Vol 8 Issue 13, Mar 24, 2017 - Mar 30, 2017.

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  • How India will protect nuclear liabilities of US firms

    A $48-billion (Rs 3.26 lakh crore) penalty claimed by the US government from Volkswagen for cheating on diesel-car emissions is about 200 times as large as the $225 million (Rs 1,500 crore) insurance pool set up by Indian insurance companies to compensate US nuclear companies for mishaps in In
      Posted    2016-02-19    Vol Issue
  • From Guyana, memorable echoes of Tamil

    As a member and Secretary of the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), Malaysian Chapter, I had the privilege of attending the recently concluded 37th PGA meeting hosted by the Parliament of El Salvador at their capital San Salvador. Parliamentarians from 140 countries are members of this
      Posted    2015-12-11    Vol Issue
  • Prime Minister needs to speak up on beef killing

    The brutal killing of a man in Bisada village in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, not far from the Indian capital, on suspicion that he consumed beef after killing a cow was more than a murder. It was an attack on one of our most cherished values, protected by the constitution: secularism. It was an as
      Posted    2015-10-13    Vol Issue
  • Modi’s vision and Hindutva brigade’s mission

    Narendra Modi is probably learning the veracity of Stalin's insightful aphorism that while one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. In a country which has seen innumerable communal riots over the decades, and a 25 percent rise in inter-faith violence since Modi came to
      Posted    2015-10-10    Vol Issue
  • Skeletons in Sri Lanka’s closet safe for now

    The much-awaited report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights   Investigations on Sri Lanka (OISL) released in Geneva on 16 September has identified war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011 by both sides to t
      Posted    2015-09-19    Vol Issue
  • Riots, Blasts, Yakub’s Hanging: A Perspective

    The hanging to death of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the lone death row convict in the 12 March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, on 30 July morning, holds a mirror to Indian democracy, political parties, and the justice system. Death sentence of the 10 terrorists who planted the explosiv
      Posted    2015-07-31    Vol Issue
  • Emergency:A bureaucrat recalls the dark months

    The experience of the Emergency - 19 months of undemocratic rule in India, without civil liberties - is now a distant memory. For the young, it is a paragraph in history books. Those who do not remember history, it has been said, are condemned to repeat it.
      Posted    2015-06-25    Vol Issue
  • Why Amaravati may not be People’s Capital after all

     In the era of the Satavahanas who ruled Andhra Desa from 225 BC to 225 AD, considered the golden age of Andhras, the kings wielded absolute authority. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, styles himself after the Satavahana kings and wants to rule from Am
      Posted    2015-05-29    Vol Issue
  • Why Greenpeace is first on the chopping block

    As Greenpeace India struggles to stay afloat, the real reason why the government wants to shut down the global environmental NGO hasn’t got much attention: Coal, the single biggest source of primary energy in India, is at the heart of the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious plans
      Posted    2015-05-15    Vol Issue
  • ‘AP encounter cops deserve President’s police medal’

    ‘Encounter’ in police lexicon is a euphemism for killing unarmed civilians in staged gun battle. It was perfected in the forests of Srikakulam in the composite State of Andhra Pradesh in 1969 to prevent ultra-Left movement that originated in the summer of 1967 at Naxalbari in the d
      Posted    2015-04-13    Vol Issue
  • AAP's self-annihilation: Is fate on Modi's side

    The Aam Admi Party's (AAP's) suicidal tendencies are bound to help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) more than any other party because the saffron outfit is politically better placed to exploit them. If the AAP hadn't been driven by competitive egos, it might have been ab
      Posted    2015-04-04    Vol Issue
  • 'Murder of democracy' and then a shutdown in Kerala

    While the rival fronts in the Kerala assembly have claimed 'victory' over what happened on Saturday on the floor of the house, the real looser has been democracy. If that was not enough, the Left opposition called a state- wide shut down on Saturday to protest against its legislators b
      Posted    2015-03-14    Vol Issue
  • Vinod Mehta -- an editor people loved to hate

    Vinod Mehta ventured into areas where lesser mortals might have feared to tread -- either for fear of taking on the establishment or simply because it went against the normal credo. He staked his reputation by declaring Narendra Modi as the next prime minister, despite being highly
      Posted    2015-03-09    Vol Issue
  • Modi's 'I, me, myself' style may have hurt BJP

    What the Delhi poll outcome has confirmed is that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can be stopped in its tracks by a determined opponent, even one not as well-entrenched as established regional parties like the AIADMK, the Biju Janata Dal or the Trinamool Congress were in their respective stat
      Posted    2015-02-10    Vol Issue
  • Modi – Obama Uncivil Nuclear Deal

    Even before the euphoria of the 25 January ‘breakthrough’ that would enable commercialisation of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal subsided, RK Laxman, creator of the ‘common man’ died on 26 January. The coincidence is not lost on the people of Mithi Vi
      Posted    2015-02-04    Vol Issue
  • All eyes on Sirisena, as he takes the hot seat

    The result of the 8 January presidential election in Sri Lanka signifies revival of democracy in the troubled island nation. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second term in office was scheduled to end only in January 2016. He thought of winning fraudulently a third t
      Posted    2015-01-13    Vol Issue
  • A cell in The Hague, the nightmare for Colombo’s rulers

    The transformation of Maithripala Sirisena in the past two months ranks among the most successful election make-overs in modern history. By the time Sri Lanka went to the polls this week, Sirisena had undergone a change that would have been envied by the most skilled Hollywood make-up artist.
      Posted    2015-01-09    Vol Issue
  • Why Land Ordinance of Modi Government is Anti-People

    While the Sangh parivar was busy with ghar vapsi as the nation ushered in the New Year, three wise men of the BJP succeeded in converting President Pranab Mukherji. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, Sadananda Gowda, Minister for Law, and Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport Minister, c
      Posted    2015-01-05    Vol Issue
  • A Capital folly in the making

    Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, is obsessed with the idea of building a “world class city” as capital of the bifurcated state and has chosen the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri belt, generally known as the VGTM area, to locate it. The size
      Posted    2014-12-09    Vol Issue
  • Can caste pyramid return under Modi?

    Eminent TV anchor, Rajdeep Sardesai, has in a recent article drawn attention to the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has restored balance to his cabinet by inducting Manohar Parrikar and Suresh Prabhu, two Gaud Saraswat Brahmins, as full fledged ministers. Some writers took him to task f
      Posted    2014-12-06    Vol Issue
  • Modi's greatest contribution to Kashmir ballot

    It was not too many years ago when most newspapers in India frontpaged a photograph showing a TV set placed prominently on a street outside a polling booth in Srinagar. An obnoxious looking gift tag "PRIZE FOR THE FIRST VOTER" ran boldly across the width of the photo. It d
      Posted    2014-12-02    Vol Issue
  • Rajapaksa jittery as Opposition unites in Sri Lanka

    The two main political parties in Sri Lanka, the United National Party and a section of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, have come together for the first time in the history of Sri Lanka to challenge the family rule of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is seeking a third term against the constitutio
      Posted    2014-12-01    Vol Issue
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