Vol 8 Issue 47, Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 23, 2017.

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  • Fixing through confessions and feelings of guilt

    Perarivalan is one of the three convicts facing Death Row in Rajiv Gandhi Murder case. It is shocking that the confession statement obtained from him during investigation had been corrected by the CBI Superintendent of Police, V Thyagrajan. He has himself admitted to this.
      Posted    2013-11-30    Vol Issue
  • Aam Aadmi Party is just another political party

    I resigned from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) yesterday after its disappointing response to the Sting operation conducted by a Media web portal. In my resignation letter to Arvind Kejriwal, National Convener, AAP, I said that the party’s reaction to the sting is quite opposed to what it has so f
      Posted    2013-11-25    Vol Issue
  • Mauritius honors martyrs of Eelam war

    A Report of the UN panel of experts published in April 2011 stated that around 40,000 people may have been killed in the last stages of the Sri Lankan civil war which ended in May 2009. The Charles Petrie commission report which was set up to inquire the lapses on the part of UN during the war
      Posted    2013-11-23    Vol Issue
  • Jaganmohan likely to benefit from T imbroglio

    Creation of Telangana State has become a “Catch 22’ situation for the Congress Party. The Congress party is in a ‘No Win’ situation. It has got enmeshed in its own complex web and is at a loss to wriggle out of it with least damage to its electoral pros
      Posted    2013-11-20    Vol Issue
  • Beautiful Mauritius takes principled stand on CHOGM

    It must have come as a rude shock for the organizers of CHOGM 2013 when the Government of Mauritius announced that its Prime Minister would not lead its delegation to Colombo. Mauritius is a small island with a total area of 2040 sq km. In terms of size, it is the 180th larges
      Posted    2013-11-14    Vol Issue
  • Victory to Tamils, New Delhi bows to Chennai

    Contrary to claims in certain sections of the Indian media that the Indian Prime Minister not taking part in Sri Lanka’s CHOGM compromises the country’s ‘national foreign policy’ in favour of ‘regional interests’, a decision by the highest political authorit
      Posted    2013-11-12    Vol Issue
  • Why India's Mars Mission is nothing to rave about

    November, Anno Domini 2014, will witness one of the most exciting races to the Mars, popularly known as the red planet. On Tuesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Srihariko
      Posted    2013-11-08    Vol Issue
  • It's no Commonwealth! It's wealth for the Rajapaksas

    I had earlier argued that the Commonwealth was a farce, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was a joke. I now stand corrected. CHOGM is not a farce. Hosting this event is an opportunity for the host country to make a lot of money. That is why Sri Lanka lobbied s
      Posted    2013-11-04    Vol Issue
  • Portrayal of Tamil assertion in films

    First, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching debutant director Naveen’s Moodar Koodam (Fools Gathering). A low budget movie of a genre that is rarely taken up in Tamil cinema - dark humour - it was good entertainment. The comic storyline, interspersed with eve
      Posted    2013-11-01    Vol Issue
  • Forgotten heroes of the Eelam war

    The last period of the war in Sri Lanka has often been dubbed as a ‘war without witnesses’ by western governments, media and other stakeholders, including the Sri Lankan government. The phrase has become an essential and ubiquitous part of the post-war discourse on
      Posted    2013-10-29    Vol Issue
  • Canada's decision to boycott CHOGM, a courageous act

    Much has been said concerning Sri Lanka hosting the approaching Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). A significant part of the discussion has been with regard to Canada’s decision to boycott CHOGM. In his official statement Prime Minister Stephen Harper stat
      Posted    2013-10-22    Vol Issue
  • Amid gloom and doom, Odisha shows 'can do' spirit

    At a time when the daily perusal of Indian newspapers can be a disheartening experience because of the reports of rapes, riots, sleaze and the sliding rupee, the remarkable performance of the Odisha government in staving off the challenge posed by Cyclone Phailin on the country's eastern c
      Posted    2013-10-19    Vol Issue
  • Precision agriculture may bring next green revolution

    A small sugarcane farmer in western Maharashtra, Bhau Kadam (name changed) and his family, own about three hectares of land. He has two sons who are both graduates and work in Pune. When I asked him why he did not make his sons farmers, he says that farming is hard work, is non-remunerative an
      Posted    2013-10-15    Vol Issue
  • 'Shot-gun wedding and the ill-gotten dowry'

    If the BJP government of Vajpayee could carve out three new States out of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh without shedding any blood, there is no reason why the Congress-led UPA government could not bring about separation of Telangana, forcibly merged with Seemandhra to become Andhra P
      Posted    2013-10-14    Vol Issue
  • Tendulkar has chosen time and place to retire

    The greatness of Sachin Tendulkar is that he has never been dropped from the Indian team in any form of cricket, barring a bizarre decision to rest him from the One-Day Internationals (ODI) on the last tour to Australia. That's an awesome record. Only he decided to call time, la
      Posted    2013-10-11    Vol Issue
  • A Gorkhaland State: How Justified?

    At a time when the Indian economy is in a tailspin with the rupee maintaining a sustained southward penchant to Newtonian forces, it is really quite disturbing and disconcerting to see some dormant statehood movements rearing their heads in the wake of the recent decision to form a new Telanga
      Posted    2013-10-08    Vol Issue
  • Could Modi be grounded before take off?

    Recently, the "Indian Express" published two news items on the same page. On the top, across five columns, was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appeal: “All Secular Forces Must Unite Against Modi”, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Bo
      Posted    2013-10-05    Vol Issue
  • Bid to clip Supreme Court's power

    It is universally accepted that criminalisation of our political system, both at the national and state levels and across party lines, should end. The most alarming form of criminalisation is the significant number of people convicted of criminal charges or cases pending against them occupying
      Posted    2013-09-28    Vol Issue
  • Nagpal walked into a trap laid by sand mafia

    What is the Durga Shakti Nagpal story all about? Is it about a 28-year-old IAS officer, sub-divisional magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, trying to live up to her name? The question does suggest itself when you visit her office. At the end of a long verandah, her name and designation
      Posted    2013-08-10    Vol Issue
  • How sale of MBBS seats started and how it is going

    On a hot summer day in 1952, H Bhasker Bhat, a bright young man from Chennai was being interviewed by TMA Pai for a teacher’s post in a school run by the Academy of General Education in remote Manipal in South Kanara district, then part of Madras Province. During the int
      Posted    2013-07-24    Vol Issue
  • Why it's public interest to question CAG appointment

    Some judges show themselves more executive-minded than the executive. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices Ibrahim Kalifulla and Vikramajit on Monday declined to entertain a petition of N Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner, and eight other eminent citizens,
      Posted    2013-07-17    Vol Issue
  • Dhoni finally got the players he always wanted

    By snatching the Champions Trophy from the lap of the England team and forcing Captain Alistair Cook to tear his victory speech, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's fearless gladiators have shown that a match is not lost till it is actually lost. For once, it would not be a cliché to
      Posted    2013-06-26    Vol Issue
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