Politicising Rohingyas

The Chief spokesman of ruling Peoples Democratic Party Rafi Mir in a veiled attack on its coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the saffron party not to communalize the stay of Rohingya Muslims in Jammu saying the refugees from Myanmar were “protected under international laws” to which government of India is a signatory. […]

Fiscal Discipline

The Jammu and Kashmir government has finally decided to expedite resource utilization as the Finance department has issued comprehensive guidelines to enforce fiscal discipline. The fiscal discipline would ensure that officials don’t indulge in over spending and unwanted ostentations, which lead to lot of money being drained from the state ex-chequer. According to the recent […]

PNB-Nirav scam: Will we learn the right lessons?

  Sandeep Bamzai My head is spinning with an onslaught of the alphabet soup. Truth, it is said, has a mind of its own, and it always manages to emerge from the cracks, and be heard. More than that, its echoes are inherent in the questions that people ask and they always reverberate loudly. The […]

Canadian bathos: Justin Trudeau’s vote-banks

  Udayan Mukherjee That domestic politics often trumps the enlightened pursuit of national interest abroad is not news. In most countries, especially democracies, the cultivation of narrowly-based domestic constituencies for electoral reasons has its unfortunate consequences for the conduct of foreign policy. Delhi’s perennial focus on elections of one kind or another makes its leaders […]

Acting tough

Pakistani militant Naveed Jhatt escaping from the police custody from SMHS hospital in Srinagar earlier this month has created ripples in Kashmir. Since the day he escaped from the custody Police have ordered slew of measures to ensure that no such incident is reported in future. Soon after Naveed escaped from custody government ordered shifting […]

More manifesto, less budget

  Yashwant Sinha Like the four earlier budgets of this government, the budget for 2018-19 has also come and gone, leaving very little positive impact. I was not in Delhi on this year’s budget day. I was far away in Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh, amongst the farmers of that district. I listened to the budget […]

Ease of doing scams

  Udayan Mukherjee India is a corrupt nation. The stain of it is so pervasive in our everyday lives that it should hardly surprise us when big scams are unearthed, periodically. In fact, what is surprising is that they don’t happen, or aren’t reported, more often. The public-sector banking system is the perfect gateway for […]

CUK not going anywhere

Finally Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has put the speculations to rest that campus of the Central University of Kashmir would be shifted from Ganderbal district. Mehbooba said there are difficulties in the construction at the present site at Tulmulla village of Ganderbal and the administration has been tasked to identify an “alternate suitable site” within […]

Of Golden Man Booker, Oxfam and absconding Nirav Modi

  KISHWAR DESAI So its back to guessing if Salman Rushdie will once again bag a Man Booker — this time the Golden Man Booker award. This year the special prize is part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the hallowed award, and will be given for the best book among the winners […]

Not enough water in stressed Cauvery to fulfill SC verdict

  Jaideep Hardikar At the meeting point of a major tributary of the Cauvery with the Bay of Bengal in the beautiful region of Nagapattinam in the southern tip of the Tamil Nadu delta lies a village that once grew a range of crops on its farms, including coconuts. The crops were fed by the […]

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