Editorial

The Shiv Sena factor

The Shiv Sena has been notorious for decades for giving free rein to chauvinism, communalism and xenophobia which often take the form of insensate violence. Even its MPs recently did not hesitate to be totally unfeeling about a poor employee of the IRCTC who looked after the catering of food at Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi. These MPs force fed a Muslim caterer who was [Full Article...]

Congress in a mess

THE Congress leadership is facing a crisis. Five state units are crumbling with internal dissensions. Narayan Rane of Maharashtra and Himanta Biswa Sarma of Assam have resigned. Sarma may have had a shady past but they both held important portfolios in the state cabinets. Their protest is against their Chief Ministers but they had expressed dissent with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi also. Rane is [Full Article...]

Government impunity

When a Department of the Government violates the basic norms of justice and equity then the entire Government must be held to account. News that vacancies in the Soil and Water Conservation Department have been filled surreptitiously is alarming because it suggests that nepotism in the Meghalaya Government is alive and kicking despite the existence of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Minister [Full Article...]

Government impunity

WHEN a Department of the Government violates the basic norms of justice and equity then the entire Government must be held to account. News that vacancies in the Soil and Water Conservation Department have been filled surreptitiously is alarming because it suggests that nepotism in the Meghalaya Government is alive and kicking despite the existence of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.  The Minister [Full Article...]

Dissolve NCW

THE National Commission for Women (NCW) which has been functioning for decades has done precious little for women and has outlived its utility. True, the Union Minister for Women and Children has said that the NCW should be invested with the same kind of powers as the National Human Rights Commission. The intention is unexceptionable. But all depends on how members are selected. It [Full Article...]

Debate on Gaza

Opposition parties in the Indian Parliament are pressing for a debate on the West Asian crisis, especially on violence in Gaza. The government is anxious to scuttle it. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has expressed the view that any offensive remark will undermine India’s diplomatic relations with either Israel or Palestine. Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari has overruled her objection as the debate does [Full Article...]

The euthanasia controversy

THE Indian government is adamant about rejecting euthanasia in all its forms. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi argues that suicide is illegal and that applies to euthanasia. It was British law which made it illegal in India. The ban prevents patients in the throes of death from taking their own lives. Even adults who can make their own decision are not allowed to do it. [Full Article...]

India, Russia, China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, Manmohan Singh over the Ukraine issue. He assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that India would continue to oppose Western sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Besides, he has requested Putin to travel to the Kundankulam nuclear plant during his visit to India in December for the annual strategic dialogue. Putin has evidently agreed [Full Article...]