Train to the Northeast

SINCE British days, the Indian Railways (IR) has been a major link across the country impacting society and the economy. The IR was a gift of the British Raj and has helped India unite and evolve its political thought process. The IR’s plans to reach all the state capitals in the Northeast by 2020 are therefore of great importance. The northeast is in dire [Full Article...]

Ugly saga of IPL cricket

  The limited-overs Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket invented by Lalit Modi the globetrotting wheeler-dealer, has come to haunt many a politician. Earlier it was Shashi Tharoor who lost his job as minister when the irregularities in the Kochi IPL Cricket team were exposed. Tharoor’s wife, late Sunanda Pushkar became the target of Modi’s ire after his own dirty dealings were unearthed. This time [Full Article...]

SC on rape again

The recommendations of the Verma Commission produced a great deal of sound and fury but appear to have signified nothing so far. Those found guilty in the Nirbhaya case are sitting pretty in the Tihar jail. The Supreme Court coming up with another ruling on the heinous crime may not cause much excitement. The Court has firmly told lower courts not to go soft [Full Article...]

Democracy’s failure

  Judicial activism is equal and proportionate to the failure of the executive and the legislature to deliver. It is seen that both often act, not in the interest of citizens but to pander to a vote bank that is carefully nurtured for future use. Hence that vote bank, or powerful individuals within that vote bank know they can arm-twist the executive and the [Full Article...]

US and India

  With Barack Obama being the first coloured President in the Washington hot seat, it is scandalizing that a church belonging to the coloured community was a victim of white vandalism. The martyrdom of Abraham Lincoln and J.F Kennedy does not seem to have totally wiped out racialism in that country. And yet even Barack Obama seemed unduly jubilant over the first gay marriage [Full Article...]

Pulling down barriers

It is common knowledge that unprepared urbanisation is inimical to economic growth. In India, 30% of the population dwell in cities and towns and the figure is likely to increase to 60% in the next 10-15 years. This big leap can happen rapidly. All this attaches importance to the Pradhan Mantri Yojana, Smart City’s Mission, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and the Urban Renewal [Full Article...]

Rajan the economist

  Raghuram Rajan is not merely Governor of the RBI but also an economist. He is now in the role of a prophet of doom. He has said that the global economy is slipping into a Great Depression like the one which cast deep gloom over the world in the 1930s. He thinks that the present crisis looms over not merely industrial countries but [Full Article...]

Radical papal encyclical

 POPE Francis’s encyclical on climate change suggests very pointedly that indigenous peoples should be the principal stakeholders in major projects and that they should be consulted and their free, prior, informed consent obtained. This is a ground- breaking statement made by any religious head. It shows the Pope’s concern about the devastations caused by climate change which in turn is the price of reckless [Full Article...]