Category: Columns

Candid Notes

Bracing for battle By making a slew of appointments in different boards and assigning responsibilities to different leaders of the saffron party, the Chief Minister TSR has tried to assuage the hurt sentiments of many in the party and make things easy for him just ahead of the tour of national president of the party. TSR has already sounded...

More people live with disabilities today than ever before

GUEST COLUMN Dr Gaurav Sanjay The International Day of Disabled Persons (IDDP) is held on December 3 every year. Every year, the celebration focuses on the different issues of disabled persons across the world.This is the day to spread awareness, analyse the problems related to disability, prevent the disability, treat the disability, enhance their quality of life and remove the...

Talks at last

The farmers in India have managed to keep politicians at bay from their movement, fought on their own and forced an agenda on the Govt   The farmers have made their point about their anxieties over the new farm laws enacted by the Modi Government and forced the latter into negotiations. And they want a result and no further confabulations with...

Women in power

While women have held key positions in the US before, Joe Biden is going for increased representation While the United States (US) is heading for the 250th anniversary of its independence from the colonial British Empire, it has taken that nation an incredibly long time to elect a woman to a very high office. It has had women in...

District Panchayats need to facilitate economic activities to sustain economically

GUEST COLUMN Vipul Dhasmana Panchayati Raj was formalised in 1992 by the 73rd amendment to the Indian Constitution. This local self-government in India is based upon the traditional Panchayat system. Panchayati Raj now functions as a system of governance in which Gram Panchayats are the basic units of local administration. The system has three levels: Gram Panchayat (village level),...

West Bengal politics is at a crucial stage

USUAL SUSPECTS Unlike some Western democracies where the attachment to political parties tend to be lifelong, there is considerable fluidity in political affiliations for activists. This is partly because — with the exception of the Congress, the BJP, Communists and a handful of regional parties — the party system in India is still evolving and is disproportionately dependent on...

Lessons in damaging irreplaceable assets

THE OTHER SIDE The State’s wildlife board recently recommended denotification of the Shivalik elephant reserve. According to the authorities, the withdrawal of the elephant reserve notification issued in 2002 will open the doors for increased developmental activities in an area covering about 5,405 square kilometres including the expansion of the Dehradun airport. The denotification will enable acquisition of land...

In the hands of God

Diego Maradona, one of the greatest to ever kick a football on the pitch, is no longer with us. The legend lives on The British-Indian filmmaker, Asif Kapadia, rose to fame after his superb documentary on Brazilian motorsports legend Ayrton Senna, which he followed with an equally brilliant film on British singer Amy Winehouse. But his magnum opus (so...

Farmers’ protest

Had the Government chosen consensus-building over confrontation with regard to the farm Acts, things wouldn’t have come to such a pass The big question is could the farmers’ march, as it manifested through the dramatic visuals of a surge of protesters fighting teargas, demolishing barricades and facing water cannons, have been avoided in COVID-stressed times? Would they have been...

Candid Notes

Hidden hint By announcing that he would retire only after making Rahul Gandhi the PM of the country in the year 2024, Harish Rawat has made it loud and clear that he has made a resolution for one last hurrah to the chair of CM of Uttarakhand. Considering the changing mood of electorate of the Himalayan state in every...