4 SC judges had no option but to go public

  TSR Venkataramana As I was reading the statements of the “gang of four” judges, a Tamil adage crossed my mind which when translated to English means: “If a father beats a child, the child can go to the mother, if the mother beats the child, it can go to God. But if God himself […]

Nation on the mat as Modi wins

  Anand K Sahay For Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP ruling setup in the country, which he personally exemplifies, the current year has been ushered in on a belittling note. As the previous year was turning, Mr Modi won a victory in Gujarat which his party just cannot celebrate, given its mocking nature. […]

Find a way out

Army Chief Bipin Rawat taking Pakistan head on has triggered a war of words between the two countries. The tension on borders and Line of Control (LoC) have added to the tensions and it looks like that both the countries are fighting an undeclared war. On Monday, Indian Army claimed that it killed six militants […]

Wars in India: Looking back at history

  Abhijit Bhattacharyya War, as the word suggests, is an armed conflict. It is fought against external forces or between two opponents. In a democracy, we have another kind of war — a “political war”. By its very semantic implication, it’s a “non-weapon, lung-power war” between competitors and rivals to capture power. Democratic India, however, […]

In Good Faith: Haunted by the Indian spirit

  Aakash Singh Rathore In terms of the sheer number of words, the great German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel devotes as much attention in his capacious writings to India and its thought as he does to the Greek world. Indeed, Hegel writes more on what he described as the “oriental” world than he does […]

Doctors caught on wrong foot

Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences has been in the news for the past one week. Soon after a TV channel aired a sting operation exposing the three top doctors of the institute indulging in private practice, the J&K Government came into action and removed the Director SKIMS and attached the three heads of the department […]

Of politicians and their soothsayers

  Irfan Husain WHATEVER people might think about Imran Khan’s words and antics, nobody can deny that he brings a lot of colour and macho swagger to politics. By making bizarre accusations against rivals, he succeeds in putting them on the defensive while deflecting any criticism of his own course of action. And, like Trump, […]

Oprah vs Trump in 2020?

  Andrew Mitrovica Still smarting from somehow forfeiting the White House to a popular TV celebrity, bruised and bemused Democrats are longing, it seems, for another popular TV celebrity to win it back soon. So, the chatter about President Oprah has begun in earnest and could, in time, gather inexorable momentum. It’s fitting that a […]

Well done girls

Girls have once again outshined the boys in the class 12th examinations conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) results of which were declared on Thursday. Girls registered overall pass percentage of 64.31, while this figure for boys stood at 58.92. Even in the merit list number of girls was more than […]

Aadhaar: A lot of questions yet to be resolved

  Yogi Aggarwal As the date approaches for the Supreme Court to hear several petitions challenging the Aadhaar project, the government’s Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which runs the intrusive scheme, is becoming even more bizarre in its responses. The latest move is to file a criminal case against a reporter from a national […]

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