Corruption across the globe, as crime and literature

Saeed Naqvi It is unrealistic to search for an enclave, a state where the malignancy of corruption has not reached. Corruption seems to be coming out of our ears. It is all pervasive and will remain so as long as the diagnostic punditry attending on it is shrouded in dishonesty. Post-Soviet globalisation bred crony capitalism […]

Urban agriculture is the key to a sustainable future

Indira Naidoo When I sat in a darkened theatre in 2008(ish) watching Al Gore deliver his now famous slide show on climate change, the enormity of the challenge we were facing hit me. And then I got hungry. Very hungry. Because if I am honest, the thing that most hit home to me was the […]

Appoint Food Commissioner

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has expressed dismay over government’s “tardy” approach to appoint a permanent food safety commissioner. A division bench of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey referred to the orders it issued from time to time saying it is not satisfied with contention of government that steps have […]

A general overstepping

Suhas Palshikar An army chief making headlines for the wrong reasons is a painful sight. Some months ago, it was about the incident of the human shield and the general’s views on fighting the dirty war. This time, General Bipin Rawat has connected his theory of dirty war to domestic politics. With his latest remarks […]

Sridevi: A superstar till the end

Sanjeev Ahluwalia Bollywood superstar Sridevi had chosen to opt out of the frenetic circuit of movie stars soon after her mother passed on in 1996. The glamorous superstar got married, had two children — one of whom is an actor in her own right now. But then she had the gumption to do what no […]

Balancer Of Contradictions

Anna MM Vetticad T S R Subramanian, TSR to me and his close friends, has left behind an indelible footprint in our civil service ethos. He combined rectitude with pragmatism, adherence with adroitness and conformity with ingenuity. He lived and worked under multiple regimes with varied ideological dispositions. He never allowed his sense of fair […]

What killed Sridevi before she died

  C P Surendran Sridevi shouldn’t have died. Not at 54. Her second coming (English Vinglish) was better than the first. When creative people die, they leave legacies whose completion we can only guess at. But this note is not so much about the death of a star; it is about what it means to […]

PDP in damage control mode

  After facing the heat over the recent controversial selection list of candidates at Khadi Village an Industries Board (KVIB) the Jammu and Kashmir government has asked the Board to make the merit list public. The KVIB appointing a son of a senior PDP leader at a top position had created furore across Kashmir. Following […]

Will privatisation help the cause of coal industry?

  Yogi Aggarwal In one of the most important policy decisions since the nationalisation of the coal industry in 1973, the Union Cabinet has allowed the private sector entry in coal mining for commercial use, something that the unions in the coal belt had feared since 2014. Despite the coal minister’s assurance that “It will […]

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