Vol 7 Issue 44, Oct 28, 2016 - Nov 03, 2016.


  • To eat or not to eat meat is a personal choice

    The BJP government is losing all sense of balance in governance. “Modi ko matdan, gai ko jeevadan” (Vote for Modi, give life to the cow) was one of the BJP slogans during last year’s general election. Devendra Fadnavis, who benefited from the slogan and became Chief Minister
      Posted    2015-09-12    Vol Issue
  • Land Grab In the Name of Solar Power

    The large magnitude of solar energy available makes it an important source of clean electricity which is not only renewable but also helps in reducing carbon emission. Therefore the clearance given by the Tamil Nadu government to the Gujarat-based Adani Group to set up one of the world’s
      Posted    2015-07-13    Vol Issue
  • Making A Mockery of Democracy

    Does ordinance uphold the spirit of democracy? Britain, whose system of governance we follow, does not have ordinance. The USA, oldest democracy, manages without the power of ordinance. The Constitutions of former British colonies like Australia and Canada do not confer such power on the execu
      Posted    2015-06-04    Vol Issue
  • IIT Madras Has to Respect Fundamental Rights

    The ban on the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, a student group of IIT Madras, is an attack on freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution. Freedom of speech and expression includes right to acquire and disseminate information. Right to disseminate include ri
      Posted    2015-06-01    Vol Issue
  • Educate Indian Coast Guard on rights of fishermen

    An affidavit filed by KR Nautial, Deputy Director-General of Indian Coast Guard, in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on a contempt petition against officials for disobeying orders to provide security to fishermen in the Palk Bay betrays its contempt for fishermen, poorest of the poor
      Posted    2015-04-30    Vol Issue
  • Another Attempt on Personal Liberty in Gujarat

    Ever since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, ‘the Gujarat model’ has come to occupy the center-stage. The Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill, which was passed by the State Assembly on 31 March amid strong opposition from Congress members who staged a walko
      Posted    2015-04-10    Vol Issue
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  • Move for a new dam defies logic

    The clearance given to the Kerala government for carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment Study for a new dam within a 10 km radius of the Mullaiperiyar Dam by the Union Environment and Forest Ministry defies logic and passes understanding.
      Posted    2014-12-17    Vol Issue
  • Caste census has its advantages

    The recent Supreme Court order striking down a Madras High Court directive to the authorities to hold a caste-wise census has caused consternation in Tamil Nadu where the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) launched in 2011 is in progress and is expected to be completed soon.
      Posted    2014-11-21    Vol Issue
  • False Narcotics Cases, Colombo’s new threat

    The sentencing of five Indian fishermen to death by a Colombo court last week was a political act and not a legal one and India’s response also should be political rather than legal. Appeal against the death sentence in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court would only produce a verdict desired by
      Posted    2014-11-04    Vol Issue
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  • Save lives first, Bullet trains can wait

    The death of 18 children and injuries to 15, aged between six and 12, in a bus-train collision at an unmanned level crossing in Medak district, Telangana, last week, could have been averted had the Indian Railways lived up to its promises.
      Posted    2014-07-30    Vol Issue
  • End the sartorial apartheid

    If Prime Minister Narendra Modi clad in his designer kurta-pyjama were to enter one of the classy clubs in Chennai, he will be stopped at the gates by the guards on duty because his apparel does not conform to the dress code of the institution. There are at least five clubs in Chenn
      Posted    2014-07-18    Vol Issue
  • Modi sarkar: Not an impressive start

    It was the best of times for the BJP when Narendra Modi assumed office as Prime Minister on 26 May with enormous goodwill of the people. His first act of appointing an ineligible official who has been indicted by the Supreme Court as his Principal Secretary, that too through an ordinance, some
      Posted    2014-07-15    Vol Issue
  • Narendra Modi has let down the Tamils

    The invitation extended to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi as India’s 14th Prime Minister is an ill-advised move that has destroyed in one stroke the expectations of the people of Tamil Nadu that India’s Sri Lankan policy w
      Posted    2014-05-22    Vol Issue
  • Implement Supreme Court order on Mullaiperiyar

    The order of the five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice RM Loda allowing Tamil Nadu to raise the water level of the 119-year-old Mullaiperiyar dam from 136 ft to 142 ft means an additional 1,548 million cubic feet of water for drinking and irrigation purpose
      Posted    2014-05-09    Vol Issue
  • India falters again on Sri Lanka

    India was afraid of voting even the innocuous American resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday which neither prevents nor punishes the government of Sri Lanka for its continued genocidal attacks on the ethnic Tamils in the island nation. Adopted by 23
      Posted    2014-03-29    Vol Issue
  • India saves Sri Lanka again, but it can't stop Eelam

    Thanks to pussyfooting by India, the US-UK resolution on Sri Lanka at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva gives President Mahinda Rajapaksa impunity for another year. According to last year’s resolution, he was to conduct an independent and credible
      Posted    2014-03-06    Vol Issue
  • Whither the Spirit of Remission

    The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s decision to set free all 7 convicts, including the three death row convicts, in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case has rattled the Congress. Party vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed sorrow that the “killers” of
      Posted    2014-02-21    Vol Issue
  • Why different rules for rice and wheat Mr. Minister?

    The letter of union finance minister P Chidambaram to union minister of state for consumer affairs and public distribution system KV Thomas stating that rice did not fall within the definition of agricultural produce under Section 65B (5) of the Finance Act, 2012, and its storage in Central or
      Posted    2014-02-13    Vol Issue
  • Reinvestigate Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

    The time has come to order a fresh investigation into the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on 21 May, 1991. The Special Investigation Team appointed by the government of India was headed by DR Karthikeyan who managed to round up 26 people, some not even r
      Posted    2013-11-27    Vol Issue
  • It needs to be paper trail or paper ballots

    The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission to use voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) facility in electronic voting machines. A Bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said in the order: “We are satisfied that the paper trail is an
      Posted    2013-10-19    Vol Issue