. Such huge support to the Prime Minister’s strategies in handling one of the most unprecedented and disruptive events in the history of mankind has its genesis in th..

Johnson’s Cunning Plan

Johnson was well aware that the problem that brought down Theresa May’s Government last year and made him Prime Minister was the Irish border. Peace in Northern Ireland depends on there being an open border with the Irish Republic. EU trade with the UK, post-Brexit, depends on controlling that border so that there is not a massive smuggling problem “I’VE got a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel,” said Blackadder’s sidekick Baldrick in the BBC’s brilliant historical comedy ..

ominous

IN HIS own inimitable style, Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar has stated so aptly in his book The India Way:Strategies For An Uncertain World that it is not just India, but each country of the world is refashioning its terms of engagement with China. That is only because China has set for itself an ominous agenda that attempts to push every country into a tight corner -- almost reminding the world of how Adolf Hitler’s perverse..

DIRTY PICTURE

MORE skeletons are set to tumble out of the Bollywood cupboard as the investigating agencies go deeper into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death probe. Glimpses of the dirty picture in store are visible after the arrest of actress Rhea Chakraborty by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The case will unravel itself as time goes by but the dark side of stardom is already out in the open for serious ponderance by the general society. What lies beneath the glitzy world of cinema is evident in a nutshell ..

new effort

THE five-point plan envisaged by India and China to resolve the current stand-off in Ladakh is a new effort by India to push the right agenda in the direction of establishing peace and tranquility on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Reports have us believe that it was Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar who took a hard line during the talk refused to accept the line taken by Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi that bilateral relations should be normalised despite the border row. Dr. Jaishankar ..

Lot To Do

WHILE several uncertainties over climate outcomes have been reduced by continual advancements in studies, that have eased the task of policymakers, experts still warn urgent reduction in CO2 levels is essential for the sustainability of life on the planet in the long term. ..

Inspiration

Expect the best of what can be. At the same time, embrace the reality of what is. Your expectations exert a powerful influence on the way you interact with life. Use that power wisely, and don’t let it become a burden on your experience. Let your expectations lift you, inspire you, illuminate the possibilities. But don’t allow them to set you up for disappointment. ..

The India Factor

 Washington, September 9 (PTI): A Republican campaign video that includes visuals from the two historic rallies of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last one year -- “Howdy Modi”, and “Namaste Trump” -- is making waves in the US ahead of the November 3 presidential election, particularly among Indian-Americans whose votes may be the deciding factor in some of the battleground states. THE dominance of the India factor is, thus, evident in the ..

MONEY MATTERS

  RUMBLINGS have started coming out in a crescendo from the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the member nations start rallying back from the COVID-19 havoc. Action has started with twin bilateral Test series in England who now host a limited over series against Australia. Elsewhere, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has embarked upon its annual carnival of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The economic setback of the pandemic is slowly being realised by the playing nations ..

RELIANCE’S RISE

DESPITE the raging coronavirus pandemic gripping big and small businesses across the world, Mr. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd is scripting an amazing story of success on the dint of his acumen to turn adversity into an opportunity. Reliance has now become the first domestic firm to cross the USD 200 billion market valuation mark. During the pandemic quarter Reliance Industries got the Facebook Inc. and Google to back its digital business and now it is enticing Amazon.Com Inc. in its ..

X-RAYING CHINA

THE demand of more than 300 Human Rights groups the world over to establish an international mechanism to subject China to a stricter scrutiny on the issue of violation of human rights, has it own merit. It is a reality that China’s record as regards human rights is often suspect, thanks to the manner in which it has handled issues like Tibet, Hong Kong, Xinjiang. Traditionally, the Chinese authorities have believed that suppression of..

Losing Both Elections

“TO LOSE one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness,” wrote Oscar Wilde in his play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in 1895. In somewhat the same spirit, British journalist Robert Fisk wrote last week “At some point in the next two months we are going to have to decide whether we absolve the American people if they re-elect Donald Trump.”..

NEW COALITIONS

A DENSE global coalition is steadily shaping up on the strength of mutual respect, common concerns and shared synergy between India, France and Australia. On another parallel, the Indo-Russian bilateral relationship is witnessing opening of a new chapter built on traditional partnership and necessity of a geostrategy in the swiftly cha..

A GLOBAL PLAYER

THE position of a responsible democracy and a voice of authority that India has gained for itself in the comity of top nations today is the sum of the deft, assertive, reactive as well as proactive foreign policy pursued by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi since the day he assumed the top office in 2014. Last six years under Mr. Modi have seen rigorous churning of international relations and won a distinct gravitas for India that was present only in patches...

How To Revive GDP

THE Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 23.9 per cent in the first quarter of this financial year according to Government data. GDP is a measure of the total amount of production made or income earned by the country. In contrast, former professor of Jawaharlal University Arun Kumar has assessed that there was a 75 per cent decline in April 2020, followed by 60 and 40 per cent decline in May and June in GDP leading to a 58 per ce..

true colours

BY opening fire, though in air, in an attempt to intimidate an Indian position in Ladakh, obviously with an idea of overpowering the Indian troops, China has shown more of its dirty true colours. Even as the Indian troops remained unruffled, and responded appropriately, this aggressive Chinese posturing did show that Beijing will keep making things more and more difficult to be sorted out sensibly. Seen from that angle, Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar is right when he insists that no ..

Shame on sinners of the Naag

THE view of the Naag River from the hump bridge near Yashwant Stadium on both sides offers a saddening spectacle. Rains have blessed the river with sufficient water. So there is a little sense of relief to the eye that has otherwise seen only sewage water flowing in the stream. The clutch of temples at the Sangam behind the Yashwant Stadium also, therefore, looks somewhat okay superficially. But a deep look reveals the filth that the stream happens to carry all along. It is not without reason that ..

BE ON GUARD

INDIA’S actions against China’s hostile tactics are not limited to the military level alone. It has to be on guard in several other spheres, including pharma industry, where China has the ability to hurt the Indian interests. The latest application by a pharma firm to the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) seeking investigation into the alleged dumping of Vitamin C by Chinese companies reaffirms the dirty tactics adopted by Beijing to destabilise India. China accounts for two-thirds of India’s ..

Pak: A Saga Of Paranoia

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) air crash in June that killed 97 people and the circumstances causing it beg a closer look. It is widely believed that the pilots of the ill-fated PIA aircraft were fake, who in all likelihood cheated in exams to secure a Civil Pilot Licence or perhaps went a step further and had imposters sit in their places. It is reported that around 260 commercial pilots of Pakistani origin have been grounded across multiple airlines to set ..

real concern

GIVEN the size of its geography and demography, India has taken its own and long time of six-plus months to earn the undesirable epithet of being the world’s second worst COVID-hit country. But as India surpasses Brazil in its COVID-19 statistics, the concern assumes a more dangerous proportion, necessitating more stringent measures to put brakes to the spread of the disease the like of which the world had never seen. Sensing serious trouble, the Central Government directed States and Union Territories ..

The human story!

“Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey.” -- Marcel Proust CALL it an epic tragedy or comedy of endless errors, human beings are a great story. They never cease to amaze. They cultivate and ruin with similar enthusiasm. They nurture and destroy with equal zeal. What stories they can create? No wonder then that those who can view times with detached attachment, like Marcel Proust, c..

US Gearing Up For Polls

GROUPS inside and outside the Democratic Party are linking arms in what is literally a growing national movement to protect the 2020 vote and thereby oust Trump in November. The massive effort to protect democracy is necessitated, in part, because a record number of votes could well be cast in the 2020 elections. Even under n..

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

THE overall success of Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon last year, despite the setback during landing, has raised expectations of global space agencies from the Chandrayaan-3 mission that is likely to be launched in early 2021. The new mission won’t have an orbiter but will include a lander and a rover as last year’s mission had accomplished a major part as planned by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The orbiter, equipped with healthy instruments, has a further life of seven years in ..

of “spirit”

THE passing away of Seer of Edneer Mutt Shri Swami Kesavananda Bharati due to old age brings alive memories of an epic legal and constitutional battle that he initiated nearly half a century ago. His awareness of citizens’ rights and alertness to initiate action to safeguard those made a critical difference to the way nation should think about ..

Of passion to share

TRUE, many writers of novels, poetry, prose, essays, often say that they write for themselves. A Sanskrit saying talks of the same principle -- Swantsukhaya (Swa-anta-sukhaya -- For my ultimate happiness). That is how much of literature has come into existence, many believe. But this may represent only a small part of the bigger truth. For, there is always an innate desire rising in people’s heads and hearts to write something for others to share with -- and be understood...

Review Of DA’s Findings

A 3-JUDGE bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice Arun Mishra (since retired), Vineet Saran and S. Ravindra Bhat have in the judgment of the case – The Designated Authority (DA) & Others v. M/s the Andhra Petrochemicals Ltd., delivered on September 1, 2020, affirmed that access to judicial review is a valuable right conferred upon citizens and persons aggrieved; the Constitution arms the High Courts and the Supreme Court with powers under Articles 226 and 32...

act of faith

EVEN as major sport tournaments and contests get going the world over, the first realisation in the heart of every lover of sport -- either the player or the spectator -- is that playing in the current pandemic conditions, with health risks ever looming larger, with empty stands presenting a sickening spectacle is nothing less than act of sheer of faith in sports and its philosophy. And it is to this spirit that the world offers salutes because the ..

Barbarian Act

COPS in Delhi recently nabbed an Ayurvedic doctor who had murdered over a 100 people and reportedly ran a kidney racket. Devender Sharma, 62, the alleged mastermind behind the murders of many truck and taxi drivers from Delhi and its neighbouring States is said to be running a kidney transplant racket. People are shocked at how he killed..

‘count on us’

THE strength of the calm confidence expressed by Chief of Army Staff General M.M. Naravane -- the nation can count on the Armed Forces no matter the tensions on the border with China-- cannot be missed. bereft of all rhetoric that may otherwise accompany such assertions, the Army chief’s statement made a critical and positive difference to the people’s morale that has been already high, thanks to the prompt and no-nonsense response the political leadership and the Indian Armed Forces gave to the Chinese ..

My career, my family, my money !!!

THERe is no doubt that the size of both the samples is very small -- of less than a hundred boys and girls from junior or senior college in one sample; and about fifty-odd teachers in another sample. But whatever came out in the conversation with them over a period of a few months should be good enough for all of us to sit up and take a serious notice. Let us talk of the youngsters first. On the surface, everything appears right -- all of them talked of their working hard to attain career goals, ..

PATHETIC

PAKISTAN’S chain of international humiliation continues to get longer and longer with its ill-advised and cynical efforts against India through senseless claims on New Delhi fomenting terrorism. Islamabad’s latest mortification in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), when its blatant attempt to get two Indians listed as terrorists by some powerful members, should hold a mirror to its political-military leadership and at the same time should also tick the international community on deciding ..

Inspiration

Feast your soul upon the beauty that’s in each moment. Be drawn into the beauty stretching out in every direction. Beauty’s purpose is to be experienced, to be appreciated, to be loved. Give beauty its fulfillment by opening yourself to it, by finding joy in its sublime presence. Listen to the beautiful songs being sung. Watch as stories of new and unique beauty unfold. Draw energy from the beauty. Let it carry you away from your own tiny assumptions and give you a taste of the infinite. ..

Psychology Of Freedom-III

l New Delhi, September 3 (PTI): Army Chief General M.M. Naravane began a two-day visit to Ladakh on Thursday to carry out a comprehensive review of the security situation in the region in view of China’s fresh attempts to change status quo along the southern bank of Pangong Lake, official sources said. ..

GAME OVER

THE third round of ban on China-linked mobile applications, including the top-draw game PUBG, is New Delhi’s clear message to Beijing that any misadventure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) will come with huge costs elsewhere. The Centre has blocked 118 apps in the third round of penalty on Chinese mobile applications “which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of State and public order”. India’s action, coming against the backdrop of China’s latest ..

strategic edge

THE sense of shock in the Chinese camp can well be imagined realising that with its smart, proactive, anticipatory moves, the Indian Army has acquired several strategically important high points in Ladakh inside of 72 hours. The aggressive Indian action left the Chinese Brigadier-level commanders with no options but to withdraw to safer distance back into their own territory. With the Indian troops well ensconced deep within the Chinese territory, international media, including the Chinese, has ..

INDIA’S ANGUISH

WHEN top powers in the world are in a hate-mode against the United Nations (UN), India has maintained its balanced consistent position of setting in reforms in the international body. In this context, India’s concern over some countries conveniently stalling the reforms in the most powerful UN organ, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), should serve as an alarm bell to the international community as the issue pertains to larger global se..

Celebration Of The City

MANY social thinkers--Gandhians and others--have stressed the need to adopt a village-cantered growth strategy. The argument is that we cannot bear the economic load of urbanisation; that urban living is impersonal and uproots human relationships; and that urbanisation is synonymous with centralised governance in which people are disempowered. It is contended that local production for local needs is the ideal that we should move tow..

pranab Da

HIS political and public positions apart, for the public and Republic of India, Dr. Pranab Kumar Mukherjee was just the darling Pranab Da. For sixty-plus years, he strode on the national and international stage with consummate ease, standing taller than his physical frame, standing equal to whosoever was best in the land, and standing for his steadfast belief in democratic values and conduct -- utmost respect for others underlying all his relationships in personal and public life. His demise is one ..

Of a new cultural possibility

THE city of Nagpur must thank itself for celebrating the Ganesh festival, Onam, and Moharram in the most responsible manner. In the given coronavirus pandemic condition, there were obvious curbs in public celebrations, which the people followed with a sense of duty as individuals and as community. This collective behaviour needs heart-felt appreciation as the city presented to the world the picture of a dignified place inhabited by right-thinking people...

TO THE RIGHT

GROWING tilt towards far-right and increasing vocal expression of the right-wing in the last few years are indicators of a big shift in socio-political thinking across the globe. Right-wing outfits are coming out with bold assertions about the political and social systems prevailing in their nations and are getting overwhelming support from the masses either socially or in electorate battles. The change in trend is palpable with change in ..

Erdogan At Bay

THERE are eight Turks for every Greek, so you might think the Greeks have to fold. But Greece has the backing of France, Italy, Israel, Egypt, and practically every other country in the eastern Mediterranean and the Arab world, as well as the entire European Union, so it has just called the bet and raised it. This poker game is all about rival claims ..

incorrigible

THE assertion by Congress leader Mr. Salman Khurshid that there is no urgency to have an elected Congress President, shows that the party is back to its old ways of doing -- and not doing -- things. Having named the letter by 23 senior Congressmen seeking change in leadership as dissidence, the party appears heading back to its habitual, incorrigible dynasticism. Though it is not possible to know at this stage exactly how the party’s internal politics will turn in the next some time, it is safe to ..

Of power of realism

THROUGH this statement, Dr Sudha Murthy, author of several fiction and non-fiction books that caught people’s fancy, is espousing one of the schools of thought in literature. There could be many who would disagree. But there also are bigger numbers of people agreeing with her -- that actual life offers a more diverse array of ideas to write about. Of course, there is that old saying -- Jo na dekhe Ravi, wo dekhe Kavi. (The poet can see -- imagine -..

Answers Needed

THE recent mishap of the Air India Express Boeing 737 plane at Khozikode airport in Kerala, that killed 21 people of the 190 onboard, including the two pilots, throws up a raft of questions that might continue to remain unanswered. The airport is a dangerous landing topography and this was warned by experts several times. Tabletop runways like the one which witnessed the ill-fated landing, have little leeway or margin of error as the runways are shorted..

hard line

IT IS not fathomable how the Congress high command will respond to the hard line taken by senior leader Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, there is no doubt whatsoever that the party’s rank and file will appreciate the suggestion favouring internal elections, at least silently. Almost uncharacteristically, Mr. Azad has insisted upon holding elections to the Congress Working Committee (CWC). If that does not happen, the party will have to sit on Opposition benches for at least fifty years, he has added as post-script..

Flush of novelty over, people are getting back to ‘old’ normal

NOw that the first flush of novelty is over about staying indoors due to COVID-19 pandemic, people are getting back to their ‘old’ normals -- fights, arguments, youngsters throwing tantrums, elders behaving in crazy manner as they are not allowed to stray out of homes, women back to gossip at least on phones -- if not in physical conclaves. To make matters more taxing are the so-called on-line schools and colleges, that began a couple of months ago. Initial romance with pandemic having been over, ..

Inspiration

Step back from your frustration and take a deep breath. Now is not the time to say or to do something you’ll regret. Feel the power of your frustration and consider this. You can transform that power into disciplined, intentional, effective action...

CONDUCT TESTS

THE chorus of Opposition parties against holding of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to IITs and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical institutions is broadly based on its habit of protesting any decision made by the Central Government...

curb the abuse

BY NOW, the nation is, by any standard, absolutely tired -- and even horrified -- of the despicable abuse of freedom being indulged in by a lot of channels on Indian television as regards the suspicious death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.No matter what the leading lights of those channels think, the average viewers have lost interest in the nonsensical parallel trial-by-media into the episode. Wild allegations fly high and wild, senseless interviews of involved parties by shouting anchors, ..

Psychology Of Freedom-II

SUCH statements often filled the Indian mindscape, as if suggesting that the country had no freedom to make the right decisions. The nation’s psychology, thus, was afflicted by threats of terrible storms, horrible backlash, political catastrophe, dire consequences that the people in power will never want to have. The Indian nation, thus, was a victim of a slavish psychology from whose vile grip it could not free itself. India’s collective psychology, thus, was caparisoned by words such as (pseudo) ..

JUST FOR THE HECK

CONGRESS party has formulated a 5-member committee to fashion its response to key Ordinances the Government has promulgated. The panel is expected to study the Ordinance and examine its effect in practice and advise the party how to respond officially. Though such exercises by Opposition are often witnessed in democracy, the effort of the Congress party appears more as a move to create argument opposing whatever the Government plans. This has been the style of the Congress party for long. It has opposed ..

Mali and ECOWAS

The Mali coup of August 18 was driven partly by frustration among the military, who are taking heavy casualties in the war against the jihadi groups and often go unpaid, but also by the soldiers’ awareness that there would be some civilian support for a coup. IN WHAT is probably the poorest region of the world, West Africa, there is an unsung succe..

no concession

NEVER before had the Line of Actual Control (LAC) seen such unprecedented deployment of forces by India and China since the 1962 conflict. The build-up underscores the seriousness of the current problem in Ladakh and also makes a strong assertion of India’s stand over the dispute -- there is absolutely no room for compromise. This message..