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...]


  It is a pity that China has decided to veto UN action against Pakistan for its releasing the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Rehman Lakhvi who is known to have been behind the 26/11 attack in Mumbai. India had initiated the move with the UN sanctions committee to take action against the LeT leader. China’s position was that India did not have enough information on the [Full Article...]

Home for NE women

  Bangalore University authorities have given the go-ahead for a hostel to be built on the university campus mostly for women students from the north eastern states. It is aimed at attracting more girls from the north east to Bangalore by offering exclusive accommodation. The construction of the hostel will be financed by the North Eastern Council, a Shillong-based government body for the welfare [Full Article...]

Taliban offensive

The Taliban have proved themselves to be enemies of Pakistan on Afghan soil as well as their own. Their attack on the parliament in Kabul proved pretty well successful. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the chief of the Pakistan army have not yet succeeded in arresting leaders of the Taliban central command and they are demonstrating their striking power in western Pakistan. Sirajuddin Haqqani [Full Article...]

Media freedom and the Judiciary

  Recently the Meghalaya High Court took serious note of the impact of bandhs on the lives and livelihoods of the citizens of Meghalaya. The Court began by listing the most affected sectors such as resident patients and out-patients in hospitals and disruptions to the functioning of the judiciary and thereby the delay in justice delivery in the absence of court officers and lawyers, [Full Article...]